Prior to reaching the main point of our today’s blog article let’s set you straight on the subject. If your association with the word ‘sermon’ is a serious talk about how someone should behave (as in “dad gave me a sermon yesterday about doing my homework”), it would be necessary that we make another definition. Wikipedia says a sermon is an oration, lecture, or talk by a member of a religious institution that typically addresses a Biblical, theological, religious, or moral topic. Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation and practical application.
We find the speech of Mother Teresa to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 3rd, 1994 a very fine and illustrative example of a powerful sermon. The appearance of the Nobel laureate for Peace 1979 startled more than a few people. In a setting usually known for its nondenominational feel, Mother Teresa didn’t shy away from offering definite opinions on topics like abortion and wealthy citizens’ responsibilities toward the poor.
How to grasp the essence of the worldwide admired nun’s speech in case we don’t have 34 minutes at our disposal? Plus, honestly speaking, sermons – even the most inspirational ones – can hardly be called interesting and engaging to listen to. Thus you will certainly find it very useful and time-efficient to make a visual sweep (read diagonally) of the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s speech transcription, brought to us by priestforlife.org. Another thing is that as much as we are positive that she has crafted the sermon’s thesis, big idea and main points, we doubt she has taken the time to put it all down word by word on her own. And this is where our advices derive from.
Be the author of your own sermon
After you study the text, your work is actually less than half done. Pages of study notes are not a sermon. The data you have collected is the raw material of the sermon, and it is to be clearly communicated. The message should have purpose, unity and movement. Choose your sermon introduction and conclusion and work through relevant application points. As you have read helpful points, quotations, or stories from others, use it where it fits. And never build your message around someone else’s work because when you stand behind the desk to preach, you must be a voice, not an echo.
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