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.
This teaching on improving one’s sermon was excellent. I completely agree with what was said, and I wanted to thank you for saying.
Please elaborate on the difference between celebration and application ? Are they one and the same?; or does one follow the other?
The videos add a personal touch that many lack. thank you for all that you are doing in an effort that Ministers can improve and really connect with their audience
They are related but the major difference is that application is primarily intellectual. Celebration is primarily emotional. They are strongly related however. I need to do a video on the subject.
These suggestions are not new to me, but they bear repeating for I hear these points being violated far too often. I have heard sermons that do not follow the main point (or the chosen text, for that matter). And how about sermons that are too short, the preacher capitulating to the congregational desire for brevity and/or style over substance? Keep up the good work on behalf of excellent preaching.
Excellent suggestions for sermon preparation, and being focused on the given message.
Very timely advice. As I looked at my sermon manuscript for the week I noticed that I have several main topics which is contrary to the suggestions of Pastor Sherman. Sometimes when we prepare for a sermon, we do not notice our mistake until we remember the pointers given by someone like the author.
Thank you pastor for the enlightenment,i normally preach or more to say teach in series, i am curently preaching a series called the principles of success,and we are doing a character study on avids life. My question is in relation to the third point,what if one is teaching say on backsliding, a call to repentance,how do you end on a celeberatory note on a sermon that rebukes as it were. thanks
Yes I love this question. There are a few ways to do this. I will do a video on this in the near future. At any rate, one thing you can do is what I call a “celebrative challenge.” You can celebrate “God’s power to help us fulfill the obligations of the sermon” or celebrate “our response to God’s call described in the sermon.”
Here is where you celebrate that your congregation is going to receive God’s power to fulfill the obligations put down in the sermon. So you celebrate God’s power to forgive and to cleanse. You celebrate God’s ability to keep us from falling. You celebrate God’s willingness to give us power over whatever we are fighting with.
The key is that celebration can have ethical content. When it does, I call it a celebrative challenge.
I appreciated the insight and brevity of this sharing!!!! God Bless you for providing such rich resources.
“My question is in relation to the third point,what if one is teaching say on backsliding, a call to repentance,how do you end on a celeberatory note on a sermon that rebukes as it were. thanks”
I think this is a really good question. I sometimes see an altar call with dozens of people weeping or confessing sins and that is usually allowed to run it’s course and yet still end in playing some music celebrating reconciling with God. So yea I think you can have a time of repentance and sorrow and still end in celebration.
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