From Bill Mounce:
Jesus does not tell us to teach data; he commands us to teach people to obey what they are learning. How do you do that?
This is one of those questions that is more easily answered by saying what it is not.
- Lecturing to a class does not make people obey.
- Knowledge that doesn’t move to wisdom isn’t obedience.
- The purity of academics, while essential to the process, is only half the process.
The only way I know to teach someone to obey is to do so in community, in relationship. Jesus preached to thousands but discipled 12, and it was those 12 who turned the world upside-down by fulfilling the Great Commission through the power and leading of the Spirit.