VARIOUS TEACHING APPROACHES IN BIBLICAL EDUCATION
There are various teaching approaches used by different educators at various times. Some of these approaches are, among others, “content centered teaching… where lectures are used to present the lessons, students centered teaching …where students are allowed to learn through experiences and interaction, they search for relevance without understanding the truth and pilgrims approach” Pluedemann, –, 77-78). There are also what has been identified as the “Jesus’ Methods.” Kure classified Jesus methods into two these are 1.The rational approach and 2. The emotional approach (48). The rational approach helps the students answer back the teacher intelligently; for example we read of Jesus interaction with the priests and other teachers of the law in Luke 20:1-8. The emotional approach provokes responds passionately from the audience and it enables the learner discover himself. For example, in Matthew 19:16-30, the young rich man went away grieved when Jesus asked him to go and sell his possessions and follow Him. These approaches are broken down to Parables, Proverbs, Poetry, Questions and answers, Projects, symbols and examples. Teachers can classify these under the two approaches. Time and space will not permit me to expatiate on the remaining ones but example
Teaching by example
In John 17:19, 13:15, Here Jesus invited His disciples to follow His example. Many pastors lack such integrity. “A good teaching is characterized by both a do as I say and a do as I do” Buconyori, (1993, 39). If the Church wants to see teaching results, integrity of the teachers must be paramount. Children and youths are good imitators. To continue.