How does one grab the moment and preach effective sermons? Many of us who teach preachers spend a lot of time talking about sermonic preparation. We discuss how to effectively exegete a scripture and then turn that exegesis into a sermon. However, many of us leave you there without much discussion of how to preach after you have prepared.
In the next few posts we will look at it from a high level point of view. The first, and perhaps most important idea to keep in mind when preaching, is that the preacher should embody the message.
The preacher should become the message. There should be a consistency between what the preacher says and how the preacher says what the preacher says. So if you are speaking about the goodness of Jesus, then there must not be a frown or scowl on your face. When you are speaking of a particularly heavy point, the preacher is not running around doing a “holy dance.”
In short, there should be a correspondence or consistency between the preacher and the message. If this is done correctly, the people will not only hear, but see the message as it is being preached. So if we are to preach effective sermons, we must seek to use all of our being to preach the message that God has given us to give to this people at this time.