RPP 002: What to Do When You’re Done Writing Your Sermon

In today’s episode of the Rookie Preacher Podcast, we talk about what to do when you’re done writing your sermon and how to incorporate story into your sermon.What to Do When You're Done Writing Your Sermon

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Show Notes: What to Do When You’re Done Writing Your Sermon

Points to Remember:

  • It’s okay to break away from the exact text to add character into it.
  • Incorporating personal stories help the congregation connect.
  • Bring out your own personality in the way you tell stories.
  • Instead of just reading the text, take some time to interact with it – bring out the emotion.
  • Bring the story of the Gospel to life by interacting with the text.
  • If you can find a good story that relates to the text or main idea, take bits and pieces and infuse them into your sermon throughout.
  • Great storytellers: Perry Noble, Andy Stanley, and Kenny White.
  • Joe runs through his sermon once all the way through and then important parts (illustration, introduction, etc.).
  • Joe runs through his sermon on Wednesday and Friday.
  • When writing a manuscript, use section headings to boil down to more of an outline form.
  • Manuscripting your message allows you to say things in a crisp, succinct, and memorable way.
  • Brandon runs through his manuscript 3 times and his iPad notes 3 times for a total of 6 times before Sunday.
  • Running through your sermon before Sunday will free you to be able to connect with your congregation rather than connecting with your notes.
  • Every pastor needs to figure out what works for them
  • Rehearsing your sermon, may be awkward, but it’s important.
  • Put in the hard work and then have fun on Sunday.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Links Mentioned

Pastor, Stop Using the Holy Spirit as Your Excuse for Laziness

Brandon’s Manuscript Notes || Brandon’s iPad Notes

The Criticism I Hated—but Made Me a Better Preacher

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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 BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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