Saturday, 13 August 2016

How To Excellently Deliver A Sermon

Homiletics is the art of properly delivering messages to an audience, Apostle Pride Sibiya says. While everyone may be given a great message by God, the message may be accepted or rejected depending on how you have been able or unable to deliver that message. Here is a short message on how to do it in a great way:

Apostle Pride Sibiya
Apostle Pride Sibiya
a) Correctly introduce your message
You will have to start by introducing your message. It is here that you arrest the attention of the audience. Take advantage because all the people will be curiously wondering about what you want to say. You must show your audience your direction by clearly showing them where you want to go. You may also give the first hint by mentioning your topic. Some start by giving a story, proverb, illustration, striking statement, question, dramatic action or something that just catches people’s attention. Do it in the shortest possible time, not like preach for an hour then tell you that it was simply an introduction. Is it still a sermon or it is now a dissertation? Do not use complicated language.

b) Move to body
Your body should fit well with your introduction. The body must also keep in line with the topic because it is here that you explore your topic. It is usually important to have at least just three major points in your body so that people will not forget your message. Never attempt to preach all that you know in one sermon. Stick to your topic (as long as the Spirit has not changed your course),no preaching or teaching ten messages in one sermon. This shows that you are disorderly. Winston Churchill once said: “get one idea not two. Give it a whack! Talk on a little while, then give it another whack! Proceed like this until you come to the finale, and give it a terrific whack!” The body gives people all the associated data, the facts, the figures, the arguments to support your text or topic. This is in preparation for your conclusion. Illustrations are important in the body so people may fully understand and not forget the message, while creating excitement and interest in your audience. They should not, however, be over-stated. The core is the Word of God and illustrations are there to help the people remember the Word not just themselves.

c) Conclude well
The conclusion, in a way, may be construed as the climax because it is the one which clearly calls the people to take action and the action to take. It therefore is also very important. It must not bring in new ideas but supports your topic, as stated in the introduction and as explained in the body. It states the specific purpose of your sermon, after summarising all its contents. Some people cannot conclude their messages, they keep on preaching after talking about their conclusion. This bores hearers.

Make sure that your preaching/teaching is not too short nor too long. For me any time from forty (40) minutes to an hour is permissable. For preaching I would prefer forty minutes of preaching and the rest left to prayer and alter calls, while for teaching forty-five to fifty minutes will do and the rest left to prayer.

By Apostle Pride Sibiya

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