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Part 4: Choosing Illustrations

Unit: Preaching
Category: Working with Jesus

Illustrations are pictures in books that show what the book tells. They add force to its message. In a sermon, they serve the same goal but the medium has changed. Instead of ink and paper, you have words and the listener’s mind. You paint mental scenes with words. In some cases, you will start from scratch. At other times, you can use an image already etched in their brain— instead of painting it fresh, your words bring it into focus. This works best with familiar scenes. Either way, your goal is to turn ideas into pictures.

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