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Try Using Sermonic "Movements" vs Traditional "Main Points"
Your listeners just might stop looking at the clock.
Preaching with main points is not wrong.
BUT when we observe the preaching in Scripture, we do not find anyone outlining their messages with main points.
What we do see is movement.
That’s why I want you to consider moving from a main point mindset to a movement mindset when approaching the sermon preparation process.
Not only will it save you prep time, but it will increase message focus, clarity, gospel-centrality, and a distinctively redemptive perspective on sermon application.
Essentially, there are four primary movements in every truly redemptive (cross-tethered) sermon.
First, there is a statement of truth from a specific text.
Second, the message engages with the influence of sin that’s related to the statement of truth.
Next, the message must explicitly connect to the cross to the problem, lest we wander, even if unintentionally, into moralism.
And finally, flowing from the cross is a natural stream of redemptive, grace-motivated and grace-empowered sermon application that relates back to the truth in the biblical text.
With a four-stage model of crafting a sermon, you take listeners on a journey where they (1) encounter the truth of Scripture, (2) the problem of sin, and (3) the beauty and power of grace that (4) leads to life change.
Try it. Your listeners just might stop looking at the clock. 🙂
If you're interested in learning more about the four sermonic movements and how this preaching model not only can save you time but also dramatically increase focus and clarity, generate relevant, practical application, and focus every message on the grace of God in Jesus, check out Cross-Tethered Preaching: How to Create Grace-Motivated, Spirit-Empowered, Gospel-Driven Sermon Application (mckaycaston.com).