Tips For Preaching Your First Sermon

I’m new to this preaching thing. Although I’m used to being in front of people prophesying the word, I am new to expository preaching or any kind of prepared teaching of the Bible. From experience, let me tell you, they are two different animals. When you prophesy, it is usually spontaneous, full of emotion, full of symbolism and prophetic language such at “soon, now, times and seasons”. It’s fun! You should ask the Lord to give you a word for someone sometime. However, preaching is still spirit-led, but prepared and somewhat structured. Something that someone might take some time to get used to for those of us who might feel more comfortable sharing our hearts. But here are a few tips for those of you reading who are new to preaching or might be preaching your first sermon in the near future:

-Prepare your outline, then cut 3/4ths of it out. I found my first sermon to be way too much content. I kinda over prepared what I was going to say. In your preparation you will find tons of new information, interesting insights and theological depths that you might be excited about, but your listener may not. Shrink it down….

-Whats the bottom line? Most people are not focused enough to handle a monologue sermon, especially if you’re not the most animated person. Get to the point. What is the practical take away you want people to leave with. Don’t dumb it down, just keep it simple.

-Relax. Breathe and speak to your brothers and sisters in Christ heart to heart as family. The more relaxed you’ll be, the better you’ll be able to communicate best what it is you feel is on God’s heart to share.

-Please, please, please do your research on the text. You might not have to share all the info you found, but be prepare to fill your knowledge base. A well spoken person is a well read person. You will both grow and your people will grow the more understanding and insight you have into the text you will preach from.

-Preach the gospel somewhere in your message. Always point to Christ. You never know who might be listening that is open to receiving an invitation to surrender their life to Jesus. Just because someone is coming to church, doesn’t make them born again.

-People love stories.

-Loose the theological terms and Christianese. If you do use them, do justice to explain what they mean. Not everyone went to seminary or Bible school.

-Use a watch. Honor people’s time.

-Really love the people you’re preaching to. Look into their eyes. Don’t be afraid to show emotion.



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    eric hayes

    December 24, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Hello, my name is eric and i’m going to be preaching my first sermon soon and i would like to know if you have any more info that you can send to help me and give me a better understanding on how to write a sermon, and preach it as well. Thanks for your help and God Bless.

      Rusty Wimberly

      December 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Eric, I would suggest the more you prepare, the better you will deliver. I would also suggest that the same amount of prep time you give, you would spend equal to or more time in prayer and worship. The anointing needs to be on your message.

    Victor Brooks

    March 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

    i have no idea how to write out a sermon on paper how do you do this? i've been called and have ran from it for years..i been through so much Domestic abuse where i was the victim and other things i just don't know how to go forward please help me

      Russell W.

      July 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Victor, before you begin to move forward in ministry I would advise you to get in close relationships with your church and pastor to make sure you’re healed up inside and healthy before you preach. Preaching and teaching is not something to take lightly and we should always be in a good place before we attempt to teach others. Thanks for your comments.


    August 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    this is my first sermon I have no idea how to write a sermon.i preach in one week and ive been praying and asking god what to say to his people he led me isaiah22:22,then psalms23:4,but I keep hearing 1chonicles7:14 repeatedly so I feel overwhelmed what do I do

      Russell W.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Tisha, if you read my article I have some tips on preaching your first sermon.


    November 22, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Preaching the first sermon should be done with humility, ethics and worship. While praying to be used as a vessel for example will clear a path for your to show through. Typing it on cards as a presentation practice aloud in mirror, at a podium or with stuy group.

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