Yesterday I wrote about the danger of abusing introductions to promote pet perspectives. After the introduction, the message continues. As people look at the passage in the Bibles sitting on their laps, can they see how your message comes specifically from that text?
If people cannot see how we get our message from the text we are preaching, one of three things can happen. Possibility number one is that they will be impressed and so want more of us, rather than more of the Bible. Possibility number two is that they will feel intimidated and so not pursue Bible study for themselves, since they have no expectation of being able to get something so good out of the passage. Possibility number three is that they will subconsciously lose trust in the Bible and begin to trust in the system we force on the text. If they can’t see how we get our message from the text, one of three things can happen, and all of them are bad.