Summary: Training Leaders Who Can Help Grow & Plant Churches - How Jesus Christ Teaching Techniques May Apply to Evangelism and Church Planting
Training Leaders Who Can Help Grow & Plant Churches
How Jesus Christ Teaching Techniques May Apply
to Evangelism and Church Planting
1. The students will explain how Christ used object lessons, problem-solution methods, questions, and conversations for effective evangelism.
2. The students will write a short paper describing how they can use Christ’s teaching techniques in evangelism. They will point out how they can train their elders and local church leadership best in evangelism and church planting.
Introduction - The Bible commands us:
``Be on guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless, and lose your own stability, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’’ (II Pet. 3:18)
Learning about the messages of Christ is not enough. We should also examine the teaching ministry of Jesus. This will help us to learn how an effective teacher operates; what are his roles, what are his methods, what are his aims; what are his materials, how does he use questions to stimulate thinking in his pupils; how does he teach different people about different subjects; how does he use object lessons; how does he appeal to people’s needs etc?
Let us explore how Jesus, the teacher, used principles of education to do evangelism and prepare people for the beginning of the church!
I. Christ Use Object Lessons In Evangelism (John 4:1-43)
A. A good illustration is needed to help people see an example of what you are teaching them
B. When Jesus taught the woman at the well He let the teaching grow out of a natural occasion, he did not come with the same answers for different people’s questions. He was weary from his journey and went to get a drink of water.
C. Jesus initiated the conversation with a question, ``Woman would you give me a drink?’’
D. By speaking to a Samaritan woman, Jesus grabbed her attention, interest, and curiosity.
E. He taught mainly through conversation not with a lecture method. Most people learn more through conversation than through lectures!
F. Jesus was willing to teach to crowds or individuals, he taught whenever an opportunity arose. Later the woman told the crowds. Be willing to teach to both crowds and individuals.
G. Jesus was willing to be seen in association with an adulterous woman.
H. Jesus built upon her questions to lead her to the truth. (John 4:24)
I. Jesus moved from her problems to the solutions. Do not offer solutions until you have exposed the problems.
J. Jesus moved from what was known to what was unknown when he told the woman, ``Whoever drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I shall give him will never thirst again, but the water that I will give him will become a well of water within him that bubbles up for eternal life.’’ (John 4:13,14) Use comparisons to show people what spiritual concepts like faith, love, hope, justification, sanctification mean!
K. Jesus used real things to explain theoretical concepts. Jesus said, ``Believe me woman the time will come when you will neither worship neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem, but an hour is coming when the true worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth.’’ (John 4:22-24)