Lessons from the Master Teacher

Present Word in Christ's Way—If you are presenting the Word in Christ's way, your audience will be deeply impressed with the truths you teach. The conviction will come to them that this is the Word of the living God.—Testimonies For The Church 9:143 (1909). Ev 486.2

Patient Love and Interest in the Lost—He taught the people with patient love. His deep, searching wisdom knew the wants of every soul among His listeners; and when He saw them refuse the message of peace and love that He came to give them, His heart felt anguish to the very depths.—Gospel Workers, 49 (1915). Ev 486.3

Meekness and Humility—There was in His manner no taint of bigotry, no cold austerity. The world's Redeemer had a greater than angelic nature, yet united with His divine majesty were meekness and humility that attracted all to Himself.—Mount of Blessing, pp. 29, 30. (1896). Ev 487.1

Hope Inspires Desire and Faith—In every human being He discerned infinite possibilities. He saw men as they might be, transfigured by His grace,—in “the beauty of the Lord our God.” Looking upon them with hope, He inspired hope. Meeting them with confidence, He inspired trust. Revealing in Himself man's true ideal, He awakened, for its attainment, both desire and faith. In His presence souls despised and fallen realized that they still were men, and they longed to prove themselves worthy of His regard. In many a heart that seemed dead to all things holy were awakened new impulses. To many a despairing one there opened the possibility of a new life.—Education, 80 (1903). Ev 487.2

Earnestness and Convicting Power—As men and women listened to the truths that fell from His lips, so different from the traditions and dogmas taught by the rabbis, hope sprang up in their hearts. In His teaching there was an earnestness that sent His words home with convicting power.—Gospel Workers, 188 (1915). Ev 487.3

Radiating Life and Cheer—As He passed through the towns and cities, He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy.—The Ministry of Healing, 20 (1905). Ev 487.4

We may be cheerful. God does not want any sour faces on this ground; the Lord does not want anyone in gloom and sadness; He wants you to lift up your countenance to Him, and let Him just pour upon it the brightness of the light of the Sun of Righteousness.—Manuscript 42, 1894. Ev 488.1

Christ Taught With Authority—While His teaching was simple, He spoke as one having authority. This characteristic set His teaching in contrast with that of all others. The rabbis spoke with doubt and hesitancy, as if the Scriptures might be interpreted to mean one thing or exactly the opposite. The hearers were daily involved in greater uncertainty. But Jesus taught the Scriptures as of unquestionable authority. Whatever His subject, it was presented with power, as if His words could not be controverted.—The Desire of Ages, 253 (1898). Ev 488.2

Desire to Save Sinners—The same intensity of desire to save sinners that marked the life of the Saviour marks the life of His true follower.—Testimonies For The Church 7:10 (1902). Ev 488.3

Impelling Power—The prompt, unquestioning obedience of these men, with no promise of wages, seems remarkable; but the words of Christ were an invitation that carried with it an impelling power.—Gospel Workers, 24 (1915). Ev 488.4