How To Write A Sermon Introduction: Every speaker knows what it is like to get off to a bad start when you stand before your congregation. Unless you get the minds and hearts of your congregation right from the start, the true potential of your message will never by fully realized. Those first minutes will determine if your congregation will move with you as you share your message with them.
There are many reasons why your congregation will not be tuned in when you begin your message. They may be anticipating a boring message or they may be preoccupied with thoughts relating to the weekly happenings of their lives. However, it is the job of the preacher to break through these barriers in order to get their attention so that they will listen to the message that you want to share with them. A good introduction is the first step towards achieving this goal.
If you have something to say, your congregation will listen. Most congregations believe that their preacher has something worthwhile to say. Therefore, it is necessary for you to generate interest in your message by preparing an introduction that will get their attention, introduce the subject of your message and uncover the needs of your congregation. You can easily gain attention by asking a leading question, telling a good story, creating tension and making a key statement.
The introduction should not be too long because the introduction is only one part of the message that you are about to preach to your congregation. Keep in mind that a sermon is made up of an introduction, the body of the message and the conclusion. Therefore your introduction should be just long enough to get their attention and convey the central theme of your message. The introduction should build a communication bridge to your congregation so that they will listen to your message.
I want to suggest four simple methods to capture the minds and hearts of your congregation as you prepare them for your message.
1. You can make a key statement
Below is a brief example of an introduction build around a key statement.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
Everyone wants to be thin, but it’s hard work to eat correctly and exercise regularly. However, if you take those small steps each day and every day, you will begin to see the results. It is the same with our spiritual life. If you do the little things each day and every day, you will begin to see the results in your spiritual walk.
Small disciplines repeated with consistency each day and every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. So what are these small things that we need to do each day and every day to live a victorious Christian life?
2. You can ask a leading question
Below is a brief example of an introduction build around a leading question.
Many people wander through life without purpose, meaning and direction. This is evidenced by the fact that most people cannot articulate their purpose in life. If I were to ask you right now to articulate your purpose in life, what would you say?
As a Christian you have the truth. You have the answers to life. You understand the purpose of life. Why is it that people are not knocking the doors down to the church to hear the truth, the answers to life and the purpose for life?
I want to give you three reasons why people are not crowding to the church to hear the truth, the answers to life and the purpose for life.
3. You can create tension
Below is a brief example of an introduction build around creating tension.
Sometimes we get too big for our boots. You know what I mean. You get puffed up with your own self-importance. You think you’re the best. You’re the popular one here. When you get like this, you don’t want to listen to anyone. You think you know best. You want to do things your way. And in the process, you often trample over people.
As a teenager I often got big headed and I wouldn’t listen to my parents because I thought I knew best. I wanted to do things my way. I played the game of life according to my rules. And in the process, I trampled over my parents.
Even as Christians, we can get big headed and not listen to God. Sometimes we think we know better and we often tell God what to do. Imagine that! It’s because we get too big for our boots. We get too big headed.
You know, Thomas got too big for his boots. Let me explain!
4. You can tell a story
Below is a brief example of an introduction build around telling a story.
A young wife returns home from shopping with a very expensive dress. The husband is livered. “How could you do this,” he exclaimed. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, ‘Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.’” “Well,” the husband said, “You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’” “I did,” replied the young wife, “but then he said, ‘It looks great from back here too.’”
Temptation is very real and we all face temptation at time.
How to write a sermon introduction provides some insights into capturing the minds and hearts of your audience!
Resource Material For How To Write A Sermon Introduction
Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson
How To Preach Without Notes by Charles Koller is a must for the library of all preachers.