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Preparation of Sermons - Lesson 6

Book One, Chapter 6 and Book Two, Chapter 6

Book One, Chapter 6 "The Main Divisions"

  1. Knott defines and describes “the main divisions.” Sum up his definition of this term.
  2. Knott asks two related questions: What is the value of “main divisions?” And what useful purpose do they serve? Identify and explain the three values provided by main divisions, according to Knott.
  3. On page 83, Knott interjects the question, “Should the divisions of a sermon be clearly stated each time one preaches?” If, in your view, Knott offers a significant answer to this question, sum it up briefly and clearly. If you find his thoughts of little importance, explain your view.
  4. The preacher has determined his theme and proposition, and the material has been collected. What principles should “govern the arranging and stating of these divisions?” Knott presents four such principles. Identify, explain, and illustrate (or give examples of) three of these principles. (You may present all four if you wish!)
  5. “How many divisions should there be to a sermon?” (p. 89b) Sum up as clearly and concisely as you can Knott’s discussion of this question.

Book Two, Chapter 6 "The Main Divisions"

  1. Why are the main divisions, according to Knott, “a very important part of the sermon”?
  2. Jesus’ sermons are based upon what method?
  3. Why is a sermon based on analogy one of the best types of sermons? Give an example of this type.
  4. Identify, explain, and illustrate three types of divisions for expository sermons.
  5. What are the principles that should guide the preacher in the development of main divisions? Apply these principles to two of the themes suggested in chapter IV. (This may tie-in with your response to question 4.)
  6. Write three expository outlines whose divisions illustrate the three types mentioned in this chapter.

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