How to Give a Talk

The art of communicating is crucial. It’s what leadership is all about. Watch and listen to Andy Stanley as he talks about how to give a talk. Before you start the video, take note of the following questions. If you’re watching this with a group, distribute the questions so that you can discuss them with each other later on.

  1. Why is it important to have a goal first before you give a talk? How should it affect your talk?
  2. What is the difference between teaching the Bible to people and teaching people the Bible? Why is it important to differentiate between the two?
  3. Why is teaching the Bible to people not the best way? What is the alternative?
  4. What does the Bible say about spiritual maturity, according to Andy Stanley? How does it relate to Bible knowledge?
  5. How does this principle apply to discipleship? If spiritual maturity is not about knowledge, why do churches approach discipleship based on that?
  6. What does it mean that all Scripture is inspired but not all Scripture is equally applicable? How does it relate to teaching less for more?
  7. If the goal is applying the Bible, what are the five questions that we need to answer when we are preparing a talk?
  8. How do each of these five questions help us to prepare well for a talk?
  9. Based on the examples given, is Andy Stanley’s approach easy or hard? What do you think?
  10. How does this approach compare with the usual approaches of people when they are preaching or teaching from the Bible?

After watching the video, summarize what you have learned by coming up with a one-sentence principle and a one-sentence application. If you are in a group, share your summary statements. End with prayer or by praying for one another.