1. Mark 4:1; Mark 6:2; Matthew 5:1-2
1. He Knew His Subject
A. He could teach with authority ... Matt 7:28-29
Mar 1:21-22 “They went into Capernaum; and
immediately on the Sabbath He entered the
synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were
amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching
them as one having authority, and not as the
1. He could teach about God ... because he was
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He
was in the beginning with God”
John 14:9 “Jesus said to him, "... He who has seen
Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us
2. He could teach about Heaven ... for He had
come from there...
John 6:38 “For I came down from heaven, not to
do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
(John 3:13; 31; 6:33)
B. The Master Teacher taught His message by
There was a tremendous consistency between
his words and his behavior. Luke notes in the
book of acts the impact of the master teacher:
Acts 1:1 “The former treatise have I made, O
Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and
teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up,”
2. Jesus understood that what a person does
speaks so loudly that it masks the words of
the teacher if the words and works are not
Matt. 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of
these least commandments, and shall teach men so,
he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same
shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
3. One remarkable characteristic of the
master teacher was that he never asked a
disciple to do something he was unwilling
to do himself.
2. He Loved His Subject and His Students
A. The manner of love he had for us is mentioned in
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.”
1. What matter of love ... 1John 3:1
2. What greater love hath any man ... John 15:13
B. The scriptures speaks of His compassion ...
1. The driving force which compelled Jesus to
teach was his compassion for the people.
Mark 6:34 “And Jesus, when he came out, saw
much people, and was moved with compassion
toward them, because they were as sheep not having
a shepherd: and he began to teach them many
2. Gentleness and patience –
2Tim. 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not
strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach,
patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that
3. Persistence – This disciples were noted for
their persistence –
Acts 5:42 “And daily in the temple, and in every
house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus
3. He Was Zealous or Enthused About It
A. The apostles knew of his zeal for his mission ...
John 2:17 “And his disciples remembered that it was
written, ‘The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.’”
4. He Used Successful Teaching Methods
A. There is a subtle difference between preaching and
1) Learning is centered about the acquisistion of
knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors.
Whether learning has been accomplished or not
can be seen in the reflected attitudes and
knowlege of the students.
Matt 19:11. The rich young ruler had not
truly grasped the gravity of the Lord’s teaching,
for he failed the test of ordering the proper
priorities of his life.
v. 11 “But when the young man heard that saying, he
went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
B. Notice Some of the
Successful Methods Jesus’
1) He made effective use of praise ...
a) In the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14)
the man who left his business in the
hands of his servants, praised those who
b) Jesus praised the belief of a certain
centurion when he requested relief for his
sick servant. Luke 7:1-10
"Lord. trouble not thyself; for I am not worthy that
thou shouldest enter under my roof. . . but say in a
word, and my servant shall be healed." Jesus
commanded the centurion, "I say unto you, I have
not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel"
2) He used stories, analogies, and illustrations.
a) Jesus clearly demonstrates his mastery of
teaching, for instance, when he used an analogy to support his teaching in Matt.
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones . . .
How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one
of them be gone astray. doth he not leave the ninety and
nine. and goeth into the mountains. and seeketh that
which is gone astray?. . . Even so it is not the will of your
Father which is in heaven, that one or these little ones
should perish” (Mt. 18: 10-14).
b) The Lord was a master of using
to teach new concepts and correct
mistaken notions about God and His
kingdom. Matt. 13
3) He effectively used
a) The art of asking appropriate questions
as a teaching strategy was regarded from
the days of Socrates as a mark of a
1) Jesus demonstrated his skill when
he asked his disciples
"Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?"
2) When they responded,
"Some say . . . John the Baptist; some, Elijah: and others,
Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But
whom say ye that I am" (Matt. 16: 13- 18)?
[ Research published by the U.S. Department of
Education regarding questioning techniques indicates that
"student achievement rises when teachers ask questions
that require students to apply, analyze, synthesize, and
evaluate information in addition to simply recalling facts"
(Bennett, 1986) ]
4) He used visual
aids - took a child up in his arms -- Mark 9:36
5) He may have used graphics
(text or pictures, etc) -- John 8:6, 8
C. He wanted to train others to teach – and they could
1. He called 12
apostles to train and teach.
a) They were to teach others –
Matt 28:18-19 “Go ye there and teach all nations...”
2. Paul commanded
Timothy to teach. "These
things command and teach" (1 Tim. 4:11).
a) And what to teach.
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many
witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who
shall be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2)
3. We are to grow as
disciples and this growth
suggests the ability to teach.
Hebrews 5:12 "For when for the lime ye ought to be
teachers, yc have need that one teach you again which be
the first principles of the oracles of God: and are become
such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."
3. Elders are expected to have the ability to teach
– 1Tim. 3:2 The Greek in this verse means
“skilled at teaching.”
4. Mature women are commanded to teach. –
Titus 2:3 “The aged women likewise, that they be in
behaviour as becometh holiness, ... 4 That they may
teach the young women to be sober, to love their
husbands, to love their children,"
5. All disciples are expected to teach and to
teacher others to teach ... 2Tim. 2:2; Heb. 5:12
5. He Knew The Needs of His People
A. Jesus knew the hearts and needs of the people.
John 2:24 “But Jesus did not commit himself unto
them, because he knew all men, 25 And needed not
that any should testify of man: for he knew what was
B. He was mission minded ...
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek
and to save that which was lost.”
1. The effectiveness of his teaching was related to
his mission. His clear and realistic view of his
mission helped him to never stray for its
2. He motivated his disciples to replicate his
mission mindedness as well.
3. We need to teach... to win souls as well. The
mission of the Bible School is to save souls.
Windell Gann – March 12, 2006
Rogersville Church of Christ