Most people, when they preach, want to do well. Right?
Most people want others to experience God, encounter truth, and leave changed. Most people want the hard work they put into their sermons to have some sort of impact on the people listening.
But not everyone. Some people aim to preach a lousy sermon. If you’d like to be one of those preachers, here’s your list.
9 keys to preaching a lousy sermon
If your sermon is going to be lousy, this is where you’ve got to start. Don’t seek God in prayer. Don’t spend time begging Him to lead your thoughts and your words. Don’t plead with him to soften hard hearts and open blind eyes.
2. Make your sermon purely about “teaching” propositional truths.
Go at it like your 7th grade history teacher…the one that you thought was boring. The one that you didn’t remember anything from her class. Just teach lofty moral platitudes and propositional truth statements that don’t drive any application home. That’ll get the job done.
3. Make your “study time” primarily about listening to other preachers talk about that passage.
Whatever you do, don’t read the Bible for yourself and study the Scriptures to show yourself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). Live off of others’ relationship with God, their experience with Him, and the knowledge and insight they’ve gained.
4. Don’t use the word “I” at all.
Don’t let things get too personal. Use ‘they’ and ‘them’ primarily. Slip in a few ‘you people’ and you’re good to go. Talk about “those people” a lot.
5. Heap burden after burden on top of your people.
7. Be completely absent and disengaged from people the entire week leading up to your sermon.
8. Don’t ask for anyone else’s input prior to preaching.
9. Don’t spend time wrestling through your own sins and weaknesses.