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There are so many important elements of a sermon: showing Jesus to all who hear, powerful introductions, engaging storytelling, effective illustrations and so on.
But, one thing that is missing in a lot of sermons I hear is a simple principle: clarity. You can have great power, great stories, great exegesis, great insert whatever you want, but if you are not clear your audience will not be sure what to take home with them.
Ways - Clarity - Preaching
Here are some ways to achieve clarity in your preaching:
One way to achieve clarity in your preaching is to always connect the “topic” or passage to the Gospel. Without the good news of Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected so we could be saved from our sins, whatever topic you are preaching on would be ultimately meaningless.
People - Moralizing - Living - Disciple - Life
Your people need to know this. They need to know that preaching is more than moralizing, and living as a disciple is about more than living a good life, or overcoming obstacles.
Preacher, you will never be clear in your preaching until you forget the moralizing and the feel good motivation and instead share the ultimate truths given to us by the power found in Jesus’ sacrifice.
One way we limit how clear our...
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