The C3 August theme is “The Great Commission,” which is the mandate given by Jesus to his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations… and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” When I meditate on this verse, which was one of Jesus last communications before ascending into Heaven, I reflect on the importance and meaning that was being communicated. Effective teaching is more about showing, encouraging, and supporting the student than just telling. We in the Christian community have made The Great Commission more about telling than showing. Maybe we could be more effective teachers of the Gospel if we put into practice the wonderful teachings that the Bible provides for us as followers of Jesus and created a culture of learning.
Creating a Culture of Learning
When we think about the environment Jesus provided to teach others, we can glean some insights into the major components of creating a culture of learning. The first component Jesus used was to create an environment of acceptance and love. Although the 12 disciples had very different personalities and backgrounds, He loved them and accepted them. The Apostle John stated in John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The second component Jesus used to teach His disciples the truth principles was the use of parables, which are stories they could easily relate to and understand. When we package the truth in practical and easily understood stories, others are more likely to embrace the truth, especially in a society that is hungry for truth and authenticity.
The third component Jesus used was modeling the truth principles He was teaching them. This is an essential element since the application of the truth is more important than just knowing the truth. James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
The fourth component Jesus used to create a culture of learning is the power of prayer, and this was beautifully modeled for us. Jesus went away to spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us today. We cannot expect The Great Commission to manifest without laying a foundation of prayer.
The fifth component necessary for fulfilling The Great Commission is a dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had spent three years teaching and modeling for the disciples a belief system and lifestyle they were to carry into the world. However, Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit because the power would come from the Spirit. Many times, we try to live the Christian life in our flesh, independent of the Holy Spirit.
A Picture of Results
A parable that reflects the principles of creating a culture of learning is the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13, Luke 8, and Mark 4. The seeds of truth were cast on four different soils, all with differing preparation and results. The first soil was the hard soil, and nothing grew. The second soil was the rocky soil and the seeds grew, but the hot sun destroyed the growth. In the third soil, the seeds grew among the thorns and thistles, but were choked out. The fourth soil was the prepared soil where the rocks were removed, the thorns and thistles were removed, and the soil was cultivated and enhanced with the necessary water and nutrients. The prepared soil produced a 30, 60, 100-fold harvest and, put in business terms, was a 3,000%, 6,000%, and a 10,000% increase.
The Power of Show and Tell
This parable is an excellent example of what happens when we create an environment that allows others to learn and grow in the truth of God’s principles. The results of applying these principles will be exponential and necessary to fulfill The Great Commission.
Please join me this month as we apply these Biblical principles in our circle of influence beginning personally, in our family, in our workplaces, and in our communities. The application of these principles will manifest the power as we show and tell others through our daily lives and a lifestyle that reflects Jesus.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.