“The Mwamba Bennett interview”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 54

Welcome to my interview with worship leader Mwamba Bennett. She is part of the worship team in the Birmingham church of Christ. We discuss the strengths of the team, her own personal motivations in worship and much more.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to make nerves your friend”, Part 1

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 127

Nerves are the secret sauce in public speaking. They can be your friend, not your enemy. In this first of four episodes on the topic we look at how to handle nerves in the preparation phase.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“A tasty scripture-song sandwich”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 53

The website I refer to in the podcast is Resound Worship.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool“, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to re-use, repurpose, or recycle a lesson”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 126

How to revise a sermon or lesson to be used on another occasion. Is it even legitimate to do this?

Stage One – reflection
  1. Will it meet genuine needs?
  2. Do you still believe it? Still living it?
  3. What would make it better?
Stage Two – rewriting
  1. Check introduction
  2. Relevant illustrations / applications
  3. Check slides

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to be lifted up by God”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 52

Would you like to be “lifted” by God as you lead others in worship? There’s a key to such an experience. I was reminded of that key at a recent Sunday service where I was preaching for the North West Region of the London International church of Christ.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6 NIV11)

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.
PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool“, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“Three tips for training the next generation of teachers”

Tuesday teaching tips: Episode 125

My friend Katie asked me a question about mentoring the next generation of teachers and preachers. She asked if it was hard for me to let go? In truth, it is. Is it for you too?
“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”” (John 3:29–30 NIV11)
Keep an eye on the future by:
  1. Are you willing to work with people for  the long-term? “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11 NIV11)
  2. Are you taking risks? “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.” (Titus 1:5 NIV11)
  3. Do you have a bond? “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.” (1 Corinthians 4:17 NIV11)
Who are you mentoring?
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God bless,
Malcolm

“How to conduct a healthy preaching post-mortem”

Tuesday Teaching Tip: Episode 124

If you are a preacher, you know the scene all-too-well. It’s Sunday afternoon/evening, or Monday morning, and you’re thinking about how your sermon went. Perhaps it was a cracker, or perhaps it was simply cracked!

My most recent one went too long! We need to process our frustrations, but how do we do this in a healthy way?

  1. Accept. Your weakness is God’s opportunity to demonstrate his glory through a cracked vessel. If you preached perfectly, no one would dare aspire to be a preacher.
  2. Analyse. Do at least one of two things. Either listen to a recording of your lesson, or go through your notes. Be as objective as possible, and make it a point to remember the things you did well, as well as the things that could have been better. Write down up to only three things which could have been improved. Then, decide to forgive yourself for all three (God does, after all), and to settle on the one which, if improved, would make the biggest impact on the effectiveness of your next message.
  3. Act. Now that you have picked one lesson to learn, decide how to implement it in your next sermon. Don’t try and change everything at once.

What helps you to conduct a healthy post-mortem of your most recent lesson? How do you handle your frustrations, or even, sometimes, your shame? What do you do when you receive less than kind feedback? Or, perhaps even worse, none at all?

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Thanks again for listening. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm

The connection between courage and joy, Acts 8.1-8

I’m preaching soon on Acts 8.1-8, and noticing a connection between courage and joy. Could you help me in my sermon preparation by sending me your reflections on the connection between courage and joy? I’d be very grateful.

“And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralysed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:1–8 NIV11)

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“Three ‘S’s for super communions”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 123

1. Presentation

  • Short
  • 1 Scripture
  • 1 point
  • Story – emotionally engaging, but not emotionally overwhelming
  • Avoid jargon

2. Focus – 1 Cor 11, Lk 22

  • Jesus
  • Proclaim his death
  • Relevant scripture
  • Why taking bread and wine – what is the connection?

Conclusion

  • Feedback please
  • Feel free to disagree, but not to be disagreeable!
  • More material on the website and YouTube playlist

The three “S”s….

  • USE ONE SCRIPTURE TO ..
  • REFRESH MY GRATITUDE FOR MY SAVIOUR TO GIVE ME ..
  • STRENGTH FOR THE DAYS AHEAD

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Thanks again for watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless, Malcolm

“Pay Attention!”, Acts 7

Thames Valley churches of Christ

When we pay attention we notice what God is doing. When we don’t pay attention we miss out. We explore the lessons on paying attention from Acts chapter 7.

 

Slides can be accessed here: Acts7 Slides.

Context:

  • Charge One: Stephen is anti-temple
  • Charge Two: Stephen is anti-law
  • Summary: Jesus wants to destroy the temple and the law

Summary:

  • You seek to preserve a law you have not obeyed and protect a temple in which God does not dwell
  • You have made an idol of the very law which forbids idols.
  • You killed the people God sent to help you – including the most recent one
  • Your pride has blinded you and deafened you to what God did and is doing
  • You don’t keep the law and you dishonour the temple by making it an idol

How to notice: Three ‘A’s

1. Agony
2. Anxiety
3. Anger

Mistakes to avoid:

1: Don’t reject God’s messenger
2: Don’t restrict God influence
3: Don’t resist God’s calling

How to respond:

  • Open heart, mind
  • Listen to truth
  • Act in faith

Don’t miss out on the adventure!

People who pay attention live with faith, hope, zeal, wake up eager, pray with expectation

If you don’t pay attention you’ll pay the price. If you pay attention Jesus will stand up for you! Click To Tweet

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God bless,

Malcolm