Spend your energy explaining why good ideas are right

The people who fuel bad ideas are often the very people trying to destroy them. Experts will argue against a bad idea until they are blue in the face and then get exasperated when people continue to believe them. But they fail to realize they spent 90 percent of their time discussing why a bad idea is false and only 10 percent explaining how a good idea is true. In other words, they gave the bulk of their time and attention to a bad idea.

What is someone more likely to remember? The thing you spent 90 percent of your time talking about? Or the thing you spent 10 percent of the time talking about? Experts wonder why people continue to believe bad ideas, but fail to realize that they are giving bad ideas far too much airtime.

Thus, we get to one of the key features of debunking wrong beliefs:

The best thing that can happen to a bad idea is that it is forgotten. The best thing that can happen to a good idea is that it is shared. Don’t waste time explaining why bad ideas are bad. Instead, explain why good ideas are good.

Spend your energy explaining why good ideas are right, not what bad ideas are wrong. Do not fan the flame of ignorance and stupidity. Spread intelligent ideas.

Thus, it is better to pour your energy into good ideas and let bad ideas fade away. —James Clear

Is there something to apply here to the preaching and teaching of the gospel?

I recall a teacher, in a course on denominational doctrines, saying that the best way to refute a false teaching was to put forth positively what the Bible teaches on the subject. I forgot much of what we studied in that course, but that principle has always stuck with me, even in moments when I didn’t practice it in the best way.

#false-doctrine, #gospel, #teaching

Choose only five texts about love of God and for God

Let’s say you’re going to teach a class about love from the Bible. You can choose only five texts or verses. What five will you choose? Why these five?

#love #nudge #teaching

Use contrast for effective public speaking

This speaking coach offers 8 ways to use contrast in your speaking, some good tips for teachers and evangelists.

Some of these can be seen in Jesus’ teaching.

#public-speaking #tips #teaching

What you teach

“Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”

1 Timothy 4.16

It appears that Timothy was easily distracted from his main task. Paul calls him to concentrate on the gospel. Only the gospel saves.

We must practice what we preach. We must also preach what we practice, for people are saved by the words of the message of Christ, Acts 11.14.

#votd #1Timothy #teaching

#1-timothy

He will know: John 7.17 VOTD

“If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.”

John 7.17

Jesus continues to answer the issue about how he could teach such powerful truths. The Lord affirms the possibility of knowing what teaching comes from God. But one must want to do God’s will to know it.

By what process do we know if Jesus’ teaching comes from God or not? What does Jesus affirm to be the objective of discerning his teaching?

#teaching #truth #VOTD

Not from me: John 7.16 VOTD

“So Jesus replied, ‘My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me.'”

John 7.16

The Lord replied to a question of how he, untrained in a formal school of rabbinical theology, had acquired such learning. He exploded all human expectations and attributed all to the Father.

If Christ has sent us, as he was sent by the Father, Jn 20.21, what does this say about what we should teach?

#mission #teaching #VOTD

Effort: 2 Timothy 2.15 VOTD

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.”

2 Timothy 2.15

Paul tells Timothy that a great part of his approval by God depends upon how carefully and accurately he teaches the truth.

What is involved in making every effort in order to be approved by God?

#Effort #teaching #VOTD

‘Privately explained’ Mark 4.34 VOTD

“He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.”

Mark 4.34

Jesus came as Teacher of God’s way and taught all people. He used wisdom in his teaching.

How should Christians use wisdom when they teach others?

#VOTD #parables #teaching

Doug Kashorek: Edification is so much more

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” Ephesians 2:22.

With love over everything that we do, one of the prime directives of the church is edification. Most believe that edification is just teaching & preaching. After all, the members are “edified” when solid, biblical, Christ-centered teaching & preaching is fed to the flock.

But it is so much more than this. Edification gets to the shepherding of the sheep and so involves nourishing each of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individual members. Continue reading

#church, #edification, #teaching

Supreme Court Justice Warns About Spiritual Dangers

Often when we speak of spiritual threats, we’re mocked or ignored as alarmists. Yet, when someone of great importance and special insight speaks, we should certainly listen and heed their warnings. Continue reading

#gospel, #preaching, #religious-freedom, #teaching

Threats to The Great Commission

As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.

In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. Continue reading

#bible, #censorship, #evangelism, #great-commission, #preaching, #teaching

Does this apply to you?

The writer of Hebrews tries to shake up his readers for faithfulness with these words: “you should in fact be teachers by this time” Heb 5.12.

Might this observation apply to you?

  • Maybe you grew up in a home where God is honored.
  • Maybe you attended a college where the Bible is taught.
  • Maybe you’ve been a member of the body of Christ for some time.
  • Maybe you’ve possessed a Bible for some time.

If so, and you’re not able to teach another person the gospel and open up the Bible to tell others what God’s will is, this phrase probably applies to you.

Some saints have the gift of teaching, but all of us ought to be able to teach.

So if the above applies to you, what are you going to do about it?

#teaching

1 Corinthians 4.17

“For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (NET).

What perspectives, lessons, and applications do you see for this verse? One important truth in this verse is that the teaching done in Christ applies to everyone: “everywhere in every church.”

#model, #pattern, #teaching, #votd

Meanwhile, during the Olympics

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Yours Truly with three new evangelists in Pimentas church, Guarulhos, Brazil

Even though we still feel sluggish getting back into our Brazil routine, after our US trip, the month of August filled up with events, every weekend. Three of the four are teaching opportunities outside of our region: the ordination of three evangelists (last Sunday), a marriage seminar, and a day-long seminar on order in worship and discipline in the church. Continue reading

#corollaries, #generalizations, #rio2016, #teaching

Teach it at home

Ron T. has a good thought today on his blog, as usual, about teaching children, the next generation. I commented over there and said that parents are mostly derelict in their duty. Ron started a short list of what children ought to be taught:

Some of the things that need to be taught young people (and older folk also) would be the historicity of Jesus, salvation from sin, the nature and importance of the Lord’s church, the day of judgment that is before us all. these are but a few very important points of teaching.

What would you add to this list?

Friends, we must teach at home. Fathers, that responsibility falls especially upon you, as the spiritual guides of the home. Plan what, how, when you’re going to do this. Give it much, much thought. It is the greatest and highest responsibility we have.

Anyone familiar with a home curriculum for teaching one’s children the story of the Bible? Not homeschool material, necessarily, but something for an organized approach for parents?

Most parents do more planning for their vacation than they do for their children’s instruction in the Lord. There’s more movie watching and internet surfing than Bible reading. To the great shame of parents and to the children’s eternal danger.

#home #parenting #teaching