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On Jesus’ teaching methods

September 9, 2012

I was listening to a speaker the other day and he mentioned that Jesus used three methods of teaching that helped people learn spiritual truths:

1. Aphorism – which the dictionary defines as “a pithy observation that contains a general truth.” Such as, the meek will inherit the earth; it is more blessed to give than receive; the last will be first etc. These short statements are easily repeated and therefore easily remembered.

2. Questions – Jesus often asked questions and even answered questions with a question or asked, “What do you think?” (Matthew 17:25). Jesus didn’t necessarily give people the answer. He made them think.

3. Stories/Parables – Jesus was well known for telling stories about common things that illustrated a spiritual point. He did not always tell them the point of the story but allow them to go away and think about what he had said.

These are three simple ways of teaching spiritual truths that we can also utilize in our speaking and writing.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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