In seminary, you were instructed on how to speak in front of large groups of people. But have you listened to yourself lately? When is the last time you evaluated the terminology and phrasing of your message?
Often, when we’ve been in a position for some time, we grow accustomed to a daily routine or method of accomplishing our tasks. This includes how you write messages for Sunday morning delivery.
As a pastor, you realize that the people comprising your congregation are all at various places on their spiritual walk. Some are new and needing more explanation on some of the deeper theological points you make. Some are in the middle of their walk, and others are seasoned in their faith and walking a more mature path.
Though your messages won’t always address each degree of attendee in your church, seek to teach deep theology in simple terms—perhaps in a way that refreshes biblical concepts for those with a seasoned faith. Think constructively around what God leads you to say, and ask Him to reveal clear phrases and wording to convey key concepts to your congregation.
Remember that your message should seek to include and not exclude, to educate and inform a range of attendees, rather than to put your education on display. Phrases such as the following should be avoided:
- “We all know where it says in the Bible. . . . ” They don’t know if they’ve never read the Bible.
- “And everyone said . . . ” at the end of a prayer. Well, what did everyone say?
- “We’ve all heard the story of. . . . ” They haven’t heard that story if they haven’t been to Sunday School.
By creating messages that clearly and succinctly explain deep Bible truths, you’ll likely appeal to those discovering their faith, as well as to those with a life-long faith.
What are some examples of questions or phrases that include those discovering their faith?