Often times when teaching/preaching I’ll find myself getting stuck. I understand the text and ideas, but I’m not sure how to get a room full of 14-18 year olds to care about it. When that happens, I often ask myself, “What’s the opposite?” If someone were to completely ignore this principle, what would it look like? How do we ignore this truth? What do we believe instead?
The opposite principle is simple, people don’t connect with the truth because they believe something contrary or all they see around them is the opposite. Therefore, you start with this misunderstanding, demonstrate it’s faults, and then reveal a better way to do things.
Some questions I ask:
- What does culture believe about this subject?
- What lie do we embrace instead of this truth?
- How do we do the opposite of this passage?