THE TEACHING OF JESUS
A. Teachers are some of our most unforgettable characters.
1. I remember my high school football coach, who instilled
within me a love for competition and the need for
2. I remember one of my history teachers – he always took a
special interest in his students individually
3. I remember one of my Bible class teachers…
B. When Jesus walked this earth, He was called by a
number of titles – e.g. Rabbi, Master, Lord.
1. One of the most common was “Teacher.”
2. Forty times in the four gospels Jesus is called
C. Christianity is a taught religion – it is not inherited, nor
does it just randomly affect this person or that.
1. Jesus charged His apostles to teach people all things that
He had commanded – Matthew 28:20
2. That responsibility comes to us not only by implication
from Matthew 28, but also from passages such as
2 Timothy 2:2.
D. Let’s look at the Master Teacher so that we may better
appreciate Him and imitate Him.
A. JESUS TAUGHT WITH AUTHORITY
1. Matthew 7:28-29
a. The scribes based their teachings on what various
respected Rabbis had said (often cited a chain of Rabbis)
b. Many today base their authority on what some man says,
or on some book other than the Bible
2. But Jesus strongly appealed to Scripture
a. Matthew 21:42
b. Luke 24:27
c. Jesus strongly emphasized truth John 8:40, 45-46
d. Our authority derives not from ourselves,
1) Our authority comes from God’s word
2) Colossians 3:17
3) John 12:48
4) We must emphasize God’s word, and be loyal to truth
3. Jesus had low regard for human tradition –
a. Even traditions that were essentially harmless were not
to be bound as law
b. Traditions that conflicted with Scripture were to be
c. We are duty-bound to teach the truth regardless of
d. We must resist temptation to compromise the truth for
the sake of tradition.
B. JESUS ACCOMPANIED HIS TEACHING WITH ACTION
1. Acts 1:1
2. For example – Matthew 9:35, he helped people as
well as teaching them
3. He practiced what He preached (e.g. praying for His
a. Matthew 5:44
b. Luke 23:34
4. If we would teach successfully, then we, too, must
accompany our words with action
a. Don’t be “so heavenly-minded that we are no earthly
b. Our spirituality must be shown on action
b. Show that we care
C. JESUS’ TEACHING WAS MOTIVATED BY COMPASSION
1. Mark 6:34
2. It is interesting that Jesus’ response to these shepherd-less
sheep was to TEACH them!
3. People today are wandering every which direction trying
to find meaning/purpose/hope
4. Let us have compassion on them and TEACH them!
D. JESUS’ TEACHING WAS BALANCED
1. God’s love & care – e.g. parables of lost sheep, lost coin,
lost son (Lk. 15)
2. God’s judgment against sinners – e.g.
a. Parable of unforgiving servant (Mt. 18:21-35)
b. Parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30)
3. Like Jesus, Paul preached “the whole counsel of
God” (Acts 20:27); we, likewise, must resist the temptation
to go to extremes one way or the other; we must be
balanced in our teaching!
4. We must also avoid hobby preaching or teaching
E. JESUS’ TEAHINGS CORRESPONDED WITH
THE ABILITY OF HIS LISTENERS TO
1. John 16:12
2. Paul compared it to “milk” and “meat”
a. 1 Corinthians 3:2
b. As we would not feed steak and potatoes to a new-born,
so Jesus (& Paul) taught what their listeners were
capable of understanding
3. We, likewise, need to start with people where they are,
and lead them to where they need to be.
F. JESUS TAUGHT AS HE HAD (or Made) OPPORTUNITY
1. Formal settings and informal settings
a. In the synagogue, Mt. 13:54
b. Daily in the temple, Lk. 19:47
c. In Simon the Pharisee’s house, Lk. 7:36ff
d. Sitting in a boat speaking to people on shore, Lk. 5:3
2. Spoke to large multitudes (Mk. 2:13), small groups
(e.g. 3 disciples on the Mt. of Transfiguration, Matt. 17;
also occasions where He was alone with the twelve),
individuals (Zacchaeus, Lk. 19; woman at the well,
3. We, too, should teach as we have opportunity
a. The Great Commission not only commands us to “GO”
but also commands us to make disciples “as you are
going” (i.e. as you go hear and there in your day-to- day
b. Sometimes we can make opportunities where they
would not just appear by themselves (e.g. by asking a
question, handing someone a tract and asking “Will you
read this and tell me what you think of it?” — etc.)
A. Jesus was the Great Teacher.
B. We are privileged to be His disciples, and to teach what He
C. Let us practice what we teach, and teach what we practice!