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How to Open a Crusade Sermon

Have you ever wondered how to open a crusade sermon effectively? It’s important to capture the attention of your audience from the very start, but it’s surely easier said than done. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to effectively open a crusade sermon and how to set up the rest of your sermon for success.



Evangelism Podcast Host (00:00):
Have you ever wondered how to open a crusade sermon effectively? It’s important to capture the attention of your audience from the very start, but it’s surely easier said than done. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to effectively open a crusade sermon and how to set up the rest of your sermon for success.

Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:29):
Welcome to the Evangelism Podcast with Dr. Daniel King, where Daniel interviews full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King.

Evangelism Podcast Anouncer (00:53):
When you’re opening up a crusade sermon, the goal in the first 30 seconds to a minute is to take a big group of individuals. They’re hungry, they’re tired, some of them are excited, some of them are curious. They, some of them come wanting miracles. And so you got a lot. Some of them are teenagers that are doing drugs on the outskirts of the crowd. I mean, you’ve got all kinds of people. Your goal when you open up the crusade sermon is to pull all the people together and to create an audience and, and to capture their attention. And so I think like your first 30 seconds up on stage are powerful. When I get up on stage first thing I say hi, my name is Daniel King. I’ve been to over 60 nations around the world, but my favorite country is Orlando. I love Orlando.

This, this has, Orlando has such beautiful people. God loves Orlando. So, you know, so I’ll create some humor there. They, they like hearing about themselves, how beautiful they are. So everyone raise your hand up in the air. Can you hear me In the back of the crowd over there? Can you hear me way back there? If you can hear me, wave your hand at me. If you have a good sound system, you know they can hear you, but I, I’m not actually asking if they can hear you. What I’m doing is I’m trying to get their attention and make sure those people over there on the back of the crowd. So, you know, over here, back here, Elijah, can you hear me over there? Wave your hand at me if you can hear me. Yeah. Hey, hey, everyone, lift your hand up. We’re gonna pray.

We’re gonna pray. We’re here on a soccer field. On this soccer field, there have been many soccer games. And in those soccer games, there have been winners and losers. Why? I tell you tonight that on this field, there is one winner. It’s Jesus Christ. And there is one loser. It’s the devil. We’re gonna start by praying to Jesus. Everyone raise your hand. Come on guys. Raise your hands. Raise your hands up in the air. Keep your hands up. Keep your hands up. Let me see you. Let’s pray. Dear God, in heaven, I cry out to Jesus. I pray that every person here who needs a miracle would receive a miracle. Tonight. We invite the power of the Holy Spirit to this. I pray that every person who needs salvation tonight would receive salvation in the name of Jesus. And everyone, wave your hands at me.

Come on, wave your hands at me. Now, this has two benefits. You’re getting people to respond, and it also gives your photographer an opportunity to get a good picture, <laugh>, okay? And so I tell my fa photographer, I say, I’m gonna get everyone with their hand up for 30 seconds. You, you get that camera out and click, click, click, click, click. Because we want to have good pictures to show our partners. Amen. And so there’s two of you on every team. One of you should be out there praying. The other one, click, click, click, click. Get some good pictures. All right? But what, what are you doing? You’re capturing the attention of the people, pulling them in, getting their attention and keeping their attention. So then when you begin to share the word of God, they will listen. I find that if you can get people to respond at the beginning, and then in the middle, I ask people to repeat my points.

Like I preach one message, the four greatest miracles in the Bible. Miracle number one, God created you. Everyone raise your hand at Pan Air and say, God created me. Come on everyone. Hold God. God created me. Miracle number two, God loves me. Everyone hold your hand up in the air. Say, God loves me. God loves me. Miracle number three, God saves me. Come on, everyone saves me. God saves me. Fourth miracle, God heals me. Everyone say, God heals me. And so I’ll get them to repeat that throughout the sermon. And I find if I can get them to, to respond to me at the beginning, respond to me in the middle. When it comes time for the altar call, they will respond to the altar call because you’ve been preparing their hearts to respond and receive Jesus. And that’s the goal.

Evangelism Podcast Host (04:49):
Are you called by God to be an evangelist? Do you wanna lead millions of people to Jesus? Do you desire to be trained in the practical side of building a ministry? Then check out the Daniel King School of Evangelism. Learn how to be an effective evangelist from Dr. Daniel King’s 20 plus years of experience. Daniel King has done crusades all over the world in over 70 nations, and has seen over 2 million people give their lives to Jesus. But it wasn’t easy. There was no crusade school. So Daniel traveled the world learning from and observing top evangelists, noticing how they successfully won souls for Christ. Now he wants to share decades of knowledge and experience with you. Topics of the Daniel King School of Evangelism include what is an evangelist, how to be a master soul winner, how to give an altar call, how to organize a crusade, how to raise money for your ministry, and much more. If you wanna be an evangelist, but don’t know where to start, the Daniel King School of Evangelism is for you. Enroll today in the School of Evangelism by going to Daniel King ministries.com/evangelism.

Daniel King (05:51):
Thanks so much for listening today. I am excited about telling people about Jesus, and I want to invite you to be a part of helping us to rescue people from Hell and take them with us to heaven. There’s two things you can do to help. First of all, can you go find the Evangelism podcast on Apple iTunes and leave us a positive review by giving a review. You will help other people find these valuable resources about sharing our faith. And second, would you become a financial partner with King Ministries? Every single dollar that people give us enables us to lead at least one person to Jesus. And so that means for only $1, you can help start a party in heaven. And so today I want to invite you to become a monthly partner. You can start out for just a dollar, but if God puts it on your heart to do more, of course you can do more. But please go to king ministries.com and become a monthly partner with us today to help us to lead more people to Jesus. Thank you so much, and God bless you.

Evangelism Coach Daniel King (07:11):
For more information about how to share your faith or to financially support our worldwide evangelistic outreaches, visit king ministries.com. Again, that’s king ministries.com.

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