Everyone loves a good story. So what if we could structure our sermon like a story? If you’re willing to try something new, the sticky sermons structure is a way to outline every message you preach that follows the principles of storytelling. In today’s episode, we dive into what that looks like.
PLP 5: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story
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12 Parts of the Hero Myth
1. Ordinary World – the hero’s normal world before the story begins;
2. Call to Adventure – the hero is presented with a problem, challenge, or adventure;
3. Refusal of the Call – the hero refuses the challenge or journey, usually because he’s scared or wounded by previous experiences in some way;
4. Meeting with the Mentor – the hero meets a mentor to gain advice or training for the adventure;
5. Crossing the First Threshold -the hero leaves the Ordinary World and goes into the Special World;
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies – the hero faces tests, meets allies, confronts enemies, and learns the rules of the Special World;
7. Approach – the hero has hit setbacks during tests and may need to try a new idea;
8. Ordeal – the biggest life-or-death crisis;
9. Reward – the hero has survived death, overcomes his fear, and now earns the reward;
10. The Road Back – the hero must return to the Ordinary World;
11. Resurrection Hero – another test where the hero faces death – he has to use everything he’s learned;
12. Return with Elixir – the hero returns from the journey with the “elixir,” and uses it to help everyone in the Ordinary World.
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