Using Illustrations to Preach with Power (Revised Edition) [NOOK Book]

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If the apostle Paul had not punctuated his words with images of the armor of God or the racecourse, would we so easily remember his instruction? The march on Washington might have become nothing more than a ragged hike across a majestic mall if Martin Luther King, Jr. had not led us through a "dream" and onto a "mountaintop."

Such is the power of illustrations. They contain a hidden dynamic of living that captures our attention and furthers our understanding in a way that no ...

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Using Illustrations to Preach with Power (Revised Edition)

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Overview

If the apostle Paul had not punctuated his words with images of the armor of God or the racecourse, would we so easily remember his instruction? The march on Washington might have become nothing more than a ragged hike across a majestic mall if Martin Luther King, Jr. had not led us through a "dream" and onto a "mountaintop."

Such is the power of illustrations. They contain a hidden dynamic of living that captures our attention and furthers our understanding in a way that no other sermonic tool can match. Can they be overused and their purpose abused? Yes--and by many they are. But to eliminate them completely would be unwise, maintains Bryan Chapell.

Instead, he responds to those concerns by reviewing the theory behind illustrations, sharing why they're important, and demonstrating how you can use them effectively in your biblical preaching. This book clearly affirms that illustrations are integral to powerful preaching--not because they entertain but because they expand and deepen applications in the lives of your listeners. They infuse your words with life without comprising the message, making the truth of the Word ring clearly in people's hearts long after your sermon is done.

For preachers who want their sermons to come alive, a step-by-step guide that tells how to choose, design, and use illustrations in sermons. Showing the critical importance of using real-life situations, Chapell demonstrates how human communication and learning both depend to a large extent on experience-oriented illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433517433
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/4/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,343,858
  • File size: 358 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Wizened or Wise? 9
Pt. 1 Background and Theory: Deciding about Illustrations
Ch. 1 The Art and the Argument 17
Ch. 2 The Path of Scripture 36
Ch. 3 Insights from Learning and Communication Theories 49
Ch. 4 The Genius of Life-Situation Illustrations 67
Pt. 2 The Method: Making Illustrations
Pt. 2 Snapshots from Life 89
Ch. 5 Framing the Picture 93
Ch. 6 Filling the Frame 112
Pt. 3 The Practice: Working with Illustrations
Ch. 7 The Character of Illustrations 139
Ch. 8 Cautions for Effective Illustrations 148
Ch. 9 Finding and Filing Illustrations 178
Conclusion: Tell Me a Story 187
Appendix: Communication Theory Contributions 190
Bibliography 205
General Index 219
Index of Illustrations 222
Scripture Index 223
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