Jan 1, 2010

The Anatomy of a Sermon

Darrell Johnson, building on an analogy used by Pitt-Watson (A Primer for Preachers [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986], 10) compares a sermon to the human body. In this analogy, a sermon consists of:

-a heart (the theme and purpose statement)

-a skeleto
n (its main points, conceptual structure)
-a backbone (a natural harmony)
-joints (smooth
transitions) -lifeblood (emotional, passion, conviction)
-flesh (illustrations, everyday examples)
-muscle (application that req
uires and enables action)
-Spirit (the breath and breathing of the living God) (Johnson’s addition)

Darrell W. Johnson, The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God's Transformation of the World (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009), 105.

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