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Stop Starting With the Text

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Stop Starting With the Text

I'm proposing that preachers stop starting with the text. At first glance, the reader might find this proposition radical, if not outright repulsive. "It's certainly not biblical preaching," some might argue. But hang on and hear me out … keep starting the sermon's development with the text, but stop starting the sermon's delivery with the text.

"Open your Bible to Leviticus 23:22," the preacher begins. "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field …" they continue, believing this approach best honors the Word of God they so desperately want their hearers to embrace. Most agree biblical literacy is low. If so, isn't the antidote getting to the text right away? Isn't an answer to the disregard listeners have for Scripture to regard the text by giving it chronological primacy? The answer is no for the following reasons.

Overcome the apathetic hearer

The sermon hearer doesn't care. ...

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September 15, 2014  12:26am

Sorry didn't leave stars on my last post just wanted to let you know that I did really love the article.

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September 11, 2014  5:32pm

I first started attending church 15 years ago when I was 35. This is the method that captured my attention back then and continues to do so today.

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September 11, 2014  3:20pm

I have been mentored under Dr. Casey's approach for almost 20 years, and as Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit" - we have had the great privilege of seeing literally hundreds of adult baptisms in my tenure. I would contend that it is largely due to Dr. Casey's insistence that the move from "life to truth" is the most engaging way to cooperate with the Spirit's work in a person's life. I hope many pastors/teachers benefit from this conventional but amazingly effective wisdom!

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September 09, 2014  11:48am

Excellent article! Thanks for helping all of us all be better communicators of God's Truthes.

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September 08, 2014  7:42pm

Sound instruction from a gifted preacher who has deeply affected my walk with Jesus. Thank you, Dr. Casey.

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