G.K. Chesterton once admonished children (of all ages) with the words, “and don’t believe anything that can’t be told in coloured pictures.”
Allowing for the Chesterton overstatement, he makes a point that preachers and teachers need to hear. If our teaching stays abstract, our listeners will stay detached. They will have trouble grasping the truth intellectually and embracing it emotionally. That’s because most of us think in “coloured pictures.”
The God who created us knows how we learn. So it’s no surprise that He has filled HIs Word with coloured pictures. Beyond the written Word, He sent us Jesus, the Incarnate Word. Jesus gave us a colourful picture of what God is like (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3).
Those entrusted with the privilege and responsibility of teaching God’s truth to others need to remember the importance of using vivid, colourful word-pictures as we teach and preach.
This week on the Preacher to Preacher Podcast, I address HOW we can teach in coloured pictures as we present God’s Word to others. In this episode, I talk about the first and best place teachers and preachers should look to find memorable word pictures.