@MaryBeth1 @Keith_Moore constructivism is perhaps the most important theory in education. It was introduced by Lev Vegotsky ages ago. It involves determining a students current level of understanding then moving her to a new level of understanding through a term called scaffolding. A student can only really learn in their zone of proximal development. Vygotsky also believed that learning is a social experience.
My plan is to move away from a speaking at people model to a more constructivist approach as I develop as a preacher. At the start of the 4 main sections I will pose a question. For example, for meaning, what is the meaning of life? The church will socially construct meaning in small groups before I bring them to the scripture.
I know this sounds very ‘‘man made’’ but I will and have been praying and soaking over this sermon for a long time now asking Holy Spirit for help.
The preaching then is to encourage the congregation to ask these four questions to people and to learn to listen. I will share excerpts from 7 interviews I did with people of different beliefs, asking the four questions.
Origin - Where do you think we came from?
Meaning - What is the meaning of life?
Morality - How do you know right from wrong?
Destiny - What will happen after you die?
I am also planning an altar call (eye closed hand raised) after I share on destiny.