Jan 11, 2011

The Text and Personal Response

"I usually prefer to make the connections between the text and the need for personal response as I move through each major point of the sermon, rather than waiting until the conclusion to do this. The connections we make may be of various kinds: (1) cause and effect- Given this cause, should it not produce this effect or result in is? (2) ethical- Why am I living this way when God's Word demands a totally different lifestyle? (3) apologetical- Why am I holding this grudge against God? or, Why do I think that there is no way some of the principles taught in scripture can apply to anyone who is living and operating in the real world?

Walter C., Kaiser Jr., "Keeping a Finger on the Text," in Inside the Sermon, ed Richard Allen Bodey (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990), 175.

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