This is episode #016 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

In this episode, we talk about preaching funeral sermons.

Funeral Sermons1

Here are 10 practical tips for preaching funeral sermons:

1. Preach a sermon; do not give a eulogy.

2. Use knowledge about the deceased carefully and wisely.

3. Be brief.

4. Consider the family.

5. Don’t avoid the subjects of death and eternity.

6. Give the family permission to grieve.

7. Assume you are talking to Christians and non-Christians.

8. Do not speculate.

9. Present the gospel clearly.

10. Avoid manipulation.

Questions

What do you think of these tips for preaching funerals I have shared? What would you add or change in this list? What best practices do you follow in preaching funerals?

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“The grand object of the Christian ministry is the glory of God. Whether souls are converted or not, if Jesus Christ be faithfully preached, the minister has not labored in vain, for he is a sweet savour unto God as well in them that perish as in them that are saved.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon