Duffy Robbins has to be one of the best speakers ever. When I took my YouthSphere certification his classes were always the best. His combination of comedy, improve, and solid principles make all of his teachings easy to retain and learn.
Some of the best take aways from this session so far are:
1: With Biblical Interpretation, if we do not pay attention, when we read scripture the lens of our own experience and our own culture will cause us to see things in scripture that apply to ourselves. However, it will also cause us to look over things that may not apply.
Duffy used an illustration of the Prodigal Son story. In American we see the blowing his money part. but we often over look or underemphasize the famine portion of the story. Because in America one of the worst things you can do is waste your money.
2: The plain meaning of scripture is clear.
We do not need a fancy degree or vast knowledge to interpret plain meaning. However, we do not all understand with equal clarity and it does not give us license to distort the meaning. Also we are fools if we only read scripture, even pastors learn from other pastors, (ie commentaries, etc)
3: Hook, Book, Look, and Took.
Great principle and I actually use an outline of this while preparing sermons. I am actually planning an entire post on this so stay tuned for it in the near future.
How do I get their attention? Pay attention to the fact that all students are at different places in life. (ie crowd, congregation, and core students)
What does the text say?
What does the text mean?
What is the take away? Application.
4: 7 Laws of Learning (Duffy condenses to 6 Laws)
1: You can't teach what you don't know.
-You wouldn't take navigation advice from the captain of the Titanic.
-We must live lives that reflect the text.
2: You can lead a horse to water...
-The learner must be interested, or made to be interested, in the truth to be learned.
-What am I doing to engage my listeners?
3: You cannot learn what you cannot understand.
-The language must be common between teacher and student.
-Use easy to understand terms, may have to explain things like sin to a new believer or a lost student.
4: You cannot learn what you've never heard.
-Every truth to be learned must be learned through a truth thats already known.
-If a student does not know Jesus then the Spiritual Fruits do not mean a lot to that student.
5: We learn best what we learn ourselves.
-You learn not top touch a hot stove by touching a hot stove.
6: We learn best what we can apply.
-Students have no time for concepts. They need application for the concept to make sense.
Thats some of my take away from the first session, stay tuned for the second session and follow my blog after the conference for my complete notes.
Just Keep Swimming!