This two-part blog mini-series is designed to help pastors and public speakers learn to find illustrations and place them in their messages effectively. One of preaching’s ongoing challenges is to find ways to illustrate biblical truths in a way that is faithful to the text, not cheesy, not boring, doesn’t
Preaching week after week, year after year is extremely challenging. Doing so with any degree of consistency and excellence is even more challenging. No preachers is at their best every weekend. Personal matters and church issues can hurt preparation time. Sometimes the well just seems dry. There’s no freshness, no zip on the old fastball. Sometimes, we feel like there’s another gear out there somewhere–we just can’t find it. Below are five common preaching mistakes we make. There are obviously more than this, but here is a sampling. I suffer them all at one time or another. Add to this list or comment on any of these in the comments section.
If you want your preaching to get better with time, it certainly takes work. However, it also takes a deeper well. Experience is just one facilitator of a deepening the well. Our well deepens when God digs it deeper through whatever means He chooses. It might be experience. It might be personal tragedy, relational connection with your church, or the removing of sin from one’s own life. It may simply be a work ethic at study that God honors with a deeper well.