“How to choose a structure for your lesson”

Tuesday Teaching Tip 208, Class 5

Class 5: How to choose a structure for your lesson. TTT 208

Introduction
You have chosen your text
You have explored it
You have mined other resources
You have found the point
Now you need to choose a structure
See also TTT 101 – How to choose a structure for a class
See also TTT 97 – How to Find Your Sermon Structure
See also – How to Find the structure.
First some principles…

One of many possible structures
Find more than one so you can choose the one that works for this occasion

Does justice to the passage
Helps people remember
Can come back to it
Points us to God
Rick Warren: God, Father, Jesus, Spirit

Look for natural breaks
In the text
In the action

Now let’s look at the text I have chosen….
““So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.” (Malachi 3:5)

Conclusion
Question: What resources do you have available?
Question: How can you make best use of them?

Next time: How to start your lesson

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4 NIV11)

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