We’ve looked at the important issues in voice and non-verbals over recent days. Both of these have to reinforce and support the work being done by your words when you preach. But before we move on, just a couple of comments on the verbal aspect of delivery . . . the words you choose to use. I’ll keep this post brief since the others have been so long!
Your goal is not to impress people with big words. Don’t try to make people think you are clever, or have studied really hard, or are super-spiritual, or super-humble, or funny, or whatever. Your goal is not to create a specific impression of yourself. It is tempting to impress, decide not to fall for this.
Your goal is to communicate. So choose words that people can understand. Explain big Bible words that people need to understand, but explain simply and clearly. Try to use words that are vivid, not bland. Describe things well so that you don’t just give infomation or abstraction, but you paint a living picture on the screen in their minds and hearts. Use words that bring in all the senses. Be engaging rather than flat. Be lively rather than ponderous. Be creative rather than predictable.
Words matter, they matter very much!