Bishop T.D. Jakes Shares Four Steps For Effective Preaching!

Reader Bishop T.D. Jakes has earned a reputation for being one of the most prolific, dynamic and gifted preachers of our day. So how does he do it? The Potter’s House of Dallas leader is giving away some of his tried and true tips to help ministers of the gospel be more effective in relaying the important truths of the Bible to an audience. “A message on Sunday morning doesn’t start in the pews and it doesn’t start on Saturday night,” explains Jakes in a video recently posted on his Bishop’s Village website. “It starts with respecting God’s word and loving God’s word, and doing your best with the gifts you’ve been given to be excellent at what He called you to do. It’s how I give service to Him.” For those seeking a simple breakdown of steps, the best-selling author of Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose gives away a recipe which he shares with new ministers to help them. Below are the four pointers:

1. Study yourself full: Jakes believes that you must feast on the word of God first and receive enough from its pages personally before you can feed a congregation. “If you don’t study yourself full, you’re not good. You’re not ready to deliver,” he says.
2. Think yourself clear: Asking and answering your own questions about the text, and ensuring you first have clarity of thought is critical, notes the head of the 30,000-member congregation. “If you don’t think yourself clear, you’ve got a lot of facts, but they’re discombobulated, so thinking yourself clear is very, very important,” he says.
3. Pray yourself hot: This has everything to do with seeking God to give you a burning on the inside—a passion—for His word, so you can see its relevancy to your life and connect with your audience. “If you’re not passionate about it, it’s irrelevant,” Bishop states.
4. Let yourself go: When time comes to minister, the charismatic preacher advises preachers and Bible teachers to shake off nerves, loosen up, and give over to the moment. Otherwise, you won’t be able to effectively teach the word of God. “If you’re going to get up and be inhibited, you can’t deliver,” Jakes says.

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  1. These are actually some pretty helpful tips for me in my secular as a leader of people. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Get ready for some more negative talk about another negative false prophet. And for any of you who are living in the "STONE AGE", to say here about me I'm castng stone, GO RIGHT AHEAD, because that's EAXCTLY what God said should happen to any false prophet!

      Back to YOU COGIC BRO...

      Anything just to be "positive", huh? YOU wasted all that time talking about folks being negative, and when you have this GREAT OPPORTUNITY to be "positive" you give us a mealy mouth one line response to open this post, sounding like a little 1st GRADER. I'm not surprised though cause that's all you get out the GRAND OLE COGIC. And in your response, you made sure to your highlight to let everyone know YOU got a career. WHOOPDEEDOO!!! When you can give us some concrete examples this "Simpleton 4 Step Program" may have helped your career (thought the SIMPLETON -no offense her Ms. Ann, just a description - put this out for new "preachers"), maybe then you would impress. I really suggest YOU leave that Church, and go to a Bible College or REALLY STUDY the WORD on YOUR own.

      And Notice, everything this false teacher (TD Jakes) instructs is about SELF - "Study yourSELF, Think your SELF, Pray yourSELF (and "hot" at that) of course to see ITS "RELEVANCY" (Jakes and the fakes new contemporary terminology), In YOUR (SELF) life, Let yourSELF GO (give over to the moment - whatever that means). No mention of the correct interpretation, proper application, Truths the Scripture reveals, exegisis vs isogesis, all good points for good sermon preparation.

      This DUDE is a the epitome of ME MYSELF AND I. Anything to make Jesus a "product" he can sell. Sorry, Jesus is not for SALE!!! He is the Messiah, GOD who came in the FLESH, CREATOR OF ALL MANKIND and all that there is, SAVIOR for this LOST WORLD. He is not on any shelf in any store. He SITS ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. Sorry Jake the SNAKE! Only fools will advise to Jake's silly little counsel about "preaching", (something he knows NOTHING about), as he is just a MOTIVATIONAL speaker, and not a very good one at that.

      I take to note Jake's strange FIRE here, his 4 STEP PROGRAM, just happen to come about, after he's been in the "MINISTRY" for years upon years. I guess now Jakes see the RELEVANCY the need for him to CASH in.

      The Art of preaching has been around for years. It's called HOMOLETICS. This field is well established in a tremendously significant way, where great men of GOD proposed systematic instructions to the ART. Now here comes the SNAKE offering a new kind of fruit, that many will bite and pay for to DIE. It's only evident TD JAKES is all about HIMSELF, and all about HIMSELF being relevant.

    2. I'm definitely going to use #1 Study yourself full! That's some great stuff from the Bishop lol
      Its so easy to get caught up studying for a message and you have to remember that you need to just study the Word-just to study the Word and grow in Christ.
      Say what you want about Bishop James, but he is full of knowledge.

    3. Lol!
      I didn't read your whole post but I can sum up what you're saying... junk... I work and run an organization sir, I don't have time to comment 2-10 pages on every post like you do. I'm glad you have so much free time. Enjoy!

    4. Actually the post I commented here took only 2-4 minutes. Thus one about 45 seconds.

      Thanks for letting us know now, "You run an organization".

      What profits a man to know the rest.


    5. Thanks for letting us know you bitter... GET A LIFE

    6. NOPE...SORRY...

      I have life and life eternal..."And this is life eternal life that they may know thee, the one true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent". JOHN 17:3

      "A life is that is more than meat" ...and all my (and your) accomplishments too.

      EVER heard those verses expounded upon in the GRAND OLE CHURCH?

      Look... I had never responded to you personally on this site before this post. NEVER considered anything you said worthwhile responding to. That's the reason I said nothing when your proposed to Ms Ann in your cowardly way she take me off here.

      Then you took a cheap shot at "Shepherd" to imply she is miserable, and somehow managed to clump me in your comment there. NOW here, you determined to pass your ill-advised judgment calling me "bitter" is a JOKE.

      You may seriously seek to ask God to search your heart. If you don't know Him in that way, I suggest you go back and "run your organization", okay.


  2. Actually some good tips which is surprising especially coming from him since he isn't a Christian (he denies the Trinity).


  3. Y'all know I like to nit pick on TD Jakes.

    But this list is pretty sound.

    Now if he stops charging churches for preaching we might have something.
    (Sorry, I told y'all I like to nit pick)

  4. Miss Ann,

    “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want…


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