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Certain transition questions require an immediate answer to avoid confusion.

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When we pose certain transition questions, we can unwittingly lead to confusion in our hearers.

Suppose a preacher asks the question " What is the reason we can rejoice in trials? " and then continues as follows:

" The answer is given in verses 1-5. Let's look at it. Notice in verse 1 that Paul came to Corinth to preach the gospel. He came to this crossroads of the empire to tell about a Savior.
" Notice in verse 2, however, that no one welcomed him. No one seemed anxious to hear him. No one "

At this point the listener is lost. The paragraphs following the question " What is the reason we can rejoice in trials? " seem to have nothing to do with rejoicing in trials.

The speaker knows where he's going. He knows the answer is going to emerge in another couple of minutes. His outline has him progressing toward it:

What is the reason we can rejoice in trials?
  1. Paul came to Corinth.
  2. No one welcomed him.
  3. He turned to the Lord.
  4. He rejoiced to find the Lord sufficient for the situation.

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