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1 Rural Ministries May 2013

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3 Transfer of knowledge To help people understand the Bible To inspire people To try to get people to do things differently To win the lost Academic study For our own ego To hear ‘nice sermon Vicar!’ To keep people happy Because people expect us to To impress people Because we enjoy study 

4 Teaching Didasko Two way process, interaction Debate, discussion Modelling and demonstrating Preaching Kerusso and euaggelizo One way Proclamation Inspiration Herald Engages the lost

5 To inspire and challenge people to become more like Jesus Spiritual transformation/life change

6 Clarify the win (church) Engage the congregation Clarify the win (sermon) Using the passage ReviewingReviewing PrayerPrayer What is God saying? (to me/the church?)

7 Our environments (including Sunday services) An unchurched, first time visitor has such a good experience and finds the content so helpful that they come again the following week and bring a friend.

8 People (no matter where they are on their spiritual journey) are engaged, they find the subject helpful and they are inspired and challenged to change and grow

9 engaged helpful change and grow People (no matter where they are on their spiritual journey) are engaged, they find the subject helpful and they are inspired and challenged to change and grow:Relevant Encounter God Gospel makes them feel uncomfortable not us Seekers/unchurched are a top priority Numbers in attendance will be growing

10 “While all Scripture is equally inspired, it’s not all equally applicable.” Andy Stanley ‘Deep and Wide’ Most people arrive on a Sunday, just wanting to know “does God have something to say about the situations I am facing in my life?” What is going to be helpful?

11 Knowledge and application Planning or spontaneity Topics or Bible books Exegesis or story telling

12 Clarify the win (church) Engage the congregation Clarify the win (sermon) Using the passage ReviewingReviewing PrayerPrayer What is God saying? (to me/the church?)

13 Objective What is the objective for this talk? What do you want people to know? What do you want people to feel? What do you want people to do? Burden What is my burden? What is the tension? Why do people need to know about this topic?

14 Clarify the win (church) Engage the congregation Clarify the win (sermon) Using the passage ReviewingReviewing PrayerPrayer What is God saying? (to me/the church?)

15 Luke Chapter 15 verses 1 to 7 Who are Jesus’ audience? What is their issue? How does Jesus address it? Where does the uncomfortable challenge come in the process?

16 Who are Jesus’ audience? Sinners and the religious elite – the full spiritual spectrum What is their issue? Why does Jesus spend time with sinners - what is God like? How does Jesus address it? A story that they all relate to and stirs a common emotion in all of them - creates common ground Where does the uncomfortable challenge come in the process? After he has built the common ground and emotion

17 Non Christians - assumptions There will be non Christians in the congregation Your non Christian neighbour is in the congregation Your non Christian son is in the back row and has decided to give church one last shot They don’t know anything about the Bible You can’t assume that you can justify simply by saying “the Bible says” Watch your jargon and language

18 Visitors Don’t tell ‘in’ jokes and if you must explain! Don’t assume people know who you are talking about Congregation People are thirsty for living water They come with all kinds of baggage and are just asking “does God have anything to say to me and for my situation”

19 Entice and bait people into a passage, roll them in it and then send them away with one simple idea: Who is this about really? What’s my burden (what is the one key thing?) Where’s the tension Do I own it? Am I allowing the text to speak?

20 What is the burden that I am feeling? How can I set up the tension? How does the passage resolve the tension? What is the challenge that God is giving: to the non Christian? to the new Christian? to the person who has been a Christian for decades?

21 Closer         Engage Involve Challenge Unity Leave Offering

22 Closer         Setting up the talk by creating a tension Does not seek to solve the tension Could be performance song, clip, media, story, activity but inclusive and generating a common emotion Setting up the talk by creating a tension Does not seek to solve the tension Could be performance song, clip, media, story, activity but inclusive and generating a common emotion

23 Closer         May include clips, media, story Me, We, God, You, We framework to create a tension and then look at how God solves it, challenge TNIV version of the Bible as standard May include clips, media, story Me, We, God, You, We framework to create a tension and then look at how God solves it, challenge TNIV version of the Bible as standard

24 WE T1 Involve Challenge T2 T3 T4 T5

25 WE T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Introducing yourself Introducing the theme Building trust/showing authenticity Starting to build the tension/question/ mystery May include clips, performance song, media, story Introducing yourself Introducing the theme Building trust/showing authenticity Starting to build the tension/question/ mystery May include clips, performance song, media, story

26 WE T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 What we are thinking or feeling Building common ground Raising a felt need/creating tension Involving as many people as possible Could use media/clip/performance song/story What we are thinking or feeling Building common ground Raising a felt need/creating tension Involving as many people as possible Could use media/clip/performance song/story

27 WE T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Introduce biblical truth to resolve the tension/mystery/question Stick to one passage/story from Scripture unless absolutely necessary Could use clip/media/story etc. but less likely Referring to/reading Bible passage Introduce biblical truth to resolve the tension/mystery/question Stick to one passage/story from Scripture unless absolutely necessary Could use clip/media/story etc. but less likely Referring to/reading Bible passage

28 WE T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Applying the scriptural truth to the tension/issue/question you raised in the first two sections How does this apply to people who have been listening, how have you resolved the tension Challenge people to do something Applying the scriptural truth to the tension/issue/question you raised in the first two sections How does this apply to people who have been listening, how have you resolved the tension Challenge people to do something

29 WE T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Cast a common vision of what our lives, our church and even our world would look like if we applied this Inspire people to make a change Begin to move into the response time (could be the service leader takes over here) Cast a common vision of what our lives, our church and even our world would look like if we applied this Inspire people to make a change Begin to move into the response time (could be the service leader takes over here)

30 Notes What is the one sentence that summarises the message and that you want people to remember? What is the response?

31 Understanding how valuable we are is the start of God’s story and the beginning of our story with God God’s story is not about normal, it is about extraordinary Throughout the storylines of our lives, God is always there and he wants to work through us to bless others We need to stop pretending, start confessing and live free

32 Timothy Keller Worshiphousemedia.com TheSkitguys.com Wingclips.com Andy Stanley “Communicating for a Change” and “Deep and Wide”

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