The parable of a Teacher - John Van Sloten

September 14, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message, Pastor John talks about ‘The Parable of a Teacher’. What do these pedagogical image bearers say about who God is?

“The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.”
Psalm 119:54, NIV

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
God through the mouth of King David in Psalm 32:8, NIV

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.”
Matthew 5:1, NIV

“The most apparent positive quality of a teacher would be the effective transmission of what the teacher had learned from his or her predecessors.”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, page 988

Jesus was a great teacher; an excellent rhetorician using paradox, parallelisms, hyperbole, riddles, contrast, irony. He taught through the powerful mystery of parables - much more than mere allegory or metaphor. He taught via his actions - parabolic acts as he cleansed the temple, cursed the fig tree, and laid down your life for others! Jesus taught in memorable ways. He was an ethicist, expert in religious law, prophet, priest and spiritual guide. His teaching was methodological,
thoughtful and always compelling.
A summary of thoughts from the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

“When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.”
Matthew 7:28-29, MSG

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I See You

We're Going to be Friends

Be Thou my Vision

Take My Life

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