What is Great Teaching?
Disciple Making Teachers by Josh Hunt
“Simply put, great teaching is teaching that creates great people. Where disciples of Jesus are being developed, great teaching is taking place. When the people in our small groups and classes turn their worlds upside down, we have done a reasonably good job of teaching.
Jesus told us to make disciples, not merely to make converts. The objective of Christian teaching is to produce mature disciples of Jesus Christ.”
“Teaching that makes disciples is good teaching. Anything else is simply not enough. The point is to change lives, to help people live differently on Monday morning. Teaching that produces disciples is good teaching.”
“Teaching is about people learning. Teaching is not about people moving in class; it is about people moving when they get out of class. The point is not how high people jump; but how straight they walk when they get down. What happens in class matters, but not as much as what happens in people’s homes, workplaces, lives, and relationships. The point is not that students feel entertained or interested or stimulated or whatever. The point is will they live differently on Monday morning?”
“To produce change in people’s lives, the teacher has to do the right things in class. And in order for the teacher to do the right things in class, he or she must prepare the right way.”
“In order for disciple-making teachers to be effective, seven things need to take place:
1. The learner must become interested in the lesson.
2. Truth must become truth that matters to the learner.
3. The learner must discover how this truth relates to Monday morning.
4. The learner must recognize the gap between his or her life and the life God calls us to live.
5. The learner must see the benefits of obedience and the drawbacks of disobedience.
6. The learner must commit to exchange one belief, value, attitude or behavior for another.
7. The learner must be held accountable for his or her decisions or commitments.”
• How did last weeks lesson affect the way you lived this past week?
• How did you apply last weeks lesson on the need to be honest in all your dealings?
• Did anyone have a meaningful time alone with God that you can tell us about?