Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quote the Text!

John Piper does something consistently in his sermons that every teacher should do: he quote the biblical text. He repeats the specific part of the verse that he is referring to. He does not say, “As Jesus said in John…” but says, “Look at John 17:7.” “Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.” Then he explains his points.

Quote the text directly, and out loud. Do your learners a tremendous favor and quote specifically. Don’t leave them scratching their heads wondering which verse you got that idea from. You want to them to be able to put their fingers right on the text.

It’s ok and appropriate to repeat key texts two or three times. The Word is meant to be heard.


Andrew said...

Great thought! It's worth the extra effort so people can turn to where we are quoting from and look at if for themselves!

Anonymous said...

I love that. I know I want to knnw where the speaker is coming from. jan