3rd Commandment: Ohhh, Ahhh, Wow! Get and Hold.


3rd Commandment: Ohhh, Ahhh, Wow! Get and Hold.

Our preaching and teaching will never be perfect. But can we be effective? That’s a noble aim.

“At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.” (Acts 14:1 NIV11)

Point of clarification
These tips are not about becoming an entertainer or performer. They are aids to help your hearers pay attention, focus, understand, absorb and apply God’s truth.

5 Tips

  1. Answer the question, “Why should they listen to me?” for yourself. Connect your listeners to that point at the start
  2. Vary pace, tone, pitch – let your emotions affect your voice as you would in a conversation
  3. Get into Scripture early in the lesson
  4. Use stories, preferably about real people, and yourself (mostly self-deprecating, but not self-indulgent).
  5. Talk about Jesus

I would like to know what you think of these ‘commandments’ and tips. What is missing? Which ones interest you the most?

Next week: 4th Commandment: Respect the time

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm