Once a month, I write for rookiepreacher.com and when Brandon and Joe announced their new book I jumped at the chance to get an advanced copy. “Preaching Sticky Sermons” is a book you should have in your library. The tag line is: “The Complete Practical Guide to Preparing, Writing, and Delivering Memorable Sermons” and they deliver on the promise.
They divide the book into 4 sections:
- Great Preaching Begins With Great Preparation
- Write For Maximum Impact
- Deliver Intentionally and Powerfully
- Beyond Sunday
The book has many strengths and here are 3 that stand out for me:
- The seriousness for which they take the preaching task.
- The desire to let the Scripture speak for itself.
- The amount of time they take hammering home the importance of application.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
“Once you have the single, main passage identified, read it, study it, and then answer these 5 questions:
1. What do I, or others believe that goes against this text?
2. What do I or others do that goes against this text?
3. How might some people interpret this text in a way that resolves the tension of application and action?
4. What problem in life does this text address?
5. How do people justify that problem in their lives so they don’t have to deal with it?”
I know we all do this in one way or another but having these questions and filling them in as you study will help keep you in the passage, keep you practical and speed up your study.
However, you want to say it, “soup to nuts”, “beginning to end”, “A-Z”, “everything and the kitchen sink”, Joe and Brandon have created a great resource for preachers whether you are a beginner or a veteran.
Don’t just take my word for it here are some other reviews.
To close, here are a few of my favourite (I’m Canadian) quotes from each major section of the book.
Great Preaching Begins With Great Preparation:
- “My biggest prayer is that God would push me to the side and that He would take over and simply use me as to tool to accomplish what He would like to do.”
- “If you want to see God work in a special way in your message it must be biblically true.”
- “Theologians like systems. Sometimes, in our actions, not our intentions we end up evaluating a system above Scripture.”
Write For Maximum Impact:
- “Weeks where you don’t feel particularly creative can be vital to you realizing how much you depend on God to give you the words to say.”
- “You should be as crystal clear in your application of the text just are you are crystal clear in explaining the meaning of the text.”
- “Spend time addressing what the application of the text looks like for each stage of life and situation that your congregation may resonate with.”
Deliver Intentionally and Powerfully:
- “Every time you walk on stage you have an opportunity to make a connection with your audience or your notes. Which will you choose?”
- “Your voice is a powerful too. The spoken word has started wars and ended wars. It has brought peace to chaotic situations and it has brought chaos to peaceful situations.”
- “The Biblical text, the Scripture, the Gospel need to be the centerpiece of your message and as great as modern media, and movies and video clips can be they do not have the saving power of Jesus.”
- “With the expansion of technology, you have an extraordinary opportunity to further your sermon content beyond Sunday morning.”
- “If you’re not intentional about furthering that content past Sunday, you’re doing a disservice to the people who God has entrusted you to serve.”
- “If you are utilizing a one-point sermon, your bottom line should be something that can be utilized as a tweet on Twitter.”