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Preparation of Sermons - Lesson 3

Book One, Chapter 3, and Book Two, Chapter 4

Book One, Chapter 3 "The Theme"

  1. Define the following terms: a. “subject” b. “theme” and c. “proposition.” Give an example or two of each.
  2. Knott suggests some needs of the congregation which should influence a preacher’s theme. What are some of these needs?
  3. Another factor that influences the selection of a theme, says Knott, is temperament. How does Knott describe and evaluate the optimistic and pessimistic types?
  4. Describe and evaluate the intellectual and the emotional temperaments. Which are you most inclined to be? (Maybe neither?)
  5. How can a preacher’s experience influence the selection of a theme? What varied kinds of life experiences are described by Knott?
  6. Knott identifies and describes three main characteristics of a good theme. Name them and describe them.
  7. What are the benefits for the preacher of intensive study of individual Books of the Bible?
  8. 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"

  1. What are some of the advantages of intensive study of individual Books of the Bible?
  2. 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?
  3. Identify two or three differences between the expository sermons of Maclaren and those of Campbell Morgan.
  4. Why will different individuals find different subjects in the same Scripture?

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