Teaching Tip 343 | “Plain Speaking – Introduction” | Malcolm Cox

How would you like to be more effective in your preaching and teaching? If, like me, you want to grow as a speaker of God’s word, then I have a resource for you.

It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new series of Teaching Tips. In a change from the normal approach I will be recording 2-minute tips based on chapters from the book, “Plain speaking: How to preach and teach effectively” by David Bercot.

From the rear cover of the book:

“Although many books have been written about preaching and teaching, most of them are addressed to seminary-trained pastors. They’re not aimed at the churches that don’t use professionally schooled ministers. That’s what is different about this book. The New Testament Christians had no seminaries, but they raised up effective preachers and teachers. The Holy Spirit can use ordinary Christian men today to preach and teach just as He did back in the first century. Plain Speaking takes the reader through all of the steps of developing and delivering effective sermons and devotional messages.
Some of the topics covered are:

  • Choosing the right topic
  • Building your sermon
  • Where to find illustrations
  • Organising your material
  • Preparing rousing introductions and conclusions
  • Making eye contact with your listeners
  • Controlling speaker’s fright
  • How to make your devotionals special
  • Pet peeves of listeners
    Although packed with practical information, Plain Speaking is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style.”

Each week will give you something practical you can implement in your next lesson. Why not bookmark these recordings and set time aside to listen to them? After all, it’s got to be worth two minutes of your time, hasn’t it?

Next week: It doesn’t take a seminary education to preach

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God bless, Malcolm