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Basic Sermon Structure (part two)

Three architectural laws nearly every sermon should follow.

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Part 1 of this series on sermon structure covered the three fundamental building blocks of a sermon: introduction, body, and conclusion. The next step is to piece together the logical flow that will guide the sermon. (See: Basic Sermon Structure, Part 1)

Second law: Determine whether to use deductive reasoning or inductive reasoning.

Deductive reasoning argues from general to specific. In the sermon, the preacher states the Big Idea (the general) early in the message. The structure (specifics) of the message then develops to support or " prove true " the Big Idea.

In the conclusion of the message, the preacher returns to the big idea with the rhetorical delight of implying, " I told you so. " The following deductive model may prove helpful.

Introduction
  1. Raise the subject.
  2. Develop the need.
  3. Offer promise of application.
  4. State the Big Idea
(Insert a transition that recreates tension and a need for the biblical text.)
Body
I. This statement is the primary evidence to support ...

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