Here at Through the Gate we have classes everyday. On Friday morning we have a class called Christian Conscience.. We use material from a series by R.C. Sproul, Having a Christian Conscience. Our instructor, Pamela Jones, has our class set up as a table talk discussion. I think that discussion is key in teaching any class. I will explain why.
At Throught the Gate we accept people coming from prison, from jail, or maybe their next step is jail or prison and this is their last opportunity to "straighten up". Whatever the case may be, we are concerned about their belief in Christ and teaching them the doctrines of the Bible and how to live as a christian in a sin cursed world. In order to know anything about them at all we must have discussion with them. What better way to do this than to teach and discuss.
In class Pam has different points about things such as sin and bondage to it, freedom in Christ, worldly morals and the teaching of Christ, and other important topics in the life of a christian. She brings up a topic, we discuss our thoughts on it and then we seek truth in God's word. We know and agree that the Bible is our authority, so if a new believer or someone who has been damaged by some false teaching thinks differently or doesn't understand we can work it out right there and bring to light God's word for them in such a way that they can apply it to their life.
This table talk teaching has proved to be very effective. It brings people out of their fear of talking or saying the wrong thing because the environment is loving and personal. The instructor is not standing in front of the class, but sitting with the students. The questions are given in an open form, so that everyone can say what they think. Everyone prays and agree's on the most important thing-the Bible is the boss!!!
This class is so much fun and we are learning so much about God and about each other. I recommend anyone who teaches a class to do a table talk. You will get deeper in to what you are teaching and your participants will get so much more from the class! Discussion is key!!!
If anyone is interested in learning more about table talk classes or Through the Gate contact us and we will be happy to help!!!