This post is part of a multi-part blog series called Preaching Principles. Click here to watch the introduction video.
Here are four categories for evaluating the effectiveness of your sermons:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.