The Pastor’s Bible
The Bible is God’s instrument of change, transformation, and, above all, a revelation of His heart. We should expect that whenever the Bible is opened and faithfully taught, lives will be changed and transformed. This session will consider the importance of the Bible in the life of every disciple and the local church. How should the pastor/preacher approach the Bible in order to see transformation in their own life as well as in the lives of those who hear?
Shaping a Message
How do we move from personal Bible study to preparing a message that is biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant to our listeners? This session gives an overview of the steps from the study of the text to the shaping of the message.
Best Practice: Word in the City
How do we get young adults who do not want to step foot in a church excited about studying the Bible? Simon will share the story of Word in the City, the new model of bible study recently launched in Europe by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). BSF is a global, in-depth bible study programme with 1,100+ locations worldwide and over 500,000 members. Word in the City (www.wordinthecity.org) is designed to help 20-to-40-year olds of all backgrounds read the Bible, know God, serve the Church, and benefit the city.
Working in groups we will evaluate a sermon outline, implementing the lessons learned during the network to understand the message and strategically consider how to improve it so that it is more biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant.
Interview with John Lennox (Combined with Advanced Track)
hosted by Peter Mead
John Lennox is a renowned professor, Bible teacher and apologist. This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from John Lennox as he talks about the Bible, ministry and life.
Preaching with Variety: Narrative, Poetry, and Discourse
The Bible God has given us is overflowing with variety. It was written by over forty authors, in three languages, on three continents, over a couple of thousand years, and yet is united by the Spirit into a single masterful work that points us to Christ. The Bible is anything but dull. The Bible God has given us is what you might expect from the kind of God we find in it: creative, diverse, and fully united. It doesn’t remain aloof and abstract, but engages with real life in all its fullness. This session looks at the main three types of literature in the Bible: narrative, poetry, and discourse. If we can rightly understand the types of literature, we can tap into their unique strengths to make our preaching the best it can be!
Working in groups we will take some short passages and work through the process of preparing a message. The pre-reading for the network will include a little bit of preparation work for this session so that we are not starting from nothing. How does a passage lead to a main idea, and how can a message communicate that main idea effectively?
Preaching the Bible Evangelistically
Biblical preaching is not simply a matter of building up the church by instructing believers. It is a ministry of proclaiming what God has done in Christ. The Gospel should be at the centre of all true preaching. Yet the idea of preaching evangelistically can be daunting. How should we approach preaching the Bible to mixed audiences? How should we seek to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a culture that rejects any notion of Scriptural authority? This session will build our confidence in preaching the Gospel from the Bible.
Where Do We Go From Here? (Combined with Advanced Track)
Peter Mead and Huw Williams
This session will be combined with the Advanced Track of the Bible Teacher and Preacher’s Network. We will enjoy a brief sermon together and then reflect on the week we have shared. What has been helpful? Where do we go from here? How can we move forward in our own preaching ministry, but also how can we help others in our own local contexts? Together we will develop strategies to spread enthusiasm for biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant preaching of the Bible across Europe.