One 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!