Rhetoric & Homiletics: Big Ideas & Sticky Statements

If the audience does not remember what you said,
what was the purpose of your preaching?

#1 – Overwhelmingly, knowing what a passage teaches is not the difficult part of preaching!

#2 – EFFECTIVELY communicating what the passage teaches is where the work is located!

#3 – Part of that effectiveness involves stating the truth or the argument of the passage in a simple and memorable way.


Elisha and the prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel:

And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

God shouts louder by humanly increasing the difficulty of the task.
God shows the brightness of His glory by humanly increasing the difficulty of the task.
Increasing human difficulty is God’s means for shouting His uniqueness.

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