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CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T13 - Illustrating Biblical Truth

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Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T13 - Illustrating Biblical Truth

Surprise Me
Biblical stories sound like long-ago-and-far-away
synonyms, comparison,
contrast and
illustration
Illustrating Biblical Truth
Supporting Material
“Making Dry Bones live”
(Haddon Robinson)

amplifies
proves
applies
explains
Restating the Sermon Point
- makes the
concept clear
-
impresses an idea
on the
listener’s mind
and Explanations
-
places

something
in a
broad class
-
shows
differences

in that class
Bring facts into
relationship
with each other
Facts . . .
. . . and Statistics
Draw conclusions
from them
Verify
them
Need to be
accurate
and
representative
Present them as
simple
as possible
(in addition to facts)
Quotations
Give credit
to the authority
Impressive to people
Sermons can
gain
authority if . . .
Use
sparingly
Quotes should be
brief
Verify credentials of quotations
Competence
Can the person speak with authority on this subject?
Firsthand knowledge?
Is the authority prejudiced?
Audience respects authority?
Narration
Every passage has its people
Put
words
into people’s mouths
Narration means
communicating with imagination
Purpose of Illustrations
help to understand the particulars of abstract words
bring sermons down into life
explain the unknown with the known
should not offend the good sense of an audience
Illustrations from the Bible
Least effective - why?
Modern people don’t know their Bibles
They are often not biblical (Jay Adams)
Always
use
the Bible
authoritatively
Scripture
was not given to illustrate points but to
make points
!
!
!
!
How can we find good illustrations?
- Personal
experience
Should be
true
Should be
modest
(not always the hero)
Should
not violate confidence
!
!
!
- From your
reading
- Don't forget to
save

catchy illustrations
- From your
listening
to other sermons
Using Definitions
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