How Do You Teach?
Bible Character: Jesus
Jesus was often referred to in the scriptures as “teacher”. He often taught in the traditional method of direct instruction, but he still found creative ways to present God’s message. Instruction through parables is one interesting way Jesus taught.
Why did he do this…and what can we as leaders learn from it?
This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. Matthew 13:13 NIV
I would suggest that Jesus didn’t believe the individual spiritual lives of his audience were tremendously good. I also feel it safe to assume that he felt like his normal “preaching” was not getting through to them.
So…Jesus came up with this creative way of presenting the gospel, knowing that by approaching his teaching a little differently more people may be motivated.
This is a big lesson we can learn from Jesus. If we instruct and teach the same way all the time, without trying to be creative, results may not be what we hope for. Effort and research must be given towards creating interesting ways to teach and present. Staff members will notice the difference and appreciate the freshness!
Many times direct instruction on a subject is not that effective. Allowing your staff to come up with conclusions on their own can be more persuasive. One way to accomplish this is to ask a few thought provoking and leading questions.
Now Jesus had a few other tactics available to him, one of those being MIRACLES! Although sometimes leaders feel like they need to pull off a miracle, none of us can…without the help of Jesus.