Jesus Used Object Lessons And You Should Too
They say that, “Variety is the spice of life” and this is especially true of preaching. It’s very easy to get into a routine (think rut) with our preaching and miss the impact that variety can have on our audience and also on us in our preparation. I read a Thom Rainer awhile back called ” 6 Preaching Methods Jesus Used and You Should Too” and I thought I would share each element with you and add resources that will help drive each point home.
5. Jesus Used Object Lessons
Jesus often used object lessons to communicate to his audience. He washed the feet of the disciples to teach servant leadership (John 13:3-17). He called a little child to him to discuss childlike faith (Matthew 18:1-4). He described unselfish giving after watching a widow drop two small coins into the temple offering (Mark 12:41-44).
When he told the parable of the sower, there is a good chance he was standing near a field. Visually communicated truth is far more powerful than mere stated truth. If you want to preach like Jesus, use objects lessons. Block out time in your sermon preparation to be creative. Think of ways to communicate your message visually. That’s what Jesus did.
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:33-35)
Don’t give me the line, “Object lessons are just for kids!!” Every time I have watched an object lesson the adults are just as enthralled as the kids because there is a kid in each one of us.
Here are a couple of sites with object lessons you can bookmark:
Here’s one object lesson I definitely want to learn.
Make a plan and include at least one object lesson in your next preaching series.
“Remember adults love object lessons just as much as kids if not more.”