Sermon Study Group

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Hi All,

Here's the situation. One of the members of our congregation would like to have a women's group do a "sermon study" for their meetings and wondered if we have resources on how to go about doing that. Nothing comes to mind except the preacher. Of course, this is a little tricky if two of the three preachers are men and the one female is about to go on mat leave.

Have any of you done sermon-based small groups? Any of you have any good advice or resources on how best to do this? Other thoughts?

In Christ,

Mike

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Mike,

Sorry for getting to this so late.  The forums were incredibly slow for awhile so I haven't been back for awhile.

To answer your question.  Yes, we do sermon-based small groups. Larry Osborne's book, "Sticky Church" is a big help here.  But the truth is the pastor is the one who knows the best questions to ask. I tend to write out questions as I'm prepping and studying a sermon -- especially questions that would take people further into the text and especially particular to personal life application.

Another source that I frequent is the Serendipity Bible which is the small group leaders' best friend. It has good discussion questions for every pericope in the bible.  Get one -- you won't be disappointed.  I use it to fill in gaps for each lesson.  And since I do a lot of my sermon study on Logos 4 I can make the handouts for discussion right there with the "handouts" app.

Works great.

 

Hope that helps.

Allen

Thanks Allen!

I haven't read "Sticky Church", so I will have to add that to my reading list. I haven't decided if I want to drop the money to get Logos 4 yet. But I will have to look into that too.

We have done one test run with a group and it went well. They talked for two hours before they cut themselves off (and we only provided 6 questions!). Folks seemed to really appreciate digging a little deeper, particularly with application. I think it will be interesting to see what the long term effects will be on a congregation in a very busy urban-suburban context.

Blessings to you in CO!

Mike