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Accurate and Convincing

Accurate and Convincing

Luke 1:3

SUMMARY: Use trustworthy evidence to help your listeners arrive at the correct conclusion.


  • Consult reliable sources. Base your comments on God’s Word, reading directly from it when possible. If you refer to a scientific fact, a news report, an experience, or other supporting evidence, check in advance that your source is trustworthy and up-to-date.

  • Use sources properly. Apply scriptures in harmony with their context, the Bible’s overall message, and the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave.” (Matt. 24:45) Use secular sources in accord with the original context and the intent of the writer.

  • Reason on the evidence. After reading a scripture or citing a source, ask tactful questions or illustrate the point to help your listeners draw their own conclusion.