The author and his students studied all 125 teaching situations in the four Gospels for insights into the process of teaching employed by Jesus. Employing five categories for evaluation, they identified the primary teaching procedure, the role played by the Holy Spirit, and the type of environment predominately used. The study showed that in about 60 percent of the teaching situations Jesus let the learner initiate the teaching situation. Five guidelines are provided for teachers who today want to follow the example of Jesus.
The authors examine the church of the first and second centuries for transferable principles that might be of value for the twentieth century church.
This article considers the subject of spiritual growth as it relates to the developmental goal of spiritual maturity. The holistic developmental approach is presented to shed additional light on how spiritual growth actually occurs. The areas of physical, intellectual, psychosocial, emotional, social, moral, and faith and spiritual development are explored.
Is there a relationship between the theories of intellectual development and the work of a Christian educator? Two author's work are briefly reviewed and they are Jean Piaget and William G. Perry, Jr. The implication for Christian educators will be explored in three areas: 1) salvation by faith, 2) methodology of Christian educators and, 3) commitment to Jesus Christ. It matters greatly how a person thinks and learns because commitment is based on a reasoned faith and God calls us to the highest commitment possible--loving obedience to the Lord of the universe.