Jon at “Jon’s Journey” linked to two interesting posts that considered the methods of preaching and teaching in the Gospels and in Acts – that is, when Jesus was preaching or teaching and when his followers were preaching and teaching. Jon summarized the findings in his post “Interactive Teaching in the New Testament.”
Jon (and the original author of the posts) separate preaching and teaching examples from the New Testament into several nonexclusive categories:
- Unclear as to interaction
- Initiated by others
- Includes action events
Interestingly, the original author began this study by searching for scriptural defenses and methods of preaching. His conclusions were not what he expected.
In fact, he found that most preaching/teaching examples in the New Testament included some type of interaction.
I suspect (although I haven’t done a formal study) that if the examples of preaching/teaching unbelievers and believers were separated, those involving only believers (i.e., the church) would include an even greater percentage of interaction.
But, I wonder… even given this evidence from the New Testament and even given the studies that show most people do not learn or grow through monologue preaching… will people even care? Is the modern method of monologue preaching and teaching in the church so ingrained that it cannot be changed?
It can be changed. I know from example and experience. But the question remains: Will people care?