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  • These quotes are from Donald Demaray in Introduction to Homiletic pp 89,90Cicero’s famous advice “Arouse interest, secure favor, and prepare to lead.” (quoted in Andrew Blackwood, The Preparation of Sermons, Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1948 p. 109)
  • Capture attention – give them a reason to listen; move them to feel they must listen; raise curiosity; connect the subject to felt needs or current eventsEstablish rapport– help them to feel comfortable with you as the speaker – speak of something you have in common, use humor, smile, look at people, show an understanding go what they are thinking, Prepare for the purpose – This is the tricky part – we need to do the above while at the same time using subject matter that aims clearly in the direction that the sermon is going to go. Often I have heard beginnings that accomplished the first two purposes but did not fit well into the sermon being preached. That wastes time and energy.
  • End in a way that completes the messageEnd grandly or climacticallyTouch the emotionsAim for a “take-home”End persuasivelyRemember your overall calling to witness to the Good News and encourage believers

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  • More Parts of the Sermon
    For Introduction to Homiletics
    At Burmese Bible School
    By Kelvin S. Jones
  • Title
  • In the first two minutes, the good preacher captures the congregation, sets the stage, and fixes the mood… Introductions create interest, establish rapport, and prepare to guide.
    Donald Demaray
    Why an Introduction?
  • Topic selected
    Key Thought written
    Points chosen and then refined
    Body of sermon developed
    Introduction written
    Response thought through
    Conclusion written
    When to prepare the introduction
  • Picture the Introduction
  • Creative presentations of text or context
    A well-chosen illustration
    Real-life situation or current event story
    A striking quotation preferably by a well-known person
    A foil – one of the above 3 that works by contrast
    A visual (object, mime, picture)
    Ideas for Introductions
  • You have picked a topic that was relevant
    You have engaged the listeners by finding common ground
    Your overall purpose is to grow disciples of Christ
    Now plan for a response that fits with the purpose of this message. What do you want your listeners to know, feel or do in response?
  • “For the sermon to translate into life, the conclusion must play its role by driving home the real thrust of the message.”
    Donald Demaray
  • Drawing too obvious conclusions
    Stopping well after you finish
    Concluding the same way each week
    Academic conclusions
    Conclusions that introduce a new point
    Bad news without the Good News
    No need to announce it
    Beware of:
  • How to Conclude