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We don’t want to just preach a sermon, we want to also empower a culture or discipleship throughout the church. We have designed our sermons with this in mind. In this lesson, we want to talk about the real win in preaching a Sermonlink sermon. Go through this together and make sure to und

The ultimate win is to help people pursue God

We want to help people trust Jesus, live a life that honors him, and ultimately win by helping even more people do this. Keep this circle in mind as you preach, because each person you are preaching to is at one of these stages. For many people, it could be the first time they are exposed to the gospel. They haven’t trusted Jesus yet, and that is good to keep in mind while you are preaching. The same goes for those who have been Christians for months, years, or decades. When preparing for a sermon, be sure to make sure you are not isolating those in the congregation.

Your goal is the same ultimate win as a healthy church: you want to get people to live out the Christian life as Jesus imagined it. You want them to make disciples. This is a sign of a healthy church, where not only the preachers and pastors are helping others pursue God, but everyone within the church.

The preaching win is to empower conversations

Ministry is when people speak the truth in love. In a sermon, it is hard to speak the truth in love in a way that is relational because it is difficult to customize the message for every person. Instead of preaching at them, empower them to continue the conversation past the auditorium at your church. When you preach, try to set-up the conversation while trusting that the Holy Spirit will move in people’s hearts individually whenever the Word is spoken. Ultimately, you want to equip people to go out and have conversations with a mentor or small group that leads to further discovery of God.

We focus on three mentoring environments that we want to equip: family, small groups, and individual mentoring relationships. We want to empower parents to talk with their kids or teens about the topic from the sermon. If you have small groups, your sermon is trying to inspire conversation within their groups and provide them with the tools necessary to conduct ministry in that setting. Hopefully, over time in your church, you will have more and more people connecting from these first two into mentoring relationships. The harvest is ripe and preachers and pastors cannot be the only harvesters.

The prerequisite for preaching is going full circle

You can’t lead someone to where you haven’t been.

[Related Topic: What Qualifies You to Teach?]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. When you preach, what is the “win” you typically envision? What is the “ultimate win” according to the video? How do these to visions align or compete?
  4. Identify the three primary contexts (or environments) in your church where conversations can be empowered through your sermon. Who are the “shepherds” in those smaller contexts? Give an example of how your preaching can catalyze great conversations in one of those contexts.
  5. What motivates you to want to teach? Make a list, and be brutally honest. Talk about it with your trainer.
  6. Why is it important for you to be actively mentoring someone using the PG resources? Make a list of the people you are mentoring with this method.
  7. Read Titus 1:5-9. Make a list of the biblical qualifications of an elder. How do you measure up?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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