127 - How to Teach a Men’s Bible Study
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Wednesday, December 10 2008 12:03|
Part 1 of 2
Since 1986 I have prepared a weekly message for our Man in the Mirror Men’s Bible Study here in Orlando. Through trial and error I’ve learned the difference between what stirs men’s blood and what makes them yawn. These lessons have been distilled into a worksheet to help me prepare and deliver a strong biblical message. I call this worksheet, “The Application-Oriented, Grace-Based Bible Study Preparation Worksheet.”
Each week I make a copy of this form to make sure I don’t wander, and every time I fail to use it I stray. If you teach the Bible to men, or want to, you may find it useful to adopt or adapt this method of preparing a Bible message, or use it to stimulate a method of your own. Even if you never plan to teach, reviewing this article can make you a better “listener.”
My method has five parts:
(1) STARTING POINT
(2) PREPARATION POINT OF VIEW
(3) EXEGESIS OF MY TEXT
(4) EXEGESIS OF MY MEN
(5) PREPARING MY MESSAGE
You will see below that I have “20 Rules” sprinkled throughout. That’s because I have so many points on this worksheet that I wanted to highlight matters of first importance. Here are the first two parts of the worksheet. We’ll finish the final three parts in the next issue.
1. STARTING POINT
Summary: A message without a text is like a car without an engine. It may look good, but it won’t get you very far.
2. PREPARATION POINT OF VIEW
Summary: A Bible teacher has a sobering responsibility and an immense challenge—to speak for God. Once I’ve settled on a text and topic, I begin to focus on a) my heart and b) where God wants to take us. I prayerfully read each item on the list below, and listen for what the Spirit may say. When something “hits” me I will underline, circle, or use a yellow highlighter on it. If there is a blank line, I write my thoughts. Or I jot notes in the margins.
Big picture: Ask, “How does God provide to overcome this problem?”, then apply the answer to men’s everyday lives.
In the next issue of A Look in the Mirror we will look at how to exegete your text and your men, then pull it all together into a dynamic lesson