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Podcast Episode 57 | 15 min

Sermon Openings for a Weary World

How to craft an effective opening that wins attention.
Sermon Openings for a Weary World

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In this episode, co-hosts Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller explore the intricacies of sermon openings and why they’re so critical to getting your point across. Kevin said “The opening really matters, because we have to have people’s attention.” He cites an introduction from a sermon entitled “Yet I Will Praise Thee” from Jill Briscoe, international author and speaker. She posed the question “Have you ever asked God questions and felt you haven't received a good answer?” Jill's sermon opening is relatable, and as a result gets your attention. This episode will help you craft introductions that explain what your sermon is about, and why your listeners should care.

Matt Woodley serves as the Editor for PreachingToday.com and the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of God With Us: The Gospel of Matthew (IVP).

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