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5. The Managing of the Material

Taj Pacleb

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Taj Pacleb

Speaker/Director of Revelation of Hope Ministries

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  • December 31, 2018
    2:30 PM
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This message was presented at the G Y C T B N in Houston Texas. Other resources like this visit us online and she Y.C. Web. So we've been learning about the art of in time for teaching how to be competent communicators for Christ in the context of the last days and we've been learning their preaching is the means of giving others a reason to believe so that they might be saved it's something that is very personal because God wants to communicate his heavenly message through human instruments and every single one of us we all have a unique experience a unique. Relationship with the Lord and so each one of us got was to use to 2 to share a unique picture of who he is with the world I want to start by reading this verse where Jesus distills for us what it means to have eternal life very familiar verse Jesus said and this is life eternal that they might would. Know the the only true God and Jesus Christ whom there has sent salvation is not found in what we know but who we know and if we know him we have eternal life because in him is life and he who has the Son has life the Bible said yes but this word no is far deeper than an intellectual understanding in biblical terms the word no is so deep the Bible says in Genesis Chapter 4 verse one that Adam knew he and she can see it and bore a son so the word know has the connotation of intimacy of oneness of 2 coming together in a in a special encounter a personal relationship in God wants us to know him like that. And friends when we know him. Then our greatest desire will be to make him known to others and that's the personal mission of my life to know him and to make him known but how does this happen how do we know Him The Bible tells us in Psalms 46 verse him be still and known that I am God I will be exalted among the heathen I'll be exalted in the year before Christ can be exalted he must be known and in order for him to be known we have to be still Hutch listen spend time with the Lord the exultation of Christ is the result of knowing price and it is in the womb of the mind and the heart the sermons are conceived this conception is the result of the union of divinity and humanity coming together as divinity comes into humanity humanity is then implanted with the seed of truth and after a period of incubation that seed grows into a sermon then that sermon is burst or delivered behind the pulpit so that people can see the word being made flesh through our word pictures and our proclamation but before delivery there has to be labor labor always comes before deliberate and so we're going to talk in this presentation the laboring process that enables the birth or the delivery of a sermon to actually happened. Bible tells us in 2nd term of the $215.00 study to show that self-improvement to God a workman that need it not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth and so we must make time to study for sales take time to gather the content and so the question is What are the organic materials that make up a sermon What are the ingredients of the sermon meal there are 2 different sources primary sources and secondary sources this is the content of our communication the substance of the sermon would come from these sources the primary sources the Bible and human spirit or prophecy and the book of nature because God reveals Himself through the things that he has made Romans 120 tells us so these are the primary sources these are the building blocks of your sermon meal but then there are secondary sources that we can draw from and those are our own experience of course Providence how God has led us in our own personal lives personal thought journals Maybe God has revealed some special things some impressions and you write those down in personal thought journals and then number 3 of course the product of other men's minds whether be written works or even spoken works maybe you heard a sermon that moved your heart the thing wrong with taking that material that you heard in the sermon and and making it your own and and preaching it nothing wrong with that you read books you hear things that inspire you those are some secondary sources that we can draw the materials in the ingredients for a sermon meal and so may remember that's secondary sources primary sources Bible prophecy and the book of nature and so these are the sources now how do these organic materials come together to actually create a sermon. How are sermons conceived developed and born. That's what we're going to discuss in this presentation how do we assemble the mass of matter What are the steps or 1st of all let's understand that there are actually different kinds of servants there are at least 3 of them I want to share with you 3 types of sermons one of them is what we call the textual sermon the textural sermon is based upon a passage of Scripture maybe one verse or one or 2 verses just a small small passage of Scripture and so a textual sermon would take that passage and it would extract all of the meaning and all the phrases and words and sentences in that passage and everything else in the rest of the sermon would be to illustrate and support that one main passage that one main thought that's what you call a textual sermon then there is the topical sermon the topical sermon is based upon a topic of scripture in the Bible. And topical sermon would do this it would gather all the collaborating verses from Genesis to Revelation concerning that topic and old compare those verses with each other to teach what the buy or 2 to demonstrate with the Bible teaches concerning that specific topic the Sabbath is the topic or would be it would be a sermon. A Sabbath sermon would be a topical sermon because it's not found in one place in the Bible but throughout the whole by the state of the dead sanctuary these would be topical sermons and then there is the expository sermon this would be a sermon based upon an entire unit of scripture most of the Times a story in in the scripture or a narrative and that narrative you just go verse by verse and extract all the truths and all the practical applications from that story and so it's in it's good to understand the different kinds of sermon they accomplish different things and so when you're sitting down getting ready to write a sermon you have to decide what kind of sermon is going it's going to be and so now let us consider 13 steps in managing the material assembling and organizing and structuring the mass of matter so we're going to go through this step by step this is probably the most practical presentation of the 6 we're sharing and so step number one just we're going to go through it together number one you've got to choose the tax or the theme that you want to preach on choose the tax Now you may choose it or it may choose you that's what we call inspiration you read something in and it moves you so much that it's it's like it's saying to you you've got to preach on me you've got to share me with others that's inspiration. So you may choose it it may choose you but most of the time sanctify judgment is to be used to choose the text or the theme of year of year of your sermon now where do you get the sanctified judgment from from 3 main places Number one our connection with the Lord through personal Bible study in daily prayer the Lord reveals to us he impresses us upon what is the best thing to share. In in a specific context So number one our connection with a lower number to our connection with people spending time with others knowing our audience knowing the people in whom we're going to address or give a Bible study to and as we know whether it she we know where to scratch we know the weather aching We know where to massage and so that is where some discernment comes in when you spend time with people then number 3 our connection to The Times The Times keeping up with the world events seeing what's happening in the world today the the moods of society what the contemporary mind is thinking about and as we understand what's happening God gives us discernment as to what is the best thing to share the same number one very simple choose the texts or the theme or it may choose you. You also want to take advantage of maybe special events that happen throughout the calendar year or even the church calendar for example on October 31st when you want to preach on the 3rd 31st not Halloween. The Protestant Reformation in men you know nothing wrong with preaching a sermon on the Nativity the the incarnation of Christ during the Christmas season and the resurrection during that time of year nothing wrong with those things and month of October it's a good month to remember the history of our church maybe do a message on. The investigative judgment or the history of how God rose of this special movement So step number one very simple choose the tax then number 2 observe the tax observe the tax what I mean by that here's what I mean. Read the text several times in several different versions of the Bible and as you read that verse several times in several different versions take note of the following The sentence. Of the texts unusual words or phrases in the 10 X. Is there any repetition maybe an emphasis like for example in our last presentation we looked at the Sermon on the Mount and we saw that there was a repetition where Jesus said You have heard what I say to you you have heard what I say to you so as you're reading it take note of those things that sometimes it's easy for us to pass over unusual words or phrases repetition emphasis are there are synonyms in the tex different words that mean the same thing take note of the names and the places actions and reactions causes and effects take notice of that as you're reading the texts and then you want to ask questions to the texts ask questions what kind of questions do we ask the Bible when you read it who what where when why how. Just ask those questions and let the text give you the answer now may not answer every one of those questions in that passage but go ahead and throw those questions out and just let the verse speak to you you also want to ask the question What is the writing what is the writer seeing here whom is he speaking to one of the circumstances in which this author wrote. What is the literary form of this passage is it history is it poetry is it a prophecy is a biography take note of those things this is all under the 2nd step of observing the texts just observing it she's looking at it and as you ask those questions reading the text several times in several versions write down and take notes of your earliest impressions don't worry about organizing the material yet that's later on down the line but take note of your earliest impressions may be influential worse pictures that come to your mind when you read other connecting passages Maybe you're reading something it is similar to something else you read in another book of the Bible write those down don't let it escape illustrations that perhaps comes that comes to your mind as you're reading it maybe personal experiences write all of that down and in the 2nd step what's happening is that you're being pulled into the texts you're being pulled your man your you are marinating your soul in the juices of the texts and that my friends is very exciting I like what it says in this homiletics book in the minister's workshop page 168 kind of describes the 2nd step in these words the fruit for reading the Bible is a sort of brooding you know the word brooding means it means to think deeply about something not frantic reading but brooding rather it is watching the narrative past before one's mind holding the mind loose with no tensions or or tautness at all not worrying whether one finds anything or not the key point is that one is not working for a particular and other is you're not studying the Bible to prove a pre-opening a good idea or point you just lay the Bible speak to you. You're not having so much a goal or an end in mind you're just asking more speak to me through your words and then it continues to say the mind broods thinks them stinks deeply over the page like a hawk over a chicken yard then from Elysia Lee wheel in the air it's swoops down on what looked what looks like an idea you don't always get a live chicken sometimes it turns out to be merely a hole in the ground don't fret about that the chief thing is the habit the procedure and so you're observing the Bible and you see something is there something there and you come take a closer look and maybe it doesn't lead to anywhere any were special Don't worry about that the thing is you're you're getting into the habit of studying the Bible in that way not just reading the Bible but observing the Bible that's the 2nd step and then the 3rd step you want to study the texts you've chosen it you've observed it now you want to go deeper and study it how to do this you look up all the influential words and meanings that may not be apparent in the surface and the ways that in which you extract the meaning of words is through lots of cons and dictionary that gives you the exact meaning of the word in its original Hebrew or Greek language but you can also look up the meaning of words in the Bible by using the concordance and cross referencing that determines the meaning of words by how it's used in other places of the Bible and so the lexicon gives you the exact meaning in the original Greek or Hebrew but the cordons gives you the meaning of that word or that phrase depends according to how it's used in other places of the Bible because the Bible interprets itself. You also want to look up the contacts the historical background the culture and Bible commentaries are helpful when it comes to that which Christ object lessons page one o 9 says that God's words are true and they have a deeper significance than appears on the surface all the sayings of Christ have a value beyond their unpretending appears minds that are quickened by the Holy Spirit would discern the value of these sayings they would discern the precious gems of truth though these may be. Very treasures just like a gold miner has to dig beneath the surface to find the vein of go and just like a scuba diver has to go beneath the surface to see the wonders of God's creation so to the Bible student you have to not just read but you've got to go deeper don't just stay on the surface go deeper How do you do that once again look at the meaning of words and how those words are used in other places of the Bible and that's the 3rd step you're studying the text this is the exit Jesus you read the passage again in light of all that you found and now the scriptures should be speaking more clearly to you the suspect are to be speaking more distinctly to your mind give an example of this the Book of Jonah is very popular childhood story but it has deep prophetic significance as our study in the book I looked up the word Joan and I found out the word Jonah means does anyone know the word Jonah means dove and what is the dove a symbol of the Holy Spirit but his father's name is I am a tie his is Joe not the son of AM a time I looked up the word I am a tie and the definition of that name in the Bible is my truth so you look at John as name it's really a reflection of of who God is calling him to be. Dove and truth spirit and truth in a way to me that reminds me of what Jesus said when he described what a true worshipper is the true worship worship God in Spirit and in truth and so Jonah. Is called to be a true worshipper in fact there is a meaning in his name that that ought to be a reflection of his life. So he has a name that means something do we have a name that means something 7 they haven't 7 day with a reference to the beginning God created the world in 6 days and rest of the 7th Adventists talk about the same god that's going to come back the 2nd time and so 7 Day Adventists is really a name that means the beginning and the end of the alphanumeric of the one that started in the one that's going to come back and finish it and everything in between it encompasses the whole message friends we've got a name that means something you realize that the Holy Spirit is the one that gave us the name 7 they haven't and so Jonah his mission God says I want you to go to Nineveh and give karate I against it and I got to studying the city of Nineveh and I found that the founder of Nineveh was a man by the name of anyone no Nimrod Nimrod also founded another wicked Kingdom the kingdom of Babylon and only that but in the Bible God uses animals to depict kingdoms guess which kingdom God uses to depict Nineveh a lion that sounds familiar Is there another kingdom in the Bible this also depicted as a lion working as that Babylon and so many of we can say it's similar to Babylon it's a type of Babylon and so joyous mission is to give a loud cry again it's none of our mission is to give a loud cry again it's Babylon. With spirit and truth but what does Jonah do instead of going to Nineveh he goes to Tarshish in the Bible Tarshish is proverbial for a place of ease wealth comfort and luxury and friends unfortunately and tragically in Revelation 3 tells us that God's end time people who are supposed to be given a loud cry message against Babylon Instead we think we're rich have need of nothing we're comfortable and where we're seeking a place of ease but then Jonah his life was changed when he got swallowed by the fish I had a whole sermon on this couple years ago and you I see I'm not going to repeat it but when you look up the words you find that there's a deeper profit significance beneath the surface and that's all you need to do is step number 3 in them Step Number 4 find the truth an application in the tax find the truth an application write down every principle of truth contained in the passage verse by verse ask the question what does this truth tell me about God What does it tell me about Satan What does it tell me about myself what are the practical implications of this truth in the day to day life what you're doing in this step is more than just picking out a few nuggets of truth but rather you're looking for a theme you're looking for structure you're looking for the design right down how that principle applies back then and how it applies right now find the truth to the application and the truth in that texts and then step number 5 can so the spread of prophecy or other biblical commentaries on that passage. It is a well accepted principle of hermeneutics the latter profits explain and enlarge and even interpret the writings of earlier prophets the New Testament explains Nero and so nothing wrong with with absolute absolute nothing wrong in fact we ought to do it consult with this bit of process to see the spread of prophecy is like a divine commentary on the Bible I'm so grateful for the speed of prophecy How about you. Now I'm assuming that all of us are familiar with it and believe it if not that's something they're going to study for yourself in our seminar we have a whole presentation how to tell a true prophet revelation spitter prophecy but God has given us some additional insight inside information. The spread of prophecy is not to take the place of the Bible but it's to bring us back to the Buy It was like a magnifying glass if you were to put a magnifying glass in front of the Bible is that magnifying glass going to change the Bible is it to take something out of it will it add something to it what is a magnifying glass do it makes clear and larger that which is already there and the reason why God saw solve it is so important to give the speed of prophecy the mission of any one of the last days is because we are the blind this generation and we need some bifocals we need extra special help and friends everything that is in the spirit posse can all can always be proved from the Word of God at least in its principle God has given us such a rich gift and so do that at the 5th step don't you know get it from the Bible 1st it's there in the fist that you discovered man you thought that man I found that and you feel like it was original then you read this bit of prophecy and she said it a long long time ago. But it's confirmation that you're on the right track. And it's such a blessing and so consult the speed of prophecy as you can also do other bubble commentaries then take notes of the applications that are made especially away take some of these battle principles and make some beautiful applications and make she write everything down don't worry about organizing the material yet you're still gathering the building blocks or gathering the the ingredients for your sermon new and that's in the 1st 5 steps then step number 6 now is the time to start organizing Step 6 What do you do you determine the main central point of the passage now this is so important it's probably one of the hardest steps this is where this is where the brick wall usually comes this is where people give up if the 6 there but once you get past this everything flows together so what does this mean you have to figure out the main central point maybe you gather all kinds of information from your study from your observation for the spread of prophecy many different points you have a mass of matter now you observe all of those things in your asking the question was the main point what is the where is the theme what is the the thing that is consistent in all of these things how are they connected this helps you take aim and focus as to where you're going it is the theme that gives coherence to the sermon so you want to try and find the theme and you want to write it down in one sentence in one sentence write down the core message that your sermon will convey and that sentence that objective should be in your mind all the time so that you know where you're going now how do you find the thing. Friends listen the theme should naturally emerge as you examine your exegete of the passage. So you have to ask this of all the shoes that are found in this passage which one is the central truth the foundational truth the pillar or the most pole potent point of the passage you have to distinguish between the main point and other peripheral points there's going to be peripheral points other side points that are very important to almost the most important one that's what you want to do in Step Number 6 Now why is this so important because a sermon is kind of like a symphony I mean I've been to a symphony before how do you play in a symphony all right and so you know I'm not so much of a music person but I have attended a few symphonies before and assert a certain monic symphony is set around one major theme or tune 1st the theme is slowly and simply plead on one singular instrument and then as it continues on other insurance are brought around on that one in shipment to add more. Color to the symphony then there are variations of that same tune that is played to give the symphony more character that same tune as played slow that is prefabs it's played soft that is played allowed is played in a major chord then maybe a minor chord and then at the close there is usually a spine tingling crescendo of the original theme those fixing in memory the music into the hearts of the hears forever a sermon should be like that it's the main point. Played simply stated simply and then other instruments or other points or other passages or other stories brought around to support that point and you show it how it applies in different ways slow unfasten and Major and Minor and allowed in soft and then at the end you go over the same theme again in the Christian the in the climax and the people will never forget the message it is essential to find the theme 1st before you write down the sermon if you don't know the theme you're not going to know where you're going and if the if you discover that there is more than one main fee then you have just discovered a series of sermons or a series of Bible studies and so you want to break it up into different servants and not try to push everything into one and so here are some questions to ask that will help us discover the theme can I state the purpose of this sermon in a single declarative sentence unencumbered by a subordinate clauses or conjunctions can I summarize it in one sentence if not then it still needs some work or you have multiple servants that need to be written. Can I state the content in a similar sentence can I mark the progression of the sermon by a straight line that runs with out deviation from the 1st word to the final word it. That's the go in Step Number 6 find the main theme if that makes sense please say amen All right so what you find the main theme and sometimes sometimes you find the theme as you continue to write so don't let the fact that you've not settled on a main theme stop you from continuing on you can you can actually continue on to number 7 and sometimes the theme emerges as you can as you continue So step number 7 as you got to prepare outline. You see this a sermon is like the physical body the body needs a skeletal system a structure of form the material must be arranged to make it intelligible and memorable and so what are some sermon outlines simple sermon outlines let's break it down by the types of sermons a topical outline would usually look like this you have your introduction the next that introduces the subject 3 points and a close that would be the topic or sermon outline if the topic is the Sabbath then my introduction perhaps would be something like this you know we live in a world that's crazy and fast paced and there are so many deadlines appointments and schedules and activities pulling us here and there and everywhere we're just so busy burnt out and distracted humanity desperately needs a rest we live in a restless world this longing for rest life is a never ending pursuit of rest giving some examples of that so forth you're creating a need for what you're about to present which is Sabbath rest and so my 1st point perhaps would be how God gave the Sabbath as a memorial of creation My 2nd point perhaps would be what day is the Sabbath that's an important point 7 day of the week 3rd point maybe how to keep the Sabbath and then the close decision for calling for people to make a decision to accept the rest that only Jesus offers now only. The spiritual respite the physical rest of keeping the 7th day of the week and so that's just a general example of the topical outline and then you have what the textual sermon the outline would look like this you have your introduction which perhaps is the background of your main texts the historical background. And then the various points of your outline is determined by each word or phrase or sentence of your texts so if you're doing a textual sermon on John $316.00 you can talk about how that's the most popular in your introduction get about how this the most popular verse in the world that people don't really understand it and then your body the body of your outline is just going through that text for God so loved the weren't that He gave His only begotten son and he just extracted all of the meaning from that using other verses and stories to illustrate it phrase by phrase and then you have your clothes that would be the tech show our line then you have what about the expository outline the introduction of the expose atory sermon would usually be the context of the story and why does a good job in doing this if you want to recreate the scene in the introduction if you just read the spitter prophecy and how she describes from different perspectives the scenes I just love what she does so the introduction will be the context and then the body of your outline with the points are brought out in the narrative of the story as you just go from point to point through the through the through the story and then your clothes would be the outcome of the story and how it applies to your life that would be the expository servant now questions that we can ask as you're creating your sermon outline questions to constantly ask yourself Why am I preach in the sermon what is the goal what is the objective what am I trying to say what's my aim what do I want this sermon to accomplish it's good to keep those questions in mind as you begin to pull the. Information together. Very important it helps you to stay focused and not deviate on to too may turn too many peripheral side points to the point that you write a sermon that's way too long so be asking those questions and you also need to imagine that the sermon is a journey it's a way that you're taking your hearers on with you so as you prepare the outline or try to visualize the sermon as a journey what is a journey it's it's taking someone from point A to Point B. where they are asked to where they are to be there for your introduction the beginning of your sermon the introduction on a many people where they're at pick them up where they're at something that they can connect with something that will grab their attention and so you pick them up that's the beginning of the sermon journey and you're close the end of the sermon or to drop them off where they need to be in God's will but we know that a journey is more than point A and Point B. it's more than the introduction and the close there is stops along the way there are places to stop along the way to the close that you're points right you start one place and you're heading to the close you're heading to the destination but you want to stop there or look out you want to just stop and pause for a moment we don't stay in those points for too long because there's a destination to arrive at it and so you need to have those points remember that it's a single journey there is a destination each sermon should be destined for decision a sermon journey now another person said it like this you can also write a sermon based on this type of outline what why how what then. And it doesn't always have to be in that order but every sermon or a answer these questions so what is basically the interpretation or explanation of a big political truth that's your that's your main content What are you trying to say some kind of explanation of a biblical truth explain it but don't just explain what it is explain why it's important the purpose the reason the importance of that biblical truth don't just tell people what tell them why. You know most people who grow up in church they know what they the Sabbath is but they do not know why it's so important if they don't know why it's easy for them to let it go because they don't see the importance the purpose the reason behind it's so what then explain why then how it applies practically the proper practical application of that shoot in modern times explain how it's practical What does it look like in real life and then what then would be the promise of the application the promise that God gives to us in His Word the benefits the blessings that we receive if we take what has been presented and apply it to our lives and so sometimes you look at your Bible study you look at your sermon you want to throw it up against these questions to see if that sermon is is dealing and answering with with those questions. All the data you've gathered together from your study should be organized into these kinds of sections if it doesn't fit if the information that you have doesn't really fit put aside avoid the detours come back to those points on another sermon trip another sermon series now how many points should a sermon have event is the one everyone says short plainly made points of voiding or rambling would be of the greatest advantage. You ought to preach or we ought to strive to preach one point sermons one point sermons now in that sermon there will be some points but all should support that one main point. Is that make sense Alright so that's the body of your sermon outline what about the introduction were friends there are 4 kinds of introductions what is the purpose of an introduction is to pick them up where their ad right is to captivate the attention so these are the different kinds of introductions there is the biblical context maybe start the sermon by just describing the context of the story you're going to go through Biblical context another way to introduce a sermon is just stating or submitting a problem that the content of your sermon will answer or solve for example the example I gave before the Sabbath we live in a restless world we live in a very fast paced society if the devil cannot make you bad he will make you busy so we have no time to use your mind to spiritual things and so because we live in a restless world I want to share with you in this in our study today how the Lord came to give a sweet wraps you just stayed in the problem submitting a problem and you go right on to the body of the sermon which offers the solution then a 3rd way to illustrate is just a story a story that illustrates everything you're about to say I have a sermon on the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit and I start that by sharing my experience when I went to visit India and I got the chance to visit my palace the Taj Mahal. And if you've seen the Taj Mahal before it's a beautiful building everything is easy on the AH I see. White marble that reflects the glory of the sun everything is symmetrical it took it took over $20000.00 laborers in and stone cutters over 20 years to finish that amazing building it's so beautiful it's the pride and joy of India a symbol of love but when I went there and I saw my palace for the 1st time I was amazed by its beauty but when I went on the inside I realize that it's nothing but empty space it's field with emptiness except for the bones of the king and the wife he made it for and how and I use that story to illustrate how it's many of us look good on the outside but on the inside we're so and we're like a white it's full of dead men's bones so you share the story to illustrate the passage and then number 3 a direct introduction you can just state your points so you can get up and say Today I'm going to talk about prayer and in our 1st port we're going to see the purpose of prayer in our 2nd part going to see how to pray in our 3rd point we're going to see the promises of God when we when we come to Him in prayer so just a very straightforward direct stating your objective of the service so those are in introductions what about a good close a good close or include at least 3 things number one it ought to include a review of the main point and point you presented at the close must have a review because repetition deep in suppression Number 2 a close order tie in with the introduction somehow you mention something in your direction a close Eccles it so you're wrapping around it's a full circle message you want to have a full circle sermon and you do that in the introduction and the clothes and the number 3 of course the clothes have an appeal calling for irrelevant decision. It doesn't have to be some kind of dramatic altar call but maybe the raising of the hand or just an acceptance in the heart some kind of call to action to apply because as I mentioned information without application results in condemnation because To whom much is given much is required so we must appeal for people to decide according to the truth and so that's under Step Number 7 you're writing the outline of the sermon All right step number 8 after you have your outline you have the skeleton you now need to put some meat on it you need to illustrate the sermon or illustrate the sermon but make sure you have content to illustrate don't just make a sermon out of illustration the illustration simply makes clear clearer the content of what you're presenting from the Bible and so what is the purpose of illustrations number one it provides clarity and illustration will also grip the person's attention writes stories always grab people's attention and illustration makes the truth practical it fleshes out that theology and makes it practical in day to day life it makes the sermon memorable to help people remember you know I've heard many sermons and I that I've forgotten but I've heard many stories I've never forgotten and that's one of the reasons why Jesus always was sharing parables now and the illustrations enable you to repeat your point without repeating the same words you're saying the same thing in a different way by using an illustration and also an illustration eases the congregation you know if you're presenting a message that requires mental effort to understand and just hammering in explaining deep theological things those only so much the human mind can can take and see stop and you share an illustration. That eases the congregation gives people time or your here is time to breathe and to absorb what has been said and Jesus is the master of this desire of ages 254 says his messages of mercy were varied to suit his audience Jesus knew how to scratch where it should he knew how to speak a word in season to him that is weary for Grace was poured upon his lips that he might convey in to men in the most attractive way the treasures of truth here to have to meet the precious minds and surprise them with illustrations that won their attention through the imagination he reach the heart of his illustrations were taken from the things of daily life and although they were simple they had in them a wonderful depth of meaning the birds of the air the lilies of the field the seed in the shepherd in the sheep with these objects Christ Illustrated him or the truth and ever afterward when his hearers chance to see the things of nature they recall his words Christ illustrations constantly repeated his lesson so I want to be like Jesus about you so we started maybe about a year ago doing a special series we have in our revelation of hope series which is Bible prophecy explaining all the doctrines of the Bible but a year ago we started a series that we're really excited about is called Reflections of hope where we create these 5 minute cinematic devotional clips object lessons based on nature or adventure or culture or history and we explain that thing and we illustrate with beautiful cinematography and then we give the simple gospel message and if you see in any of our episodes reflections of hope going to You Tube channel and just type in my name or reflections of hope we have 15 episodes my current we my my personal favorite is the one called Man like it's we're swimming with manta rays in the darkness. And how Jesus is the light of the world and so God wants us to learn to utilize the things of daily life in nature things that are seen to illustrate the things that are not see that's the method of Jesus illustrate the sermon this that number 9 write a manuscript based upon your sermon outline not every sermon needs a manuscript I have many sermons that I preach from just outline and usually smaller groups are better for an outline sermon but a manual manuscript Sherman is very very helpful as well according to Martin Luther King Jr who was a expert or tour he said this here are the benefits of writing out a manuscript mannish meaning word for word it promotes analysis synthesis and an organization of material helps you be organized better if asked Is the selection of plan an orderly use of language this this is where you can get very creative with language and we're going to talk about that in our next presentation it assists in the process of familiarisation with the organization and movement of ideas it's an outline doesn't really lend itself to that but if you write it down word for word you can you can you can obtain that results positive reasons for writing a manuscript it helps you control your time especially if you're if your head you have a tendency like me to wander if you have it word for word it helps you to time it out make sure you finish under time your manuscript is your safety net to protect you from the pit of nervousness sometimes you get nervous you know I read a statistic there are some people who they're more afraid of public speaking than anything else even some people rather get eaten by a shark than to stand up and speak in front of people. You know to be afraid of being getting eaten by sharks sharks or friendly. I love sushi arcs. But you're nervous and so you have it in a manuscript it saves you from the pit of nervousness but it also makes your sermon or a file a library that you can draw on so if you read it word for word sometimes you you can do different variations of the same sermon you can combine sermons together maybe the 1st point of this sermon and the 2nd part of this sermon the kind of go together and you can recreate something else it saves you a bunch of time in other words as I've been doing that more and more often I found it to be very very helpful and then Step Number 10 were almost finish. You got to plan the appeal the sermon must have an appeal and the appeal must be written after the body of the sermon has has been accomplished and what should the appeal of include Number one it ought to be specific what are you calling people to do who are you calling and what are you calling them to do what is the decision number 2 it must be Christ centered Another is you not just asking people to keep the Sabbath what you're really doing is you're asking people to accept Jesus who is the Lord of the Sabbath and when you accept the Lord of the Sabbath you're going to keep the Sabbath as a result but I do my message on the Sabbath I don't really ask straight forward for people to keep the Sabbath I asked them to accept Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath I say how do you want the rest only Jesus office and so they appeal must be specific but it must be Christ centered in other words the action must must people must see how that action is based upon our relation with Jesus based upon our relation ship with Jesus number 3 the appeal should be based upon the sermon content that's obvious number 4 it ought to be made with urgency because it's a matter of life and death. It says here Evangeline to 80 with an uncle of the Holy Spirit upon it given him a burden for souls he would not dismiss the congregation without presenting before them Jesus Christ the sinners only refuge making earnest appeals they will reach the hearts he should feel that they may never as he should feel that he may never meet these hears again until the Great Day of God and friends it's true some people are listening to the last message you ever hear hearing the last Bible study they were ever received tomorrow is not a guarantee all we have is today tomorrow may not come for somebody and so we must make the appeal with that in mind I've had so many experiences were I was preaching not realizing that there is someone sitting there really was lit was listening to their last message I had a meeting in the Big Island then there is a sister they want to get up get baptized machine make the decision but then she sent me a Facebook message she said next time you come back I want you to baptize me and then about 2 months after that or heard the tragic news that she was murdered in a hotel room I'm not sure what was going on in her heart before her life was taken only God knows we leave that with the Lord but friends it's it's a very solemn thing to give the message of the Lord and not give an appeal we have to call people to decide they may not decide but we leave that between them and the Lord can see him. Step Number 11 is we need to rehearse the sermon you should rehearse the sermon either audibly by saying it or at least mentally in your mind rehearse the sermon. The advantages of rehearsing the sermon are as follows It enables you to fine tune the message maybe or you're rehearsing it I used to do this in my mind and as I'm saying it I'm also hearing out how it sounds in my mind and I'm realizing man there might be a better way to say you can find to get rid of all the unnecessary or weak words and replace those weak words with more potent words Number 2 it helps you visualize the reaction of the audience because reading it and hearing it is is 2 different things saying it and hearing it is a totally different experience so you want to put yourself in your hear issues then and not just ask yourself the question what I'm saying but ask the question what are they hearing from what I'm saying and that happens when you rehearse the sermon and then number 3 improves your speech skills it helps you to look at the manuscript and say hey this is a week word there's a more potent word I can I can put in place of it and that's where the thesaurus comes in handy and then number 4 it fixes the points in your memory when you rehearse it a lot more I can see on that but our time we've got 2 minutes left. All right rehearse the sermon and then if the finished product doesn't move you it's not going to move anyone else don't preach it unless the message has 1st moved you. And if it's moved you then step number 12 reach the sermon deliver it. Behind the pulpit that's the birth of the sermon that's where the word that's being that was being that was growing in the womb of your mind and heart is finally birth and delivered to the word now friends listen when you preach the sermon for the 1st time just like a baby being born sometimes it can be very messy and not what we in vision to be. Any mothers can relate with that you are. The birth wasn't exactly how Univision to be friends that happens sometimes when you preach don't worry about that do the 13th and last that maybe there's more steps you can add to it but I can only think of 13 the 13 step is improve the sermon when a baby is born it must be cleaned up so likewise after every sermon you preach clean it up how by editing it remove the unnecessary and distracting details replace weak words with stronger words add adjectives and add adverbs so we'll talk about that in the next presentation maybe you want to rearrange your points completely maybe as you as you preach did and you've you've seen the audience reaction you realize that my 2nd point would be better as my 1st point and I might add my 3rd point really is to close and so you do that after you preach you improve the sermon and so those are the 13 steps if you missed them and they're there on the screen you can write it down or take a picture and I hope that was helpful for you today as I mentioned it's probably not the most inspirational presentation of the 6 but it's there for the most practical one and my friends my go in sharing this is because all of us need to use our voices for the Lord Jesus you know it's very expensive for people to fly speakers across the world to preach and it's probably not the best use of money I don't mind doing it I enjoy travelling but if all of us use our voices a loud cry message will go to the world even so I hope and pray that you would recognize that no matter who you are how much you know or how little you may know God can use you let me tell you friends I'm the least likely candidate to preach I destroyed my mind doing drugs from a very young age I'm an introvert I'm shy. I'm socially awkward even I'm the least likely candidate to preach my English terrible slow speech but if God can use me he can use anybody Emma and he wants to and saw him do you want to use the Lord for His a lot less suppose with prayer we have a 15 minute break and we hope you all missed the last presentation Let's stand together shall we. In the last presentation we're going to deal with the mechanisms of the method we're going to deal with the tools of creative language creative speech we're also going to talk about visual communication too it's going to be awesome so don't miss Let us pray thank you Lord for being with us thank you Lord for allowing us to hear this practical presentation of the 13 steps of how the sermon is conceived in the womb of our mind as we as we know you and how it's. Developed over a period of study a period of time a period of writing and finally delivered birth. Behind the. Lord I pray that you help us to take these steps spirits this practically in our lives thank you for here in Jesus' name. This message was recorded at the G Y C. In Houston Texas. Supporting Ministry of the 7th Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based. And so on Christians. To download or purchase other resources like this visit us online she Y.C. what happened.

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