1. Help with research
2. Create collaboration
3. Introduce you to better communicators
4. Concentrate your message I think this last point is especially relevant.When preparing your next sermon reduce your Big Idea down to 140 characters or less.In fact if you can’t reduce your Big Idea to 140 characters your sermon is in trouble!
Haddon Robinson is known for coining the phrase “Big Idea preaching”.
His concept centres around the truism, aim at nothing & you’ll hit it.
Every message should have a big idea, a pithy summation of what you are trying to say & ultimately achieve. In fact you should be able to state your Big Idea in a short sentence.
At times I also like to build a specific outcome into my Big Idea.
Your big idea can emerge during the study process or you can start with it. Sermon preparation is that dynamic.
So what does a Big Idea look like?
Here’s a few of mine:
Is it possible for one person to change history?
Let’s expose and eradicate legalism
At Christmas the outsiders become insiders
Who are you eating with?
How does God change a life?
Can God make a difference in a divorce?
How to cultivate your confidence
What’s on your mind will be in your life
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