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My Formula for Preaching (part 2)

How to outline your messages so they retain a relational quality

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Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the PreachingToday.com Book of the Year, Communicating for a Change (Multnomah, 2006), by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones.

This is part two of a two-part article. Inpart one, Stanley told why his outlining method is important, and discussed the Me and We sections of a message.

God

Now for the meat. The Bible part. The God part. The text! The goal here is to resolve the tension, or at least some of it, by pointing people to God's thoughts on the subject at hand. One of my well-worn transitions goes something like this:

"Well, the good news is, we're not the first people to struggle with this. The people in Jesus' day did as well. Turn with me to … ."

Similarly: "The good news is that we're not the first group to have doubts about God's goodness—King David did as well. Turn with me to. … "

Or: "God must have known we would struggle with this, because Jesus addressed this very issue ...

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Stephen Walton

April 27, 2017  1:18am

This really helped me to focus my message. Blessings to you.

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Billy Bennett

February 18, 2007  8:00pm

The MWGYW paradigm is a challenging yet exciting way to present the gospel. I really enjoyed reading this information. Thanks!

Ted Weis

February 17, 2007  7:16pm

I really appreciate the last "we" section and the challenge to do vision casting. That was a missing element of my preaching. No longer!

John Piatt

February 16, 2007  12:21pm

Thanks so much for Part II of this wonderful way to present the gospel.

David Beirne

February 13, 2007  9:52am

Simple, clear, thank you Andy!

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