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  1. I use “What?” (what does the text say?) “So what?” (what does it mean?) “Now what?” (what does it call us to do?) -e.

  2. An outline I sometimes use, that I got from Paul Scott Wilson, is:
    Problem in our world
    Problem in the Word
    God’s solution in the Word
    God’s solution in our world

  3. Alan Rothlisberger September 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hook Book Look Took … I learned in 1975 came from Lawrence O. Richards

  4. Thank you for this article! I often use this the structure für preparing the sermon and it’s goal (cf. Pestalozzi “Learning by head, hand and heart”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Heinrich_Pestalozzi)
    – Head – something to think
    – Heart – something to feel
    – Hand – something to do
    – Feet – something to go

  5. I think you’re overthinking things bud. 3 alliterated points, throw in a poem and a heart-tugging story (that doesn’t have to be true as long as it’s powerful) and BAM. You’re done.

  6. There’s another one that I learned in seminary and I find it helpful at times:
    Interest (Grab attention)

    Need (Surface the underlying need or problem)
    Satisfaction (Point to Scripture)
    Visualization (Captivating illustration of how the need is satisfied)
    Action (Appeal to find satisfaction and hope in Christ)

    • That’s Monroe’s Motivated Sequence. The 6th stage would be Rebuttal, other people may say (x), but this is why my point or solution is best.