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Storytelling in preaching. Culture-visual Jesus did Prophets did [4:1] "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city.

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1 Storytelling in preaching

2 Culture-visual Jesus did Prophets did [4:1] "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. [2] Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering-rams around it. [3] Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face towards it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. Ezekiel 4:1-3

3 Sermon structure: Introduction Point One Point Two Point Three Conclusion

4 Sermon structure: Under each point / heading State – illustrate - relate State: What the text says Illustrate: Shedding light, capturing imagination, better than clear structure? Relate: Apply to life.

5 Structure / approach Authoritative –Billy Graham –Pupils Persuasive –Nicky Gumbel –Jury - More on their side –Can persuade mind but not will First Person –My name is Paul…. Let me tell you about the first time I met Jesus… Co-operative –Preacher & congregation working together –Thesis & antithesis Mark 2: –The many who hindered him –They few who helped him –The one who healed him Subversive –Argue the opposite of what you believe “All roads lead to God” –But… They all teach different things about God They all teach different things about man They all teach different things about salvation

6 Sermon on Mark ch.2 Paralytic lowered through roof. 1.The many who hindered him 2.The few who helped him 3.The One who healed him

7 1. The many who hindered him State…..the crowd stopped him getting near Jesus. Sometimes people stop us seeing who Jesus really is. Illustrate….Ghandi / Chou En Lai Relate….. If we look to people they will let us down. We must look to Jesus

8 1.The many who hindered him 2.The few who helped him State… His four friends. There was an urgency to their mission. Illustrate… straightening pictures Relate… No-one can respond to the call but you.

9 1.The many who hindered him 2.The few who helped him 3.The One who healed him State… Only Jesus can really change a person’s heart Illustrate… Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest Relate… He searched the man’s heart and saw right through. He can see your emptiness….etc etc.

10 Type of Illustrations An example –Corrie Ten Boom - forgiveness

11 Type of Illustrations An example –Corrie ten boom - forgiveness Metaphor –God's silence- Alex Harvey

12 Type of Illustrations An example –Corrie ten boom - forgiveness Metaphor –God's silence- Alex Harvey Negative illustration –God's fatherhood - Billy Elliot

13 Type of Illustrations An example –Corrie ten boom - forgiveness Metaphor –God's silence- Alex Harvey Negative illustration –God's fatherhood - Billy Elliot Comparison –Passion-Steve Jobs Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

14 Sources of illustrations Family Books Films News Internet Comedy Scripture

15 Learn from… Stand up comedians –Connolly / Macintyre / Izzard etc Observation Celebration of life Paradox of life –Examples: Three wheeler Italian Restaurant Supermarket Gyle shopping centre

16 Sting I have had my eye on a secondhand Fender in the back of Barratt’s music store in Newcastle since the beginning of the summer term. It is a careworn relic of the sixties, the fingerboard scarred with overuse at the third and fifth frets, the paintwork ruined and the varnish flaked and piebald. Among all the shiny others on the wall there is something orphaned, something life- scarred about this instrument that appeals to me. I have absolutely no desire for a new bass. I want something with a history, where every scratch and dent in the varnish has a tale to tell.

17 I try to imagine all of the music that has been played on its sculpted surfaces and what the musicians must have looked like and thought about, holding this thing in their hands night after night. gig after gig, road trip after road trip. What were their dreams and their aspirations and how close did they get to realizing them? Why was it sold, and what were the circumstances? No one in the shop remembers, but I am convinced that I can pick up the trail where it was left and if I have as much skill in dreaming as in playing, I will dream up a new and glorious future that the past has only hinted at. Sting

18 Dangers…. Telling too many stories Confidentiality Confusing or distracting stories –Leaves people thinking when you have moved on

19 Sources Preaching today.com Wingclips Sermonspice

20 Find illustration from paper. Think of one recent experience that illustrates a truth. Do you have a hobby or interest that would provide stories and illustrations?


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