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Basic Sermon Structure (part three)

Three architectural laws nearly every sermon should follow.

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In forming any sermon there are dozens of questions to ask about content: How do we choose supporting material? How much explanation of the text is enough? How much explanation is too much? How do we craft the specifics of the sermon so our listeners will understand the meaning of the passage, affirm the big idea, and apply the sermon's truth in their lives?

When we ask ourselves these questions, we're really asking, " What evidence will help my listeners accept the claim of this message? " This question quickly reveals that every sermon is, essentially, an argument, an attempt to convince others to believe or behave as the Word directs.

The third guideline for basic homiletical structure is to get into a good argument.

An argument seeks to advance a claim by supporting that claim with evidence. But what kind of evidence? Statistics? Stories? Facts and figures?

In seeing the sermon as an argument, we must go beyond thinking only in terms of logic. Most people do not accept claims ...

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