Trainee Pastor Programme at Banstead Community Church – Week 13
Friday (1/12): Holiday
Saturday (2/12): Holiday
Sunday (3/12): Holiday
Monday (4/12): Study Day
Tuesday (5/12): Kids Zone [after-school club] // Pub Theology Group
Wednesday (6/12): Weekly discussion with Pastor // Lunchtime Bible Club at Junior School
Thursday (7/12): Jelly Tots [parents and toddler group] // Prayer Meeting
#1 – Watch Fundamentals of Expository Preaching Lectures 1 & 2 taught by John MacArthur & Steven Lawson and produce an outline of each talk; noting down any particular highlights, any questions or points of clarification; and personal applications.
#2 – Reading Assignment: On Pastoring by H.B. Charles Jr.
#3 – Reflect on what the importance of the qualification “desires a noble task” is for the pastor/elder.
#4 – Read Chapter 30 ‘Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2)’ of Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem.
#5 – Sermon Preparation on Galatians 3:1-14.
#6 – Prepare Christmas message for EverGreen [seniors’ ministry].
#7 – Lead Evening Service.
What we discussed this week?
- What are the disadvantages of home groups? Is that a better way of getting everyone in community, sharing meals, sharing lives, praying together etc, than central meetings?
- What is the appropriate place for Bible Colleges in training someone from ministry?
- How should we think of mission agencies? How can churches do world mission better?
- Quote from Total Church: “The reality is that there is little New Testament evidence for the sermon as we understand it today. Jesus taught primarily through dialogue, sayings and stories.” Thoughts?
- Are there any examples of theology that is too impractical to bother with?
- Children and young people’s work? Sunday School philosophy?
- “My job is explanation; the Holy Spirit’s job is application.” Is that the case? Is there a place for application in the sermon? Are there danger in us applying the message?
- Using personal illustrations in sermons.
- Thoughts on the statement – “No secular book has anything to offer the church.”
- Showing your workings in a sermon. Should we be going through various possible interpretations and showing why one is true and the others are not. When would the appropriate times for doing this?
- John MacArthur has said that “The Spirit has been monstrously blasphemed by the ‘Charismatic movement’. We defend the Father and the Son, but we don’t blink at charismatics.” What do you think of his approach to the charismatic movement?
- The relationship between the mind and the heart and the will, and how this affects our preaching.
(Photo: Cpl. Sarah Dietz)