You know how everyone shakes the preacher’s hand at the door one the meeting is over? They say something like, “I appreciated what you had to say today,” or maybe just “Good word.”
I have found that people compliment your sermon much more when you tell them things that they already know. People tend to avoid you if you tell them things that stretch their brains too much.
Think about it. When do we get the shouts of “Amen” and “Glory”? Those exclamations often mean something like, “Yes, I knew that and I agree wholeheartedly.”
I think we need a new exclamation that means, “Wow, that is something that I have never considered before. You have challenged me to consider new things.”