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Preparation of Sermons - Lesson 2

Book One, Chapter 2, and Book Two, Chapter 2

Book One, Chapter 2 "The Sermon Outline"

  1. Knott identifies three reasons why some teachers “have developed a spirit almost approaching contempt for formal outlines.” What are these three reasons? Explain them.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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?)
  4. What are the benefits of a good, clear outline for the hearer?
  5. Phelps gives the sermon seven parts. What are they?
  6. How many sermon parts does Knott recommend and what are they? What reason(s) does Knott give for preferring his outline over Phelps’ outline?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. What about using an outline in the pulpit? Pros and cons?

Book Two, Chapter 2 "The Sermon Outline"

  1. Knott prefers a six-part outline for the expository sermon. List these six parts.
  2. What is another word, or phrase, for the sermon part called “theme”?
  3. How does the outline of an expository sermon differ from other kinds in “two particulars”? (What are these two differences?)
  4. 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.

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