Telling Your Story Doesn’t Always Work

He had a story to end his sermon…

I supposed, it appeared to be a perfect story that would connect to the people and encourage them to live God’s life in a fallen world.

The story really did seem to be a pretty good one with aspects of his own life in it…

But it didn’t work…

It took the people away from the point of the sermon as he expanded on the story…

It really went on a bit too long. I suspect in an attempt to connect the story to the people.

It didn’t support the message and thus ended up taking away from the message…

Then he started yelling in what appeared to be an attempt to regain the momentum that the sermon had before he told the story…

And of course, that didn’t work either…

As I looked at this sermon on YouTube the big problem with this presentation hit me…

“Don’t Force It.”

OK, first you must have a good message. Solid content and a solid connection to the people so that they understand the ramifications of the scripture on their lives…

Yep…That is always a nonnegotiable…But before you use a story…

Always make sure it fits in with the message. If it don’t…you might obliterate the main message from the minds of the people.

In addition, always make sure that the story has a clear point.

Also, if the story ain’t working…don’t lengthen it to try to make it work. Don’t force it…

I think I hear someone asking, “What do you mean by a story working? You mean if they shout?”

No…

I mean if it is hitting home…you can feel it.

I know you want to tell your story…I know…it is a good one…but don’t force it if it don’t fit…you will have a chance later to tell your story when it fits…

And when it fits…

It will be powerful…

My homiletic course where I teach this and a lot more on the sermon preparation process is at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net

Till tomorrow,
Brother Sherman

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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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