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NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Reflection on Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture, Zack Eswine Assembled by Matthew Hundley In Preaching to a Post-Everything World, Zack Eswine offers up a kitchen sink full of formulas for crafting Christ-centered sermons. Rather than weave through the knowledge bites, I will present some of the key preparation tools (pulled out of the sink) for the sake of reference: Four Cs for Preaching 1. Content: facts about God, people, place and self 2. Character: preachers must explain relationships presented in scripture 3. Conscience: sound exposition and discerning contextualization are necessary, but insufficient 4. Culture: expose assumptions; discern biblical mandate from cultural suggestion Reality 1. Things that actually exist, that are authentic, that align with what is there 2. Some things are real in ways that differ from other things 3. Reality not only differs in kind, but also in capacity 4. Creation mandate and wisdom are Gods call into reality 5. Biblical wisdom teachings people how to navigate reality Context of Reality (definition) The mutual life environment that contemporary believers/unbelievers share in common with those to/about whom the biblical text was written, that teaches us about the nature of reality.

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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When presenting reality, never fall into the trap of using 1. Expository Bans: avoiding aspects of reality; refusing to mention from pulpit 2. Expository Censoring: passing over or dumbing down difficult passages 3. Expository Muting: avoiding risqu or bigoted passages 4. Expository Equivocations making a far-reaching link in order to make a passage relevant 5. Expository Evictions overlooking cultural setting of text 6. Expository Cynicism unwitting ban of authentic goodness Pastoral sensitivity 1. Prepare people for painful topics. 2. Spare people the gore. 3. Dont spare people the glory. 4. Be aware of people. 5. Share multiple opportunities with people. 6. Lear care from scripture.

FCF = Fallen Condition Focus (Bryan Chapell) The mutual human condition that contemporary believers share with those to or about whom the text was written that requires the grace of the passage for Gods people to glorify and enjoy him (or for those who resist God to properly regard him and be reconciled to him).

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Four Fs 1. Fallen inner tendency toward temptation (spiritual hardness; warring desires; flesh) 2. Finite must live within the limits of knowledge and understanding 3. Fragile feeling effects of sin by circumstance (mental and physical limitations) 4. Faltering what we profess versus what actually is truth (the gap)

Echoes of Redemption 1. Divine Armor (truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation) 2. Divine Beatitude (promise, provision, grace) 3. Divine Wisdom (fruit: love, joy, patience, kindness, etc) 4. Divine Gifts (of the spirit) 5. Divine Diaconate (mercy) 6. Divine Miracle (sign of context for instruction) 7. Provision of Community (comfort in company) 8. Divine Silence 9. Divine Self

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Expository Eclipse 1. Eclipse Christ give priority to Christ as our example versus Christ as provision 2. Eclipse Fallen Biblical Characters not just to observe fallen behaviors, but ask now what? 3. Eclipse Judgment dont whitewash or sugarcoat the judgment and discipline of God 4. Eclipse Wisdom applying our wisdom versus that of the original author Sermon Structure 1. Surface Theme foreshadows the big idea 2. Echo of Creation highlight mutual human nobility 3. FCF highlight mutual human crippling 4. COR highlight the mutual life environment 5. Bond to the Text identify big idea (main theme of biblical text; resonance) 6. Big Idea clearly state main thing that the text says 3 Strategies Surrounding The Big Idea 1. Parrot Words - use words, phrases or concepts that alert the listener to passages of primary importance 2. Divine Comments statement in the narrative that highlights the governing theme of the passage; usually the moment where everything changes (after the climax) 3. Plain Statements clear pronouncement of what we are supposed to gain by the passage

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Taking Things Scene-by-Scene 1. Identify Scenes 2. Create Headlines 3. Cross Examine (use guiding questions) 4. Tell the Story a. Highlight key words. b. Help audience walk in their shoes. c. Connect stories d. Highlight surprises e. Use imagine maybe I dont know X, but I do know Y Deductive Approach 1. Locate Big Idea 2. Interrogate the Idea (who, what, where, when, why, how) 3. Show & Tell Recognize, Analyze, Organize 1. Show our answers 2. Recognize dissonance 3. Analyze our answers

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Apply Narrative 1. Intention 2. Human Condition 3. Human Situation 4. Divine Provision 5. Like Conditions, Situations and Provisions 6. Near Application (Apply to Our World) Sermon Implications (Related to Audience) 1. Dont assume people are familiar with the Bible. a. Help them get to the passage. 2. Speak as if non-Christians are present. 3. Do not ridicule, mock weaknesses of people. 4. Present yourself as credible (be transparent). Redemptive Vulnerability 1. Even great men struggle (With faith, with sin) 2. Great knowledge often comes about in our moments of weakness. 3. Jesus shed tears, expressed joy, was angry, felt sadness/sorrow, felt distress. 4. Pauls teaching was interspersed with testimony.

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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Four Kinds of Criticism 1. Style/Handling youre not like my favorite preacher 2. Competence/Clarity you could have done better 3. Character your motives are wrong 4. Calling you shouldnt preach Guide to Testifying 1. God is the Hero 2. Show Redemptive Vulnerability 3. Vary Testimony 4. Speak with Sensitity 5. Anchor Your Story with Scripture 6. Turn The Mirror Use Visual Aids To 1. Draw Attention 2. Present Central Thoughts 3. Employ the Eye, as well as the Ear 4. Aid Memory 5. Greater Influence Listener

NotesonZackEswinesPreachingtoaPostEverythingWorld

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God = King of Preachers 1. God enables preachers to encounter cultural realities previously unknown. 2. God calls preachers as instruments by which he speaks to neighborhoods and nations. 3. God is omnilingual and omnipresent. 4. God is able to offer refuge and present help for the trouble of any locality, anywhere, anytime. 5. Bible can be seen as a collection of Gods sermons. 6. Biblical preaching is about presenting the truth in the way the biblical writers/speakers would have presented it. Four Preaching Essentials (According to Paul) 1. Must be Christ-centered: Christ central to content, purpose and power of preaching. 2. Must be prophetic: give warning. 3. Must be catechtical: priestly: teach everyone. 4. Must draw upon wisdom: reality, perception, behavior Four Story Questions 1. What does the text teach us about God? 2. What does the text teach us about People? (religious/irreligious) 3. What does the text teach us about Place? (creation/cultures) 4. What does text expose about our personal response? (conscience)