Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Looking at a Text from Multiple Perspectives

Preaching without Notes Charles Koller in Expository Preaching Without Notes offers this suggestion AS ONE OF FOUR as ways to develop either the thesis of the sermon or the main points.  It answers the question: How do I put flesh on the bones of my outline?”

Approach the passage first from the standpoint of the reader, to note the message or lessons which are obvious.  Then approach the passage from the standpoint of each person or group of persons involved, including God and Christ and the Holy Spirit.  What does the passage reveal to each or about each?  What does each one say, or do, or think, or purpose, or learn, or discover, or experience?  (p. 55)

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