How to Prepare Bible Messages Paperback – Special Edition, 1 Jul 2005
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About the Author
James Braga was a missionary to China, a pastor, and for twenty-six years professor of homiletics, methods of Bible study, and missions at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. Following his retirement in 1975, he continued as the school's chaplain for several more years. His Books How to Prepare Bible Messages and How to Study the Bible have remained in print in multiple languages for more than thirty-five years. In 1994, Braga died at the age of eighty-seven but his dedication to overseas missionaries and teachers left a lasting legacy to the church. SPANISH BIO: James Braga fue misio
Top Customer Reviews
It is by far an ideal textbook for beginners in seminary and Bible College. this book will serve for a long time to come.
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Braga uses a method of preparation that has not been typically used in conservative Christianity. That method is defined as propositional teaching/preaching. Instead of approaching a portion of Scripture and drawing attention to every idea in the text, he teaches the reader how to pull out one single thought or "big idea" to center the lesson or sermon around. A sermon does not have to be about 100 different topics that no one will remember. In fact, Braga emphasizes the importance of letting your audience leave with one complete theme that has been reinforced multiple times in multiples ways throughout your whole message. In my opinion, this is the clearest method of teaching for the listener.
Braga covers topical messages (sermons/lessons taken from many different parts of Scripture), textual messages (sermons/lessons taken for one individual piece of Scripture and reinforced with other passages), and expository messages (sermons/lessons taken solely from one individual text.)
I am not sure what paper quality has to do with reading this book, maybe someone should have exchanged the book for a better copy. The book is perfectly legible and an excellent purchase. I recommend it to all church members who want to learn how to teach the Bible.
I recommend it to the new converts, old converts & even as a refresher for ministers.