Behind The Scenes Of Making A Sermon - Day 5

 
 

DAY 5 - SUNDAY

Sunday has arrived!

At 6am I “woke up”. I regretted drinking that Starbucks cold coffee frappuccino last night. When my alarm went off at 6am I thought, “Oh no, I haven’t gone to sleep yet!” 😞

Time to finish the powerpoint.I actually use Apples' Keynote

Usually, my powerpoint presentations contain 40-50 slides. This sermon happened to be 38 slides. You can download the PDF of my sermon slides here.

One of the benefits to the powerpoint, is that it is a linear format. This means, I have to really think though what I’m going to say and in what particular order.

One of the downsides to a linear format, is that, while preaching, I’m not as free to spontaneously go in a different direction.

I often wrap up the powerpoint with a slide directing attention to Jesus, so that if we make any changes to our life, hopefully, Jesus is the motivation, and the person we lean on to move forward.

TIME TO PRACTICE

Sometimes, I get to practice the sermon with my wife on Saturday night, but usually it’s on the 25 minute drive to the church building.

Today, I practiced on the way to church.

When my kids fall asleep, I know the sermon is deep 😂. *This photo was taken on our way home from church. Don’t ask why we have a ladder in our van. I’m not sure either.

When my kids fall asleep, I know the sermon is deep 😂. *This photo was taken on our way home from church. Don’t ask why we have a ladder in our van. I’m not sure either.

When I practice on my wife, I focus on communicating the sermon to her. I don’t pretend she’s not there and I’m standing in front of an audience. Something about keeping in mind you are actually communicating to actual people helps with the delivery.

When I practice with my wife she always gives helpful feed back. I often ask her if she thinks the sermon was helpful and if it honored Jesus, because if I fail in these, my sermon failed.

The sermon isn’t perfect and I know I’m far from perfect, but thankfully Jesus uses broken people.

I pray one last time and then…
I preach.

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Caleb Grimes