Simplify the Message: Multiply the Impact is designed to help preachers break through the noise of culture and the cauldron of church to deliver sermons with clarity, passion, and boldness. This book meets the needs of two cohorts in particular: 1) young preachers developing their skills who need structure, a process, and hope, and 2) more seasoned preachers who may have “settled” needing tools to invigorate their preparation and inspire their delivery.
Paul told the Corinthians: “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I didn’t come preaching God’s secrets to you like I was an expert in speech or wisdom. I had made up my mind not to think about anything while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and to preach him as crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:1-2, CEB)
Author Talbot Davis shares the insights and habits that will empower the reader’s preaching and teaching to be:
- Both creative and disciplined;
- Both carefully prepared and thoroughly spontaneous; and
- Both rooted in history and connected to modernity.
Simple is the opposite of simplistic. Sermons with clear & unmistakable focus are best able to pulumb the depths not only of Gospel beauty but of the hearers’ lives.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 From Clutter to Clarity: The Power of the One Point Sermon 1
Chapter 2 From InterestED to InteresrING: Delightful Exegesis 11
Chapter 3 The Pastoral Sherlock Holmes: Preaching and the Sacred Act of Noticing 23
Chapter 4 Keep Me Awake, Please: A Sermon Adventure, Not a Sermon Outline 37
Chapter 5 Play It by Ear: The Power of Wordsmithing 55
Chapter 6 Who Shot J. R.? Thinking and Preaching Serially 69
Chapter 7 Special Delivery: Preaching without Notes 83
Chapter 8 An Overlooked Opportunity: Preaching Funerals and Memorials 93
Chapter 9 Simply Irresistible: Preaching Christ and Him Resurrected 109