Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Call for Peer Tutors!

The walk of discipleship could be compared to a Peer Tutor, where one student, who is still in the process of learning, is able to assist another student in gaining the skills for which the Peer Tutor has already become proficient.  

I'm not a trained teacher, however, I've been helping to train adults in Christian churches to reach out to the people around them for many years.  This week, I had an illustration come to mind that I believe applies to address the challenges.
Here's the gap...

One level of learning is being able to answer questions in the multiple choice section.  The question is posed and several possible answers are provided.  The student knows enough to be able to identify and select the correct answer. 

Another level of learning is being able to write an essay on a particular subject.  The text focuses on a topic to inform a reader on ideas, concepts and information in such a way that the topic can be understood.  

Yet another step is for the student to serve as a peer tutor.  The students are all being taught by the same teacher, however the peer tutor has become proficient enough in the material to assist others in gaining a better understanding of what the teacher has already taught.

As a disciple...
  • Do you know the information just well enough to provide the multiple choice answer?
  • Have you formulated your understanding in such a way that you could provide a compelling essay that would help someone else understand the precious gift that the Lord Himself wants every person to receive?
  • Are you proficient enough in some areas as a disciple of Jesus where you could become a peer tutor and spend some time with others so that they receive and grow in the gifts that they Lord has for them?

Mission, Jesus style calls for everyone who has been taught by
the Master Teacher, Jesus, to be His disciple (a peer tutor).
  • A disciple makes continual progress in their own learning 
  • A disciple seeks to become as proficient as their teacher
  • A disciple is then asked to become a peer tutor for other disciples 
  • Jesus' disciples always point people to their teacher

After the resurrection, the Scripture reads:
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  MATTHEW 28:16-20

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  JOHN 8:31

My prayer is that you are one who is worshiping,
holding to Jesus' teaching and making disciples.

Become a Peer Tutor for others!

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