May 4, 2021

8 Preaching Tips to Improve Your Messages

Bill Wilson

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.

2 Timothy 4:2

Just a few weeks ago we conducted our 84th Network Summit (Conference) for the Oregon Ministry Network. This year’s Summit seemed to be extra special. Every session was energized by the presence of the Holy Spirit, the exceptional presentations and the rewarding fellowship that took place.

A highlight of every Summit is honoring the newly credentialed recipients and the moving ordination ceremony. This year was no exception. Each year I share a charge with the Ordination class that includes the lines found in 2 Timothy 4:2, Preach the word. When I make that charge, it has always moved me to the core.

Effective preaching requires both study and skill. One must carefully study the text and develop the content of the message. It also requires skillful delivery. This suggests it is vital that the preacher knows their audience and works on communicating the message in a way that is impactful.

Here are some helpful tips adapted from Dr. Frank Macchia - Vanguard University (Assemblies of God).

  1. Avoid lengthy introductions:
    Get right to the point in a way that grabs the audience.
  2. Stay on message.
    Don’t drift.
  3. Do your homework.
    Take the time; it’s worth it.
  4. Stick to one major text and one central point per sermon.
    No lengthy multi-point lessons.
  5. Develop a balance in emphasis.
    Don’t just choose your favorite texts or topics.
  6. Seek to present the Good News in every message.
    Every text should point to the Good News.
  7. Offer application not just information.
    Giving theological substance must also be applied.
  8. Pray that the Holy Spirit will anoint.
    Your words come alive in the power of the Holy Spirit.

During the 2021 Summit, several styles of preaching were illustrated. Each had content, each had a unique and powerful delivery and moving application. All were anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Let’s continue to study to show ourselves approved and let’s also continue to grow in delivery. It is a sacred and serious calling.

They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

Nehemiah 8:8

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