Guidelines for workshop
Time is short but much can be achieved if we approach the sharing round the Word together in a disciplined way.
To do this, we want to concentrate on :
- 1) the meaning of the text (the source of our authority) and
- 2) its impact on our lives (the application).
The following may be helpful to make best use of the time:
A. The Preparation
It is good to keep in mind before the workshop that the goal is to convey the main lesson of the passage and ‘show the working’ behind the sermon. To do this, it may be helpful to extract and write down the following information from the sermon.
Explain the relevant situation of the text in the surrounding passages and in the wider story of the Bible.
In a short sentence give the main thrust / lesson of the passage:
“Here God shows us that …. ”
Explain from the passage how you are led to this conclusion.
Identify a ‘text’ - a key verse (or verses) in the passage - the part of the text round
which the rest might be said to hinge and which encapsulates the message of the passage.
Explain your reasoning for choosing it and show, briefly, how it
relates to the rest of the passage.
Give an indication of what the passage shows about:
i) His nature and character
ii) His grace
iii) Jesus and his salvation
b) The people then
How did God want the people then to respond?
c) Us today
Give some examples of what you hope your hearers of today might do or think in response.
B. The Presentation
1) 5 mins – three or four in turn can give an outline exposition of their text, simply working through
the four issues listed in ‘preparation’.
2) 10 mins - for the others present to share observations, questions, encouragements, illustrations etc.
C. Do’s and don’ts.
a) State briefly the context in which the word will be given:
i) the people who will hear it
ii)the situation they are in
iii)the place, if in a sequence of sermons
b) Read the passage, if short, or key excerpts, if longer.
c) Work through the above order of - context, lesson, heart and application.
a) Give a mini / précised sermon.
b) Include introduction or illustrations (unless time allows)
c) Take more than 5 minutes in total.
d) Waffle unless you have to. But better now than on Sunday!