From the earliest messages of the Gospel that were preached by Jesus, until today, preachers have wanted their message to be heard by the masses. We have done everything we could to ensure that our preaching can be heard.
1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
There was a twofold purpose in Jesus using the ship as a preaching platform. The first reason was that as vs 1 mentions, the people were pressing against him. The crowd was getting too great. As with any size crowd of people, the natural voice can only go so far. The more people you add to the crowd the less His voice could travel as sound bounces off of obstacles which, in turn, hindered His ability to get His message across to everyone that was there.
This brings us to the second reason why Jesus launched out onto the ship to preach. Sound carries extremely well across water. From the ship, more people could line the shore of the lake and His voice would carry to them without being hindered. (Have you ever been on one side of the lake and heard the voices of people speaking on the other side which might be thousands of feet away? When the wind is still, you can literally hear a casual voice speaking from thousands of feet away as the sound travels across the surface of the lake without hindrance.)
Jesus took full advantage of this simple technique. However primitive Jesus’ sound system was on this day, it worked. It enabled him to get His message to many more people than His previous method of simply standing or sitting in a place on the beach as He taught.
Preachers today face the same dilemma most often. We struggle to get our voice out to more people. We purchase sound systems costing everywhere from hundreds, to literally tens of thousands, of dollars for the simple purpose of getting more people to hear our preaching. We oftentimes stop at nothing to get our message across to more people.
There is a problem however with the preached Word that no sound system in the world can improve upon. That problem is most human beings are unable to retain much more than 20% of the verbal oratory we hear. Experts tell us that after 2 weeks, people only remember about 20% of what they hear. No matter how good your preaching is, no matter how good a job your sound system does at getting the message you are preaching to them with utmost clarity, they are only going to retain about 20 percent of your preached message. 20%! That’s it. Preach until you are blue in the face and give them the most eloquent message they have ever heard, but only 20% of it is going to be remembered.
So the problem at this point is not, “How do we get our voice across to people in the vain attempt to get them to remember what we have preached.” The problem now is how do we get them to remember more of what we just preached or taught? After all, isn’t that what we are ultimately after? Getting people to retain our gospel message so their lives can be changed?
The same experts that tell us that people only retain 20% of what they hear, also tell us that people retain 30% of what they see with their eyes. It appears (no pun intended) that the eyes have more nerves which travel to the brain than that of the ears, so more information can be sent to the brain via the eyes than that of the ears. Since there is more information sent to the brain for storage, more information is then capable of being recalled as there is now more information stored.
Together, these same experts tell us, by utilizing both the ears and the eyes, we can cause people to actually be able to remember 50% of what they are presented with. By combining both auditory and visual receiving (speech & demonstration), we can increase their retention by 250%. 250%! That’s incredible!
We would spend a fortune on a sound system if we knew it would cause people to remember 2.5 times more than our current sound system does, wouldn’t we?
The problem is, there is no such sound system. However, there really doesn’t need to be. (Thankfully, as most of us would never be able to afford such a thing.) By causing our messages to include both auditory (preaching, teaching) and visual (presentation), we can greatly increase the percentage of what a person is able to remember about our messages.
This is what makes Power Point so powerful! It causes the listener to be able to retain much more of our message than they would by simply hearing our voice. With visual presentation involved in our messages, we are causing our message to be improved. Even a message preached or taught poorly will have a higher retention rate if visual presentation (Power Point, props, etc.) is included.
Several years ago, we started www.PreachIt.org in an attempt to help and encourage Pastors and Ministers in the area of their spoken ministry. A few years later however, we began to realize that Power Point was a tool that many ministers were already utilizing. As much as the content of a message is extremely valuable, its ability to be retained by the hearer is also invaluable. For that reason, we began to develop Power Point slides and presentations to go along with many of the thousands of messages that are on the site. To date, there are almost 700 of these professionally designed Power Point image packs available on the site. The imagery of these presentations is incredible.
If your church utilizes Power Point, or if you’re wanting to begin to use it to reinforce your spoken ministry, this library of Power Point Presentations is by far the most beautiful and least expensive that you will find anywhere – literally. In fact, we give them away at no additional charge when people have a membership to www.PreachIt.org. There are no download limits. There are no per download charges as with other sites. We simply want them to be a blessing to your ministry.
Bless yourself and your Preaching Ministry today by joining the fastest growing resource for Pentecostal Preachers in the world – www.PreachIt.org. Click on the Join Now button on the right hand side of the home page. Give your people the Verbal + Visual advantage.
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