04 Aug How Do You Learn?
It was always an experience taking my middle daughter to the grocery store when she was younger. She would walk down the isles and literally touch everything she saw. She would pick up cans, shake bags, and grab boxes. It took me a few years to realize that she is a kinesthetic learner, she learns while carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture (auditory learner) or watching demonstrations (visual learner).
How do you learn best?
One of our values at the Summit is Making Disciples. Jesus carried out His mission by making disciples and then commanding them to make disciples. Disciple in its simplest form means learner. As you read through the gospel you see Jesus making disciples using all three learning styles:
- To the auditory learner He preached sermons (Matthew 5-7 – The Sermon on the Mount which teaches the basics of the Christian life)
- To the visual learner He provided demonstrations (Mark 11:12-25 – Jesus curses a fig tree to teach about faith)
- To the kinesthetic learner He give physical activities (John 21:1-25 – Jesus reinstates Peter by helping him catch fish)
My encouragement to us all is this: even though we might have a preferred learning style, all of us need to learn through all three methods. So let’s learn by listening, learn by watching, and learn by practicing. More specifically, let’s learn by listening to sermons and teachings, let’s learn by attending community group and processing with others, and let’s learn by serving the community and caring for others.
And as we do these things, we will be disciples who are making disciples!