Jesus was the master teacher. Thousands would gather to hang on his every word. People traveled far and wide just to hear him. The lessons he taught spread like fire and literally changed the world.
As pastors, if there is anyone we should emulate in our preaching and teaching it is Jesus! Right?
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So how did Jesus teach? Here are nine methods Jesus used that we can apply:
Jesus Spoke by His Authority
Other teachers quoted credible teachers or teachings to borrow authority. Jesus, on the other hand, boldly declared, “You have heard this, but I tell you…” (Matthew 5:22, 28, 32, 34, 39, 44).
The crowds were amazed because He taught as one who had authority, unlike other teachers (Mark 1:22, Matthew 7:28-29). Jesus alone could do this, because he is the Word (John 1). All authority on Heaven and Earth has been given to him (Matthew 28:18).
Application: We cannot preach on our authority, but that’s OK. Jesus gives us his. Preach the Word. Our power and authority come from Christ alone.
Jesus Told Stories
As you are aware, Jesus told countless parables. He pulled spiritual truths from everyday life. Not only did these stories make his teaching more memorable, they also connected in much more profound way.
Think about the parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus could have just taught, “God loves you so much that He will welcome you back no matter how sinful you have lived.” But instead Jesus tells the story of a boy who disowns his family, parties away his inheritance, comes home to beg for mercy, but is surprisingly welcomed with open arms by his father who waited daily for his return. Which is more powerful?
Application: Tell stories. Lots of them. Use everyday life to teach profound spiritual truths.
Jesus Shocked People
Jesus often used hyperbole. He used outrageous examples, exaggerations, or shocking statements to get your attention. These statements were not all meant to be taken literally, but they definitely got the point acroos.
For example Jesus didn’t really mean we have to rip out our eyes and amputate our hands for causing us to sin (Matthew 5:29-30), or else all Christians would be blind amputees. He also didn’t mean that the people he was speaking to literally had logs in their eyes (Matthew 7:3-5). He was making a point.
Jesus said things that shocked people and exaggerated the truth to emphasize his point.
Application: Shock people. Exaggerate a little. Say outrageous things that aren’t meant to be literal, but grab attention and communicate the point clearly.