Sermon Titles That Work
Simple is better than complex.
A simple sermon series title is better than having a complex, long title.
See what I did there?
There is a tendency in church communities to over explain. We do it because we think, “If I just give all the details, people will know what I am talking about!”
You see, humans love simplicity. The more complicated our message, the more likely people are tuning us out.
When crafting a title for a sermon series or an individual message, we have to remember: simple will connect, complex will confuse.
Sermon titles that work.
I have had the chance to design over 400 sermon graphics. Titles that are memorable have a length of no more than three words.
Shorter titles are easier to remember, easier to share, and get to the point faster.
Let’s break it down…
Let’s say you are putting together a sermon series walking through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul has several “main points” he desires the Philippians to understand.
To name a few:
- He’s thankful for their unwavering service to the Gospel and his ministry.
- While in prison, he has joy because of the advancement of the Gospel.
- Living for Christ is greater than all thing and worldly titles.
- Christ’s worth is greater than any accomplishment or treasure we could gain.
How should we title such a multi faceted series, so that our people connect?
It’s really part of the expository process. If you could boil Paul’s points down to a single element, what would it be?
Ultimately, Paul’s largest topic in Philippians is that Christ reigns supreme over all things. Everything beyond Christ, Paul considers rubbish.
Now, let’s break that down into a few possible titles/directions:
- Above All
All three of these titles get to the point AND are easy to remember. You could even have a ton of fun with the “Rubbish” title.
Steps to Craft a Great Sermon Title
Step 1: Write out the thesis of the sermon/series.
In a two to three sentence paragraph, try to summarize the overarching theme / direction / points of your sermon series. You can even try and start out the summary with a question that the series answers.
ex. What do you place your confidence in? In his letter to the Philippians, Paul tells us that anything we put confidence in, other than Christ, is rubbish and shows how we ought to live a life worthy of Christ.
Step 2: Condense it down to a single sentence.
Take your overarching descriptive paragraph and brake it down into a single sentence.
ex. All things, compared to life for Christ, are complete rubbish.
Step 3: Make a title.
From your condensed sentence pull out key words: “all things” “Christ” “Rubbish” “Life for Christ”.
From those key words you likely have a title. Once you have that, you are all set to begin the creative process or designing a sermon series graphic.
Join our free Facebook group, Creative Church Project, and ask the community for help. You will get lots of great suggestions and thoughts to help you title your next sermon series.