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Sermon Based Small Groups

David Rudd has a great post on Sermon Based Small Groups based on the work of Alan Stoddard.

Here is an excerpt:

Some churches use "Sermon Based Small Groups." Other churches choose to encourage their small groups to do their own thing.

Alan Stoddard at Vision 419, is writing a Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) project about Sermon Based Small Groups.

Below are some excerpts from a blog post about his project, particularly, the role of the sermon as the presentation of the "Big Idea". You can read Alan's whole post here.

In the homiletical field, I’ve been studying Haddon Robinson for over 15 years. His book Biblical Preaching describes the Big Idea method to preaching and has been THE classic for preaching for the last 30 years. Robinson’s model for preparation for preaching looks in part like this:

1. Study a passage (one literary unit) to the point of writing an exegetical idea (one sentence summary statement, stated in the past tense which is created by using a “subject” and “complement”)

2. Submit the exegetical idea to developmental questions: What needs to be explained, applied, or proved (Usually only one of these provides your outline angle)

3. Write your homiletical idea or Big Idea (one sentence in contemporary language)

4. Write the sermon purpose: most preachers ignore this. They may generally know it, but rarely can I tell where preachers have actually thought it through. The sermon purpose is at least one main, specific statement of what the preacher wants listeners to do as a result of the message.

* Sermon purpose brings intentionality to the sermon
* Sermon purpose is the bridge to the listeners next week, real life
* Sermon purpose takes the sermon from the pulpit to the living room
* Sermon purpose takes the sermon to the workplace
* Sermon purpose helps the church at all age groups know what to do after listening

Read the rest of David's post HERE


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