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Arrest.Captivate.Mesmerize.2

Feeling good

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After looking at the essentials, there is much to say about the everyday practicalities in a speakers life. For instance one should avoid staying up far into the night especially on Saturdays since lack of sleep and poor physical health can spoil a good sermon as speaker may not be able to vividly experience emotions, hence much of his power and passion due to exhaustion might not come across. On the contrary it is helpful especially for the young preachers to exert effort to feel good on the stage avoiding any personal distractions. (Among others this can mean to take a bath before going to church, having the clothes in which one feels good or even brushing teeth before a meeting starts. It is simply an unnecessary distraction to have to put up with pants that keep falling or realizing the horrific possibility of having a poppy seed from breakfast between the front teeth.)

Use of Notes

While more notes tend to increase precision, conciseness and smoothness they unfortunately decrease effectiveness and are perceived in a colder manner. They also limit speakers movement on a stage as his dependency on the fine crafted sentences work as invisible chains on both his body and eyes. A great use of this method of delivery Broadus suggests Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Mission

 

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Arrest.Captivate.Mesmerize.

or The Art & Mastery of Preaching

“No man can be eloquent on a subject he does not understand”

Cicero

In an attempt to set forth helpful principles, tools, methods or strategies for preaching that captivates listener it, I suppose, can be easy to succumb to the perception that a mere mastering of elocution can bring about the desired effect. While verbal and non-verbal proficiency is certainly inseparable asset of a competent speaker, I would first like to focus our attention to the cornerstone of the entire matter.

Spark in Heart

Faust. What you don’t feel, you’ll never catch by hunting,
It must gush out spontaneous from the soul,
And, with a fresh delight enchanting,
The hearts of all that hear control.
Sit there forever! Thaw your glue-pot,—
Blow up your ash-heap to a flame, and brew,
With a dull fire, in your stew-pot,
Of other men’s leavings a ragout!
Children and apes will gaze delighted,
If their critiques can pleasure impart;
But never a heart will be ignited,
Comes not the spark from the speaker’s heart.”
 

This snippet of Goethes script contains a divine truth for anyone with an aspiration to become a practitioner of the highest form of the noble exercise of public speaking – preaching. It can be of little importance to live a life of integrity for secular spokesmen as it is commonly understood that their occupation is merely their source of income. As long as one faithfully communicates given information the job is done. The yoke of a preacher is nonetheless different.

Preaching With Passion

As Faust suggests, preacher must have a spark in his heart. If one is to offer a memorable experience that sticks to the minds of his listeners he must bring passion to the stage. Yet this enthusiasm must not be learned or rehearsed, for only a true passion can ignite fire in a hearers heart. I believe this item almost cannot be emphasized too much. Reverend Doctor G. Campbell Morgan of Westminster Chapel says this about the importance of a genuine passion: “I am not arguing for mere excitement. Painted fire never burns, and an imitated enthusiasm is the most empty thing that can possibly exist in a preacher” Similarly Walter Kaiser asserts that a Word of God must thrill its proclaimer and dominate his whole being in order to have any effect on his hearers.

“From the beginning of the sermon to its end, the all engrossing force of the text and the God who speaks through that text must dominate our whole being. With the burning power of that truth on our heart and lips, every thought, emotion, and act of the will must be so captured by that truth that it springs forth with excitement, joy, sincerity, and reality as an evident token that God’s Spirit is in that word. Away with all the mediocre, lifeless, boring, and lackluster orations offered as pitiful substitutes for the powerful Word of the living Lord. If that Word from God does not thrill the proclaimer and fill [him] … with an intense desire to glorify God and do His will, how shall we ever expect it to have any greater effect on our hearers? (Kaiser 1981: 239)

In his general remarks to delivery J. A. Broadus too affirms statements made above that “…delivery does not consist merely, or even chiefly, in vocalization and gesticulation, but it implies that one is possessed with the subject, that he is completely in sympathy with it and fully alive to its importance; that he is not repeating remembered words, but setting free the thoughts shut up in his mind.” Only when preacher has a genuine relationship with God, walks with Jesus, seeks His will, and he himself has a burden for Gods mission in the world, he can expect to portray the above described passion as these giants of homiletics. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Mission, Theology

 

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