After Jesus told them to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he then told them to teach Bible stories.  Actually, this is the truth.  We are told repeatedly to tell the stories of God’s faithfulness from one generation to the next (Ps 71:18).  But this Scripture takes it a step beyond and gives the focus of our teaching:  we teach others to obey.

We don’t just teach so that there is increased knowledge.  We don’t teach for teaching’s sake.  We teach for obedience.  But how do we do this and not become some control freak church or ministry?  Or a church or school that teaches knowledge but not obedience?

The only true way to approach this is to ask, “How did Jesus teach obedience?”