Delivering The Message MMCC PREACHING WORKSHOP – PART 3 Homiletics Class 27 November 2006 R. J. Casis
Outline Part I Biblical Principles Part II Effective Practices Part III Q&A
In the same way, unless you use your tongue for intelligible speech, how will what is spoken be known? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, and all have meaning. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to me. So also you--since you are zealous in matters of the spirit, seek to excel in building up the church. 1 Corinthians 14:9-12 HCSB
I. Biblical Principles: 1 Co 14:9-12 A. intelligible speech • Are you concerned about preaching in a manner that is most understood? • Do your hearers fully understand you? • Are you a foreigner to them?
I. Biblical Principles: 1 Co 14:9-12 • Unless your message is understood, it is useless. • The responsibility in making the message as understandable as possible belongs to the speaker. • Your audience determines your delivery • Speak with your hearer in mind
In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs. The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 HCSB
I. Biblical Principles: Ecc 12:9-10 B. Weigh, Arrange, Accurate Words • To impart knowledge we need to choose the right words. • We need to arrange words properly • Spoken sentence should be shorter than the written sentence.
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Titus 2:7-8 ESV
I. Biblical Principles: Titus 2:7-8 C. Integrity, dignity, soundness • Cannot be condemned • Can hearers easily see fallacies and inconsistencies in your speaking? • Non sequitur • Word fallacies • Wrong facts
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. Romans 14:21 ESV
I. Biblical Principles: Ro 14:21 D. Place no stumbling blocks • in matters of style and preference, adjust to your hearers • do not do anything that will make it harder for people to respond in a godly way.
II. Effective Practices: Message Writing • Pray before and after (and if necessary in between). • Choose scripture or general topic and read scriptures on that topic. • Isolate your single dominant theme: “What is you message about?” Your message is not ready until you can state it in one sentence.
II. Effective Practices: Message Writing 4. Prepare Clear Outline; make it easy for people to take down notes. • Introduction • Illumination • Illustration • Application • Recapitulation • Signposting. Theme.
II. Effective Practices: Message Writing 5. Arrange and choose your material to serve your theme. • Illustrations, humor, quotes are for support only • You are there to preach not to entertain
II. Effective Practices: Message Writing 6. Begin with a manuscript, but use only notes on stage. • notes are guides, not masters • write the way you speak • Practice aloud. • Time yourself.
II. Effective Practices: Speaking • Preach the way you talk to someone. • Use simple but vivid words, short simple sentences, simple; preach to inspire not to impress.
II. Effective Practices: Speaking 3. Appropriately use voice. • Pitch – low • Power – loudness • Pace – rate of delivery
II. Effective Practices: Speaking 4. Repeat important points. 5. Preach not just to inform but to demand a response. Preaching is persuasion, convincing, motivating. “Amateurs settle for getting their ideas out of their heads, while professionals strive to get ideas into our heads.”
II. Effective Practices: Speaking 6. Preach from a heart on fire. People will know if your believe what you say. People respect conviction more than knowledge. 7. Preach the message not the manuscript. 8. Read scriptures effectively.
II. Effective Practices: Appearance 1. How you look should not distract people from what you say. • A fundamental rule of grooming and dress is that they should fit the audience, the situation and the speaker. • Dress one notch higher than the audience.
II. Effective Practices: Appearance 2. Every gesture must be necessary and meaningful. • Content should motivate movement. • Most movement should reflect the audience’s perspective. • Suit the action to the word. • No useless, nervous gestures. • Practice in front of mirror.
II. Effective Practices: Appearance 3. Eye contact • People cannot trust someone who cannot look them in the eye. 4. Use cards/ one sheet
Final Thoughts • When Jesus spoke, everyone wanted to listen. People traveled long distances to hear him speak. • Do people want to hear you preach? • Preach in manner that people want to listen.