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A Narrative Structure That Has Best of Both Worlds

Narration-implication model captures the strengths of both inductive and deductive approaches.

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While narrative sermons come in different forms, I have found one that captures for me the strengths of both inductive and deductive sermon structures. I call it the narration-implication model. Developing sermons with this model requires three phases.

Exegetical Phase

First determine where the story begins and ends. Most texts suitable for preaching have a tension-resolution dynamic. Stories are stories because something upsets the equilibrium of life, followed by increasing tension that is eventually resolved.

Give attention to the unique aspects of stories. Note how the story unfolds. Examine the characters, looking at their strengths and weaknesses. Examine the scenes and images within each scene. Our goal is to determine what the text reveals about the will and ways of God.

Next, summarize your exegesis in a central truth, a single sentence that summarizes the narrative. To find this truth, first identify the topic-question. Start with a single word that captures what the passage is about. ...

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