Something to Say? Say It Well!
140 Pages
English

Something to Say? Say It Well!

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140 Pages
English

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If you ever share God's word in public, this book is a must-have.
How would you like your own public-speaking coach helping you prepare your biblical teachings? That's what this handbook is like. Preachers, church staff members, youth pastors, Bible study leaders, evangelists, and more will return again and again to Something to Say? Say It Well! for hands-on advice. Moving one step at a time from nugget idea to delivery, author Mark Abbott not only supplies a treasury of practical tools, he also helps build speakers' confidence to share God's word with Christ-honoring, biblical excellence. With a conversational, easy-to-read style, the author shows how to:
- _Connect to the listener's world by "holding the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other."
- _Crystallize a sermon's "big idea" _into a single sentence.
- _Draw on biblical materials, quotes, stories, and other tools to support the main theme.
- _Shape muddled notes into a logical, smooth-flowing sermon.
- _Create openings and closings that "start with an earthquake and end in a climax."
- _Use passion, voice, gestures, eye contact, and emotion for an impacting delivery.

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Published 14 March 2014
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EAN13 9781725234208
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Something to Say? Say It Well! A Pastor’s Manual for Preaching By Abbott, H. Mark © 2011 by Mark Abbott. All rights reserved. Copyright©2011 by Abbott, H. Mark ISBN 13: 978-1-62564-734-4 WinePress PublPisuhbilincgati(oPnOdaBteox3/64/2280,14Enumclaw, WA 98022) functions only Previously published by WinePress Publishing, 2011 as book publisher. As such, the ultimate design, content, editorial accuracy, and views expressed or implied in this work are those of the author.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any way by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise—without the prior permission of the copyright holder, except as provided by USA copyright law.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are taken from theNew Revised Standard Versionof the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4141-1961-8 ISBN 10: 1-4141-1961-5 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2010938824
C o n t e n t s
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
 1. Scared of Speaking in Public? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1  2. That’s Biblical!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  3. The Bible in One Hand and a Newspaper in the Other . . . 25  4. What’s the Big Idea? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33  5. How Will I Have Enough to Say? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41  6. Does It Hang Together? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51  7. Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax! . . . . . . . . 63  8. Language Fit to be Spoken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73  9. Glow Over It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 10. Deliver that Baby! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Appendix A: Having Something to Say and Saying It Well at Weddings and Memorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Appendix B: Two Sample Sermons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101  “Hope in Hard Times” UndateHdopeWorks Cited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
I n t r o d u c t i o n
’M A FORTY-TWO-YEARpractitioner of the art of public speak-I ing both as pastor and homiletics teacher. I have preached several hundred sermons and listened critically, that is refl ectively, to a few hundred student sermons. I also believe passionately that, despite contemporary questions about its effectiveness, public proclamation of God’s truth is a divinely chosen means of com-municating God’s own self with men and women. This book is an attempt to distill and share some of what I’ve learned into a manual for preachers and other public speakers in a Christian context. I believe would-be preachers, pastors, as well as other Christian leaders, will find a practical primer useful for learning the art of and improving public speaking. A wide variety of good books on various aspects of preach-ing exists, including several I’ve used for assigned readings in homiletics classes and several I quote in these chapters. Many are excellent resources. However, they are seldom written by pastoral practitioners, people who have to apply what they teach Sunday after Sunday with the same congregation. When I recently had a surgical procedure done, I was interested in knowing how often and how successfully the doctor had done the particular operation. I recognize that some long-time pastoral
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practitioners of the art of public speaking may be stuck in ruts that do not communicate well today. However, I continue to work hard to connect with the people week after week. I find I do some of my best preaching when I am teaching others to preach. This is not primarily an academic volume, but a readable book accessible to a wide range of Christian communicators. I hope this resource can be used to assist in the teaching of preaching. At the same time I hope it will serve as a refresher for those in ministry and lay leaders called upon to teach and speak in various settings. In my years of preaching and teaching, I’ve concluded that all I know and want to share with others on the subject can be condensed into two basic themes: One, Having something to say and, two, saying it well. These are at the human core of preaching. Yes, God works through preaching. I believe that and I hope you do also. But what must WE do when we preach? I hope we have something to say that is from God and based in the Bible. Communicating that God-given, Bible-based word effectively is the preacher’s challenge. I have broken down these two basic elements into ten chapters. At the end of each chapter is a short, practical “Reflection” section. One of my homiletics teaching practices is to work not just with preaching theory. Often I also move inductively from sermon manuscript back to preaching principles. Thus, I have included an appendix with two of my sermon manuscripts, illustrating among other things, at least two different ways to structure sermons. Since one public speaking challenge for Christian leaders is special events, I also included an appendix titled, “Having Something to Say and Saying It Well: Weddings and Memorial Services.” In this section I make the case that what we say on such occasions should be primarily based on our theology regarding these special events. While I share what works for me, I am committed to the reality that each preacher must fi nd his or her own style. Celebrate it, use it, hone it! Don’t just copy someone else’s preaching style and methods. As a young preacher/pastor, I began to notice some of my colleagues in ministry acting differently when they preached. They
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began to use a huge open Bible that was laid across one outstretched hand. Then they paced back and forth on the platform with this open Bible stretched out in front of them. I thought to myself,Oh dear, that preacher has been to “the seminar!A gifted communicator was holding seminars on how to do it—how to do it like he did it. But methods that fit this remarkably skilled preacher made my ordinary “two-talent” colleagues look foolish. Please use whatever good you can find from these chapters. But be yourself, a disciplined, trained, increasingly skilled self, called, gifted, and used by God to proclaim the Word.
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