How can your next sermon (lesson, “talk,” or speech for that matter) be one people won’t soon forget? Practice these 4 Tips for a more memorable message…
Tip 1 – Did you ask a good question? The question is, “What’s a good question?” The answer? The one everyone is really asking. Like Jesus did time and again, leverage the art of inquiry to engage hearts and minds.
Tip 2 – Relate a better story. Don’t just tell it, relate it. Try it out on a smaller group and make sure it connects with the target audience or greater culture you are communicating with. Just because you are moved by it, doesn’t guarantee your audience will.
Tip 3 – Ground it in the Word. God’s Word is what the Body of Christ truly wants and the lost truly need. Don’t let the Truth of Scripture get lost in illustrations while trying too hard to make your message “stick.” God’s Word doesn’t illustrate your point, it is the point.
Tip 4 – Mix in some “shortening.” By the time you are wondering if your message is too long, it was. Remove a point. Don’t say it again. (Insert my wife’s look that says, “Quit circling and land the plane, Tom…”
Tip 5 – Be yourself. Resist the temptation to copy anyone else’s style or method (The too-cool stool and coffee mug, the standing flatscreen, the too short “Ted Talk,” the too long marathoner, pounding pulpiteer, preacher-voice, brow-wiper, weeper, or comedian, etc). You don’t need to impress anyone with anything other than their need for the Savior. Authenticity is believability. If a method is natural for you, then be you and focus on the message.
Bonus Tip – Pray for it. Did you seek God’s power to remove you and put Jesus center stage? Ask God for a good connection with your audience. Gather a group who will pray with you and for you before, during and after you preach.
Don’t settle for sharing just another message. Remember, one day it will be your last.