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Mnemonics

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).

Mnemonics are devices that help the audience to remember the important parts of the message. The mnemonic in 7:7 does not work in Greek, but it does in English. Jesus says to Ask, Seek, and Knock. The first letters of those words spell ASK. Knowing this helps me to keep the three words in order.

Give titles to your supporting points. The titles could spell an acronym, as the words ask, seek, and knock do. The titles could start with the same letter. I did a teaching on Malachi in which I entitled its six major sections as Decisive Love, Despising Priests, Deceitful Husbands, Disparaging Judges, Disobedient Sons, and Dissatisfied Lust. Or the titles could follow the same sentence pattern. I did a teaching in which my two supporting points were “The Problem is Not External” and “The Solution is External.” It is not enough for your audience to hear the message. They need to remember it, too. Mnemonics help them to remember it.

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