Entries by Bruce Ballast

Create a Map

Creating a map In the last post we saw that one of the most effective ways of creating a sermon is to pick one point, one major idea that you are going to bring to people in a memorable way.  The second step is to create a map that will emphasize the point with enough […]

Make One Point

One Point Preaching John F. Kennedy was one of the great speakers in the history of the United States. People still study his speaking style and delivery, as well as the content of the speeches he made. One of the great secrets of his speeches came as the result of advice that he received from […]

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It’s About Jesus

In my last post, I listed three goals, or destinations for your sermon: to get knowledge into your hearers’ heads, to get Christ-like living into their hearts, and to inspire them in difficult times. One goal I left off the list. Sometimes you will preach so that people will accept Jesus Christ as Savior and […]

Know Where You Are Going

The last three posts have had to do with the introduction to a message. Now we turn to the body of the sermon. One of the secrets to having a successful sermon is to know where you are going with your message. Or, as Yogi Berra put it many years ago: So, where are you […]

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Learn to Speak In Pictures

      Speak in Pictures My grocery store has them.  So does the gas station that I use.  So does the restaurant where I occasionally lunch.  What am I referring to?  Screens–lots of screens.  Pictures saturate our world.  Apparently, someone came to the conclusion that I can’t stand a few moments in line with […]

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Questions to Ask

      Questions Before Preaching Another way to prepare to preach is to ask specific questions as you go through the preparation process.  In this post today I want to look at questions to ask when you are preparing to preach.  The purpose of asking questions like these is to help you think through […]