The way His death came about was swift and sickening. You know the story. Even while Peter was denying Him before a servant girl in the courtyard, Jesus was being shipped off to Pilate. This Roman Governor hated the Jews whom he ruled over. He caught on to their game quickly and started trying to find ways to set Jesus free. He began to probe into who Jesus thought He was. (more…)
In our everyday speech, we tend to take the sounds of language, namely, vowels and consonants, for granted. But when properly focused, these sounds can aid us in making important points and have an emotional impact on our listeners.
Now more than ever, preachers face enormous challenges as they struggle to answer the call to effective preaching with their Sunday Sermon. As they rise to answer their greatest responsibility â€“ providing the spiritual nourishment their people hunger for, it is vitally important that they connect the timeless message of Scripture, with todayâ€™s people, problems and pursuits. Effective sermons have never been more important as evidenced by a recent research report. The report, “Spirituality and Well-being in Australia”, suggests that the drift towards a more secular mindset among Australians can be detrimental to their health!
In writing your Sunday Sermons, it is useful to deploy such figures of speech as metaphor, simile and hyperbole. But one must not overlook those figures of speech that require skilled vocal production and articulation: Alliteration; Assonance; Onomatopoeia; and Sound Symbolism. Use the examples below to develop greater skill using Figures of Speech in your sermons.