Graphics play a huge role in the world around us today; they are everywhere! But one of the places where they are long overdue is in the area of teaching. A picture is worth a thousand words. Graphics provide an engaging alternative to text-only descriptions. Graphics not only make things more understandable, they make them more memorable.
Writing and speaking by themselves often are insufficient to really anchor something in our memories. Imagine that I have preached the standard 30 minute sermon with main points (alliterated, of course!). Prudence demands that I reiterate the big ideas before concluding, right? If I have a graphic associated with each point, including the graphic in my summary helps people call to mind the relevant information. They recall far more of what was said compared to using only a verbal summary.
Here’s what I mean. In the Philippians volume of the High Definition Commentary, 2:1-2 opens with a series of “if” statements designed to make us agree to do whatever it is that Paul is going to ask of us at the end: “If A is true, if B is true, if C is true, then we are compelled to do D.”