Originally Posted by -SEEKING-
In general, pray, then spend some time reading the Bible devotionally. Ask the Lord to speak to you. Then I would suggest selecting one passage that the Lord has used to speak to you. You want the Lord to take His Word and impact people's lives.
Then just using pencil/pen start writing down thoughts. Ask yourself questions that naturally arise. Eventually, something will pop out at you that the Spirit is bringing to your attention. Remember, that the Spirit is in charge here, and He wants to use you!
So forget those devotional books, commentaries, etc.. Just you and the Lord. Find some privacy. Turn off the TV. Spend time with Him.
Now, regarding format... I would suggest coming up with a few questions that stimulate people and cause them to take the text practically and personally. Perhaps early on you could share a personal testimony, if that fits. That keeps you from coming across as preaching, but as simply sharing as God has burdened you.
Don't forget to read the text carefully, in context. You might want to consider something from Acts, which gives several missionary stories. But this has to be your idea. That's what God wants to do, and that's what will cause it to be very successful.
Oh, the tendency is to go too long. So remember that you don't want to start to break down all the good stuff that God did early on by dragging things on. (Been there, done that.) After your meeting, would you share with us what you did and how it went?
Take care, and I'll be praying. I love this kind of stuff! I hope you do too.
3 John 4 - "No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children walk in the truth.