Reflections on "The Biblical Model" for Discipleship

Topics: Education, Learning, Bible Pages: 11 (2296 words) Published: June 1, 2014


Reflections on "The Biblical Model" for Discipleship

Beverly Manning
Discipleship Ministries – DSMN 500
Dr. Homer Massey
February 23, 2014


Table of Contents

Methods Used by Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Methods of Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Procedures, Resources, Plans Used in Today's Churches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Resources Used for Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Reflections on "The Biblical Model" for Discipleship
It can be proven through the research that the methods for learning are tremendously complex and complicated. Humans are the cause for this difficulty because they are naturally multifaceted creatures. The bible tells us that we are made in the image of God. The research validates what Scripture says. All the parts of God’s creation in man have to be discussed to effectively express learning. The student will discuss the methods used by Paul and methods defined by scholars, and both will be compared and contrast against the reality in the current churches and what would be an ideal situation. Methods Used by Paul

In Ephesians 4:9, Paul writes, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”0 Paul takes discipleship very serious. He exhorts, encourages, stimulates, promotes and triggers his disciples by teaching them to look at both Jesus’ and his example. Paul points them to both the past (their experience) and the future (their hope in Jesus). When Mitchell summarizes this into four parts “1) Motivating, 2) Communicating, 3) Inspiring, 4) Elevating, and 5) Activating”, he is simply creating a formula for learning from the example of Paul.0 Or as, Solomon might have said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”0 Having said this, much can be learned from both Mitchell and other scholars on the mechanics of how disciples learn.

Methods of Learning
In the work by Yount “Created to Learn”, he talks about the “Discipler’s Model” of learning and defines it as having two foundational layers.0 The left foundation signifying the Bible, “with its call to personal commitment to Christ and His Church.” It exclaims that any learning must be erected “upon the sure foundation of God’s Word.” The correct foundation defines the necessity of the learners. Yount uses the example of Jesus and Zacchaeus. The story details Jesus inviting him to dinner when it was clear he was felt alone. Once Zacchaeus’ relational need was provide then he able to hear Jesus.0 Yount goes on to detail the “Christian Teacher’s Triad”, and the baseline for this triad becomes clear by determining what it consist of: what a person thinks, how a person feels, and what a person does.0 Sometimes humans are prone to intellectualism (the negative of thinking), emotionalism (feeling), and burnout (doing), the teacher is presented with a problem. The “Christian Teacher’s Triad” is a representation of the counteracting forces that Jesus modeled: that of Prophet, Priest and King.0 In the “Prophet” phase, the teacher expresses itself by presenting models instead of words, inquiries instead of answers and complications instead of reasons,...

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, and Geoffrey William Bromiley. The Encyclopedia of Christianity. Leiden, Netherlands: Wm. B. Eerdmans; Brill, 1999-2003.
Mitchell, Michael R. Leading, Teaching, and Making Disciples: World-Class Education in the Church, School, and Home. Bloomington, IN: CrossBooks, 2010.
Wanak, Lee. “Learning as the Experience of God”. In. Evangelical Review of Theology: Volume 19. Electronic ed. , Logos Library System; Evangelical Review of Theology. Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster Periodicals, 2000.
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