Lastly, there are some questions that are good to ask:For anyone out there: Thoughts? Criticisms? Tips for other preachers?
That's about it, Scott.
- Is it what the text actually says?
- Am I being less insightful than the text itself? (Don't settle for that)
- Am I being more insightful than the text itself? (Resist doing that)
- Am I encouraging 'preacher dependence' by speaking this way?
- Is it geared to the outsider?
- Does it lead to and testify to the face of God in Jesus?
- Am I loving my people?
- Is the tone of the sermon...the tone of the text?
- Am I lifting the vision of the congregation to a higher place?
- Is there an individual, local, global and universal application?
- What is the application to a community of people (not just an individual)?
- Am I being clear or clever (always choose clear)?
- Are there breaks for my listeners (like humor or good stories?)
- Is there a joke... Like "Did you hear the story about..."? (cull it Now. Before its too late.)
- Will it be moving (where it needs to be moving)?
- Does it have a momentum?
Pic is of Pulpit Rock by Mimi K