Juggling and Teaching Sunday School and Small Groups

When I was in seminary, I was placed on a team to demonstrate to the class how to teach for skill.  We chose to teach the class how to juggle.  Juggling is certainly a skill that I have never mastered, but I remember the lessons learned during that class.   The team went to the library and obtained some resources on juggling.  These resources helped us gain some basic information and knowledge.  An expert in juggling was found who helped us gain a greater understanding of how to juggle.  The skills of juggling was not fully learned until we grabbed a can of tennis balls and begin to attempt to juggle. 

Juggling relates to the Great Commission.  How does one learn to juggle? To learn to juggle, one must have some basic knowledge, but one can never learn to juggle without juggling. What’s this got to do with the Great Commission?  Read and meditate on the Great Commission, “Go, Make Disciples, Baptizing Them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded.”

What does Jesus in the Great Commission instruct us to teach:  Teach them to observe all things.  Two key words there:  OBSERVE and ALL.  One of the catch phases today is the term Spiritual Transformation.  Spiritual Transformation will never take place based on knowledge alone, Sunday School and small group leaders must teach for observation. In other words, students demonstrate that Great Commission teaching is accomplish when they practice and implement what was taught.

The Word All is also important.  Teachers have a responsibility to teach the whole counsel of God from Genesis to Revelation.  Jesus said teach them all things whatsoever I have commanded you.  Your curriculum and choices for teaching should not be focused on our favorite books or passages.  Curriculum selections should be balanced between the Law, Historical Works, Wisdom Works, the Prophets, the Gospels, the Epistles, and Revelation.

By the way, its takes great practice to become a great juggler.

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