Preach is a skill. One that can be improved upon with practice and experience. As Oscar Wilde puts it, “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” While this is true, experience is not the only way that we can improve. Another way is to improve is to learn from someones else’s experience and then apply learned principles to your actions. Preaching is also a miracle of God. One that can not be improved upon with practice or experience. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through the life of the believer that our sermons stick to anyone, which is essentially the first point of this article. Check out this post on the Resurgence blog from Adam Ramsey about how to “Make Your Sermons Stick.”
5 Ways to Make Your Sermons Stick When Preaching to Students
The high calling of every parent and preacher is to faithfully pass on the baton of faith to the next generation. Here are five ways to make the message stick.
Over the past decade, I have had many opportunities to open the Bible and preach to young people in a huge range of settings and cultures. While I have previously written on some of the most common ways I have bombed a sermon (and seen many other young preachers do likewise), I have also learned some helpful practices along the way that can help your message stick.
The gospel is the power
These practices are intentionally pragmatic, but they are of little use if the message being preached is anything other than the gospel. Only the gospel—the good news of the finished work of Jesus, on the cross, in our place, for our sins—has the Spirit-propelled power to make dead hearts live.