How to Discuss a Sermon at Home: This guide is not specific for any particular sermon but can be easily adapted to discuss any sermon. Whether you are thinking about it all by yourself, journalling, gathered around your dinner table or in a small group this guide will help you focus your thoughts and give you a place to start. You probably only need to choose one prompt from each section and if one doesn’t fit try a different one! Discussing a sermon at home is a great way for the Biblical Truths you heard to find a place in your life.
ICEBREAKER - Sometimes it’s hard to get going. Sometimes the conversation gets frozen. You need an icebreaker! Choose one of these questions to get the conversation going and you’d be surprised how your answer to these questions will make their way back into the sermon discussion.
A. ICEBREAKER IDEAS
- If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try and save?
- If you could talk to any one person now living, who would it be and why?
- What's your favorite thing to do in the summer?
- What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?
- If you had this week over again, what would you do differently?
- What book, movie, or video have you seen/read recently that you would recommend?
- If you could do your dream job 10 years from now, what would it be?
B. OPENING THE DISCUSSION (1 or 2 Questions)
- As you reflect on Sunday's message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
- If that sermon had to be re-delivered, what two points or ideas would you encourage to be included no matter what?
- What's one thing from the sermon that you hope we talk about as a group?
- Was there any one thing that you most agreed with or disagreed with from the message? What was it and why?
C. DIGGING DEEPER (1 or 2 Questions)
- Read [Insert main text from sermon here]
- Reflecting on these verses, what strikes you most? Why?
- What is most challenging in these verses? Encouraging? New?
- If these verses were applied to our culture today, how would it change?
- When and where do you struggle the most with [whatever issue(s) this sermon raised]?
- If you were to incorporate this truth into your own life, how would the next week be different?
- Describe your life 1 year from now if you consistently applied this truth.
- How can we pray for you regarding this issue?
Confess the areas of sin and struggle in your life that directly relate to the sermon. Ask Jesus to make that part of your life new. Ask God to bless the ways you plan to live according to the truth applied in your life. Don’t stop now continue in Prayer! For help with prayer use a prayer format like A.C.T.S or T.A.C.O.S.