Book One, Chapter 2, and Book Two, Chapter 2
Book One, Chapter 2 "The Sermon Outline"
- Knott identifies three reasons why some teachers “have developed a spirit almost approaching contempt for formal outlines.” What are these three reasons? Explain them.
- Is a good outline a guarantee of a successful sermon? Why or why not? (If you explained this matter carefully in your response to question 1., skip to the next question.)
- According to Knott, “The value of a good outline can not be overestimated.” How does he support this claim? (What are some of the values for the speaker?)
- What are the benefits of a good, clear outline for the hearer?
- Phelps gives the sermon seven parts. What are they?
- How many sermon parts does Knott recommend and what are they? What reason(s) does Knott give for preferring his outline over Phelps’ outline?
- Knott concedes that it is not always necessary to have a text, but he believes that there are some advantages to preaching from a text. What are some advantages he presents?
- Toward the end of the chapter, Knott discusses the final three parts of a sermon outline: the main divisions or headings; the development; and the conclusion. Actually, the conclusion is not elaborated in this chapter. Choose either the “main divisions” or the “development” and sum up Knott’s discussion of this part of a sermon.
- What about using an outline in the pulpit? Pros and cons?
Book Two, Chapter 2 "The Sermon Outline"
- Knott prefers a six-part outline for the expository sermon. List these six parts.
- What is another word, or phrase, for the sermon part called “theme”?
- How does the outline of an expository sermon differ from other kinds in “two particulars”? (What are these two differences?)
- Knott (p. 27b) offers a “clearer,” four-part breakdown (outline) of the significant elements of the expository sermon. List the four parts and add any important comments Knott presents.