Thursday, May 1, 2008

Introduction or Preliminaries?

In thinking through the sermon introduction it is important to differentiate between the introduction and simple preliminaries. 

image Austin Phelps in his classic The Theory of Preaching gives a good distinction. 

Preliminaries –general remarks may be made which have no connection with the message.

Introduction-the preacher seeks to bring to the minds of the congregation into such a relationship with his theme that they are willing to lend an ear to his discourse.

Too often we confuse the two, or we build a huge porch or preliminaries without giving proper attention to the introduction itself.  Keeping (even if it is only in the mind of the preacher) a clear distinction between the two is important.

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