There are many simple ways a speaker can clarify, capture a thought, assist recall, and/or drive a point. This example is one of many possible “Homiletical Tips” that can help make your points stickier.
You might even want to compose a list of homiletical “tips” that you can use in your sermon preparation!
Here is another example to add to that list. . . . .
Tip #1 – Changing A Day To A Experience: Previous Tip!
Tip #2 – Say It In A Way That Highlights An Event:
Here is the typical way of saying it . . .
“I wish I had heard this sooner.”
“I wish someone had told me sooner.“
How about . . . .
“I wish I had heard this one marriage ago.”
Here is the analytical pattern . . . .
Replace the typical generality with an actual event — [using time words — a number “before” “while” “when” “during” “as” “yesterday” “prior to” “at the beginning” “first” — & an event].
- “I wish I had heard this one job ago.”
- “I wish I had heard before raising my first teenager.”
- “I wish I had heard while I was dating.”
- “I wish I had heard when I decided to invest my money into that business.”
- “I wish I had heard during my college years.”
- “I wish I had heard this as I was considering moving to New Jersey.”
- “I wish I had heard this at the beginning of my search for a church.”
- “I wish I had heard this two marriages ago.”
- We can not only think; we can think about our thoughts! — See Generating Ideas
One thought on “Homiletical Tips: #2 – Say It As An Event”
Put a real life picture in their head…I like it.