Teaching

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Teaching

Who is your favourite teacher? Many of us can think of teachers who have been really good to us, are kind and funny, make subjects interesting and take extra time to help us when we are struggling. Did you know that one of the titles that Jesus was given was ‘Rabbi’, or ‘Teacher’? Thousands of people of different ages, jobs and communities went to hear Jesus teach. What drew such big crowds? What made Jesus such a great teacher?

The subjects Jesus talked about are universal. That means, he spoke about things that matter to everyone and affect all of us at some time. Jesus talked about love, life, death, marriage, worry, money and power. Jesus spoke to young and old, rich and poor, those in power and those who disliked those in power. He spoke to people from his own Jewish background, and those who weren’t Jews.

Jesus’ teaching wasn’t always popular especially with the religious leaders of the day. Many couldn’t understand how a young man from a fairly poor background could have such wisdom and knowledge, and they didn’t like being challenged by some of the things Jesus said about the way they behaved.

However, many did hear and welcomed Jesus’ teaching and sought to follow it. Jesus’ teaching is recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and for Christians it helps them better understand what God is like and how they can best live their lives to please Him.

This section contains articles on some of the topics Jesus spoke about and how Christians apply it today. You might discover some sayings you recognize, such as “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Can you track down where in the Bible this teaching comes from?

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Teaching Articles

Jesus’ teaching – giving

What did Jesus teach about giving?

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Jesus’ teaching – giving

What did Jesus teach about giving?

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Jesus put things in perspective one day at the temple when He and His disciples saw just how much a widow put into the offering plate.

Jesus’ teaching – prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Jesus’ teaching – prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Watch the film to find out what Jesus taught about prayer, and how we can talk to God as we would a close friend.

Jesus’ teaching – worry

What did Jesus teach about worry?

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Jesus’ teaching – worry

What did Jesus teach about worry?

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Watch the film to find out what Jesus taught about worry, and God providing for us the things we need if we trust Him to.

Jesus’ teaching – reconciliation

What did Jesus teach about revenge & reconciliation?

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Jesus’ teaching – reconciliation

What did Jesus teach about revenge & reconciliation?

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Watch the film to find out what Jesus taught about revenge and reconciliation, and how we can be forgiven by God. As God forgives us, we also should forgive other people.

Lazarus and the Rich Man – Meeting the needs of others

What did Jesus teach about looking after others?

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Lazarus and the Rich Man – Meeting the needs of others

What did Jesus teach about looking after others?

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Have you ever given money to charity? Maybe you’ve bought the Big Issue or given to someone busking in the street? Perhaps you chose to give in other ways? Jesus told a story about a rich man and a begger called Lazarus. In fact it’s […]

The Sermon on the Mount-Revenge and Love of Enemies

Learn what Jesus meant by Love your Enemies.

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The Sermon on the Mount-Revenge and Love of Enemies

Learn what Jesus meant by Love your Enemies.

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“You have to admit, love your enemies is a strange thing to say. I couldn’t quite believe it as I heard his words ripple through the crowd. What, even the Romans who have come to occupy our land? How are we supposed to love them? The […]

The Sermon on the Mount – Charity, Prayer and Fasting

What did Jesus have to say about giving, praying and going without?

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The Sermon on the Mount – Charity, Prayer and Fasting

What did Jesus have to say about giving, praying and going without?

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Have you ever raised money for charity? Maybe you have done a sponsored walk, worn a red nose or had your hair shaved off. Many people like to support charities. They make a big difference raising money for lots of worthy causes. In the past many people […]

The Sermon on the Mount -Adultery and Divorce

What did Jesus say about adultery and divorce?

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The Sermon on the Mount -Adultery and Divorce

What did Jesus say about adultery and divorce?

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Discussing relationship breakdown can be very emotive especially when unfaithfulness is involved. When Jesus tackled the issue of being unfaithful in marriage and marriage breakdown it’s important to have some understanding of the culture to which he was speaking. In the Old Testament if a man […]

The Sermon on the Mount – Oaths, Vows and Promises

What did Jesus say about making promises?

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The Sermon on the Mount – Oaths, Vows and Promises

What did Jesus say about making promises?

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“I swear to God”, “God only knows”, “It’s the God’s honest truth” ever heard phrases like this before? Jewish people made many promises by swearing oaths or making vows. It was a way of trying to persuade someone they were telling the truth, covering up a lie, or […]

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The Sermon on the Mount – Riches and Posessions

What did Jesus say about money?

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Money, you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. Money is a necessary part of life. We all need money and most of us would like at least a little extra money for those special treats. But when we become so focused […]