• March 29th, 2016


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This exercise is an attempt to illustrate an example of textual preaching. It is designed to help the student start with a passage of scripture and draw relevant application from that scripture to the lives of the audience.

Upon completion of this assignment you should be able to:
Illustrate an example of textual preaching.§

Textbook: The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching§
§ 5.1a PowerPoint: Unit 5 The Choice of a Text

Here is the place where we get to try our hand at actually sketching an outline for a textual message. A textual or expository (these are often used interchangeably) has its starting point in the Bible itself. The preacher reads the Word, is moved by the Holy Spirit regarding a certain passage, mines out its meaning, then takes that meaning to his/her audience.

1. Turn to the Parable of the Sower, in Luke 8.1-15.
2. Study the passage thoroughly, consulting the Greek for any words you may not understand.
3. Provide a 1-2 sentence introduction to a message based on this passage.
4. List the main points to this passage. In other words, what was it that Jesus was trying to say in this parable?
5. Provide a conclusion, with relevant application to the hearer. In other words, why should this matter to your audience?
6. Lastly, in 1-2 sentences, what do you want your audience to take away from this message?
7. Provide your response to the directives above in no more than a 1 page document. The goal here is to think and communicate concisely.
8. Submit in Word document

Notice that this assignment 5.4 on Textual Preaching asks for concise information that will fit in a 1 page report. Follow the instructions and provide your information to each question and request. Again one page in this class is 250 words for maximum points.

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