What it is
Instead of a standard message as is customary on Sunday mornings, given by one person, this is an opportunity for several men to prepare and deliver a short talk.
How it fits in with the aims of the meeting
When we meet together we should remember verses like these:
Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24,25
…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
When you are preparing, keep in mind that the aim of meeting together is to encourage each other in living the Christian life. The topic and the way you present yourself and your material should be something people can grasp and leads them to grow spiritually.
Part of spiritual growth is developing in new areas, so 5 minute sermons can help those who are not so experienced or confident in up-front skills, Bible teaching etc.
How it works
There will be an MC who decides the order of speakers, and introduces each one. Speakers come to the front of the meeting and can stand where they feel comfortable, using the lectern or not.
What can you do
In keeping with the teaching of 1 Corinthians 14:26 “each one has a …” it is up to you to decide a suitable topic and Bible passage/s. We do want to focus on the Bible so make sure you have a good component from the Bible in your talk. It is an opportunity for you to tell your fellow believers something you yourself have learned.
Within the above constraints and aims, you can vary from just reading a passage, to telling us briefly why you chose it, to a more thorough Bible exposition.
Would you like help?
Feel free to ask any of the elders if you would like help preparing your talk, or learning to speak in public.
Too hard? Remember Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” It’s not about you – it’s about serving God and living by faith and trusting Him to help you do hard things. This applies to all of us—”without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6)— we all need to trust God (faith), even if we have different areas of our life that we struggle to trust Him in.