I have noticed an odd thing about the way most churches teach Sunday school classes.
Usually, in the youth and young adult classes, the dialectic method of teaching (or thinking) is employed. The typical arrangement is to sit in circles or semi-circles encouraging a more relational and interactive atmosphere. The format is often topical, much dialogue, and informally guided by a discussion leader or facilitator. Everyone is a participant in the process and the class is encouraged to share about “how this verse speaks to me,” or what “I think it means.”
That’s insane. These intellectually vacuous, mush-headed, know-it-alls who think they can discover truth by pooling their ignorance, are the very ones who need to be taught Truth. They need to hear the absolute, authoritative Word of God. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter how one feels about a verse; the only thing that matters is “Thus saith the Lord.” That is called the didactic method. (See the video below for a great illustration of the foolishness and error of this kind of Bible study.)
Where do we generally employ the didactic method of teaching? We do that in the older adult classes. Those are the mature Christians. They are the ones who have walked with God for years. They have knowledge of His Word, and the wisdom to apply it, and they probably know more than the teacher.
Yet in those classes, they open their Bibles and shut their mouths. They sit in rows and listen to a teacher exposit the Truth of the Word of God with authority.
That seems convoluted to me!