This post is part of a multi-part blog series called Preaching PrinciplesClick here to watch the introduction video.

Here are four categories for evaluating the effectiveness of your sermons:

Solid Theology

  • Scripture-centric (every point comes from the text, helping people understand the Bible).
  • Passage not taken out of context.
  • Aligned with historic Christian doctrine.
  • Share the gospel!
  • Tie to your church’s vision, mission, values.
Engaging Content

  • Intriguing Intro (build the tension).
  • Memorable Big Idea.
  • Logical Flow.
  • Memorable points/statements.
  • Address Objections & Felt Needs.
  • Specific examples of possible applications (as you go).
  • Acknowledge Seekers.
  • Memorable story (about you or someone else) that helps people remember the big idea.
Compelling Delivery

  • Transparency/ Vulnerability (evidence that you are learning this too)
  • Use of Analogy / Storytelling / relevant illustrations.
  • Use of Humor.
  • Vocal Variation (speed, volume, tone, emotion/mood)
  • Connection to Congregation (body language, eye contact, equal attention to different parts of the room)
Clear Application

  • Specific Next Step(s) (at the end).
  • Vision for the implications of the passage or topic (what’s at stake).
  • Main points phrased applicationally.
  • Time for reflection / allowing the Holy Spirit to speak.


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