Andy Stanley’s Approach to Sermon Preparation

0140-660x400Andy Stanley is considered by many a master communicator.  From what I’ve read and heard from him, I concur.  He surely knows how to effectively get his point across.

For those of us who deliver sermons and give talks, from time to time, and are looking to hone our skills, Mr. Stanley is worth considering.

Below are snippets from his book Communicating for a Change:

“Every time I stand to communicate I want to take one simple truth and lodge it in the heart of the listener.  I want them to know that one thing and know what to do with it…

“I’ve always thought of a sermon, or any talk for that matter, as a journey.  You start somewhere, you go somewhere, and ultimately you end up somewhere.  The question is, ‘Did you end up where you wanted to go?’  ‘Did they discover a truth that will change their lives?'”

“You’ve got to narrow the focus of your message to one point.  Then everything else in the message supports, illustrates, and helps to make it memorable.”

Simply another tool for your toolkit.  You may add it or leave it.  Or perhaps you already have a proven approach to sermon preparation and delivery.

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