This booklet, “Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!”, will be offered as a pdf download in a short while. We’ve looked at the following steps already: Step One was entitled “Do the Work!” Step Two was entitled “Develop a Clear Outline!” Step Three was entitled “Expository Versus Topical Messages!” Step Four was entitled “Begin with a Great Introduction!” Step Five was entitled “Illustrate. Illustrate. Illustrate!” Step Six was entitled “Vocal Variety!” Here is Step Seven:
STEP SEVEN: USE TECHNOLOGY!
There are a few preachers who can communicate effectively with only their presence and their voice. But most of our preaching would be greatly enhanced with some use of technology.
Learn to use PowerPoint or Keynote in your preaching. But don’t allow its bells and whistles to overshadow your message. Remember that preaching is meant to be educational. Let’s use the best educational tools possible to effectively drive our message home. Don’t resign yourself to appealing only to the ear-gate. Take advantage of the eye-gate and craft your sermon with helpful images and, occasionally, short videos. Ask the educators in your congregation to help you use presentation software to your greatest advantage.
I’ve also found that a congregation occasionally appreciates some form of handout in their bulletin. For example, a fill-in outline encourages people to take notes and, if they do so, their attention will be more focused on the message.
Here’s an example of a fill-in outline I would use in preaching my message “The Waste of Worry” from Luke 12:22-31 (Remember the points I gave you under Step Two?).
“The Waste of Worry” (Lk. 12:22-31)
I. Worry Causes Us to _______ _______ ________ (vv. 22-24)
II. Worry Is ______________ (vv. 25-26)
III. Worry Causes Us to ________ God’s ______ ____ ___ (vv. 27-28)
IV. Worry Can Make Us Look Like ________ (vv. 29-30)
V. Worry Is a _______ to Our Seeking ______ ________ (v. 31)