3 Parts to a Great 30 Minute Men's Bible Study
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, February 09 2004 10:29|
I've been teaching the Man in the Mirror Bible Study here in Winter Park, FL for 18 years this month. Though I never delivered the "perfect" message, I have a pretty good idea what it would look like. You can teach a great Bible study by breaking your message into 3 parts and answering the following questions (actually, not "all" the questions every time, but those that make sense to answer given the text and topic).
Part 1-Relevance: 5 to 10 minutes
Have a good answer to the questions.
To be "heard" your message must address a problem, issue, or challenge your men face. I always ask, "Where is the gravity?" To arrest the attention of men whose minds are in 1,000 different places, you have to relate the message you are about to present to "their world." They have to literally feel the weight of a problem, or they won't want to solve it. Someone should be on the verge of shouting, "Okay, I get it! What should we do?"
Part 2-Teaching: 10 to 15 minutes
Now that you have their attention (the hard part), you can solve the problem you've made them "feel" from your text. Questions to answer once gravity established.
Tap into the dissonance men feel about the topic-that's where the energy is. Find a tension that needs to be resolved. Probe until you find the passion in the text. Prepare this section of your message first, then flesh out Parts 1 and 3.
Part 3-Application: 5 to 10 minutes, but throughout
Questions to answer to bring your message home (in addition to this whole section, pepper you message with applications too).
Establish Relevance, deliver the Teaching, and connect the dots to their real world with grace-based Application. That's how it's done. Oh, and smother your message in the gospel and in grace. Help men change the core affections of their hearts. How? Bring them into the real presence of Christ. No man should leave your meeting feeling like he's just been beat up. No man should leave feeling like he has to "do" something to make God happy, or to improve his record to be good enough.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,