Do you ever wonder if people actually remember your sermons? Do you think anyone in your congregation could repeat the main point of last Sunday’s sermon if someone asked them about it today?
At the end of the day, preaching is an attempt to arm people with Biblical principles they can live by. One way to make it “sticky” or easy to remember is with a short, powerful phrase.
We like to call these Sticky Statements.
Here are a few of my favorites from my pastor, Andy Stanley:
“There is no win in comparison”
“Your direction, not your intention, will determine your destination.”
“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”
I seriously think about these all the time when I’m in a situation where my life intersects with these biblical truths.
Do you want to know a simple trick for crafting your own sticky statements just like these?
Of course you do!
Whenever you’re writing your sermon, use these 5 ways to create memorable sermons using the simple acrostic of the word PREACH, and your congregation will remember more of God’s Word and your message for days, weeks, months, and maybe even years to come.
Picture – Is there a word picture or metaphor?
Example: You are the light of the world.
Rhyme – Can I use a rhyme to make it memorable?
Example: There is no win in comparison.
Echo – Can I repeat words or sounds to help it stick?
Example: Do for one what you wish you could to for everyone.
Alliteration – Can I use words that start with the same letter to drive it home?
Example: Your soul is more important than your stuff.
Contrast – Can I say 2 opposite words or ideas?
Example: Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Hook – How can I naturally repeat my statement throughout the sermon to make it stick?
This PREACH acrostic is just one simple trick you can use to help people remember your messages.