Back to School
Dear Fellow Disciples,
Many schools, including Eastwood, begin a new school year this week. Since it’s “back to school” time I want to talk about Jesus’ methods of making disciples. After all, the word “disciple” means “student” or “learner”.
How did Jesus, the Master Rabbi, teach his students, his disciples?
1. Jesus kept the end goal in mind. He knew these followers would in time become leaders, and he taught them accordingly. This also means he extended to them an incredible amount of trust. He saw in them potential they could not see in themselves.
2. Jesus taught by example. To show that God’s love was for everyone, he sat down and ate with those considered outcasts. To demonstrate his upside-down kingdom, he blessed children, and asked us to become like them.
3. Jesus called and trained apprentices. Perhaps it was because his foster-father Joseph was either a carpenter or a stone mason that Jesus used this model, but whatever the reason, Jesus valued bringing his disciples along with him and trained them like apprentices.
4. Jesus showed more than he told. Even when Jesus spoke, he used visual images from the world around him, tucked away in parables. More often than not, Jesus invited his disciples to “come and see” (John 1:39).
What other teaching methods of Jesus do you find compelling?
Persevering in Prayer,
Memory Verse for the Summer
Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.