Advice for a Young Preacher Preaching His First Sermon

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The greatest fear for the majority of people is that of public speaking—and that counts for young ministers as well. While the heart may be on fire to preach God’s Word, once it’s settled that there will be a time and place to actually preach that Word, a lot of different emotions come to the fore.  I want to share with you some brief thoughts on how to approach this momentous preaching event!

  1. Pray!  (Colossians 4:2-4)
  2. Prepare! (Ezra 7:10)
  3. Process!  Give the sermon that God gave you time to process in your mind (Mark 6:30-34)
  4. Don’t apologize about this being your first time (Romans 1:16-17). 
  5. Remember your ultimate audience is Christ, and that the congregation is ultimately secondary (Colossians 1:24-29). 
  6. Don’t work to impress your listeners (see #5).
  7. Seek wise counsel about your sermon.  There is nothing unspiritual about getting advice on how something sounds and if that something is doctrinally true and makes sense (Proverbs 15:22).
  8. Be who God made you to be.  We already have a John MacArthur and every other preacher on the scene.  God called you with the personality and the gifts he bestowed on you (1 Corinthians 15:10). 
  9. Know that not everyone will respond well, even to the most faithful of sermons (Acts 19:21-41).
  10. Sleep well when it’s done (Isaiah 55:10-11).

2 thoughts on “Advice for a Young Preacher Preaching His First Sermon

    Paul said:
    January 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Hallelujah finally found a man of God with fire in his bones… My friend many thanks for your post, thought provoking. My name is Paul and I’m from Wales and I’m delighted to meet you online.
    Jesus our God is awesome

      Matthew R. Perry responded:
      January 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      A pleasure to meet you as well! Blessings on you and your ministry!

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