Preaching multiple points doesn’t reflect the world we live in. We don’t live our life by points. We live by our emotions. We respond to what we see, taste, or feel. So there’s no compelling reason to remember a list of points. Even the preacher giving the points know they don’t come in handy. That’s why he or she has to refer to their notes.
By one point, I mean an application, an insight or a principle. Every message should have one central idea that serves as the glue to hold the other parts together.
You still say a dozen helpful, potentially life changing things in one sermon.
Let the text speak.
Discipline yourself to leave a lot of good ideas on the cutting room floor. You end up with a much more focused and powerful message people are able to follow.
Let’s face it, the reason so many churches are half full on Sunday morning is because a whole bunch of people decided not to come back. Why? The preacher didn’t given ‘em anything to come back for.
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I like a lot of this, but there’s a lot of life change at Mars Hill Grand Rapids and Rob Bell teaches through books at a time all the time. I think Stanley’s point remains, but the specific application could be too rigid.