Jesus is rightly regarded as a master-teacher. But what would it mean for preachers today to follow his example?
1. Tell stories
Jesus told stories based on everyday life, often in the form of parables. Stories not only make teaching more memorable, but also enable the truth to penetrate further into the hearers’ minds and hearts.
Jesus could have simply said: “God loves you so much that He will welcome you back to Him no matter how far you have wandered away.” But, instead, he told the story of the Prodigal Son.…
In a book first published in 1920, Herman Harrell Horne writes: ‘It is essential in all effective teaching that points of contact be established between teacher and taught.’ In John 1:35-51, Horne notes that:-
1. Jesus walked where his presence could be noted by the Baptist.
2. He used his eyes. He “observed” Andrew and John coming after him, he “gazed** at Simon, he “saw” Nathanael approaching, and had previously “seen” under that fig tree in meditation, like Buddha under the Bo tree.…