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Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen


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Every preacher, at some point in their ministry, will experience a sense that despite all their efforts and preparations during the week, no one is listening on Sunday morning, only receiving blanks stares from the people of the congregation. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to preach in a way that will be readily, even eagerly, received by your congregation.

It’s all here: what inductive preaching is, how it works, why it’s effective, who’s used it—including Jesus, Peter, Paul, Augustine, St. Francis, Wesley, Edwards, and Moody, to name only a few.

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Key Features

  • Includes step-by-step guidelines for constructing an inductive sermon
  • Two sample inductive sermons
  • Provides a strategy for making traditional sermon structures inductive


  • Need
  • A Promising Solution
  • Old Parts and New Hope
  • The Story of Induction
  • God's Way?
  • Master Model
  • Web and Flow
  • More Web and Flow
  • Unbeatable Combination
  • In the Study
  • Behind the Pulpit
  • End to Our Means

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About the Authors

Ralph L. Lewis is professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, a post he has held since 1961. Dr. Lewis holds a PhD in speech from the University of Michigan and was a pastor for 12 years.

Gregg Lewis, his son, is editor of Campus Life magazine. A coauthor of The Hurting Parent, he holds an MA in communications from Wheaton College.

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  1. Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari
    I must heartily recommend this resource! The Lewises critizice the way many preachers use only deductive logic and assume authority, announcing the proposition they are going to defend – at the outset of the sermon. This may work in small rural congregations, where everybody at church is a Christian and the preacher/pastor/priest is an authority figure. But the problem is, once you announce your proposition at the beginning, there really are no surprises left, after that. The authority figure becomes boring. Inductive preaching works the other way around: you start with (many times the mundane and the banal) observations of induction, assuming no authority, but rather build up your authority as you preach. You do this by finding a common ground with your audience. The audience may be quite critical (not necessarily). Works in urban settings and with the the more sceptical and the youth, they claim. The figure with no assumed authority becomes interesting, so they say.


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