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There are only two basic elements when you break down a sermonlink sermon, and keeping this in mind will help you prep and preach effectively.
- 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.
- The flesh is the teacher’s explanations and sermons. This includes an 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.
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.
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? 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 preaching to “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.