“God opened that door for ya, ain’t that right?”
“God picked you up, ain’t that right?”
“God turned you round, ain’t that right?”
“Somebody knows bout a God who can make a way out of no way…”
Perhaps you have heard a celebratory close like that. Is it a good one?” Well maybe. It all depends on whether your sermon was about “God opening doors.” Or “God picking you up.” Or “God turning you round.”
You see, a sermon close should be intimately connected to the sermon itself. Like the old folks use to say, “Your meat should make it’s own gravy.” Or as I say, “Let your content do the shouting.”
When closing your sermon you should reduce complexity as noted before. Included in this is to limit the extent of your vocabulary. What am I talking about? Well, in your sermon you may have two, three, or even five words to mean the same thing. You may even use a thesaurus to look at a concept to find the exact word that includes all the shades of meaning you want to convey.
OK, you have become the actor in the sermon. What else can you do to help your delivery of your sermonic. close? The next important thing you should do is Reduce complexity.
Do not engage in caveats or explanations of your points in the celebration. You have already done all that in the sermon. If you have put your sermont together properly then you can
eliminate your caveats and explanations.
What am I talking about?
Ok, we know what we are trying to do, what are the tools to actually do it? How can we actually turn the raw materials into a celebration? In this chapter, we will provide some explicit tools that you can use for promoting celebration in the close.
The first tool to construct a sermonic close is for you, the preacher, to become the actor in the sermon. I mean you are the one who acts. You are the one who is doing what the sermon calls you to do.
This can be helpful when you have a controlling metaphor for your whole sermon. These sermons, that you can become the actor in, should ask the people to do something or promote something.
The preacher becomes the chief “obey-er” of the message. I have a couple of examples here:
So now you have the ingredients. There are a few things that we will repeat that you must have for a powerful celebration. Some of these are repeated in what we have seen before. Here are the things I assume you will to ensure a powerful close.
Remember when you put together your sermon conclusion that you are attempting to address the emotive primarily and
not the intellectual. This is not to ignore the intellectual, just that the close is not about that, it is about an emotive celebration.
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