by Bill Brady
This leads me to ask a question, “How does God teach us?”
God teaches us by direct encounter with Himself.
God teaches us through other’s testimony of their encounter with Him.
- The Bible is a testimony of other’s encounters with God.
- We connect with other believers who share testimony of their encounters with God.
God teaches us through on-the-job training when we take on responsibility.
- We accept responsibility.
- He shows us how to do the job.
- He does this directly Himself.
- Or the 7 spirits of God tutor us.
God teaches us by direct dialog with Himself.
- We have a conversation with one of the Godhead.
- He answers our questions.
- We answer His questions.
God teaches us by dialog with one another.
- God answers us through the Ecclesia.
God teaches us by what we have been calling “connecting the dots”.
- There is a an initially steep learning curve in heavenly realms.
- It’s like learning a new language.
- After a while the hard work begins to pay off.
- You begin to remember something that He taught you.
- You remember something else that He taught you.
- Then you begin to see how these things relate.
- Then in a short while the “big picture” begins to emerge.
The most dynamic and alive way that God teaches us is as part of a bench of 12.
- We have a group discovery encounter.
- We share testimonies of what we are encountering.
- We dialog together.
- We begin to “connect the dots”.
- We are taught of God.
- And very little of this involves any of us teaching.
- God does the teaching. By encounter and testimony of encounter.
I picture us as a group walking with Jesus on our journey up to Jerusalem.
- Along the way we ask Jesus questions.
- He answers.
- He asks us questions.
- We answer.
- We dialog.
We ask questions.
- “Ask and it shall be given to you.”
- “You have not because you ask not.”
- When you ask really good questions you get really good answers.
- This is how we learn.
- One of the most important skills that we can learn is how to ask good questions.
- We ask.
- He answers.
- He answers by dialog.
- He answers by leading us into an encounter.
- Then we share what He has revealed to us with others