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CMIN 301 (Su '17) T8 - Making the Message relevant in Our Town

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Transcript of CMIN 301 (Su '17) T8 - Making the Message relevant in Our Town

- relevancy shows how the message connects to life
Making the Message Relevant - Why?
- without a mental picture of some real-life situation,
the message has no bearing on their lives
Making the Message Relevant in Our Town
What does the CIS (take-home truth) look like in real life?
Making the Message Relevant - How?
- picture some person, event, or circumstance in
their everyday world where the biblical truth would
have some bearing
Step #2: Think where it would show up in
your own life.
How have I experienced this?
- visualize the different kinds of people you’ll be
talking to
Step #3: Run the truth through the various
groups and life circumstances
- ask: What does someone in each category need to
think about or deal with?
Step #4: Develop mental pictures that apply the
biblical concept
(not only illustrate)
- Bill's witness in court - an application of courage
- Be a good Christian
Step #5: Make your applications detailed and
extended, not vague and brief.
- teaching a fifth grade boys Sunday school class
"Our ultimate goal in speaking is not knowledge but godly behavior, not information but Christlikeness."
(Donald Sunukjian)
Sources and Image Credit
1)
Adopted key thoughts from Donald Sunukjian,
Invitation to Biblical Preaching - Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance
, Kindle location 1753-2203 and from our textbook
Preaching God's Word
, ch. 6.
1)
- visualize scenarios that might realistically occur in
the listener’s life
- five steps that will help you discover and present
what the message looks like in real life
How am I experiencing it?
How might I experience it?
- Matt 5:10 -> encourage your people to act with
integrity even though they may pay a price
- a businessperson, a junior high student, a single
career person starting an entry-level job, a stay-
at-home mom with three children, a 78-year-old
widow whose husband died five years ago
How would this mom face persecution for acting righteously?
Life of a Stay-at-Home Mom
- speaking up at a PTA meeting
- soccer games on Sunday during church times
- vacation time with some relatives
- invitation to a birthday party
How would she face persecution for acting righteously?
Life of a 78-Year-Old Widow
- disadvantage in remarrying
- donating to your church building program
- granddaughter comes with a friend
Rejected because of righteousness
- an application pictures a specific situation in your
listeners’ lives that is equivalent to the one the
biblical author is talking about
Illustrations
- e.g., the courage of a Civil War general
- In contrast to an application, an illustration is a
picture or analogy from an area
outside our
personal lives
Illustrations don’t help the listener to see how it shows up in their lives.
Illustrations vs. Applications
- story of King Midas (illustration)
- CIS (take-home truth) of 1 Tim 6:9-10: The love of
money can be your downfall
- working 80 hours a week to make money at the
expense of your family (application)
- taking “dirty jobs” that pay a lot but corrupt the
soul
- Obey your parents
- your mom says: - buy milk for sixty-five cents
3a – Cross the river by deter-
mining the theological
principle (CIS)
Five Steps of the Interpretive Journey
1 – Determine the
meaning

of the text in
their town
2 – Measuring the Width
of the River
5 – Apply the theological principle (CIS) to
individual Christians today
e) Make your applications detailed and
extended, not vague and brief.
a) Identify
key elements
of your CIS/
main points
c) Run the truth through the various groups
and life circumstances
b) Think where a
parallel situation
would
show up in your own life that includes
all key elements
d) Develop mental pictures that apply the
biblical concept (not only illustrate)
4 – Consult the Biblical Map
Step #1: Identify key elements
What does the CIS look like in real life?
Step #2: Think where it would show up in your own life.
Step #3: Run the truth through the various groups and life
circumstances
Step #4: Develop mental pictures that apply the biblical
concept (not only illustrate)
Step #5: Make your applications detailed and extended, not
vague and brief.
The application should be faithful to the meaning of the text and relevant to the contemporary audience.
Step #1: Identify key elements of your CIS/main
points
Observe how the CIS/main points address the original situation
Illustrations vs. Applications
(cont.)
- 15-year old girl caught in an unwanted teenage
pregnancy
- Gal. 6:1, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual restore him gently."
- illustration with a word study of "restore"
church doesn't grow in godliness
- this illustration leaves the listeners ignorant of how
to genuinely and practically carry out restoration
- medical field -> setting a bone
- fishing industry -> mending a net
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