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Best Length Of A Sermon

How long should a sermon be in church?

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Right On, Greyrider, i-annonymous!

Here are a few of My Checklists...

Does it Expound on the Scriptures- KEY POINT
Does it Edify, or Exhort the people?
Does it address Problems or situation AND
give a way out,or explanation?
Does it step on toes, but not cut them off?
As a congregation, have you prayed for the preacher?
As A Preacher, Show how to beat that which is bugging you?
ABOVE ALL BE FLEXIBLE!
---timotheus on 2/21/08


You will know when the Spirit is moving if you have been saved and have the Holy Spirit inside of you j_anonymous. You feel it,you go with it and when you are done it subsides. Almost like an orgasm. Look at one of my other posts concerning the trance. its almost like being in a trance. I hope orgasm did not offend anyone. That was the only way I could explain it, for now.
---Robyn on 2/21/08


I have enjoyed the responses here, the Holy Spirit is our Measuring rod for the length of the sermon, and He lets me know when He is done, even my wife knows when I am just babbling. There are some things that I have learned ... 1. The mind can only absorb what the seat can endure. 2. Stand up, speak up, and when God is done, Shut up.
---Pastor_Jim on 2/21/08


Who determines whether the Spirit of God is moving?
---j._nonymous on 2/20/08


I've heard 10 minute sermons that were very powerful. I also have a 109 minute sermon on a CD that is so captivating, you would never think it was that long. Time limits are irrelevant.
---Greyrider on 2/20/08




The Holy Spirit should be in control of the person delivering the sermon. If so--there is no time limit. As long as the Spirit is moving we should not interfere with that.When He(The Spirit) is done, we will know it. The Holy Spirit delivers the sermon through the speaker(preacher etc...)it is the one that moves upon the heart of the hearers and move them to come forward and give their lives to the Lord. He is powerful and very,very real.
---Robyn on 2/19/08


All the churches that I have attended have had similar sermon lengths - approximately 40 mins. For some people this is far too long (children, people with bad backs etc.) but it would be impossible to 'please' everyone. If a preacher is in tune with God he will preach the message that God has given him whether long or short. If some people have to leave before the end (for their own personal reasons) no-one should object and, if the sermon is very short, the preacher should not be criticized for that.
---RitaH on 2/19/08


"If you are allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and NOT a person - then a sermon can last from 5 minutes to 5 days if that is what Holy Spirit wants".
---Leslie on 2/13/08

Who determines whether or not the Holy Spirit wants 5 minutes or 5 days?


"It depends on if the spirit of God is moving". ---Rebecca_D on 2/13/08

Who determines whether the Spirit of God is moving?
---j._nonymous on 2/18/08


#1 "If the spirit isn't moving and the Preacher doesn't have a message from God, then it shouldn't last no more than 30 minutes. There is no point in dragging out the service until a certain time. Talk about boring".
---Rebecca_D on 2/13/08

You know Rebecca, if preachers would just preach what the Bible says, we'd have no problem telling if it's a message from God.
How do YOU determine whether a message is from God or not?
---j._nonymous on 2/18/08


#2 I would say if a preacher doesn't have a message from God, 30 minutes is too long. I'd leave immediately.
---j._nonymous on 2/18/08




22 minutes is the ideal length.
---InimicusStultitiae on 2/14/08


If you are allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and NOT a person - then a sermon can last from 5 minutes to 5 days if that is what Holy Spirit wants. This is how the TRUE church should be run according to the Bible.
---Leslie on 2/13/08


It depends on if the spirit of God is moving. If the spirit isn't moving and the Preacher doesn't have a message from God, then it shouldn't last no more than 30 minutes. There is no point in dragging out the service until a certain time. Talk about boring. Don't bring your watch at church, that way you can focas more on God instead of the time. We don't have a clock anywhere in our church.
---Rebecca_D on 2/13/08


#1 From a scientific standpoint, 45 minites. The brain starts to lose retention at that point and needs a 5 minite break to recover.
From a spiritual standpoint, as long as God wants. However, preaching long does not necessarily mean preaching effectively, and when preachers do so, I often wonder how much of it is motivated by the spirit, and how much by a need to be heard.
---j._nonymous on 1/29/08


#2 A sidenote: most of the sermons in the Bible were short and to the point. It takes maybe a few minites to read Jesus sermon on the mount. It takes a lifetime to do it. Maybe the living of his word should be emphasized a little more than delivering a lengthy sermon. With many words, there is often folly. On the otherhand, some of the most profound messages which have imapcted my life can be summed up in a sentence.
---j._nonymous on 1/29/08


Based on personal public speaking, both in churches, seminars and on the radio, 20 min. should be the maximum time. Frankly, the shorter the sermon, the more time it takes to prepare. But, people will remember a short sermon since the useless material is not included. The mind will start wondering after 20 minutes.
---wivv on 1/15/08


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Depends on how long your nursery workers can keep the kids quiet. Pastors should be sensitive to the children's church workers who are caring for the little ones while their parents are in church.
---Trish9863 on 1/6/08


When the Holy Spirit tells you it's over, it's over. It could be 5 or 60 minutes.
If the Holy Spirit is not in the sermon, 2 or 3 minutes will be enough for most people to lose interest and wish it was over.

Religion will push a dead sermon through, with dogma and legalism. The Holy Spirit won't be in those sermons either.
---lovable_linda on 1/5/08


It depends on the size and nature of your Church. If there are multiple services on Sunday Morning or you have concurrent Sunday school classes with Church. The Sermon length should not be greater than 25 minutes (17-23) in normative. The sermon is only a portion of the service and they may may have to be reasonable clones of each other. This requires preparation in advance and all participants sticking to time allotments to make it work and be effective experience for the worshipers in each service.
---notlaw99 on 1/5/08


As long as it needs to be.
---Pharisee on 1/5/08


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It depends on who is giving the sermon (o: If you are a real pastor caring for your church in a family way (1 Timothy 3:1-10), I'd say you relate with the people who God has trusted to you (1 Peter 5:3) and with God, so you know what to feed them. You take the time needed to give them each meal. Some meals take longer than others to eat ((o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/5/08


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