Tuesday, September 8, 2009

daily text 09/08

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
"Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)

When preaching, show interest in the viewpoint of others without making them uncomfortable. Follow Jesus’ method. He was not a tactless interrogator, but he used thought-provoking questions. Jesus was also a kind listener who refreshed sincere people and put them at ease. (Matthew 11:28) All sorts of people felt free to approach him with their concerns. (Mark 1:40; 5:35, 36; 10:13, 17, 46, 47) If individuals are to feel at ease telling you what they think about the Bible and its teachings, you must avoid interrogating them. In addition to using questions effectively, you can encourage conversation by saying something interesting and then listening to the response. Nicodemus, for example, was so intrigued by what Jesus told him, as recorded in today’s text, that he could not hold back from responding and listening to Jesus. (John 3:4-20) You may be able to draw people into conversations in a similar way.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 2:14, 15)

*I like how Jesus' use of questions, also had the tendency to sift the wheat from the chaff, ...since if a person didn't have a pure motive or true interest in his message, they most likely wouldn't stick around to hear him give an explanation or answer to the question he posed.