June 4 – Learning Is Key

3:156 – Learning Is Key

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Setting

We are learn in different ways. Some by doing, some by seeing, some by reading, and some in a combination of modes. Today, I led a training for faculty and staff about problem based learning. This is a self-directed learning style where you work in a group to determine what you know and what you need to learn from bits of information provided.

This type of learning is hard as it’s not a teacher giving you information. You have to seek it out and apply it. It’s a more active time intensive learning style but produces better results.

Think about how you learn about your faith. Is it just listening to a preacher and asborbing? Do you seek out answers to your questions? Do you apply it to your daily activities?

If we truly want to be disciples of Christ, we need to go beyond the passive absorption of scripture and become active learners.

Scripture
  • Proverbs 9:9 – Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
  • Phillipians 4:9 – What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
  • Psalm 25:5 – What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Reflection

Who is our teacher? If you answered, Jesus, then you are right. He sent out his disciples to teach and learn from putting his word into practice. They didn’t just sit and listen to him. They often came back and asked him questions. They didn’t just accept the knowledge he was giving without asking and diving deeper in their learning.

Jesus, challenged them to learn and spread his word. He is challenging us to learn not just by listening but by doing.

Now, this doesn’t say we can’t learn from our pastors, as they are a great source of information. This says we should listen, question, and grow. They can help us in our own #faithjourney

Challenge

What do you do to be active in your faith? How are you growing in Christ? Find one way to go beyond passive learning and grow in faith to be more like Christ.

Prayer

Father God, help us be active learners in our faith. Provide us teachers and opportunities to learn and grow. We may want to be passive but that’s not how Jesus wants us to grow in faith. Thank you for pushing us to be better in faith. In your name, Amen.

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