5. Don’t Worry About Rhyming Or Alliterating Sermon Points
This was the subject of another previous, and also somewhat controversial blog post that has also been reposted in several other places. So I won’t go into detail on this one either. You can read all about it in 5 Reasons to Stop Making Your Sermon Notes Rhyme.
In short, rhyming or alliterating sermon points has two downsides: First, it doesn’t feel honest to younger generations, it feels fake. Second, it takes a lot of time and energy to come with the rhyme or alliteration – time and energy that would be better spent producing great, real-life-applicable content.
Think about it. How many times has a major part of our Preacher’s Block been trying to come up with the right word that starts with the letter “E”, so the sermon points will spell out G.R.A.C.E?
Rhymes or alliterations have a place – especially in Cornerstone Content you want people to remember easily. But most of the time you can drop this unnecessary brick from your load. You’ll feel less stressed, work more efficiently and preach better, too.
6. Know And Follow Your Body Clock
Everyone has physical rhythms of life that work for us. There are times of the day, the week, the month and the year when we are at our best – and other times when we’re at our lowest.
As ministers, we owe it to ourselves and others to know what those times are. To keep ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically fit. And to put time in God’s Word when our mental, emotional and spiritual clocks are best suited for it.
I don’t think well when I’m tired. No one does. So I do most of my writing and studying early in the day. But I’m hungry to be replenished at the end of the day, so I do most of my reading then.
Your body clock isn’t the same as mine. Get to know and follow the rhythms of life that work best for you.
When you do that, you can prepare better, preach stronger and have a greater impact on the people God has called you to bless.
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