Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

Many Christians have heard this passage referred to as the Great Commission.  It is filled with the work that Christians must do within this world to go out and make disciples.  It is oftentimes utilize to inspire us to get up and go out to spread the Word.  Yet, let us be careful to take heed of the actions that this passage requires of us.

  • Go. . . We need to see that the Lord calls us to “go” based on His authority that He speaks of in verse 18.  It is logical that we go based on His authority and lordship, but also based on His power, not our own.
  • Make. . . All of our going has an end result in mind.  All of our spreading and sharing should lead to a final objective.  Our objective is to “make disciples of all nations.”  In other words, we need to make disciples everywhere we go.
  • Baptizing. . . Baptism is a symbolic union of the believer with the Savior.  Our baptisms serve as an indication of the increase in unions that occur as we go out and do the work.  Baptizing is a sign of salvation having taken place.
  • Teaching. . . Introducing someone to Christ is only the starting point.  Once someone has accepted Christ as Savior, then he or she must be taught in the way of Christ to live for Christ and to live like Christ.

Remember, we are making disciples of the Lord.  We are not making converts to church but to Christ.  We are not making disciples of our denomination.  We are making disciples and that requires us to take action.

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But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus – Ephesians 4:20-21 NKJV

Are you growing in Christ?

Would you say that you have deepened your relationship with Him as you increased your knowledge and understanding of Him?

Paul shares with believers that we can find the truth in Jesus.  He affirms that we can grow by learning through hearing and being taught “by Him.”

If we want to grow in Him, brothers and sisters, we need to learn from Him.  Our task is not simple as followers of Christ.  We are pressed, pressured and persecuted for our beliefs.  In order to withstand the devilish and wicked schemes of our day, let us continue growing our faith by following the lead of the teachings and sayings of the Master, the Rabbi and the Holy One of God- Jesus Christ.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.”
-Romans 10:17-18 NKJV

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While Paul was saying these things to defend himself, Festus said loudly, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Too much study has driven you crazy!”- Acts 26:24 (NCV)

Paul has met his divine appointment.  He has faced fate faithfully, sharing his personal testimony blended with a thorough mix of the Good News and a  history of God’s people of faith.   Yet, we also learn that God can prepare us for a lifetime for that divine appointment.  He can train us for years for just one singular moment.  I suggest 5 strategies for approaching your Bible study lessons to take your teaching and preaching to another level.

  • Purpose: Identify the “why” for your study.  Why are you studying this text/ passage? What’s the point? Know your purpose before you even start.
  • Preparation: Once armed with your purpose, you can prepare accurately.  You cut to the chase in your Bible study and sermon preparation.  You will see things differently, seeing a clear pathway to your goal as the Spirit leads you.
  • Practice: You practice to perfect.  As you practice, you review your material with your audience in mind.  You start to get a feel for your pace and how to personalize your presentation.
  • Performance: You have to show and prove.  That’s where you give it your all and hold nothing back.  Do what you do to His glory.
  • Post-Performance: You have to review what you have already done.  You want to perfect your presentation skills.  Did you connect with the people?Did you connect the people with your material? Be able to identify what needs more work and how to rework it to make it work out for the better.

Let this simple serve as a general guide for you.  As you become more and more practiced, you will be able to identify particular methods that help you more than others as you prepare to teach and preach.  This simple guide is a plan to help you get started and stay on track from start to finish.  Keep in mind that God’s will is supreme and overrides all that is suggested here.  Let what is presented here simply help you become more confident in what God has for you as it confirms what He lays upon your heart.

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All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the LORD. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments.- Exodus 35:21 (NLT)

The need may not always be met the masses.  The Word says that those who had been “stirred” and “moved” gave what was needed for the Tabernacle (v. 21).  Building projects and other campaigns tend to raise awareness without increasing much participation.  Those who will help typically come through and offer their best in the name of God.  What we need to focus on is getting everyone schooled on the Word’s depicts as a  “cheerful giver.” As we get people educated on what God expects of us when it comes to giving, I believe we will shifts in approaches to giving to God.  Imagine what condition our churches would be in if we developed people spiritually, physically and financially.  Picture the changes that need to occur in the Sunday school classroom and from the pulpit.  That’s where it will show up, but that’s not where it starts.  It will have to start in the hearts and souls of men and women who truly believe and understand what can be accomplished through the people of the church.

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He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.- Luke 4:15 (NIV)

We all have experienced teachable moments.  Either one way or another, we have experienced someone taking advantage of a given situation to tell us an important life lesson or we have addressed something similar ourselves with another person.  Jesus often did so through parables.  Sometimes it was just something as innocent as a tree that produced no fruit or it was something of great magnitude such as the destruction of the temple.  Jesus was the master of the teachable moment.

We should prepare ourselves for such incidents. Just as we prepare for what is intentional, we should also prepare for the incidentals.  We have to stop being so orchestrated by our daily agendas and become open to the leading of God’s Spirit, seeking an opening for the gospel to be disseminated by word or deed.  In the end, we discover that such moments of enlightenment are not limited to biblical times.  Yes, our day-to-day comings and goings can offer us detours that become discussions and encounters that lead to engagement.  Open your heart to the Lord leading you and open your eyes and ears to see and hear what is going on around you, so that when the moment comes you are prepared for your teachable moment.  You just might learn a thing or two.


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We often find God’s Word speaking to the real-life situations of the lives of God’s people. Prophets said ‘Thus saith the Lord’ over and over again over the years. This was done in order to redirect the direction of the people and its leadership. God rebuked them to humble them and restored them after their deliverance, all usually tghrough the words of the manof God as His mouthpiece.
We tend to no longer offer a listening ear to prophetic preaching and teaching. If it’s not from a pastoral pulpit, some just won’t hear of it. Would they have harkened to the voice in the wilderness in the form of John the Baptist? Would Jeremiah have been able to get a word in among these preachers? I wonder if we’ve just closed our eyes and ears to God’s way of reaching us. Yet, it’s been proven time and time again that God will make it known when God has finally had enough. No matter what people may do to shut out God’s way, He will reveal through His confrontative and confirmed Word. He’ll reach us with the wor that He needs to speak into our lives, time after time.

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