When Jesus walked the earth during His time of public ministry, people sought Him out. They were amazed at His teaching, and likewise, by the miracles.
No placards or banners were set up to announce His coming, in fact, the opposite was true. People would go out to wherever He was, whether in a town, a seashore, or a remote field—even when Jesus tried to be alone.
No one persuaded them to come. People were attracted to Him.
Today, much is made of the distinction between attractional and missional ministry. Jesus was on a mission, but He also attracted people. So, what's different today?
People marveled at the way Jesus taught, because He taught with real authority, not like their religious leaders (Matt 7:28-29). What made the difference?
They drew from the same Scriptures, which would be our Old Testament, so it couldn't be a Bible version issue.
What caused the crowd to see a difference between the professional teachers of their day and how Jesus taught? Was is it the miracles? Perhaps to some degree, but it was more the way He taught them.
Why did the crowd see a difference between the professional teachers andJesus?
What about us?
Yes, of course, Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, but He said we (His followers) were to teach as He did—with His authority (Matt 28:18-20). But are we?
Do people throng to mega-churches because of the authoritative style of the pastor? Certainly, many fine teachers can be found. They write books, speak at conferences, and offer podcasts.
But do we see the same passion in their followers as seen with the followers of Jesus in His time?
Are believers so stirred by the truth that their lives are radically transformed? This is what we see in the Book of Acts with the first followers of Jesus and those they discipled.
Are believers so stirred by the truth that their lives are radically transformed?
Incredible resources are available today—in print form, online, mobile apps, and more. There's no shortage of Bible knowledge these days, not in America.
But are all these resources, and all the teaching that takes place in churches, conferences, books, DVD's, and podcasts, transforming people?