The Introduction to the Sermon

I wanted to share this recent post from Dan Dumas on the importance of an introduction to the sermon. Many pastors lose their audience in the first few minutes. Every pastor should consider this intro:

Preparing your sermon requires attention to three categories: meaning, construction and communication.

A sermon introduction is unique in that it has to do with each of those categories. It should serve and amplify the meaning of the text, it should lead into the body of your sermon naturally and it’s one of the most important pieces of your communication. As a preacher, you need to give careful thought to your introduction.

Here are some things to keep in mind for your intro:

  1. Never begin with an apology – it doesn’t matter to your listeners and they don’t need to know.
  2. Don’t wing it. Know what you’re going to say.
  3. You win or lose in the first five minutes.

A good intro will do these things:

  1. Create excitement and earn attention.
  2. Let you get comfortable in the pulpit.
  3. Genuinely introduce the topic.
  4. Set the tone and explain the context for your sermon.
  5. Preview the sermon structure, including the big idea.
  6. Answer the question: “Why should I listen to this sermon?”

Craft your intro carefully and in such a way that you’ve got your listeners sitting on the edge of the pew.

Original post can be viewed here.