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Using Illustrations to Preach with Power

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By Bryan Chapell

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Using Illustrations to Preach with Power

Revised Edition

By Bryan Chapell

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If the apostle Paul had not punctuated his words with images of the armor of God or the racecourse, would we so easily remember his instruction? The march on Washington might have become nothing more than a ragged hike across a majestic mall if Martin Luther King, Jr. had not led us through a "dream" and onto a "mountaintop."

Such is the power of illustrations. They contain a hidden dynamic of living that captures our attention and furthers our understanding in a way that no other sermonic tool can match. Can they be overused and their purpose abused? Yes—and by many they are. But to eliminate them completely would be unwise, maintains Bryan Chapell.

Instead, he responds to those concerns by reviewing the theory behind illustrations, sharing why they're important, and demonstrating how you can use them effectively in your biblical preaching. This book clearly affirms that illustrations are integral to powerful preaching—not because they entertain but because they expand and deepen applications in the lives of your listeners. They infuse your words with life without comprising the message, making the truth of the Word ring clearly in people's hearts long after your sermon is done.


Author:

Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell is the author of several books, including Christ-centered Preaching and Holiness by Grace. He is pastor emeritus of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, and currently serves as president of Unlimited Grace Media, which broadcasts daily in many nations. He currently leads the administrative committee of the Presbyterian Church in America. 

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.84 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-58134-264-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-58134-264-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781581342642
Case Quantity: 10
Published: April 30, 2001