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Stories Are for Adults (part 2)

Equipping preachers to communicate biblical narratives to adult audiences

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This is a two-part article. In part one, Edwards explained the importance of story-shaping sermons and introduced the first two phases of this homiletical tool.

3. Understanding what the biblical character decided and why they made that choice

At this point, you are in the winter of the biblical story. Things have become unbearable and the character has chosen to act. You are at the bottom of the mono-mythic circle, the climax of the emotion. Here you are looking for the biblical character's psychological motivation. What would have made this decision difficult?

• When did the character finally choose to act?
• Why not earlier or later?
• What decision did the character make?
• Why did the character finally choose to act?
• What factors motivated the character to act the way that he or she did (social, physical, spiritual, and so on)?

4. Emotional identification with the consequences the biblical character faced

In the fourth phase, the diagram above curves upward. ...

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Bill Barr

March 01, 2007  5:31am

It's certainly worth helping our people to realize how their lives are not much different from the lives of others and that by applying these lessons we can help others to live the life that God wants us to live.

jean valdemar

February 28, 2007  3:36pm

This is a great article. Very insightful and well articulated. I give it 5 stars. Jean *****

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