Take into consideration what means Jesus used most. Sure there’s some overlap, but it does seem that He spent a lot of time giving instruction. Which means He was hands on with His students. He was heavily involved with teaching, informing and instructing. What means do you find yourself using most often? Do you do a lot of preaching, declaring, talking, confirming AT others. Or are your conversations more interactive? Obviously, there’s a time and place for both, but what did Jesus model for us most often?
I ask you to please…
Next time we’ll look at how I should desire my communication to come across at times.
Begin with some research and study…know what to say before you say something at all so you can be more effective in the moment that they’re allowing you to speak into them. If you’re ignorant about the subject at hand and or not prepared, then be patient and ask God to do a work in you before you attempt to do a work in someone else. Just when you think you know enough, strive to know more. BUT don’t give up or avoid attempting to know more…we’re all called to knowing and are responsible for what we do and or don’t know.
I ask you to please…
Next time we’ll answer the question, “I can answer/respond/explain by means of what?”
I haven’t forgot about y’all. This 12-part study that I’ll be sending you in the weeks to come has taken me quite some time and I didn’t want to send it out until it was completed. I read through the Book of Mark several times before finalizing this study…proved to be a very rewarding time spent thinking on the things of the Lord.
Lately, I’ve been trying to read through the Books of the NT with a fresh pair of eyes (started with 1 Thessalonians and then went straight to Matthew and Mark after reading Revelation). Each time that I begin a different Book I ask the Lord how He’d have me approach it. As I got to the Book of Mark the Lord led me to study the different styles of communication that I noticed Him using in this particular Book. So I started jotting down the different styles of communication in my page columns of my Bible as I read a chapter each night. And then I attempted to group them together at the conclusion of my study. Some of my points could very well overlap and some are subjective, but other points were clearly spelled out in the verse itself (for instance, “Jesus rebuked,” or “Jesus cried out”...He’s telling us what style specifically in those verses).
Why this study…First of all, it was God-led. Secondly, so I can know how to better communicate His words, and His words only to others. I wanted to learn from, and implement, some of His styles of communication and maybe pick up on some that I haven’t been including in my messages/lessons very often in the past. My main goal is for others to see and hear Him and not me when I’d speak/write. Are they hearing my agenda, or His? And am I relaying it the way He’d have me to or am I hoping for the attention?
I attempted to put the sections in somewhat of an order, and I also attempted to lump together some headings that are similar in style…and again, I’m not saying that my outline and points are exactly what the Holy Spirit had in mind as He wrote the Book of Mark…these are just helpful reminders for me to consider as I relay His Word to those who give me a listening ear. Although, I don’t think anyone would argue that there is a time for each of the following styles to be used, right? As we go through this 12-part study together let me encourage each of you to ask the Lord to reveal to you which style He’d have you think on and then implement in His perfect way and time, if you aren’t already.
As someone who has an opportunity to speak into others, please know that I take this opportunity very seriously and also please know that I’m not attempting to deviate from His divine intent.
I’ll begin each section with “I ask you to please…” because I feel that healthy communication is a welcoming in from the listener…not a forcing myself in as a speaker/writer…I have found that polite ways of communicating are better than forceful approaches. I’d rather build relationships than build walls…that’s when we’ll get somewhere together and not alone. Following that request, I’ll jump right into explaining what I took from the verses that are included with the headings. Hope I haven’t lost you already. Praying you’ll give this study a chance and that you’ll benefit from it as much as I have. Enjoy!
Practicing His Presence,
I’ve entitled this message, I thought I knew you.
The phrase, “Just when you think you know someone…” is typically followed by what? Here are a few quotes that may answer this for us…
Card Game…Merry Dissmas.
Allow me to describe for us a few I thought I knew you moments in relation to the Last Supper…
Consider the Disciples at the Last Supper…They thought they knew each other.
Consider Peter at the Last Supper…He thought he knew himself.
I love good commercials…the genuinely funny one’s are my favorite.
Here’s an Allstate commercial where two friends are tailgating before the big game.
Link to the Allstate Commercial
That leads us into our final thought to consider…
Consider Christ…He knew His Disciples.
Time of reflection…What about you?
Truth is…He knows you. The question is…do you know Him? You may think you know Him, but what steps are you taking to really get to know Him in a greater, more intimate way?
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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