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How to Bake a Good Sermon

5 ingredients for a biblically substantive and culturally relevant sermon.

How to Bake a Good Sermon

What makes a sermon good? That has been a notoriously difficult question to answer. There are really only four kinds of sermons: biblically shallow and contextually irrelevant; biblically substantive and contextually irrelevant; biblically shallow and contextually relevant; biblically substantive and contextually relevant. The last option is the one preferred by the preacher, listener, and, no doubt, God. But what does it look like look for a sermon to be substantive and relevant? Here are five essential ingredients for the baking of good sermons.

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The angel said to Joseph about Mary, "that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 1:20). If the same thing is going to be said about the preacher, as it should, the sermon must say something of substance about God—Father, Son, or Spirit. I admit with shame that too many of my sermons were shallow. They might have offered good advice about marriage, parenting, finances, or time management, but they didn't ...

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Laura Shurson

January 22, 2016  12:03pm

Thank God for this practical and blessed snippet on preaching. Loved it!

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Pastor john tronconi

June 26, 2015  9:10am

Good advice I will try this using one page to is good. I like to tell a story sometimes because I can relate the sermon better than for your idears.

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George

June 18, 2015  11:04am

Thanks so much for this. I have been preaching every week for more than a decade (Glory to God) and I started thinking of growth... doing it better and i found myself here thru Google (thank God for Google!). I like the four points you have given exegetical information, Illustriative, Theological reflections and Practical applications. Thanks Lenny!

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GS

June 15, 2015  9:13am

Yes, there are some helpful suggestions but I found it amusing that all the points started with a C. Alliteration is one of the least effective tools to help people remember and often leads speakers to developing contrived words rather than those most helpful.

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Megan C

June 12, 2015  7:44am

Lenny hit the nail right on the head!

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