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Dr. Danny's Teacher-to-Teacher Podcast

Dec 25, 2020

  • Why?: How do you adapt the message the author of Scripture meant for the original hearers to those you are trying to teach?
  • What?: The divine and human authors of Scripture meant to communicate a specific truth to those who received the original writings. That truth was to be applied to their lives in a particular way. But, often, there's a problem in communicating that same truth to a modern audience so that it affects their lives. We're separated from the original recipients of Scripture by time, culture, language, and geography. If that weren't enough, our modern learners vary in physical and spiritual maturity. So, how can you teach a lesson that's true to the truth of the passage yet relevant to the lives of your learners? Well, sometimes the truth applies to the modern learner in exactly the same way it did for the ancient learner. Sometimes it has to be adapted through one or more of the filters of time, culture, language, or geography. Sometimes it has to be adapted because of the physical maturity of the learners— you wouldn't teach the same application for a 5 year old and a 50 year old. Sometimes it has to be adapted to the spiritual maturity of the learners—some are still on milk while others need meat.
  • So What?: In each case, the truth is the same, but the teaching point you will want make will be different.
  • So What Now?: Will you commit to knowing your learners? Knowing what they need right now? And then finding a way to communicate the truth of the passage in way that is likely to be used by the Holy Spirit to transform your learners?