Teaching Transferable Truths

Let’s say you’ve just started a small group that involves six of your friends.  And all of them have shown a keen desire to grow spiritually.  They have also shown their support for you and the ministry by committing to attend once a week for the next eight weeks. You have found a convenient location and a time that works for everyone’s schedule.

You must be really excited!  But now the hard part begins….

What do you teach?   If you are like many people just starting a discipleship group, you may teach:

  • The most recent thing you have learned
  • The hottest topic on the minds of your disciples
  • The latest fad in the Christian world
  • A random assortment of topics and ideas
  • Something so complex few others could teach it

Here’s a better idea.  Teach transferable truths.

“transferable” – definition:suitable for transferring: able to be transferred, especially to someone else’s ownership”

When our Lord sent His 11 remaining disciples (after Judas’ betrayal) to go into all the world and make followers of all nations, He told them to teach these new disciples all that He had taught them.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Later, the Apostle Paul gave the same instructions to Timothy. “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).

What were the basic truths of the Christian life that Jesus taught the disciples?

What things had Paul’s disciples learned from him that they were entrusted to pass on to others (so that they could pass them on to others, also)?

We’ll call them transferable truths.

In an effort to help meet the basic needs that young Christians struggle with, and to build strong Christian disciples, many ministries have developed a series of “how to’s” – or “transferable truths” in which they discuss the basic concepts that Jesus and His disciples taught.

A “transferable truth” is an idea or concept that can be transferred or communicated from one person to another and then to another, spiritual generation after generation, without distorting or diluting its original meaning.

In your teaching ministry, stick with the basics.

Use the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid!  It takes a wise person to take the profound and make it simple.  Complicated concepts rarely change lives.  The most basic biblical truths have the greatest impact.  So stick with the “basics.”  Be a collector of illustrations, stories, and physical demonstrations that can make spiritual truth clear and practical.

For materials and Bible studies that will help you teach transferable truths, go to this website:

http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/classics/transferable-concepts/index.htm

Also, look over the Bible study materials recommended within this site–reachinginternationals.com–in the “resources” section.