0

Bruce Wilkinson 7 Laws of the Learner: Law 3 Application

2,495

Published on

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
2,495
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
173
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Transcript of "Bruce Wilkinson 7 Laws of the Learner: Law 3 Application"

  1. 1. The Law of Application Pages 135-164 Tuesday 26 October 2010
  2. 2. The essence of the Law of Application is these four words: “Apply for life change” The teacher should always teach for the purpose of life change Tuesday 26 October 2010
  3. 3. Like teenagers revving up their cars for show whilst not moving forward at all - much teaching makes a lot of ‘sound’ whilst producing no movement. Teachers get so tied up in their content that they forget the purpose of content is life change. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  4. 4. Three points, seven principles, alliteration, good titles, outlines, illustrations are simply content. The problem is when you look at the life of students graduating from seminaries and of church members you see more and more problems: Drug and alcohol abuse, immorality, divorce, rebellious children, eating disorders, wrong priorities - the truth doesn’t seem to get us anywhere. This section is about teaching for application - so that lives are changed. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  5. 5. An Application Mindset The prevailing opinion is that we teach to ‘cover the material’ - all about content. Students frequently ask questions about knowledge - knowing is seen as the essence of being educated Should the goal be much deeper for a Christian teacher? Wilkinson suggests that no merely knowledge but also application is what we should be interested in. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  6. 6. Application relates to wisdom, transformation and maturity If content is “what” application is “so what”, if content is “knowing” application is “doing” All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. [NASB complete, equipped] Tuesday 26 October 2010
  7. 7. Application Model Taking 2 Tim 3:16-17 a little further and developing the application model Tuesday 26 October 2010
  8. 8. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NASB: Doctrine, Correction, Instructing in righteousness, Reproof Tuesday 26 October 2010
  9. 9. The Resource: God’s Inspired Revelation for Believers The Bible is the Word of God - inspired by Him - it is the standard by which we measure all of life and all of learning. The Scriptures are the primary resource for the Christian teacher to develop complete, equipped students Tuesday 26 October 2010
  10. 10. The Methodology: How to apply the Bible to the Believer How do you teach the Bible so that the man of God may be changed, equipped and made complete? There are 4 methods in 2 Tim 3:16-17 - two relate primarily to belief (teaching and correction), and two to behaviour (instructing and reproof) Tuesday 26 October 2010
  11. 11. Teaching - doctrine Didaskalian That which is to be learned, kept pure, defended against heresies. Often involves explaining and showing truths to believe. Also 1 Tim 4:13, 16 Tuesday 26 October 2010
  12. 12. Teaching - doctrine Didaskalian That which is to be learned, kept pure, defended against heresies. Often involves explaining and showing truths to believe. Also 1 Tim 4:13, 16 Doctrine explains the truth - it is positive side of what you believe Tuesday 26 October 2010
  13. 13. Correction epanorthosin made of 3 words meaning ‘to make straight again’. Its goal is to set right, raise up those who fall, correct those in error. Only place found in NT. Means to correct false doctrines or beliefs one may hold in error Tuesday 26 October 2010
  14. 14. Correction epanorthosin made of 3 words meaning ‘to make straight again’. Its goal is to set right, raise up those who fall, correct those in error. Only place found in NT. Means to correct false doctrines or beliefs one may hold in error Correction is the opposite of doctrine - what you believe is not in line with Scripture Tuesday 26 October 2010
  15. 15. Instruction in righteousness paideian - upbringing, child training. Emphasis on guiding believers in the way of God including chastening and discipline. “The whole training and education of children...cultivation of mind, morals, commands, admonitions, punishment etc.” Eph 6:4, Heb 12:5, 8 Tuesday 26 October 2010
  16. 16. Reproof - Rebuking elegmos - conviction or punishment of a sinner. A rebuke to a person in sin, or convincing a man of his error and setting on the right path. Only time used in the NT. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  17. 17. Reproof - Rebuking elegmos - conviction or punishment of a sinner. A rebuke to a person in sin, or convincing a man of his error and setting on the right path. Only time used in the NT. Instruction(+ve) and reproof(-ve) relate to behaviour - instruction trains you how to live for Christ on a daily basis, reproof stops you acting in wrong ways and tries to bring you back in line with Christ Tuesday 26 October 2010
  18. 18. As the Bible is given for life change the books of the Bible fit into these four methods of application - they are universal. E.g. 1 Cor = reproof Rom 1-11 = doctrine Php = instruction in righteousness Gal = correction Even within these we see that the WOG is for life change - to make us more like change Most teachers aim for understanding and wonder why life change does not take place. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  19. 19. The Result: Mature and Equipped Christians ...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Complete = artios - fit, complete, sufficient, able to meet all demands. This usually relates to character - who you are. You should be transformed to look like Jesus Tuesday 26 October 2010
  20. 20. The Result: Mature and Equipped Christians ...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Complete = artios - fit, complete, sufficient, able to meet all demands. This usually relates to character - who you are. You should be transformed to look like Jesus Tuesday 26 October 2010
  21. 21. Thoroughly equipped = exertismenos - related to the same root word as artios, meaning completely outfitted, fully furnished, fully equipped - for what? - every good work - the conduct of a believer is appropriate in serving the Lord We have the bible to change our character, who I am - and our conduct, what I do Tuesday 26 October 2010
  22. 22. Word of God Given by God Inspired by God Belief Behaviour Resource Tuesday 26 October 2010
  23. 23. Method Word of God Given by God Inspired by God instruction reproof doctrine correction Belief Behaviour Resource Tuesday 26 October 2010
  24. 24. Method Result Man of God Character : who he is Conduct: what he does Word of God Given by God Inspired by God instruction reproof doctrine correction Belief Behaviour Resource Tuesday 26 October 2010
  25. 25. Wilkinson says that this truth has changed his life - the fact that you never simply teach a passage by explaining, but you have to have application. Learning and implementing the following teaching has given him great joy in seeing lasting life change in the lives of students. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  26. 26. The essence of the Law of Application is these four words: “Apply for life change” The teacher should always teach for the purpose of life change Tuesday 26 October 2010
  27. 27. Application Maxims Tuesday 26 October 2010
  28. 28. “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives” DL Moody Tuesday 26 October 2010
  29. 29. Maxim 1: Application is the central reason for God’s revelation When you stand before God in heaven will he test you on the books of the Bible - in correct order? Do your Sunday school teachers simply tell Bible stories to the children? Do they teach children how to become like the characters they read of? What will God be interested in when you stand before him? Tuesday 26 October 2010
  30. 30. Maxim 1: Application is the central reason for God’s revelation When you stand before God in heaven will he test you on the books of the Bible - in correct order? Do your Sunday school teachers simply tell Bible stories to the children? Do they teach children how to become like the characters they read of? What will God be interested in when you stand before him? Tuesday 26 October 2010
  31. 31. Maxim 1: Application is the central reason for God’s revelation When you stand before God in heaven will he test you on the books of the Bible - in correct order? Do your Sunday school teachers simply tell Bible stories to the children? Do they teach children how to become like the characters they read of? What will God be interested in when you stand before him? Tuesday 26 October 2010
  32. 32. Maxim 2: application is the responsibility of the teacher As the Bible is given by God for application it has to be the teachers responsibility to honour and fulfill that purpose. Content teacher covers and explains the facts - application teacher applies facts for a lasting life change in students Tuesday 26 October 2010
  33. 33. Col 1:28-29 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Matt 28:18-20 - teach them to do... When you teach are you an informer or a transformer? Tuesday 26 October 2010
  34. 34. Maxim 3: application and information should be balanced If you want application when you teach how much time should be devoted to it? Wilkinson suggests on average 90% (or even 95%) of sermon time is devoted to content. He looked at famous preachers - Charles Swindoll, Hendricks, Charles Stanley all of whom had over 50% application. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  35. 35. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  36. 36. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  37. 37. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Tuesday 26 October 2010
  38. 38. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Tuesday 26 October 2010
  39. 39. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Chapters 6-8 application Tuesday 26 October 2010
  40. 40. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Chapters 6-8 application Chapters 10-11 content Tuesday 26 October 2010
  41. 41. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Chapters 6-8 application Chapters 10-11 content Chapters 12-16 application Tuesday 26 October 2010
  42. 42. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Chapters 6-8 application Chapters 10-11 content Chapters 12-16 application Tuesday 26 October 2010
  43. 43. He looked at church history - Moody, Edwards, Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, Tozer - all had 45-47% application. He looked at the epistles as a form of sermon - what of Romans: Chapter 1-5 content Chapters 6-8 application Chapters 10-11 content Chapters 12-16 application Tuesday 26 October 2010
  44. 44. Ephesians: Chapters 1-3 doctrine Chapters 4-6 application James 80% application 1 Peter >60% application Matt 5-7 65% application Tuesday 26 October 2010
  45. 45. So will you aim to teach with an appropriate balance of application and content - maybe 50:50? Note this is not a law simply a guiding principle - the aim should be for balance Tuesday 26 October 2010
  46. 46. So will you aim to teach with an appropriate balance of application and content - maybe 50:50? Note this is not a law simply a guiding principle - the aim should be for balance Remember though if you want to teach like Jesus application needs to be over 60% Tuesday 26 October 2010
  47. 47. Maxim 4: application focusses Scripture on the students’ needs How do you know where to focus your application? [This is discussed fully in the Law of the Need - law 5] Application has to be appropriate for the audience - consider, age, purpose of speaking. If content is primary its needs are most important - if application then students needs are most important. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  48. 48. Maxim 5: application has maximum influence when the student sees its biblical basis There needs to be a witness of “God says this” for good application. It needs the Bibles authority in, underneath, around and behind it. Application asks, “What does God say you should do” - it is not the voice of a man. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  49. 49. Let people encounter God in His Word - not think our words, our illustrations, our ideas are enough. [After all we are convinced of the power of the WOG] Tell the people what God has commanded. Our students need to be convinced they have heard form God not from a man. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  50. 50. The essence of the Law of Application is these four words: “Apply for life change” The teacher should always teach for the purpose of life change Tuesday 26 October 2010
  51. 51. Maxim 6: application that has impacted the teacher tends to impact the student The teacher is the intermediary of the message - standing between the people and God - “the teacher of God is the living link between the Word of God and the people of God” Tuesday 26 October 2010
  52. 52. Teachers do not improve Scripture - they simply communicate it. However there is a danger of the teacher blocking communication of the WOG: 1. The character of the communicator - if the teacher does not have integrity you are phony - and the people will hear a ‘dull’ message. Who you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  53. 53. 2. The conduct of the communicator - if they are guilty of carnal behaviour, they are sinning - this quenches the Spirit of God, and the spirit of the people hearing the message. 3. The communication of the teacher - poor delivery diminishes a message. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  54. 54. 4. The degree of change in the life of the communicator due to their obedience to the WOG - this can liberate or limit the power of the truth in the lives of people. Truth that has transformed a teacher is more likely to have the same effect on the students. Do you practice what you preach? Do you live the truth? Rom 15:8 - Tuesday 26 October 2010
  55. 55. Character is God’s major prerequisite for communicating His content - what and how is important, but who is of greatest importance. 3 practical steps to ensure you have lived the truth you teach. [There is an old adage of many things being caught not taught] Tuesday 26 October 2010
  56. 56. 1. Prepare your lessons during the whole week before you teach Forget the late night, last minute preparation - give God ample time to work in us and to work through us. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  57. 57. 2. Ask the Lord to apply the specific truth you are going to teach to your own life during the week It needs to be real to you - we need to teach in our own lives first. Then you can teach out of your own life - look at Paul’s amazing example here, Php 3:17, Titus 2:7-8. Life & Lips in harmony! Tuesday 26 October 2010
  58. 58. 3. Communicate with all of your mind, will and emotions the applications the Lord has taught you from the Bible Content from Scripture - communication from your life. Communicate it with passion and fervency. “Break free from the bondage of ‘thinking only’ approach to teaching. Involve all of your life to touch their lives. Laugh, weep, mourn, rejoice. Be fully human when you teach”. Christ came to reach the whole man - not only one part Tuesday 26 October 2010
  59. 59. Maxim 7: application must ultimately lead the student from studying the Bible to obeying the Lord This requires two major transitions. 1. Lead them from studying to obeying. 2. Change their focus from the Bible to the Lord. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  60. 60. Ultimately Christianity is not facts or theology - it is a relationship with the Lord. Students must move beyond truth to the one who is Truth. Each week we should meet the Lord afresh as we study. Tuesday 26 October 2010
  61. 61. “Somehow we have settled for dead sacrifices rather than the living Saviour. Isn’t that at least one reason why we have such masses of Christians who languish week after week hoping that somehow, someone will arise to call down fire from the heavens?” Bruce Wilkinson, page 161 Tuesday 26 October 2010
  62. 62. The essence of the Law of Application is these four words: “Apply for life change” The teacher should always teach for the purpose of life change Tuesday 26 October 2010
  1. A particular slide catching your eye?

    Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

×