Do not try to be clever or to display your knowledge. Try to break the Bread of Life in such a way that your entire audience is able to easily follow the emphasis you are making.
Keep your comments consistent with the theme you are expounding. Avoid the temptation to wander off down various devious pathways which may occur to you. By keeping faithful to your subject, you reinforce it in the minds of your audience.
Do not be afraid of some repetition. A certain amount of it is necessary in order to fix a truth into the hearts of the people.
To “cohere” means to hold together. So be sure your thoughts have a clear unity. A person speaking incoherently is one whose speech is lacking in unity. It is often impossible to connect to the point he is trying to make.
Let the expression of your thoughts have obvious unity. Do not wander from thought to thought. Be clear and concise. Make sure your thoughts have cohesion and hold together well, each supporting and complementing the other.
There should also be a clear progression of thought. Your statements should be continually moving your audience towards the proposed objective. Each point should follow clearly the previous one.
Your comments should flow freely from one to the next, with unity and clear development and progression. Keep moving forward smoothly to your ultimate goal.
Aim to be brief. It is far better to have your audience wishing that you would continue, than to have them wishing you had finished twenty minutes previously.
Avoid the temptation to speak for the sake of speaking. Don’t get into the habit of rambling on. It only confuses your audience. A good piece of advice was once offered to preachers in this form: STAND UP! SPEAK UP! SHUT UP!
This point may seem to contradict the previous one in which l advised brevity. To be comprehensive means to cover the subject as fully as possible. But there is no contradiction.
It is certainly possible and desirable to cover a subject comprehensively and yet as briefly as possible.
Being comprehensive does not necessitate speaking at so great a length that your audience becomes tired of the sound of your voice. Try to balance the two!
Here is the most important point. What is the conclusion of all you have said? What is the end result? What will your words achieve?
The desired conclusion should dominate your mind from the commencement. You should be moving relentlessly towards it. Minister in faith, expecting God to bring to pass His desired objective.
Remember that it is not your responsibility to achieve the desired result. That is God’s task. You must keep looking to God, not to the people. Confidently expect Him to give the increase.