Closing The Sermon With Power

Chapter 7: Reduce Vocabulary

When closing your sermon you should reduce complexity as noted before. Included in this is to limit the extent of your vocabulary. What am I talking about? Well, in your sermon you may have two, three, or even five words to mean the same thing. You may even use a thesaurus to look at a concept to find the exact word that includes all the shades of meaning you want to convey.

Dictionary with an magnifying glass on top
Dictionary with an magnifying glass on top
During the sermon, we will introduce these different words to help make the issue clearer. But in the celebration, we find that one word that we are gonna use and we ride it to the end of the sermon.

Here’s an example. C.L. Franklin, in the sermon “Press On”, uses the term “fighting the good fight” to talk about the concept that the sermon is about. He also uses the term “Finishing” in the sermon. He says “Keeping the faith” also to refer to that same concept. Then he uses “Joining the army.” But in the celebration he finds the term he is going to ride to the conclusion of the sermon. He uses the Biblical language, “pressing towards the mark.”

All of these terms were used in that particular sermon, but when it got down to the very end of the celebration. Especially when he got towards the end of the sermon, he just used the words “Press on.” It’s just one point, one idea.

Incidentally, it can be very powerful if that one idea that you are using is actually your sermon title. That can be a very powerful way to help people remember the sermon. But at any rate, you want to reduce complexity of your vocabulary in the sermonic close.

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