Series preaching

February 20th, 2014

I am looking forward to being able to preach in a series in the future. By this I mean preaching on the same topic for 3-4 weeks straight.

I currently preach when my name comes up on the roster. Often I have enough material for 2-4 messages on the topic and you have to cut it down to fit in to one message.

I think my most recent message would have been better if I could split it in half and do it over two weeks. As it was I felt I had to cut it down to stay under 30 minutes.

If I could preach in my perfect little dream world I would probably prepare messages that went for 15 minutes or 20 minutes at the most. I think the TED talks are limited to 17 minutes.

I find any more than that people start to glaze over and not remember much. It might sound good at the time and have lots of Scripture in, but I wonder how much people retain and apply?

I understand that if you speak with 4-5 points some people might remember different parts of the message and it might still bless them.

But I wonder if it might be better to go back to the old three point sermon with the introduction and text, the three points, and a summary? And see the sermon as part of the overall service.

Hmmm I think I might challenge myself to do the old three point sermon next time. I wonder if I will be able to do it?

God Bless,