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One of the things students learn on the Fulwood Bible Training course learn is how to build a talk using the ‘purpose chain’ method.

The purpose chain method has three key elements to it:

  • Talks are based around a ‘purpose statement’ which summarizes God’s purpose for a given passage of the Bible.
  • The statement is then split up into a ‘purpose chain’, with each link of the chain corresponding to a section of the passage.
  • The talk is introduced with an illustration or example to evoke an interest in the purpose. The talk then ends by returning to the same illustration and example to round things off and reinforce the purpose.

For examples of the purpose chain method in practice, and more on the art of preaching, click on ‘Preacher’s Blog’ on the left.