Why this course?
The subject of this course is “Teaching Tactics”. “Teaching” is the act of instructing another person. Biblical teaching includes imparting knowledge and demonstrating how to apply that knowledge to personal life and ministry. “Tactics” are methods used to achieve a goal, purpose, or objective. In the military, the subject of “tactics” teaches soldiers how to use their weapons to achieve an advantage over the enemy. The same is true in the spiritual world. If we apply God’s methods or “tactics”, we can conquer spiritual enemies which include the world, the flesh and Satan with all his powers.
In “Teaching Tactics” you will learn how to use a great spiritual weapon. That weapon is the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). You will learn tactics of preaching and teaching God’s Word for the purpose of defeating the enemy. This course uses God’s Word, the Holy Bible, as the revelation upon which all teaching is based. In Biblical teaching the teacher, subject, and methods must all be in harmony with the Bible.
Teaching is not just the communicating of doctrine or information. Students must experience God, not just learn information about Him. Teaching is the transmission [imparting] of both a life and lifestyle. The life to be imparted to students is new life in Jesus Christ through new birth spiritually (John 3). The lifestyle to be imparted is that of the Kingdom of God. Students must be taught how to live as “citizens” in this Kingdom, learning both the privileges and responsibilities of their position.
Sometimes, we have been content to borrow man-made educational systems instead of learning and applying what God’s Word reveals about teaching. This course focuses on Biblical message and methods of teaching. You will learn and apply methods of the master teacher, Jesus Christ. You will understand the functions of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in your teaching.
Guidelines are given for analyzing the audience, stating objectives, planning the lesson, using different teaching methods, and evaluating your teaching. The relationship between teaching and preaching is examined and guidelines are given for preaching Biblical messages. You will also learn how to train others to teach and how to adapt your teaching to illiterate people [those who cannot read or write].
If you are taking Harvestime International Institute courses in their suggested order, this is the second course of the Module entitled “Multiplying”, a module which details how to multiply by sharing with others the spiritual truths you have learned. Other courses in the Module include “Biblical World View”, “Multiplication Methodologies”, and “Power Principles”.
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