Sabbath Secret Part 2

We learned last week that movie producers know how to encourage their viewers to keep coming back for more and more.
If you did not notice, we used the same technique on you last week as well.
We started with an exciting story or narrative to grab your attention, and then we built up your expectations by promising an outcome that you desired. Instead of delivering everything you expected when you wanted it, we promised you would get all that you were hoping for the next time we met, that is today.

The concept we are utilizing is one of the three (3) most important things every Sabbath School and AY program should have.

Today we will look at number one.

#1. Emotion
Emotion is a characteristic shared by both humans and God. Emotions frame how we perceive every situation. A medical practitioner slapping a baby till it cries can cause you to feel angry at the abuse of a child or joyful that the baby just took its first breath. Our emotions are a powerful aspect of our humanity, and they are subject to manipulation both for good and evil.

Some evangelical preachers appeal to the emotions of churchgoers. Often in the wrong way.  As such, we are often suspicious when someone speaks about emotions at church. Amidst our suspicions, do not discard the fact that as a presenter/ leader, you can transform the emotions of your congregants.

Your congregation may be grieving, troubled by sickness, or stagnated by the mundane. As the presenter, you can change their emotional state.

Every program should carry an emotional theme. If it is a program about praise, the congregation should leave feeling happy and filled with a joyous spirit. If the program is about repentance, the audience should experience deep thoughts of contemplation. There should be sorrow for sin and a resolve to change. However, a program does not need to have a single emotional outcome; the same program about repentance can end in joy and expectation, knowing that Jesus has paid the price for our sins.

It is the job of the presenter to take on the characteristic of the emotion they wish to convey. If it is joy, the audience must be able to hear the happiness in your voice, and the words that you use must communicate happy feelings. The tone and volume of your voice are sometimes a lot more impactful than the words that you speak.

Each program should intend to take the entire congregation on a journey through their mind. However, for specific concepts to be most effective, the associated emotion must be experienced.

Every Sabbath Program should set the emotional tone of the congregation. Do you agree?

I'm about to appeal to your emotions:
If you have mastered the emotional state of your congregation but miss this next BIG component, you are not in the business of worship; you are just an entertainer.

Next week, we will look at number two of the three most important things every Sabbath School and AY program should have.

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