Jesus Crafted Memorable Sayings
They say that, “Variety is the spice of life” and this is especially true of preaching. It’s very easy to get into a routine (think rut) with our preaching and miss the impact that variety can have on our audience and also on us in our preparation. I read a Thom Rainer awhile back called ” 6 Preaching Methods Jesus Used and You Should Too” and I thought I would share each element with you and add resources that will help drive each point home
“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Johnnie Cochran
3. Jesus Crafted Memorable Sayings
“Jesus spoke poetically. He often used catchy sayings and plays on words. This isn’t always apparent in English translations. However, in the original language, Jesus made it much easier for his listeners to remember what he said. For example, Jesus memorably said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.” (Luke 6:37-38a, ESV).
Another great example is the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31). If you want to preach like Jesus, craft memorable statements. Make the main point easy to remember. If your people remember the message, they will be able to take it with them wherever they go.
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
How do I go about looking for the “Big Idea” in a text?
Kenton Anderson says your “Big Idea” must match the big idea of the text.
ProPreacher says he Big Idea sets the framework – the direction of your message.
Ok, now that I have the “Big Idea” what tips are there to make it memorable?
How about thinking of your “Big Idea” like a headline or blog post?
Here’s a formula from Jeff Goins Number or Trigger word + Adjective + Keyword + Promise
Here’s to better preaching.