#077: Tips for Using Sermon Illustrations Effectively [PODCAST]

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    Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

    Sermons have three basic elements: explanation, application, and illustration. Explain what the text means by what it says. Call on the hearer to respond to the truth with repentance, faith, and obedience. Illustrate how the truth of the text works in the world of the hearer. Illustrations are powerful. But the preacher must harness the power of illustrates by using them effectively in preaching.

    How do you use sermon illustrations effectivel?

    1. Remember the purpose of sermon illustrations.
    2. Place illustrations in your semon strategically.
    3. Write out your illustrations.
    4. Nail the delivery.
    5. Craftt a good ttransitional sentence.
    6. Don’t explain your illusttration
    7. Use illustrations with integrity.
    8. Don’t be the star of your own illustrations.
    9. Avoid indecen expsoure in the pulpit.
    10. Illustrate, don’t manipulate.



    What is the best tip you have received about using sermon illustrations in preaching?

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    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.