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7 Ways Preaching Bad Sermons Can Help You Preach Better Sermons
There will be times when you feel uninspired, unprepared and empty. Preach anyway.

4. Preach biblically

Don’t get an idea for a sermon, then tack a scripture onto it. Start with God’s Word in your heart and speak with God’s Word in your mouth.

Like with prayer, when you stick with scripture, what you say will carry a weight and authority, even if your skills aren’t what you’d like them to be.

5. Preach when you don’t have anything to say

Even after you’ve prayed, read and studied the passage, there will be times when you feel uninspired, unprepared and empty. Preach anyway.

Doing the work brings the inspiration, not the other way around.

There’s a saying among writers – only amateurs wait for inspiration, pros sit down and start writing. What’s true for writers is also true for preachers. Don’t be an amateur. Just go preach.

In my experience, the inspiration doesn’t come first, the work comes first. Doing the work brings the inspiration, not the other way around.

6. Preach until you get better, then worse, then better again

It may take a while to get better at preaching well. Then, just as you feel like you’re getting the hang of it, you’ll take a few steps back again.

That’s okay. Keep going. Ups and downs are a part of it.

7. Stay humble

I’ve been preaching for almost 40 years, and I still haven’t preached my last bad sermon.

No matter how much you do it or how good you get at it, the next one always has the chance of being a stinker. So don’t get cocky. Stay humble. Rely on prayer and God’s Word.

And keep preaching.

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August 21, 2019 at 2:00 AM

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