The sermon resources in our library are developed with three simple teaching principles in mind. Pastors and lay leaders training to teach and preach will be evaluated by these three things.
Principle #1: Teach the Bible
Our goal in teaching is to help people understand and live out a biblical worldview. As a teacher, you must have a solid understanding of the Bible and a passion for applying God’s truth to life. Your teaching will be centered on Jesus, the ultimate revelation of God to the world.
Principle #2: Engage Everyone
Good sermons are engaging sermons. They engage seekers as well as believers, young and old, black and white, male and female. That requires being clear, concise, and compelling. It also requires proper use of humor, illustrations, and personal stories and examples.
Principle #3: Empower Conversations
At the end of the day, the teacher’s goal is to support the discipleship infrastructure of the church. That means you’ll need to get people reflecting on and talking about what you’ve just taught, not walking out of the church building and getting back to business as usual without a second thought. Our resources are built to help people talk about, think about, and apply the truths of scripture. Your message should help support those goals.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What does it mean to “teach the Bible?” Explain it in your own words.
- How would you rate your Bible knowledge? What would you say is the minimum knowledge required for a teacher or preacher? Why?
- Can great Bible knowledge sometimes be a liability for teachers or preachers? Explain.
- What are some practical ways to engage with different groups within the same congregation? For example, how could you communicate both with teens as well as with seniors in the same message?
- List the “3 C’s” of engaging teaching. Explain each one. What are some roadblocks to being clear? What are some roadblocks to being concise? What are some roadblocks to being compelling?
- Which “C” do you think might be the most difficult for you and why?
- List the three key groups that make up the discipleship infrastructure at your church. Explain the teacher’s catalytic role in relationship to these groups.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.