Sermon Prep 10: Get An Introduction

Now…you have developed your points…you are ready to preach…

Well…

No…

We still need two crucial components of the sermon.

Today let’s look at one of them.

You need to create an introduction.

We need to write a 3-5 minute piece that does a number of things.

Most notably, it grabs your people.

If you lose people in the beginning, they may never come back…

Well until the whoop…

Then folks are shouting and don’t know why if you ain’t laid the groundwork.

So let’s start here…Your introduction should grab the people…

Your introduction should hint at the sermon…

Some preaching teachers say that the sermon introduction should tell people clearly what the sermon is going to be…

OK…

But it shouldn’t tell people EVERYTHING the sermon is going to be.

I know…I know…I am disagreeing with some of the homiletic advice you have heard.

You may not agree. You don’t have to…If we agreed on every point, then one of us would be redundant…lol

At any rate, this is my suggestion…

For example, if you tell people that your sermon will show that God will help you out no matter what…

In the beginning of your sermon…

You just have made it a lot harder to keep people on board…

They know what your sermon is gonna do…so they may check out…

But if you tell people that your sermon will show one important characteristic that is going to help you make it through…

Then curiosity is working for you…

You basically want something that tells people what is coming without telling people EVERYTHING that is coming…

How do you do this?

There are a number of ways…

One is to get a story that is thematically related to your sermon.

Some preachers give a story to get you on board and then drop it…

You never hear about that story again.

Other preachers give some important and powerful background about the bible story…

Be careful here…don’t lecture…but preach…

Other preachers start a story that we come back to from time to time throughout the sermon…and then resolve the story at the end of the sermon.

Etc…

The easiest thing to do would be to get an exciting story that encapsulates the basic ideas of your sermon.

Look in your exegesis. You got tons of data in your exegesis. Look in it.

OK…today your 30 minutes…

1) Pray.

2) Find and create your introduction.

See you tomorrow,

Brother Sherman

P.S. – If you want a full scale homiletic method, then go check out mine at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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