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Three Things to Remember While Preaching

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Mahatma Gandhi was once asked by a reporter, “What is your message to the world?” Gandhi responded by jotting down on a piece of paper: “My life is my message.”

Mahatma Gandhi was once asked by a reporter, “What is your message to the world?” Gandhi responded by jotting down on a piece of paper: “My life is my message.”

3 Things to Remember While Preaching

There are many points to be kept in mind while preaching. I would like to share some of them with you. Preaching is one of the worthiest parts of the church service. But at the same time, it could be an irritating time for the listeners, if the preaching goes beyond the limit. Jokes and illustrations are good to explain a point. But it becomes uninteresting if you retell it many times.

Talking too long

How would you want people to mention about your preaching? Do you enjoy them saying "I wish he should have spoken longer" If they wish you had spoken longer, there are chances that they will come back to hear you.

A person's attention span remains normally 15-30 minutes as per the scientists. After the limit of the attention span, there are fewer chances for the people to retain the information you are passing on to your listeners. Someone said that,"God has called you to preach on eternity; not to preach for eternity.

You may be competent at preaching. Your messages may encourage your listeners a lot. But when it turns out too long, that irritates them as well. After a certain period, people start looking at their watches or clock at the church. So make sure that your messages are as short as you can. Do not elaborate on your message too much. But, if the Holy Spirit guide you, you may preach as longer as the spirit leads you. Do not limit your preaching to the time limit in such occasions. If the holy spirit prompts you to preach longer, obey the holy spirit. From the experience, you can understand, while preaching, how it is going on. If you experience difficulty in preaching, the listeners equally feel the same. In such situations, it is better for you to stop as early as possible.

Talking too much about yourself.

Many of the preacher's life are an open book for his listeners. They talk too much about themselves, their wife, and their kids and neighbors. Many of the stories run around his family. When you share about the struggles of your life, it is admirable to share some personal experience with your listeners. Too much of them cause irritation in your listeners.

Sharing the contents of the conversation you had with others in front of your listeners will make them careful in sharing with you their personal problems. I frequently heard pastors sharing about people who were in their previous church. Or about some conversation they had with some other believers. That too is extremely risky. That makes people more careful in sharing with you their personal and family problems. You need to be a compassionate and sensitive Shepard. Not the Shepard, who laugh at and make fun of them. Too much of self-centered and others-centered are equally dangerous. Your primary objective is to preach Jesus and Him crucified.

Preaching Dry Messages.

The dry message means preaching or presenting some fundamental and valuable thoughts in a way that is boring to the listeners and making people sleep while preaching. There is an exception for people who sleep regularly. Stories, illustrations, and touches of humor will make your preaching more vital and alive. That will cause people to sit at the edge of the seat and carefully listen to your message. Therefore it is important to make sure that your preaching is carefully balanced with touches of humor, stories, and illustrations.

Practical applications in diverse areas of life are more significant. Values and commitments are decreasing even in the life of preachers. You are supposed to encourage them to put more effort into living life as per the Bible and pleasing God.

Passion is another area you need to have while preaching. You need to passionate about your message, otherwise, your listeners will not find any reason to follow it. If you are not passionate about what you are preaching, it will be a dry message. For that, you need to be more passionate about God and the word of God and leading a Christian life. Mahatma Gandhi was once asked by a reporter, “What is your message to the world?” Gandhi responded by jotting down on a piece of paper: “My life is my message.”

A person's attention span remains normally 15-30 minutes as per the scientists. After the limit of the attention span, there are fewer chances for the people to retain the information you are passing on to your listeners. Someone said that,"God has called you to preach on eternity; not to preach for eternity.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Binoy

Comments

Steel Engineer from Kiev, Ukraine on January 16, 2013:

The way to keep people listening is to have a message you received directly from the Holy Spirit, not just from a seminary, or a website list. The Holy Spirit does not like to be limited. The worship team and the pastor must follow the Holy Spirit. I have been in churches where I heard amazing preaching- after the regular pastor, led by the Holy Spirit, turned the podium over to someone in the audience.

We must remember- it is GOD's church, not the property of any pastor(s). One hour, three hours, twenty minutes- as long as the Holy Spirit is leading.

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