Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): 8:1-3 Aftr,J trvld,prclm gd nws,12w/Hm&MMag7demn,Joanna(Chuza,mgr Herod hs)Susanna,othrs suppt 8:4-6 lg crwd gathrd,parable:farmr scattr seed,path trampled birds ate;rocky grd ...

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"WORD up!" - 5 new articles

  1. Homiletics: Luke 8
  2. Homiletics Luke 7
  3. Homiletics: Luke 6:12-49
  4. Homiletics Training: Applications
  5. Homiletics Training: Aim
  6. More Recent Articles

Homiletics: Luke 8


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

8:1-3 Aftr,J trvld,prclm gd nws,12w/Hm&MMag7demn,Joanna(Chuza,mgr Herod hs)Susanna,othrs suppt

8:4-6 lg crwd gathrd,parable:farmr scattr seed,path trampled birds ate;rocky grd plnts withrd no moistr

8:7-9 thorns grw w/choked plants;gd soil yield crop 100x, whoevr ears hear;Disc ask what meant

8:10-11 knowl secrets koG gvn2u,2othrs parables,seeing see,hearing undstd;meaning:seed=woG

8:12-14 path devil tk wd believe;rocky rec wd w/joy no root in test fall away;thorns hear choked mature

8:15-16 good hear retain persevere produce crop;no1 lights lamp&hides it,put stand see light

8:17-18 nothg hiddn disclsd&nothg conceald known;T4 consdr how listn,who has gvn mo, who hv tkn

8:19-21 J mom/bros cm,able get near;some1 told Him m/b outsd;J:mom/bros hear G’s wd practice

 

8:22-24 1day J2Disc:let’s go othr sd lake,boat;He sleep,squall, grt danger;Disc woke Him,He rebuke, calm

8:25-26 Ou faith?,in fear/amazmt2 1anothr:Who this?He cmd winds/h2o&they obey;saild2Gerasenes

8:27-28 J ashor,demn-poss man,long x clothes house,livd tombs;saw J:what u want J SoMHG,torture me

8:29 4J cmd spirit out,seizd him,chaind hand/ft undr guard,broke chains,drivn by demn2solitary plcs

8:30-32 J:wht ur nom;”Legion”mny demn;begd J ordr2Abyss;lg herd pigs,begd J go in2them,He gv perm

8:33-34 dem cm out,go in2 pigs,herd rush in2 lk drownd;those tendg pigs rpt in town/ctrysd

8:35-37 ppl wentfound man@J ft in rt mind,they afraid;those seen told how man curd;ppl ask J lv,He left

8:38-40 man beg go w/,J:retn hm tell how much G done,he went/told;whn J retd,crwd wlcmd/expct Hm

 

8:41-44 Jairus,syn rulr,beg J cm hs,dtr,12,dying;wm bleed12y,no1 could heal,touchd cloak bleed stopd

8:45-48 Who touch me?all denied,P:ppl crowdg;J:pwr gn out;wm cm/told;J:dtr,faith heald,go in peace

8:49-51 While J spk,frm Jairus hs:dtr dead,bothrtchr;J2Jair:afraid;belve&she heald;arr,go in w/PJJ,mr fr

8:52-56 MW ppl mourn;J:asleep;they laugh;J tk hand:get up;spirit retd,”gv eat”;parents aston,He:tell

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus proclaims the good news (8:1-21)

Principle:

2.Jesus rebukes a storm and heals a demon-possessed man (8:22-40)

Principle:

3.Jesus heals a bleeding woman and raises a girl from the dead (8:41-56)

Principle:

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus proclaims good news, calms storms, heals demon-possessed, bleeding, dead.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK What Jesus proclaims in His Word is good news that brings peace and healing to those who follow Him.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How has Jesus’ good news impacted your life and influenced how you impact others?

2.What storms have you invited Jesus to calm and how are you sharing His peace with others?

3.Where are you experiencing Jesus’ healing and what are you doing to thank Him and make His power known?

 
    

Homiletics Luke 7


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

7:1-3 when J fin sayg this,entr Capern;cent’s svt abt2die;cent heard of J,sent eldrs2Hm,ask cm/heal svt

7:4-6a they cm2J,plead,”man desrvs this bec lvs nation,blt syngog”;J went

7:6b-7 far frm hs cent sent friends,”L trblself,I deserv u under roof;worthy cm2u,say wd,svt be heald

7:8-9 I undr authrty,sold undr me,”go”,he go,”cm”,he cms,”do”,he do;J amazd,”found such grt faith Is”

7:10-12 men retd svt well;J2Nain,disc&lg crowd w/Hm;gate,dead pers only son widow,lg crowd w/her

7:13-15 L saw,2her,”cry”;He touchd bier,bearers still,”yng man,get up”;dead man sat up,J gv2mother

7:16-17 all filled awe prasd G,”grt proph amng us”,”G cm2hlp His ppl”;this news spread Judea/surr cntry

 

7:18-21 Jn’s disc told hm,he calld2sent2L:”ru1 2cm or we expct some1else?”;@that time J cured,gv sight

7:22 2msgrs:”go rpt seen&hrd:blind rec sight,lame walk,leprsy clean,deaf hear,dead raise,gd news proc

7:23-24 Blssd any1stmbl on acct me;J msgrs lft,J spk re:Jn:”what u go wildrnss2see?reed swayd by wind?

7:25-27 man fine cloths?no those in palaces;prpht?y&more;abt whom writn:I snd msgr ahead,prep way

7:28-30 no1>Jn;yet lest in koG>he;(all,evn tax coll ackn G way rt bec baptz by Jn,Phar/exprt rej bec not)

7:31-32 J:2what I cmpr this gen;lk children sitg mktplc “we playd pipe u dance;we sang dirge u cry

7:33-35 Jn eat,drnk,”has dmon”;SoM eat&drnk,u:glttn,drnkrd,ami tx coll,sinnrs,wisd prvd rt by all chdrn

 

7:36-38 Phar invt J din;wm sinfl albstr jar;wet ft tears,wipe w/hair,kiss,pour perf

7:39-42 Phar2slf:if proph,he know she sinnr;J:2ppl owed$1-500,other50,he forgv debts,whichmore?

7:43-44 Simon:bigger debt,”u judgd corr”;turn2wm,2Sim:see wm?u gv h2o4my ft,she tears wipe w/hair

7:45-46 u gv me kiss,wm stop kissing feet;u put oil my head,she poured perf my ft

7:47-48 her sins forgvn as her grt lv shown, whoevr forgvn little lvs little;J2her:ur sins forgivn

7:49-50 other guests among selvs: who this who forgvs sins? J2wm:ur faith saved u, go in pc

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus heals a centurion’s servant and raises a widow’s only son (Luke 7:1-17)

Principle:  God heals the sick and raises the dead.

2.Jesus answers John the Baptist’s disciples and tells the people about him (Luke 7:18-35)

Principle: 

3.Jesus goes to dinner at a Pharisee’s house and forgives a sinful woman’s sins (Luke 7:36-50)

Principle:  Those who are forgiven much, love much.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus heals a servant, speaks about John and forgives sins.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Jesus touches people in many ways and He’s worthy of all praise.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.In what areas of your life are you (or should you be) asking Jesus for healing and resurrection?

2.How are you preparing the way for those you know to encounter Jesus?

3.How are you showing your love to Jesus?


How would I describe God in this passage?  He is Jehovah Rapha, my Healer.  He is the Resurrection and the Life.  He is my Defender.  He is the receiver of my worship and praise.

 

Who are “the lost”?  The lost are the people who don’t do anything with what Jesus says.  His message hasn’t impacted them.  The elders of the Jews who said the centurion deserved to have Jesus heal his servant because he loves their nation and built their synagogue.  Perhaps the centurion who asked Jesus to come and when He was almost there, sent friends to tell Him not to trouble Himself because he doesn’t deserve to have Him under his roof.  Yet Jesus commends him for his faith.  The crowds following Him.  The crowd with the widow.  Jon’s disciples.  The Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner.  The other guests.

 

Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see the Holy Spirit’s power in where Jesus goes, what He does, how long He stays, when He moves on from there.  Jesus’ whole life is about doing the Father’s will and displaying the Spirit’s power.  The obedience is just as powerful as healing the centurion’s servant or raising the son of the widow of Nain.  His words to John the Baptist’s disciples are power.  Fulfilling prophesy is power.  His acceptance of the sinful woman at Simon the Pharisee’s house is power.  His parable to Simon and the other dinner guests is power.  FORGIVING SINS IS POWER!!!

 

Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  Prayer was definitely happening or this power wouldn’t be unleashed.  This makes me wonder…  Prayer is the real work.  I don’t see any specific references to prayer in these verses, but I know that the relationship between the Father and the Son is the true source of the power on display in this chapter.  So here’s what I ponder: if my prayer life were even a fraction as vibrant as Jesus’ prayer life, how much would the Holy Spirit be doing through me?  If my ego would get out of the way and I would quit stealing God’s glory, what would He accomplish with my life?  What opportunities am I missing because I’m not listening…not obeying…relying too much on myself and not trusting Him???

 

Where do I see joy?  I can only imagine the widow crumbling as her son sat up.  A great intake of air as the fear of her fate without a provider is crushed beneath Jesus’ healing hands.  The tears that freely flowed as her heart water is released while she promises to always trust God in the future.  The joy that Jesus lived because of His obedience.  I want to live that joy.

 

How could this joy be my strength today?  I can obey God.  I can trust God.  I can allow Jesus to crush my fears.  Help me, Lord.

 

What do I love about Jesus?  I love His compassion.  I love how He disciplines so gently.  I love His obedience.  I love His availability.  I love His comfort.

 

What references to food do I see in this passage?  The dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house.  Bread, wine, water, fish, cheese, olives, figs…  I don’t know what they ate.  But I do know that any meal with Jesus is a good one.  I need to quit blowing through mealtime prayers by saying them in the kitchen or in front of the TV.  I’ll go home tonight, break down my puzzle, set my table, put aside distractions and present dinner…with a proper giving of thanks.

 

If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  Oh so much…  Jesus heals the almost dead without having to be in the same room!  Jesus commends faith.  Jesus saves for eternity and eternity begins now.  Jesus’ heart goes out to people.  Jesus raises the dead!  Jesus delivers us from desperate circumstances.  Jesus answers our questions.  Jesus enters where He is invited.  Jesus receives our gifts.  Jesus knows our hearts and our minds.  Jesus forgives sins.  Jesus gives us peace.

 
 
    

Homiletics: Luke 6:12-49


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

6:12-13 J2mtside2pray,spent nite prayg2G;morn came,He calld disciples,chose12apostles:

6:14-16 Sim(P),bro And,Jas,Jn,Phil, Bart,Mat,Tho,Jas son Alph,Sim Zeal,Jud son Jas,Jud Isc bec traitr

6:17-18 went dn,stood lvl plc,lg crowd from Jud,Jerus.Tyre,Sid,cm2hear/b heald,trbl by impr spirit cured

6:19 ppl touchd,pwr cm out,heald;

 

6:20-21 2Disc:blssd u poor,urs=koG;blssd u hungr,u satsfd;blssd u weep,u laugh

6:22-23 Blssd whn ppl h8,exclude,insult,reject bec SoM;rejoice bec grt=ur reward Hvn,how anc trt proph

6:24-26 woe2u well fed,u go hngry;woe2u laugh,u mourn;woe2u evry1 spk well,how anc trt false proph

6:27-28 2u listning:lv enemies,do gd2those h8 u,blss those curse u,pray4mistreat u

6:29 if some1 slap u cheek, turn other;if some1 tk u coat,wh shirt

6:30-31 gv2evry1 who asks,if any1 tk,demandback;do2oth as u’d have them do2u

6:32-34 if u lv who lv u,what credit?Evn sinnrs do,if u lend2expct repmt,what cred? Sinnrs lend2 sinners

6:35 lv enmies,do gd2em,lend expct bk then ur rewrd grt,u chldrn Most Hi bec He kind2ungrtfl/wckd

6:36-38a b mrcfl as Fr mrcfl;judg,u judged,condemn,u condemnd,4gv,u4gvn;gv,gvn2u

6:38b gd meas,prssd dn,shkn2gethr,rung ovr,pourd into lap,meas u use b meas2u

 

6:39-40 can blind lead blind?both fall? Stud abovetcher,evry1 fully traind like tchr

6:41-42 yu lk@speck bro eye&pay attn2plank in ur eye;1st tk plank out ur eye,then see clear2rem speck

6:43-44 no gd tree bad fruit,bad tree gd fruit;tree recog by fruit;figs frm thornbush or grape frm brier

6:45 gd man bring gd thing gd inevil man bring evil out evil in,mouth spk whatfull

6:46-47 yu call me L,L&do what I say?Evry1 who cm hear my wds put in2 pract,I show what they like

6:48-49 lk man bld hs,fnd rock,flood shake bec well blt;1 who hears,put into prac lk hs w/o fnd,collapse

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus spent the night praying, in the morning He called His apostles then healed the people (6:12-19)

Principle: Inquire of God before making important decisions and doing ministry.

2.Jesus tells disciples, “blessed are you,” “woe to you,” “love your enemies,” and “be merciful.”

Principle: Scripture guides a person in godly living.

3.Jesus talks about the blind leading the blind, specks and planks in the eye, fruit, the mouth, the heart and putting His words into practice.

Principle: Jesus’ teaching is worthwhile to follow.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus prays, chooses apostles and teaches about blessings, woes, obedience.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Believers are chosen by God and called to live according to Jesus’ teachings.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How does your prayer life reflect the seriousness of the decisions you are facing right now?

2.What conviction have you received from the Bible recently about how you should be living for Christ?

3.In what way is the condition of your heart reflected in how you speak?


How would I describe God in this passage?  He is relational.  Jesus prays all night to God, seemingly about who would be the 12 apostles He would live with and train to take the gospel forward.  In the morning, He chooses those 12 men who will live with Him, eat with Him, pray with Him, receive His teaching.

 

Who are “the lost”?  Sadly, Judas Iscariot’s name stands out.  He was one of the twelve, but still lost.  There were probably some disciples (not chosen apostles) who were lost.  The people from Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre and Sidon who came to hear and be healed were probably lost.  Those who call Jesus Lord but don’t do what He says.

 

Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see His power in the blank space between Jesus spending the night praying to God and the next morning when He chose the twelve apostles.  I see His power in the healings and in Jesus’ teaching.  I see the power in the transition between weeping and laughing, between how God’s economy is different from ours. I see this power in the expectation from Jesus’ teaching that believers are enabled to live the reality of God’s economy!  We can rejoice when things don’t go our way because we’re saved!  We can love our enemies!  We can be merciful!  We can avoid judging and condemning.  We can forgive.  We can bear good fruit.

 

Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  Right up front, Jesus spends the whole night praying to God.  He prays before He selects the twelve apostles.  It would seem that’s what He’s praying about.

 

Where do I see joy?  I see joy in Jesus spending time in prayer with the Father all night.  You don’t spend a whole night praying if it’s drudgery.

 

How could this joy be my strength today?  My prayer time can be joyful.  It’s about my attitude toward it and level of distraction.  It is certainly my strength!  Lord, help me experience joy every time I pray.

 

What do I love about Jesus?  I love His commitment to pray.  I love His mentoring.  I love His teaching.  I love His calm personality.  I love His gentle conviction. 

 

What references to food do I see in this passage?  Physically, talking about fruit.  Spiritually in the rich teaching.

 

If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  Verse 43 (“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”) hit me like a lightning bolt as I just read it!  There is nothing nonchalant about being a fruit inspector.  Fruit can look pretty, but taste horrible.  That’s not good fruit.  Since we are talking about words revealing what’s in our heart by verse 45, I’m guessing that’s our fruit: our words.  We can tell the condition of our hearts by the words that come out of our mouths.  What do my words say about the condition of my heart?  Oh, this passage is so rich!!!

 
 
    

Homiletics Training: Applications


We are back!  Today’s topic is Applications.  They are open-ended (not “yes” or “no”) questions. You must have one Application for each Division.  They should do one of four things: convict, encourage trust in God, cause evaluation of thinking or create change.  We are after thinking and heart change, here.  Behavior will follow, but shouldn’t be the focus.  Your Applications should also relate to each Division’s text.  Here are my Applications for this exercise:

1.How have you guarded your heart to continue sharing your faith from painful experiences of rejection because of your faith in Jesus?

2.How have you kept your heart from becoming prideful over mission success?

3.How does God minister to you when you get alone with Him that keeps you motivated to seek Him daily?

 

You will hear “homiletics people” talk about “root versus fruit”.  A change to the root will affect the fruit.  Doing something to the fruit doesn’t alter the root.  We are targeting the root with our Application questions.

What do your Application questions look like?


Here's a suggestion: answer your Application Questions.  It may surprise you what you learn when you do this.

I don’t always do these steps in order.  Content is always first.  Divisions will present themselves as I read, so I may note Divisions before I finish my Content.  But I will always polish my Divisions after I finish my Content.  Sometimes an Application question will pop out while I’m reading and I will note it.  But I always polish the Applications after I’ve crafted my Subject Sentence and identified my Aim so I know my Applications support those pieces.  Sometimes an amazing Application question will drive my Aim.  When the order is disrupted, I pray because I want to be led by God, not my worldly mind in this process.

Homiletics is a worthwhile way to spend time with God where He reveals beautiful truth from Scripture I don’t see just by reading the text.  Yes, it can be a lot of work, but it is always worth the time spent.  And when I’ve done a thorough job of homiletics, I find I can better answer questions about the text.

Remember this: homiletics is primarily for YOU!  This is time you spend with God to hear from Him.  Out of the overflow He gives you, you will give to others.  Be blessed as you do your homiletics.
    

Homiletics Training: Aim


Alright.  We are back!  Today, we’re discussing the Aim.  The Aim is a statement in your own words describing what you want your audience to take away from your teaching.  It begins with the phrase “TCMATK (To Cause My Audience To Know [See, Learn, Desire, Understand…]).”  The Aim is the goal of the teaching.  It’s the main idea of the passage.  Here is my Aim for this exercise:

TCMATK To serve God well, God’s people need to get alone with Him regularly so He can prepare us.

Looking at it now, it seems focused more on my third Division.  It does imply the first and second Divisions, but I want to better embrace all three Divisions.

Let’s adjust it: Serving God will involve rejection and success, so God’s people need to get alone with Him so He can prepare us.

Does that sound better?  What does your Aim look like?

That’s all for today.  I understand the main takeaway of the passage to be that serving God will bring both success and rejection and that I need to be prepared to handle both by spending time with God in Bible study and prayer.  Doing this will keep me encouraged when I want to give up because of failure and it will keep me from becoming prideful over successes.  How did your Aim encourage you?  Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn more about Application questions.  See you then.
    

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