Keys to Better Sermon Prep by Keith Cook If you’re reading this… I bet you’re not a terrible speaker. In fact…I would imagine that you are probably above average.   You’re a pastor or leader of some sort and weekly have to get up in front of people to communicate. But I wonder… What separates…

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by Vince Antonucci I know a married couple named Dallas and Ann Stamper. Ann was kind of marginally unchurched. She had grown up going to church but hadn’t really gone in years. She wanted to try it again, and thought they should raise their kids in church. Dallas was totally unchurched. He was vehemently against…

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When was the last time you caught someone falling asleep in one of your sermons? Of course there’s always going to be that one person, but obviously you’d like to keep everyone awake for the 30 minutes that you have your congregation’s attention every week. That’s easier said than done though when you’re the one…

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Sermon block. We’ve all faced it. Sunday is coming, you’ve got a topic, but the talking points just won’t come together. While there is no one-size-fits-all fix, we’ve got three suggestions to help you when the sermon just isn’t coming together. Go to the Movies This might sound like embracing procrastination at first, but bear…

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  Let’s talk about what it means to preach a sermon. To do that, I’ve perused the preaching planet and see how some heavy hitters define “Preach” and “Sermon.” Preach Definition According to Tim Keller, “To preach is to expose people to the Bible in its clearest and most vivid form.” According to Louie Giglio,…

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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…

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As a pastor, or communicator, it’s easy to neglect the most important component of sermon and message preparation—your own heart. With family obligations, staff meetings, and other commitments competing for your time, you may find yourself trying to find something to say, without having something worth saying. How do you prevent this? Here are some…

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God gave the original Ten Commandments to Moses and the Nation of Israel from the top of Mount Sinai. These commandments aren’t in the Bible, and they weren’t written in stone. But breaking them could keep you from connecting with your congregation. Here are the Ten Commandments of Preaching. Thou shalt not preach stolen sermons.…

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