Years ago, I began to see a deeper need when it came to sermon communication. Many churches emphasize taking notes, which is great, but there is no opportunity to prepare for the message. To this end, I started an experiment, putting my sermon notes online a few days before the actual message. It was an interesting experiment, to be sure, and yielded some positive results:
– People appreciated being able to review the notes beforehand, and to read the scriptures that were used (I use a lot of scriptures in my messages 😉 )
– People that couldn’t make it for one part of a series appreciated being able to catch up
– The notes were good for people who had a hard time hearing the full message
– People felt more prepared (as did I, since I had to have the message ready earlier than right before service started.
While I do not have access to the audio messages anymore, the printed messages are still in the catalog. The page has been updated for easier access to messages, and to sermon series, for those who want to binge read :-). Also, if anyone wants to use these notes for their own study or teaching, feel free (just do me a solid, and don’t go reprinting them on your site without proper credit… you know, karma, golden rule, all that jazz 🙂 )