Oct 23, 2009

Preaching Interpretive Options

Peter Mead has a helpful
discussion concerning how to handle interpretive options in preaching. He lists four suggestions.

1. Don’t allow an academic discussion to overwhelm the main purpose and content of the message.
2. Remember who you are preaching to – some groups just can’t handle options, others love them.
3. Don’t over-explain, sometimes interpretive options can be offered quite subtly.
4. Recognize the opportunity to teach some Bible study skill.

To these I would add, Try to do is point out how what the options have in common. It is easy to see how views differ. By at noting commonalities you will less likely alienate those listeners who have views different than your own or the one you are presenting.

Read Peter's entire post here.

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