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Share Personal Experiences

As you try to teach and share religious principles with others, remember that true stories from your own life often make it easier for others earners to relate to you and understand what you are teaching. Sometimes we think our personal experiences will not be of interest to other people. This is not the case. Stephen R. Covey taught, “The more authentic you become, the more genuine in your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your expression and the safer it makes them feel” (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 267).

When have you been blessed because of your belief in the resurrection?

When have you felt forgiven?

You don’t need to share every detail or names of others involved, but share your feelings.

What choices have you made that have surely brought God joy?

Share these stories and it will amaze you how they reach learners of all ages.


 

Invite Others to Take Action

 

Jesus taught, “If any man will do [God’s]will, he shall know” (John 7:17). It is not enough to talk about faith without also inviting action. Sometimes I actually use the words, “I invite you to . . .” or “I challenge you to . . .”

However, I don’t always make the invitations quite so obvious. Either way, we need to encourage people to do something about what we have taught:

Will you show your faith by going to church?

Will you think about Christ during the day?

When we are teaching religious principles our goal can’t be filling learners’ minds with facts and information. Our goal must be to inspire individuals—no matter the age—to do something about living those principles. That is what wise teachers have done in my life and it is what I try to do as I teach others.

Brad Wilcox
Brad Wilcox has lived in Ethiopia, Chile, and New Zealand; he and his family now make their home amid the Rocky Mountains. Brad taught sixth grade before obtaining his PhD in education from the University of Wyoming. His contributions as an author and teacher have been honored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and his work has appeared in Guideposts magazine and Reader’s Digest. He has served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and has addressed thousands of youth and adults across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children. http://7daychristian.com
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