Last Sunday we wrapped up our series on 1 Thessalonians. We learned together. How?
- Do we want to know what people know and are thinking?
- A preacher and teacher is tasked with creating a learning community – not simply preaching and teaching
- Ask questions
- In Matthew 16:13-16, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” and then follows up with the more personal question, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” This question prompts Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
- Allow silence
- “Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.” (Mark 3:4 NIV11)
- People need time
- By remaining silent and allowing others to speak, we create space for them to express themselves fully and to feel heard and understood.
- People become convinced we want to hear from them
- Respond positively
- Takes courage to speak up – honour that
- Expand where helpful (briefly)
- Public speaking as a ‘conversation’ with your audience
- Your disposition is the most important aspect
- Did you (preacher/teacher) come to learn today?
- Will you try this?
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God bless, Malcolm