Business Terms Which Can Help . . .
Classical Speech Theorist developed the concept of “topoi.” The “topoi” were “mind-generators.”
The classical theorist understood that the mind needed some methods for stimulating the thinking processes of the speaker, for GENERATING THOUGHTS!
The classical theorists were right on when it comes to public speaking. There are ways to get the mental juices flowing when it comes to speech preparation. Any and all public speakers can use help in “generating” ideas.
Below . . . .
√ are several examples which take a business term and apply it to a biblical passage. The examples are designed to also get the mind thinking about how such a list can help the homiletical task.
√ is a list of business terms gathered from all different areas in the business world. This list of business terms, slogans, concepts, phrases which may prove to be beneficial as a mind jogger.
√ is a list of a broad variety of business terms which have the potential of getting your mind thinking, generating, creating . . .
- a BigIdea
- a way to illustrate
- a way of framing a sticky main point
- a full illustration (just research the term further)
- an introduction
- a conclusion
- a way of describing or phrasing what is happening in a biblical passage (i.e. — It was a calculated risk! which Esther & Mordecai were taking)
- a metaphor which can drive home point
- an analogy
- a word picture
- a different way of expressing an idea / saying it (variety)
Notice that many of these “business terms” are used in our general vernacular to describe situations, actions, choices, options, etc.
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The Business Term: — “The Bottom Line”
Meaning: After everything is taken into account, what was the profit?
BigIdea: In God’s Kingdom, the bottom line is, what have we done with Jesus!
There is coming a day when God will look at the bottom line. Did you call on Jesus as your Savior? Is your name found in the Book of Life?
When all is said and done — what is the bottom line of your life?
As God examines the ledger and sees whether the bottom line says, “Called on my son as his/her Savior — if that is the bottom line – forget this or that plus or minus – that sin or that good work — there is only one entry that will matter – did you know Jesus as your personal Savior. . . .
BigIdea: God’s Kingdom does not use “bottom line accounting.”
Bottom line accounting — “Bottom” describes the relative location of the net income figure on a company’s income statement. It is at the bottom. After you look at all the entries — positive-negative — credits-debits — the good and bad financial facts throughout that period — what is the final, the end, the bottom of all those details?
In God’s Kingdom, it is not losses against gains. It will not be “bottom line accounting” which lays all the negatives against all the positives. And we do not want that method because when it comes to our lives in light of the holiness of God, the negatives will always overwhelm the positives. All of us will come up short with that method.
We need to have the account of another applied to our account.
The Business Term: “Bankroll him / it”
Meaning: To lay out the necessary money or resources so that another can begin an endeavor.
BigIdea: Risk-taking, walking by faith, is easier when we know that someone is bankrolling us.
An Application: Joshua, I will be with you like I was with Moses. When the Lord put Joshua in charge, He made sure that He would have all the backing and resources necessary for the task. That is typical of the Lord. In fact, He even granted a double bankrolled Elisha. It was true with Nehemiah. Everything Nehemiah needed to rebuild Jerusalem was provided.
Other Business Terms & Meanings:
across the board – to do for all what you do for one – a pay raise across the board
at a loss – to carry out an action which knowing causes a loss
balance the books – to make sure everything adds up
ball park figure – a rough estimate, when the actual is not know
bang for the buck – to get a lot for what was invested or paid
bank on (someone or something) – you can count on him/her/it
bring it to the bank – it is certain, the bank will accept the check
sign on the dotted line – complete the transaction
sell / buy short – invest with a view hope that the investors fail
now that’s the real deal – it really is all it says it is
a deal maker – one who knows how to make it work
gone bankrupt – to fail at the endeavor
in good faith – to go about it with sincerity
Other Business Terms:
make / accept the offer
blow a deal
bottom drops/falls out of (something)
bounced a check
bring (something) to the table
buy a stake in (something)
buy off (someone) or buy (someone) off
buy out (someone or something) or buy
(someone or something) out
buy (something) on credit
by a long shot
a calculated risk
call a loan
call a meeting to order
carry over figures/numbers/costs
carve out a niche (for a product)
circulate the agenda
close out (something) or close (something) out
close the books
close up shop
come down in price
come in high
come in low
corner the market
cut a deal
cut one’s losses
deliver the goods
face value (of something)
fill the bill
give (someone) the green light
go belly up
go for broke
hang out one’s shingle
a hard sell
have a stake in (something)
have one’s finger in the pie
heads will roll
in black and white
in short supply
in the black
in the long run
in the loop
in the market for (something)
in the red
in the works
ink a deal
jack up the price of (something)
jumping off the shelves
keep the books / keep book
keep track of (something)
lay (something) on the table
line of products
make a cold call
make money hand over fist
move a product
out of the loop
a piece of the action
plug a product
put one’s nose to the grindstone
put (something) on hold
saddled with debt
sell like hotcakes
sell (something) at a loss
strike while the iron is hot
supply & demand
take a nosedive
take it to the bank*
take (something) at face value
throw money at (something)
turn a profit
turnover (of products, workers)
write off (a debt/loan)
(Clip by Ravi Zacharias – Let My People Think – “Releasing the Next Generation” Part 1 – @ the 8-minute point of the original message)
Ravi Zacharias, in making a simple point, calls up a business term.
You know what is fascinating about the computer age is that it is built on logic — a combination of algorithms and logic – that you this and that follows and you do that and this follows
And yet reasoning on ethics and life itself – we don’t see cause and effect connections whatsoever.
Once upon a time, you could make a statement like this, to display certainty – “You can take that to the bank.”
You want to say something was certain – in America – you said somebody, “You can take that to the bank.”
Oh, you better not say that now because you’re not sure the bank is still going to be there, or that the bank is actually is been built by your tax dollars.
We have failed to see the connection between the economic crisis of our time and the spiritual confusion that preceded it.
We have become illogical and irrational.
And young people, you are living in this kind of world — high powered and irrational.”
i.e. “Under the Old Testament law of gleaning, you were not allowed to “maximize profits.” You had to leave the corners of the field unharvested so that the poor would have something to glean. Even today, God’s people can fail to show compassion on the poor and only think about “maximizing profits.” That is part of a capitalistic culture and thinking — How can I get the most out of it, rather than, how can I do the most with it!”
* “You Can Take it to the Bank” — By James Merritt — Genesis 17:1-8
* Jeremy Eastwood – New Vision Baptist Church – Sermon Audio– “You Can Take It To The Bank.”