Teaching and Preaching the Bible Leadership and Lay Ministry Training Program Dr. Stu Merkel and Rev. Doug Gray January 12, 2013
Introductions • It’s…Stu and Doug!
Introductions • Overview of the Day • Session 1: Preparing for a Bible Study • Break • Session 2: Sharing Our Resources and Best Uses • Lunch • Session 3: Moving from Bible Study to Sermon • Break • Session 4: Preaching Presentation
Session 1: Preparing for a Bible Study Let it breathe!
Staying Clear • We are task-oriented here • Not aimed at devotional • The curious bridge of LectioDivina
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 • Read the passage at least 3x • Literal — what do the words mean what do they say, definitions, etc • Metaphor — what do the words mean images, allusions, references, etc • Meaning — what do the words mean what is the author trying to say/communicate
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 2. Look at the context • Genre — what kind of writing is your passage? Poetry, Narrative, Letter, Command/Proverb, Apocalypse • Geographical — where is this? • Historical — when is this? • How is our context like the author’s/passage’s context?
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 3. Initial Thoughts • Feel free to write down initial thoughts and questions • Your reaction? • Put yourself in the story in different roles. • How would the author address our context?
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 4. Go to the resources • Take your questions • Check out your thoughts and reactions • Look for resources that add depth, beauty or meaning
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 5. What’s the big idea? • Study: More than one idea is a good thing! • Sermon: One big idea at a time!
Prepare a Bible Study: John 11 • How does the big idea apply in my life?What is God calling me to do through this word?
Sharing Our Resources Yours, mine and ours
Break Not like that!
Session 2: Teachingthe Word Because God needs you!
Basic Principles It’s not rocket science
Some Basic Principles • About what God wants to say • Centered on how the student will learn best • Draws people into the textHelps people draw the text into themselves • Less about what the leader knows,more about what the group learns • Create multiple points of entry to the text’s big idea • Always give participants something to take home
Most important… Listen!
Learning Styles A healthy dose of Mythbusters
Learning Styles • Aural • Visual • Verbal • Physical • Logical • Social • Solitary
Creativity Leads to Discovery • Are there resources that capture the dilemmaof the text? • What resources go with your big idea? • Of these which one or two are the most helpful?
Group Dynamics There’s more going on than meets the eye…
Lunch Feed the body so God can nourish the soul
Session 3: From Study to Sermon Sometimes it’s a looooong trip!
Good Sermon Structures • Classic 3-point sermon • Topical, thematic or word study • Web and flow • Refrain • “In character” sermon
Classic blunders • More than one sermon • Not enough meat on the table • Too much on the table • Bored or just amused • Not tied up at the end
How to Preparea Sermon Stu’s Approach
How to Preparea Sermon Doug’s Approach
Picking a passage • Picking a passage • Lectionary • Sermon series • Occasional/topical • Do you have a heart for the passage?
What’s the point? • How am I different? • How are we to be different? • Can I say it in a single sentence?
What’s my way into the sermon? • Story • Image • Video • Idea • Skit
Structure the sermon • Has to be clear • Has to have punch • Always have a twist Never preach the sermonthe congregation expects!
Should I tell, showor dothe story? • Will it illuminate or dominate? • Is the story in there because I want to tell it,or because they need to hear it? • Can I do the same with less? • Can I faithfully make it interactive? • Check against the classic blunders! • What does God really want here?
Who Do I Look Like? Adventures in Celebrity Recognition
Shimon Perez Former Israeli Prime Minister
Andy Roddick Top-Ranked Tennis Star (11th in the world)
Alan Alda TV Actor, M*A*S*H*
Gary Oldman Movie Actor, Prisoner of Azkaban
Mickey Mantle One of the best baseballplayers of all time
Kiera Knightley Movie Actress, Pirates of the Caribbean
Jesus The Rosetta Stone
GOD Jesus The Rosetta Stone Helping us experience and understand each other Humanity
Should I tell, showor dothe story? • Am I interpreting the Bible, or the video? • Am I sure it will work? • Do I have a back up plan?
Session 4: PreachingPresentation Outlines, Discussion and Tips…oh my!