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Teaching by facilitating discovery

One of the key principles that we at MUP focus on is to always facilitate the discovery process rather than to teach. I’ve been pondering other applications of this process recently.

1. Is it possible to do all of one’s social networking posts in a “purely discovery” mode – e.g. using questions, short posts, prodding discussion, etc?

2. Is it possible to do Adult Sunday School in this mode: share the “Scripture passage” (or perhaps the bigger passage around the lesson “memory verse”), ask the key questions: (1) what is God doing, (2) what should we be obeying, (3) who can we share this story with? Let the class do all the discussion? Do no teaching? Don’t answer questions? Just ask, “What do you think? What does the Scripture say? How can you obey the Scripture this week?”

3. Is it possible to teach all Perspectives lessons (even lessons like the life of William Carey, a biography for example) using a “discovery” mode? Maybe, write out a brief, succinct form of the biography. Share it around, spend the first 15 minutes of the class reading it in tables or pairs. Then, ask the questions: (1) what was God doing in the life of William Carey? (2) how did Carey respond? (3) Do we see God doing this in our life? (4) What should we be doing in response? Or similar questions? What questions would you add?

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