sermons are recorded in the New Testament, such as the
Sermon of the Mount (Matt. 5-7), Stephen’s history of
the Jewish nation (Acts 7), Paul’s address on Mars’ Hill
(Acts 17), and Peter’s first sermon under the new
covenant (Acts 2). Preaching to a broken heart is like
giving food to a starving child. Preaching to a hard
heart is like correcting a rebellious teenager.
The way some men preach today, a lost man might never
know his condition. Sinners will never cry out, “What
must I do to be saved?” what about your messages?
Are you depending on the Holy Spirit’s power
or your own intelligence?
You must teach
with power and authority.
Are you worried
about what people think of your message or what God
Then teach with the fear of God.
Do you genuinely love your congregation?
Then teach with the love of God and
Are you accurately presenting the
Then study the Word and teach
with sincerity and in Truth
Do the people
really need this message?
Then teach with
urgency as this is your last message.
applied this message to my own life?
teach with integrity.
Will this message draw
attention to you or to God?
Then teach with
humility and don't try to help God. (Some preachers
think God is broke and He need his help)
following principles must apply to any sermon you
preach. A good sermon will integrate the person and
presence of God with the person and presence of the
A good sermon will be easily
Some preachers seem to confuse
complexity with depth. Listeners can understand good
preaching. Good preachers work to understand the
language, the culture, and the interests of those to
whom they preach. They work hard to clarify and unify
the presentation so that there will be no confusion
about what they are trying to say. In Apostolic sermons,
no appeal was ever made to modern theological thought.
Men of God simply proclaimed God’s word. Jesus said,
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
free.” (John 8:32) In Acts 7, one-third of Stephen’s
sermon was from the Old Testament. His audience knew
what the verses said, but he had to explain what they
meant and how it applied to them. When Philip preached
in Acts 8, he explained Isaiah 53. The eunuch wanted to
know “of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or
of some other man?” (Acts 8:34)
sermon is rooted in the Bible.
must me rooted in in the Word of God. Many fine things
could be said by a preacher, but if the listener doesn’t
feel that the sermon has been helpful in engaging the
Bible, it falls short as a sermon. Good preachers
understand that God still speaks through his Word. The
Bible is the one instrument that God has promised to
bless. When it comes to good preaching, the Bible is
where the power is.
A good sermon exalts
the person of Jesus Christ.
as the Only Hope of the World. We are Christian
preachers, which means that every sermon we preach will
exalt the person of Jesus Christ. The first thing Paul
did in every city he visited was to lift up Christ and
set Him before men as their only hope. Paul told the
Corinthians he “determined not to know anything among
you, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Cor.
2:2). Salvation does not come by the preaching of
politics or moral platitudes, our hope is in heaven.
A good sermon helps people hear from God.
Preachers work to connect people with the
voice of God. If a listener does not sense that she or
he has been in the presence of God and heard something
meaningful from him, then the sermon could not have been
that good. Peter did not soft-peddle the truth in Acts
2. He accused his audience of killing the Son of God. As
a result, these people were “cut to the heart.” (Acts
2:37) Cutting a man to the heart is not a task to be
relished — it is the end result of freedom, joy, and
salvation for which we seek.