Saturday, October 3, 2009

daily text 10/3

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
"I, Jehovah, am . . . teaching you to benefit yourself." (Isaiah 48:17)

To be effective, our teaching needs to touch a student’s heart. The student has to understand how the information applies to him personally, how it benefits him, and how his life would improve if he followed Scriptural direction. (Isaiah 48:18) For example, we may be considering Hebrews 10:24, 25, which encourages Christians to gather with fellow believers for Scriptural encouragement and loving association. If the student is not yet attending congregation meetings, we might briefly describe how they are conducted and what will be discussed. We might mention that congregation meetings are part of our worship and show that they benefit us personally. We then might invite the student to attend. His motivation for responding to Scriptural commands should be his desire to obey Jehovah, not to please the person who is studying with him.—Galatians 6:4, 5.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 2:12, 13)

*I appreciated the point that was brought out in this regard, about what made Jesus a more effective teacher than anyone else. He didn't try to win arguments...he tried to win hearts.