Improving Storytelling in Preaching Step 2 -Uncover Feelings

The second step to exegete the text so that you can more effectively tell the Biblical story as presented in Martha Simmons’s and Henry Mitchell’s book entitled Study Guide to Accompany Celebration and Experience in Preaching is to note the feelings you find in the text.

Here you once again read the text and place yourself in the text. However, this time you are looking for the feelings of the various people in the text.

Look for any feelings including the following:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Jealousy
  3. Greed
  4. Fear
  5. Joy
  6. Depression
  7. Sorrow
  8. Pain
  9. Love

Mitchell and Simmons note that you should write down what feelings you would feel if you were in the position of the Bible character.



Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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One comment on “Improving Storytelling in Preaching Step 2 -Uncover Feelings
  1. Samuel Tandiassa says:

    I like this methode. It made me realize to make more maditation in reading the bible texs. Thanks.

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