Practice Makes Perfect

The other day someone called me…

“Hey Doc…I need to look at this text from a different angle…can you help me?”

Well…I am a different person…so probably will hit it from a different angle…

Usually these are just a quick look at the text to help folks think about questions to enlarge on a text…

Or maybe it is help in closing a sermon…

Someone asked me, “how do you do that?”

The answer is a combination…

1) Training.

2) Practice…

3) Spirit

You gotta have all three…

The Spirit is guaranteed to you if you pray for it…so ask for Divine help.

Training is what you get here. Whether it is from the emails, YouTube videos, website, or from the course. You get training here.

I suspect that all of you who read the emails for about a year will have a solid foundation on how to put together a sermon.

But then there is practice.

This is where many get hung up.

You have to practice…

And what do I mean by practice?

I mean going through EVERY part of the sermon construction process…

Plan, Prepare, and Present…

You must practice all three…

Not pieces of a sermon…but the whole sermon….

Every preacher should prepare a sermon every week or at least every other week.

A full sermon.

Not just the close…

Not just the introduction…

Not just an illustration…

No a whole sermon…with a beginning, middle, and end…

Ray Bradbury said if you write a short story every week…you will be a writer by the end of a year…

Well, my fellow preachers…if you want to be a preacher…then get in the shop and start practicing the sermon preparation muscles…

How bout you start today…

Not the top of next month…

Not next year…

But today…put together a sermon…

Cause the only way you will be ready to preach…is to prepare to preach…

Peace,

Brother Sherman

Sherman Haywood Cox II

Vanderbilt Trained Minister (MDiv), Univ. of Alabama Trained Software Developer (MS), Author, Blogger (http://soulpreaching.com), Husband, Son, Brother, Father.