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Books have a purpose and preaching is better and easier when we cut with the grain of the text.
Interview with Dick Lucas on preaching the melodic line of a Bible book. Lucas notes:
It's one of the most important disciplines of the preacher. It's alarming if you go to a church where a team of preachers is doing a series on Hebrews, for example, and each preacher has a different idea what the Book is about. It's absolutely essential to know the way the melodic line, the argument, the theme of the Book, is going.Simeon Trust:
Principle: We will preach from a particular passage better if we understand what the whole book is about.Download:
Explanation: Books of the Bible and the Bible (as a whole) have a coherent, sustained message similar to the unique melody of a song—waiting to be heard. It unites the whole book, concisely stating what the whole book is about. The theme of any passage will be related (directly or indirectly) to this theme or melodic line. In other words, the Bible does not need an interpreter (it is, itself, an interpretation). Our job is not to interpret the Bible, but to listen well enough and long enough to hear the melody.
Strategies: read and reread, identify a top and tail (e.g. Romans 1.5 and 15.26), find a purpose statement (e.g. Luke 1.1-4), find repeated words and phrases and ideas (e.g. “joy” and “fellowship” in Philippians), follow the Old Testament quotations
Paul Rees on The Melodic Line
Philip Ryken on The Melodic Line in 1 Kings
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