Illustration in the Form of a Story as One of the Important Elements in the Sermon


  • Hari Soegianto Sekolah Tinggi Teologi SAAT



Sermon, Illustration, A Story Illustration, Human Brain, Communication, Study Theory, Generals, Particulars


An illustration as an element of a sermon has been known to play a role in clarifying an idea, attracting the attention of listeners, and to even move the emotions of the listeners. Even though, by definition, illustrations can take various forms, not all of them have the same effect. Illustrations in the form of stories have certain advantages compared to other forms of illustrations. This paper explores the advantages of illustrations in the form of stories based on studies that have been conducted in relation to how information can be more easily understood by recipients. Based upon an understanding of how the human brain works, how humans communicate, how humans learn, and even observations about the sermon being preached, shows that illustrations in the form of stories can be effective tools for conveying a truth.


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Author Biography

Hari Soegianto, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi SAAT

Penulis adalah dosen penuh waktu di Sekolah Tinggi Teologi SAAT Malang dan mengajar mata kuliah Homiletika dan Pendidikan Kristen.


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How to Cite

Soegianto, Hari. “Illustration in the Form of a Story As One of the Important Elements in the Sermon”. Veritas: Jurnal Teologi dan Pelayanan 17, no. 2 (December 1, 2018): 119–128. Accessed May 30, 2024.