More Parts of the Sermon For Introduction to Homiletics At Burmese Bible School By Kelvin S. Jones
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? 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 Conclusion
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: