Introduction Ichabods . . .

All of us want our intros to be good. They'd better be, or people will check out even before we begin!!!

Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, in their book, Power In The Pulpit, give us these insights:

Beware of several undesirable ways to introduce a sermon. Avoid these kinds of introductions at all costs:

bluebulletHem-and-Haw: Do not neglect your preparation so that you beat around the bush in your introduction.

bluebulletApologetic: Do not introduce your message by telling the people how poorly you have prepared or how little you know about the subject. Probably you will never feel as prepared as you like.

bluebulletTrite: Do not fill your introduction with the meaningless statements that do not point toward your subject.

bluebulletFunny: Humor can be used effectively in the sermon, but jokes rarely serve the preacher well at the beginning.

TodaysPreacher.Com would add ... Humorous introductions can, and most often do, cause one of three things to happen:

1 - Valuable time is wasted. Humorous introductions often have absolutley nothing to do with the subject of the sermon. Many preachers spend 5 good minutes discussing mindless material that is in no way helpful to the listener ... and that is 5 good minutes that could have been spent in another area of the message.

2 - The humor overshadows what you really want to say, leaving people thinking about your funny story, and not hearing the REAL word that you have for them.

3 - The "humor" was not nearly as humorous as you thought!!!! Now you have to do damage control in front of a large crowd to get your sinking sermon afloat ... and it hasnít even launched from port yet!!!

bluebulletPedantic: Do not introduce your sermon in an academic way.

bluebulletMisleading: Avoid promising something that you do not intend to deliver or cannot deliver."