Preaching Tech – Show Don’t Tell (Part Two)

ChurchLeaders | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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Editor’s Note: is an excellent resource for preaching, and one area of Christian ministry that can use a tech upgrade is preaching tech. We hope this two-part post will provide an informal “degree” in preaching and technology. You can read Part One of this post here.

Your sermons should have a balance to them. You want to spend the proper time exegeting God’s word, illustrating God’s word, and applying God’s word.

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If you spend 90% of your time applying God’s word without teaching God’s word, you’re offering up an unbalanced diet to your listeners.

Here’s the point: with every point and sub-point you make in your sermon, you should strive to teach it, illustrate it, and apply it.

Moment - Look - Sermon - Truth - Text

So take a moment and look at your last sermon. How often are you illustrating the truth of the text?

Sometimes preachers can only focus on inserting sermon illustrations at the beginning and end of their messages. I think that’s a mistake.

Look - Way

Let’s look at it this way:

The teaching portion in a point of the sermon is the kick drum on a drum set.

Illustration - Part - Point - Sermon - Snare

The illustration part in a point of the sermon is the snare drum.

The application part in a point of the sermon is the rest of the drum set – the toms and all the cymbals.

Rhythm - Thing

When you have all of these working together – in rhythm – it’s a beautiful and powerful thing. But if you only had one or two, it would feel incomplete.

There are many different types of sermon illustrations and being able to utilize them all will give you a complete tool belt. So what are they? I’m glad you asked.

Statements - Punch - Grace - Tsunami - Sin

These are usually short, single-sentence statements that pack a punch. Grace is like a tsunami, it floods your sin.

The basic recipe for a good analogy is: A connection point + the implication...
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