Darryl Dash writes the two questions that have to be answered in sermon preparation: What’s the central idea? and What are the sticking points?
The first question identifies what the Scripture is saying to the congregation.
The second anticipates how different congregations may have varied reactions to that message.
The preacher has to have a relationship with, and knowledge of, his congregation so that sermons will have breadth and depth over an extended season.
From the article:

Once we discover biblical truth, we need to analyze it from the perspective of the audience that will hear it and ask a couple of questions:

  • What will make them fall asleep?
  • What will make them object?

We’re looking for both yawns and fists. We need to understand how to make the truth compelling, and we also need to anticipate objections and to respond to them. Sometimes we discover that our big idea is a platitude that needs revisiting. Other times we need to show why the truth is important. Other times we need to answer objections or just acknowledge that it’s a hard truth to swallow.
We don’t change the truth to be palatable, but we must understand how to communicate the truth to an audience that will have a hard time hearing it.

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