Ten Commandments of Preaching.
- Thou shalt not preach stolen sermons. God has a message to deliver to your church through you.
- Thou shalt tell stories. When it comes to making an impact, stories work better than facts and points.
- Thou shalt finish early in the week. The principle of first fruits doesn’t just apply to money – put that sermon in the crockpot and give the Holy Spirit more time to speak to you.
- Thou shalt make your point memorable. Having a topic isn’t the same as having a point.
- Thou shalt show it, not just say it. Object lessons, images and props can enhance a message and help it be remembered.
- Thou shalt preach what God says, not what you think. I’m sure your opinions are interesting, but God’s Word is eternal.
- Thou shalt find common ground. People won’t automatically tune in because you’re the preacher or you’re preaching the Bible.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s style. You are not Andy Stanley, Francis Chan or Perry Noble. Not only is that okay, it’s good.
- Thou shalt keep it short. The congregation may stop listening before you’re done talking.
- Thou shalt get help. I know your spouse loves you, but you need more unbiased feedback.