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A. The Need to prepare:
1. Some say: “Open your mouth and God will fill it.”
2. Paul said: 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
3. If you are doing the greatest work in all the world, for the greatest King in all the Universe, doesn’t it make sense to prepare to do it right?”
4. If you are going to handle the eternal destiny of men and women in your hands, don’t you want to be prepared to do it right?
B. Spiritual Preparation:
1. Spend time in prayer: ask God what He would have you to preach
2. If it doesn’t burn hot in your own heart, you’ll never kindle fire in anyone else’s heart.
C. Academic Preparation:
1. Are you going to PREACH or TEACH?
a. Teaching: emphasis on information
b. Preaching: emphasis on motivation
c. There may be a little of each in both, but one must dominate.
2. Determine two things up front:
a. What do you want to say? (The Proposition: in one sentence)
b. What do you want the hearer to do? (will determine your closing)
3. Use plenty of research material (document what you say)
b. Bible dictionaries
d. Bible software
f. Local library
4. Outline your material in an orderly way
a. Catchy title
b. A Riveting Introduction: (THE HOOK)
c. A meaningful scripture reading: (THE BOOK)
d. A 3-4 point well-organized outline (THE LOOK)
e. A relevant application/invitation (THE TOOK)
5. Some CAVEATS:
a. Don’t try to present too much material: better one point remembered than a dozen soon forgotten.
b. Avoid vagueness: Let there be no doubt about what you are trying to say.
c. Be specific in your goals: No one should leave wondering what it is that you wanted them to do.
d. Don’t be afraid to be emphatic: The people are there because they want you to challenge them; they want you to hear from God for them.
II. The presentation
A. Be a COMMUNICATOR not a just a SPEAKER.
B. Avoid monotone
1. Soft monotone puts people to sleep
2. Loud monotone causes people to tune you out
3. Inability to hear angers people
4. Let your voice fluctuate
C. Use pauses effectively: SILENCE COMMUNICATES!
D. Use comedy generously; but only with a purpose
E. Generate audience response:
1. Not to feed your ego
2. Because it forces them to be involved in your message
3. How to do it?
a. Have them read your scripture with you
b. Have them complete your statement for you
c. Give them a fill-in-the-blank outline
d. Use an audience member in an illustration (get permission first)
F. Be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit
1. Be ready to stop when He says to stop.
2. If He is moving you . . . He is moving them!
3. If He knocks, He’s got a better invitation than you do.
G. Give the glory to God: Every preacher knows when he has rung the bell . . . and when he has not. But God makes the difference.
H. Illustration: “If you’d a gone up the way you came down, you’d a come down the way you went up!”
Back to Paul’s words, “Preach the Word . . . preach the Word!”Taken from Dr. Arnold Lastinger’s personal sermon notes collection