5 Things about your Sermons

5 things your sermons must have blog postOne of the primary responsibilities of being a youth pastor is teaching. We teach a lot, and must develop our speaking. I have grown to love studying and teaching as much now than ever before. I do not consider myself a great speaker, but I am trying to improve my speaking to be the most effective for the Gospel’s sake that I possibly can be.


Here are 5 things that I am learning about the sermons that I preach: 


  1. Your sermons must be Passionate– Are you passionate about what you are speaking about? If not, do not expect many positive results from your audience. Passion is always a characteristic of the most effective speakers. 
  2. Your sermons must be original– Now, curriculum is one thing, but if you are googling or checking around what other preachers are speaking on a couple of days before you speak, there is a major problem. Look, back in the New Testament church, the primary responsibility of the preacher was to pray and study. So, make that your top priority. I hate hearing how preachers get sermon outlines from everyone else, and claim them as their own. Come on, we need integrity from our pulpits today.
  3. Your sermons must be Illustrative– I always write out my manuscript, and then go through it, and try to see how I can make it come alive to the audience. Make sure that you have illustrations, and have something to make it come alive and make it applicable to the lives of your audience.
  4. Your sermons must be modeled– One thing that I try to do is model and make sure that I am working on what I am teaching. Do not get up and teach on a subject that you are not modeling. For instance, be careful speaking on evangelism if you are not personally in the community evangelizing people. The audience (especially students) will know if you are faking. They can spot hypocrisy from a mile away.
  5. Your sermons must be prayed over– You should spend time praying about the points in your sermon. Spend time praying for your audience. Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak through you. Always remember that you cannot do anything on your own so you better be praying for God to speak through you, because with God, it means nothing!

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

3 thoughts on “5 Things about your Sermons

  1. I sometimes get sermon ideas from other preachers. One of the sermons I have is from Colossians 1:15-17. I got the idea for from a tiny little nugget in a Matt Chandler sermon. Another sermon I preached was also from a tiny nugget in a sermon. I think it is a bad idea to straight up copy someone else, but I think God will give you ideas for your own messages by listening to others.

    Great post. I love discussing communicating and how we can become more effective at it.

    1. Jonathan, I agree totally with you. I do a lot of reading and listening to sermons so of course the Lord gives me ideas from those guys. I have heard though of preachers googling ideas the day before they speak, and copying someone else’s outline and just using it all as their own claiming that they have studied it and God gave them that outline. I have no problem with curriculum or with generating ideas, and maybe even using a point or two from another guy, but to copy the manuscript from someone else is not right in my opinion. I will not go to the grave over this, but I feel that if a senior pastor is doing this, he is forsaking the 2 main objectives of his responsibilities given in the early church: pray and study. Not google other people’s answers to their prayer and study.

      I am a bit passionate about this, because I personally have heard of a few instances where this is the case, and it is sad.

      Thanks for the post bro, and I hope that you are doing well.

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