How Sermon Introductions Draw Together God’s Past and Present Work Among His People

The Reformed Reader

I’m not a big fan of cookie-cutter preaching methods. While certainly there are certain important guidelines that are basically non-negotiables, it is nevertheless easy for homileticians to begin to overly prescribe stylistic matters to young preachers. Having said that, the following quote from Jay Adams’ book Truth Applied (Timeless Texts, 1990) struck me as helpful.

While sermon introductions can sometimes be the last thing we worry about in our prep (a section only to be honed if there is some extra time) the introduction deserves extra care as it can go a long way in equipping people to stay with you during the next 30 or so minutes. Adams reminds us that people usually need some help drawing together God’s past and present work in order to see how a given text is not simply a story about something God did long ago, but is instead something that touches…

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