The days of preaching someone else’s sermons on the down-low is gone.
(Not that any of you all would ever do that).
But the level of scrutiny and accountability for your sermon has never been higher.
The internet has changed EVERYTHING.
And if you take a significant part of your sermon from a source other than yourself… the chances are high… very high actually, that someone will find out. And if you haven’t given proper annotation somewhere in your sermon or proper credit, it will undermine your integrity.
I remember hearing a sermon online that sounded really (really) familiar. It turned out the sermon I had heard the previous week was a word-for-word (seriously, word for word) delivery of this very famous pastor’s sermon.
Most people in your church have a fair expectation that what you preach on Sunday morning was actually written by you. If it’s not, you need to be sure that you give attribution. Anything less can be seen as a break in your integrity.
According to ChurchTechToday.com, here are some says that you can make sure your sermons are accurate, and cover your butt in the process…
1. Google and Cite Your Sources
2. Wikipedia Your Facts
3. Snopes Your Stories
4. YouVersion Your Verses
You can click the link above to get more information on each of these great tips.
The piece ends with this quote:
Trust is built on Truth.
So true. Be credible in your communication. It’s ok to take from other sources… just be upfront when you do.
In this day of internet sermon fact-checking, you’ll be glad you did!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them… leave your comment below…