Monday, October 12, 2009

Jesus the Teacher; Jesus the Preacher

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. (Matthew 11:1)

Four things stand out in this verse of Scripture:

1. Jesus commanded His disciples. Does He still do so today?

2. Jesus taught and preached. What is the difference between the office of teacher and the office of preacher? What are the differences between the task of teaching and the task of preaching?

3. Jesus' teaching and preaching were in cities, not just in churches. How does that apply to Christian teaching and preaching today?

4. Why is teaching mentioned before preaching? Is this an issue of priority?

Please feel free to point me in the right direction for the answers to these questions.

1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

All good questions. Not sure how many good answers I have. Here goes:

1 We do more following today than obeying of commands. We follow by choice; we obey by duty.

2 and 4 are related. Preaching involves style, technique, matters of rhetoric. Some preaching skills are natural, others can be taught. Teaching involves content, and Christian content involves Biblical truth. Teaching must, therefore, provide the foundational basis for preaching, although the two can be engaged in simultaneously.

3 We look for public forums in which to express Biblical truth. We engage the enemy wherever he rears his head.