We have all sat through them. We have all preached them. We all hate them: boring sermons.
Sermons are the currency of most churches. They have a pivotal role in the life of the church because they have the ability to affect change in people.
Yet many times they are boring. They do not connect. So we speak louder, flail our arms, introduce tanks on the stage or give away a new car to get people to come and listen.
Sermons are a catalyst for meaningful change by using human contact in a way that no other medium can. Many times it isn’t until you communicate the message with people in person that you can establish a visceral connection that motivates people to hear clearly God’s message specifically for them. That connection is why average sermons sometimes get traction and brilliant sermons with brilliant ideas die.
Sermons have an ebb and flow about them. Effective sermons include bursts of movement, contrasts of content, delivery, and emotion. Your brain enjoys tapping into ideas when there is continual movement and the unwrapping of ideas. You can see that visually as you notice people leaning forward in anticipation of each new movement.
Preaching takes work and time to breathe life into it. It is not throwing together facts and information. It is partnering with the Spirit to allow him to breathe the breath of life into your words in a way that moves people into a deepening relationship with God.
Is it worth putting this level of commitment into our sermon preparation? The question we should ask is, How badly do I want what God has taught me to live in the lives of others?