Trymon Messer was one of the most unique men of God I ever met. Known as the modern day “Preaching Deacon”, this man with a 5th grade education became one of the most effective communicators of our day and was widely used of God across our denomination.
Among his many gems of wisdom, Brother Trymon said that every sermon needed 7 ingredients:
1. HEAD (Acts 20:27) – Every sermon needs Biblical content. Without it, it’s just a speech or religious discourse.
2. HEAT (Acts 2:37) – Every sermon’s CONTENT should be such that it delivers CONVICTION both to the saint and sinner alike. I have often said that I wouldn’t give ten cents for preaching that did not step on my toes from time to time!
3. HEART (Psalm 126:5) – An effective sermon will deliver CONVICTION from a heart of COMPASSION. Truth must be delivered, but with sincere love. Folks won’t care what you know until they know that you care!
4. HUMOR (Proverbs 17:22) – Serious Biblical truths can be seasoned with a good dose of laughter along the way. Humor can often help drive home the point and keep folks “tuned in” to the message being given.
5. A HAND (Nehemiah 8:8) – A sermon without any practical application, even if it’s Biblically accurate and faithful to the text, is of little use to the hearer. A preachers prayer should always be, “Lord, keep my sermons RELEVANT!”
6. A HOOK (Matthew 4:19) – Every good sermon will end with a very direct challenge for folks to be able to respond to what they have just heard.
7. HOPE (Hebrews 6:19) – Every sermon, however difficult the message or convicting the content, should always leave the hearer with a knowledge that there is hope in the circumstances of their life. The lifeline of grace, mercy, and forgiveness must be thrown so that every struggling pilgrim knows that the Gospel story truly is “Good News”!