How to get a bigger payoff from transitionsSee theme
Editor's note: This is the final clinic based on the sermon " Overcoming the Influence of Affluence. " Watch next month for a new clinic using a fresh sermon and two clinicians.
When a sermon is at its best, it is a seamless, integrated flow of thought and passion that challenges the audience to take godly actions for Christ. Unfortunately, we often ignore one key element that holds the sermon together in unity. This absence results in a message that contains all the major parts an introduction, a series of main points, a conclusion but they don't flow together. What is needed: transitions, or what one writer calls connectors.
For the most part, the transitions in the sermon " Overcoming the Influence of Affluence " do a serviceable job, but they are nothing to get excited about. Here are three upgrades:
- Be more intentional about the use of transitions and their place in the sermon. The transitions seem somewhat haphazard. They need to be carefully placed. For example, a transition is lacking between the final movement and the conclusion, which hurts the flow.
Although listeners may not see the sermon's outline, they strive to hear the relationship between its parts. The preacher must make this clear through the sermon's wording.