Another Twist On It
One of the “topos” which can be used to help generate ideas during the preparation of a sermon or speech is called the topos of place.
Here is another twist on that “topos” — which can be used to drive home a point and/or create a BigIdea.
Let me begin by first giving an example . . . .
“Strange they should applaud the servant
in the Master’s house.”
— author unknown —
Now . . . .Go Analytical:
First of all, do you see what makes that work?
1- Emotive Evaluation: Strange
2 – Action: Applaud
3 – Place: Master’s house
That is the pattern. Once we understand the pattern, we can reproduce its usefulness.
1- Emotive Evaluation: Confusing / Remarkable / Uncomfortable / Disturbing / Shocking / Convicting / Challenging / Difficult / Tempting . . . . . . .
2 – Action: Say / Repeat / Claim / Include / React / Praise / Rebuke / Heal / Speak / Sin (steal, lie, adultery, cheat, kill, etc.) / Repent / Confess / Reject / Stumble / Argue . . . . . . . .
3 – Place: Desert / Here / Now / In Samaria / At this time / In front of / When / While / In front of / Knowing that / In abundance / In want / In jail / In Egypt / After crossing the Red Sea / After / During / Before . . . . . . . . .
√ Isn’t it remarkable that Jesus would talk about forgiveness while being crucified?
• BigIdea: Remarkable living includes forgiveness midst injustice.
√ Isn’t it convicting that David would respond so quickly when confronted with one of his most terrible transgressions?
• BigIdea: The response to conviction reflects the heart’s condition.
√ Isn’t it disturbing that Achan would steal during a time of great victory?
√ BigIdea: Victory does not negate temptation.
√ As odd as Paul and Silas singing in Jail.
√ Circumstance is not the origin of one’s joy. – Gary Fultz