Rhetoric & Homiletics: “The Worst Day Of My Life Was February 3rd. . . “

Screen Shot 2020-03-25 at 8.49.07 AM He drew me into his message!

As is the case many days of the year, today I listened to a message which was delivered by Bill Mounce.

Over the past couple of years, I have read various articles and/or learn more about the Greek language — which is his specialty — through his Linkedin posts.  Also, I might add that he has published an excellent Greek dictionary that really does surpass Vine’s.

As I watched his message, I was moved by his opening words.  His opening made me want to listen to the whole message.

In the end, I was again reminded how important an introduction is to bring the audience into the message and into the passage.

Dr. Mounce’s introduction did precisely that!

♦  It clearly caused the listener to “sit up and listen” because of the personal pain being shared concerning the loss of a child, and then . . .

Well, you ought to take but a few minutes to listen to it.

I think you might be drawn into click on the link — here or above — and watching the whole message — because of the introduction!

♦  The introduction also flowed naturally and compellingly into wanting to know what that passage of Scripture teaches!


•  Have you thought about beginning your message a different way this week?
•  Are you attaching the passage to your introduction?
•  Does your message actually fulfill the claim of your introduction?
•  Is your introduction coupled to the truth or biblical principle found in the passage?
•  Are you giving God’s people an initial/opening reason to listen to what you have to say?


Are you of the opinion that they ought to listen because you are preaching?



1.  As an aside, it also highlighted one of the most recent “RhetoricandHomiletics” posts on helping an audience remember what was said. — (Video Cut Of Bill Mounce).

It was simple, with an unexpected second incident, a concrete down to earth account of real pain, emotional, and a moving personal “story.”

√  Simple
√  Unexpected
√  Concrete
√  Credentialed
√  Emotional
√  Stories




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