Book One, Chapter 3, and Book Two, Chapter 4
Book One, Chapter 3 "The Theme"
- Define the following terms: a. “subject” b. “theme” and c. “proposition.” Give an example or two of each.
- Knott suggests some needs of the congregation which should influence a preacher’s theme. What are some of these needs?
- Another factor that influences the selection of a theme, says Knott, is temperament. How does Knott describe and evaluate the optimistic and pessimistic types?
- Describe and evaluate the intellectual and the emotional temperaments. Which are you most inclined to be? (Maybe neither?)
- How can a preacher’s experience influence the selection of a theme? What varied kinds of life experiences are described by Knott?
- Knott identifies and describes three main characteristics of a good theme. Name them and describe them.
- What are the benefits for the preacher of intensive study of individual Books of the Bible?
- What are the pros and cons of advertising one’s sermon themes? What are some ways to advertise successfully?
Book Two, Chapter 4 "The Theme"
- What are some of the advantages of intensive study of individual Books of the Bible?
- Knott writes: “In giving attention to any Book, the first thing to do is to study it with reference to its main purpose.” How does he support this claim?
- Identify two or three differences between the expository sermons of Maclaren and those of Campbell Morgan.
- Why will different individuals find different subjects in the same Scripture?