A sermon should be God inspired and divinely interpreted by the pastor. You may think that delivering a sermon and talking in front of people is a talent, but actually, it’s a skill developed by an excellent public speaker. And a good public speaker makes sure that the content of his or her talk or speech is interesting enough that people would enjoy listening to them.
If you are an aspiring pastor or already are one, and want to improve your delivery in sermons, here are some tips you could use to develop a qualitative sermon and delivery.
Have a concreted idea of what lessons or topics that you want to relay to your congregation. Decide on a topic that is close to your heart, revealed by God, and one that you can walk your people through during the sermon.
Nothing is more interesting than topics listeners can relate to. Issues discussed during sermons are those found in the Bible. Try relating these stories to your own experience, then link it to the personal experience of people listening to you. Always correlate these lessons to everyday life.
Organize your thoughts. Make sure that you execute your sermon with a smooth flow or transition. Make sure that you have a good start and an excellent finish, something that listeners will always remember. If it helps, you could create a flow chart or an outline of things you wish to share in your sermon. Organize it in a way that will make an impact on the people.
Often, during a sermon, a pastor may be faced with an unexpected event. Be flexible enough to adjust your address to unforeseen circumstances. It is the pastor’s responsibility as a shepherd to guide his people through cultural issues to the standard of Scripture.
A key to the crowd’s attention is the way you deliver your sermon. People’s interest will increase if you make your speech active and interactive. Be lively when you provide the words of the Lord because Sunday gatherings are a celebration of these words lived out by the body of Christ daily.
Let the Word speak for itself and allow your delivery to memorable. Be a servant to the Lord first, and then apply these basic public speaking tools to create a great delivery in your sermon. Every sermon has a different story to tell and the lesson to give. Hence it would always be different every time. But, it is up to you who delivers such to make it memorable and exciting. Let this article serves as your guide to make your sermons impactful.