So I kinda want to blog about other stuff, but I promised you in the last post that I’d write about how to teach like Jesus. So this is what we were taught in Ed 201 last week about teaching like Jesus:
1. Teaching is a ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 say: “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2. John 13:1-17 is the story of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. If you do not know the story, please look it up. Jesus does not just explain the truth, but He helps the disciples see it themselves, talk about it and then practice it. First He demonstrates how to lead selflessly by washing the disciple’s feet. Then he explains the significance. Finally he clarifies to make the connection between the demonstration and the explanation. He asks them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” (vs. 12).
Teachers back in Jesus’ time taught verbally, but He thought differently. He was a tranformational teacher (see previous post)!
Anyways, I just liked that very specific and relevant example from scripture. Your thoughts?