It's All in How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages

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Pastors are continually looking for resources to make their preaching more powerful and culturally relevant. Old-school models based on three-point outlines do not resonate with today's churchgoers, who are accustomed to media-driven modes of expression.
It's All in How You Tell It provides the tools and insights necessary to help both veteran and novice preachers move from ineffective habits into adrenaline-pumping, dramatic sermon delivery. They will learn to preach by retelling a scriptural account from the vantage point of a biblical character-combining the power of drama with God's Word. Nationally known preaching expert Haddon W. Robinson and his son, Torrey, examine issues such as exegeting a text for a first-person approach, structuring a narrative sermon, determining how to portray biblical characters, and staging and delivering the sermon itself.
With this book seminary and Bible college students have the opportunity to build foundations for engaging, story-filled preaching ministries. The end result will be more preachers who "love to tell the story" and more church members who are hungry to hear it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091506
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D., is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. His book, Biblical Preaching, has sold more than 200,000 copies and has been used extensively in Bible colleges and seminaries since 1980.

Torrey W. Robinson, D.Min., has pastored churches in Wisconsin and New Jersey and is currently the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Tarrytown, New York.

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Table of Contents

Key Terms 7
1. From Egg Rolls to Stealth Bombers: Witnesses to the power of first-person preaching 9
2. Preaching As Listeners Like It: What is an expository first-person sermon? What makes first-person sermons effective? 19
3. Study! Study! Study! How do I determine a text to preach? And how do I exegete that text for a first-person sermon? 24
4. O Say Can You See? How do I determine which character to portray and how to portray the character? 42
5. Bones and Flesh: How do I structure the sermon? Where do my exegetical and historical details fit into the sermon? 49
6. It's All in How You Tell It: What about staging and delivery? 59
7. Curing First-Person Headaches: How do I deal with the unique challenges of first-person preaching? 69
Introduction to the Appendices 77
Appendix 1 "An Ordinary Hero" (The Book of Ruth) 79
Appendix 2 "The Profile of a Leader" (1 Samuel 16-17) 88
Appendix 3 "The Story of Anna McLeash" (Proverbs 4:23) 98
Appendix 4 "Setting the Record Straight" (Matthew 2:1-18) 106
Appendix 5 "Simon Said" (Luke 12:15-21) 115
Appendix 6 "No Reason to Cry" (John 20:1-18) 120
Appendix 7 "God's Good News" (Galatians 1:1-2:10) 128
Appendix 8 Bibliography of Resources for the First-Person Preacher 137
Notes 140
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