By Vince Williams
March 1, 2013
Easter is early this year. In less than four weeks, you’ll need to be prepared for what is often the highest-attended service in your church. Will your sermon be ready?
As you’re preparing, don’t neglect a crucial element in communicating your message: visual elements.
The message of the resurrection is a powerful love story, one that many people in today’s culture have little reference for. This leaves a hole that words cannot always fill. Sometimes it is only when seen that someone can truly grasp what was done for them. Of course we all know the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but in this case it may be better stated, “A picture is worth two thousand years.”
By transferring your congregation to the time and place of Jesus’ ministry, you offer concrete visualists an opportunity to follow you down the road of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. It allows them to connect in a way many are not able to with the spoken word alone.
Studies show that 60% of all people are complete or partial visual learners. This ability to digest information also impacts a person’s ability to connect emotionally. Think about it: more tears have come from a touching TV commercial than a radio spot.
So don’t neglect the visuals in your preaching. This year find the images that will help engage your congregation and get them to wrestle with the truth of what God did, while we were still sinners. It is an opportunity to walk people down the journey of love that Christ leads us on.
Two Free Slide Sets from SermonView
We hope that you will find our free image of the month, Crowns, to be a good starting point. The juxtaposition of the crown of thorns with a king’s crown represents the sacrifice that that was made for us.
In addition, SermonView has hundreds of biblical illustrations appropriate for Easter messages. Plus, we also offer an absolutely free way to download a second image, so you can choose the one that will help you best convey the story.
As Easter fast approaches, we offer up this prayer for your ministry:
“Father, use this year as an opportunity for more people to come to know the glorious gift we have received in the sacrifice of Your Son. Give this church the timely message they need to proclaim Your Good News throughout its community, so that Your Name is honored and that Your Kingdom may come soon. Amen.”
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