Simplicity in Preaching


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In addition to exposing the big idea of a passage, the preacher must labor to clearly explain and apply it to his own context and congregation in language they can understand. What might this look like practically?

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Do the hard work of translating academic language from your study into the common language of your congregation. In the rare instances that a passage demands the use of such words e.

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Generally speaking, however, be mindful to use words that can be understood at the moment of hearing. Second avoid complex sentences. When possible, limit the use of commas, and eliminate colons, semi-colons, and dashes. Third, kill your pride.

Simplicity in Preaching by J C Ryle

Resist the sinful desire to be praised as profound. Resist the prideful delusion that your effectiveness relies on your cleverness rather than your faithfulness. To every pride-prone preacher including this one! Avoid cleverness and smartness. The people will detect this, and they will get the impression that you are more interested in yourself and your cleverness than in the truth of God and their souls. Fourth, know your congregation.

Simplicity in Preaching

Preach in the language of the congregation God gave you. Spend time with them. Over time, the language of your sermons should be shaped more by conversations with your church members than your favorite preachers, professors, and scholars. Sermons that are simply and shaped by context demonstrate the self-denying, familiar love of a shepherd for his flock. Thus, we should understand simplicity in preaching not as an end in itself but as a means to an end.

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Ryle comments,. All the simplicity in the world can do no good, unless you preach the simple gospel of Jesus Christ so fully and clearly that everybody can understand it.

Surely, these are good things. But when divorced from the grace of Christ, knowledge and obedience regress into wearisome moralism.


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That is, the preacher should continually restate his idea in various ways. Labour to store your minds with them.


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    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Clear Thoughts Ryle says this is the most important of the five. Third, take care to aim at a simple style of composition. Direct Style Address your congregation directly. Fifth, use plenty of anecdotes and illustrations. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading

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