Every time we preach we have an opportunity to fulfill our God-given calling to impact lives with the truth of God’s Word and the hope of the gospel. But the effectiveness of our preaching is impacted by a host of variables we cannot control, including distractions in the room.
But there is something we can control, and that is how well we prepare.
I find one of the most often neglected aspects of effective sermon preparation is rehearsing the sermon.
By rehearsing I mean preaching the entire message by yourself (or to a handful of people) before you actually preach the sermon to your church.
The reluctance to rehearse is varied. Some preachers might think it’s awkward to preach to themselves. They’re totally right, by the way. It is awkward, but that does not mean you shouldn’t do it. Other preachers might avoid it because they don’t think it’s necessary. Still others may have just never thought of it.
In this episode, I will show you why I believe the often neglected step of rehearsing the sermon is essential to great sermon delivery. We'll also dive into how to rehearse your message for maximum impact.