Break It Down
On rare occasions I visit a good steak house and have a prime rib. A good tender medium prime rib steak is wonderful. However, much goes into preparing and enjoying it. A certain cut of meat is required. Then, it has to be cooked at the right temperature for the right amount of time. Then, once served, the obvious next step is for me to cut the prime rib into individual bites and enjoy it.
Make Smooth Transitions
Once the basic outline of the sermon is in place, some transitional wording needs to be inserted between the big idea and the main points of the outline. This involves asking a pertinent question about the big idea and then answering it with a second statement. The transition may be left out of the written outline, but it will always be necessary to make the transition verbally when you preach.
Make Your Point
There’s a humorous anecdote that I once heard about a fellow who never went to church much. His wife attended every Sunday and often asked him to go with her. Finally, he went one Sunday and listened intently to the sermon. Afterwards, his wife asked, “Well what did the preacher preach about?” He thought for a minute and said, “Sin.” “Well what did he say about sin?” asked his wife not letting him off the hook so easily. Again, he thought for a moment and then replied, “Well, I think he was against it.” The moral of the story is this, If we expect our listeners to understand what we are saying, we better be crystal clear. Think about the average political speech. They cover a lot of ground and touch on many subjects, but it’s nearly impossible to summarize their message. We, as preachers must do better than that. Our subject matter is too important for our message to be confusing or vague. We have to make a singular, crystal-clear point, if we expect anyone to remember it and to benefit from it.