So, you’ve been asked to share a devotional at your youth group, men’s breakfast, or women’s Bible study. You’re excited, but then you freak out because you wonder, “What is a devotional?”
Well, we are here to help. A devotional is a short, simple teaching on a Bible verse or biblical topic. It’s not a sermon with an introduction, points, illustrations, and application. It’s much simpler than that. It’s a single truth from the Bible that God has taught you, and you want to teach to others.
Here are some tips on leading a devotional:
- Keep it short. Usually, a devotional should last about 7 to 10 minutes. If it’s any longer, then you are preaching a sermon, which isn’t the goal.
- Share about what God has been teaching you. People like to hear about what God has been up to in your life. Plus, if it is something you’ve just learned, it will be fresh in your mind.
- Share from one Bible verse. It’s best to keep a devotional to one Bible verse in order to keep things clear and brief.
- Share one big idea. Devotionals share one idea from one Bible verse. This isn’t the time to write a three point sermon. Keep it simple. Keep it memorable. Keep it to one idea.
- Come up with some ways to apply this idea to your audience. If you are doing a devotional on prayer, encourage them to pray first thing in the morning for a week. Or, if it is on eliminating gossip, encourage them to memorize a Bible verse that will help them with their words.
- End in prayer. Ask God to to make this truth take shape in their lives.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.