Why?: How do you adapt the message the author of
Scripture meant for the original hearers to those you are trying to
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?
About the Podcast
In these short episodes, Dr. Danny shares biblically-based insights on teaching the Bible. Published weekly, you can get a boost before teaching each week.