SOME TIPS FOR PLATFORM SPEAKERS
Making Your Message More Effective
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Glorifying God By De-emphasizing the Messenger

by R.L.B.

        The goal of any public speaker is to get his message across to the hearer.  This is particularly important when the message has to do with the Word of God.  A public speaker should realize the tremendous importance of being His messenger, His minister, His vessel of honor, His spokesman through the leading of the Spirit of God.

"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God ... so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever." (1 Pet. 4:11 NIV)

        A minister of the Word should concentrate on presenting the message so the congregation is totally focused on the message, not upon the messenger.  The Holy Spirit uses God's Word, not the speaker's personality, or his jokes, to bring the message of salvation to non-believers, and to build up saints in the most holy faith.  While your message might be doctrinally correct, if it is presented in a faulty manner and without love, various members of the congregation could be distracted from the spiritual content of that message.  A poorly presented sermon could lead people to concentrate on the physical frailties of the servant of God rather than on the message God has for them at that particular time.  The objective of your message should be to magnify God, not to draw attention to yourself.

        The following are a few suggestions for those who have the wonderful opportunity to minister the Word in a public manner.  It is hoped by following some of these pointers, the truth of your message may more brightly shine forth and center the attention of the hearer on the Word, and on the Lord of the Word, in spite of the many human frailties common to all of His witnesses.

  1. Prepare yourself
  2. Prepare the message
  3. Presentation
  4. Self critique
  1. Thank God

"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God ... so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever." (1 Pet. 4:11 NIV)

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