PLP 7: 10 Commandments of a Great Sermon Introduction

The sermon introduction is extremely important. In the first few minutes of the sermon, there are some things we ought to do and ought not to do. In today’s episode of The Preaching and Leadership Podcast, we’re diving into the 10 commandments of a great sermon introduction.

10 Commandments of a Great Sermon Introduction

Let’s dive in.

PLP 7: 10 Commandments of a Great Sermon Introduction


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Helpful Links/Notes

The 10 Commandments of an Effective Sermon Introduction

Instinctive Elaboration

Preaching Sticky Sermons [book]

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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