10 Ways for your Sermon to be Clearer

Phil Cambell in the book Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word & Keep People Awake said, “Clarity comes from what you leave out. Clarity comes from focus. Usually, complexity comes from over-inclusion.”

He then gives 10 ways for your sermon to be clearer:

  1. The more you say, the less people will remember.
  2. Make the big idea shape everything you say.
  3. Choose the shortest, most ordinary words you can.
  4. Use shorter sentences.
  5. Forget everything your English teacher taught you.
  6. Repeat yourself.
  7. Translate narratives into the present tense.
  8. Illustrate.
  9. People love to hear about people.
  10. Work towards your key text.