You don’t have to over complicate your sermon. Your main goal should be to empower conversations with the tools in mind in order to help people go full circle as a Christian. Sermonlink sermons aren’t your typical sermons, so the anatomy is a bit simpler. Here are the two things you need to understand when writing a sermonlink sermon:
The skeleton is the sermonlink talking points
You can find all of the talking points for each sermon online. These talking points are typically the headings on the sermonlink articles. These talking points should provide simple clarity to your lesson. If you don’t understand your talking points then neither will those in the congregation. Dr. Howard Hendrick once said, “A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew.” You have to fully understand what you’re talking about before you can make others understand it.
You also have to remember to keep the points simple. Jesus came to the fishermen, not the pharisees. If your talking points are for the pharisees, everyday people won’t understand them.
Another way to add clarity to your teaching is through the related topics provided in the articles. Not only does this provide the teacher with more clarity, but also equips parents, small group leaders, and mentors with tools to help someone else to discover that truth. Again, the ultimate win is to empower conversations to create disciples.
The flesh is the teacher’s explanations and stories
This includes explanation of scripture, humor, and personal stories that relate to what you are talking about. All you are doing is trying to flesh out the simple talking points that already exist in the article.
This helps those in the congregation to further articulate the lesson in their own conversations about the topic. You don’t want people to feel like you are some amazing preacher and that they couldn’t possibly teach or do ministry like you. If people are feeling like that, or seeing you like that, then they feel unequipped and unqualified to also do ministry. This is the opposite of the win of teaching. You are trying to help people go full circle so they can do the same for others. They shouldn’t feel like they have to sit back and just watch you share truth. If you keep it simple people will feel encouraged to talk about your teaching and the article with other people in their lives in order to create disciples. The way you teach should be easy and reproducible.
Your job at the pulpit is to use your gift to inspire and empower people to have important conversations with someone else. The people in the congregation should be able to share the truth in love after watching you share truth in a crowd.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- “A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew.” Explain what this means, and share an example of when it was true for you.
- What’s the difference between preaching to “fishermen” and “pharisees”? Which one are you most comfortable preaching to, and why?
- Why is it important to preach the basic skeleton of the talking points for a sermonlink sermon? What are you jeopardizing if you don’t do it clearly?
- Besides explaining scripture and sharing stories, what are some ways you can put some flesh on the bones of a sermonlink sermon? What are you modeling for the listeners?
- How can you know if a person is gifted for teaching in front of a crowd? How can you know if a person is missing the point and trying to elevate himself or herself above the listeners?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.