I’ve never preached a sermon so this post could explode in my face. However, I’ve sat through not a few bad sermons, sometimes not realising that they were bad simply because I didn’t know better. This post is for people like me.
In no particular order:
- During a bad sermon, you don’t need to have an open Bible because it isn’t referred back to.
- A sermon that puts forward the notion that ‘we’ are better than ‘them’ (where ‘we’ refers to the congregation, denomination, etc.) is bad.
- A sermon that assumes that all people listening to it are committed followers of Christ is not a good sermon.
- If it is all about moralism— do’s and don’t’s—it is bad. To be sure, the Bible says a lot about behaviour, but it’s always grounded in a relationship with God.
- A bad sermon neither inspires love for God nor cultivates faith in Him.
I hope this, though far from exhaustive, was helpful.
Further reading (also my sources):
- Seven things that make a sermon rubbish by The Urban Pastor
- 12 things good preachers do well by Simon Vibert
- Six keys to poor preaching by Darryl Dash
- A model sermon by William Boekestein