I heard Peter Adam deliver this material about 10 years ago (if not more) at some preacher’s workshop or conference. It was a great articulation about how to make sure our preaching is more than just an analytical commentary of the concepts in the text.

Boring and dispassionate preaching is not just lacking in extra-biblical methodology and technique… it is also sub-biblical, in the sense that it is not asking certain questions of the text itself.

So then, here are Peter Adam’s ‘8 Useful Questions’

  1. What result does God want from speaking this text? What is the text trying to DO?
  2. What lessons can I learn from the various contexts of this text?
  3. What is the structure of the text and how can I communicate it?
  4. What are the main points of the text and how can I communicate them?
  5. What are the emotions of the text and how can I communicate them?
  6. What are the motivations of the text and how can I communicate them?
  7. What are the illustrations in the text and how can I communicate them?
  8. What are the contrasts in the text and how can I communicate them?

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Xian Reflections is written by Mikey Lynch.

Mikey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. In 2000 he became one of the founding leaders of Crossroads Presbyterian Church where he was the lead pastor for 7 years from 2003.

Mikey now works as the Campus Director of the University Fellowship of Christians, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Mikey is the chairman of The Vision 100 Network (Tasmania) and a founding director of Geneva Push (national) – both church planting networks. He is also a chaplain at Jane Franklin Hall and the chairman of New Front Door: the Church IT Guild.

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