A speech is like a three act play. Both begin with a hook that attracts attention, the center of the two is the heartbeat of the message, and a hope filled blessing is a satisfying close for a speech or a play. I’ve found even these simple elements can be seen in the New Testament.
Act I is an attention capturing hook. The beginning of the Gospel story begins with the Son of God being born in manger.
Act II is the heart of the message. Pages and pages are filled with how God and Jesus gave love and life to save sinners and open the way to eternity in the Kingdom of God.
Act III is a climactic close. It is both depressing and uplifting. Christ left this world by ascending to heaven. His departure was depressing. Yet, He sent the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in us which is an uplifting comfort of hope.
Both a speech and a play are the writer’s choice in how they choose to leave a memorable message with the reader or listener.
New Testament Examples:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
An impressive hook!
The heart of the Gospel delivers the details from Matthew through Jude. The heartbeats of the Redeemer’s story pump the message of His birth, death, and resurrection, making the way for eternal life for repenting sinners.
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Then the final written words in the Bible close with a blessing.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
And Jesus’ closing words in the Bible leave the reader with a memorable and uplifting blessing.
He who testifies these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’
Using the format of the hook, the heart, and closing
with a blessing works well. My favorite close blessing is 2 Corinthian 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Uplifting blessings always,