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Preaching the Challenge of Communication

Let the whole width of the Bible be the governor of the form you use.

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Topic: How to use a variety of preaching forms.
Big Idea: Let the whole width of the Bible be the governor of the form you use.

I'd like to be able to tell you that every time I open up a passage of Scripture I take the exact form that's there and I put it in a form just like that as I make it palatable to the people on Sunday morning. But you know as well as I do that we have preconceived forms. That's the way we learned it. We learned a deductive form from a Socratic form of argumentation.

This deductive form has a proposition statement, a first point, a second point and a third point. I think that's a good form because there are senses in texts that are very much didactic. They are very much teaching-oriented. And the thoughts are logically arranged within a sequence that should be presented just like that.

The challenge and frustration that I found is that our tendency is sometimes to put every text of Scripture into the basic form and the skeleton that we learned in homiletics class, ...

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