Six Levers of Series Preaching (part two)
What is the difference between a collection of sermons on the same subject and a strong series? How do we take full advantage of those unique strengths?See theme
This is the second article in a two-part series. To read part one, click here.
Many pastors, wanting greater leverage, choose to preach primarily in series. But we may not be using all the power inherent in the form. When we understand how a series differs from a single sermon, we can take full advantage of the unique strengths a series affords.
Here are the final three of six differences, along with suggestions on how to capitalize on them.
4. Planned Response
Many people will not respond to a significant appeal for action on first hearing. As I recall, one study said the average Christian heard the gospel something like seven times before responding. Urging people at the end of a sermon to pray more may not require much consideration, and people may respond on the first request. But asking people to sign up for a two-week missions trip to Haiti, or to fast and pray for lost neighbors, is another matter.
Series preaching enables us to prepare people thoroughly for a significant response. In ...