For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10 NASB).
The scribe Ezra set a pattern for us in ministry. He studied, and then practiced what he had learned, and then taught. In many cases we try to short-circuit the process. We try to teach before we have practiced truth. Although we are not perfect, we should be a demonstration of the Biblical principles, not just be able to proclaim them. This happens generally in a lengthy process and usually does not occur only in a classroom. Jesus taught his disciples but then always had them practice what he had taught them. It was in doing that the truth changed from theory to actual practice. In essence, if knowledge does not change our behavior, is it really learning? As Ben Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. Does your church have a component that allows learners to practice and apply revealed truth? If you do not, you are like a carriage without horse. You are not going anywhere.
Ken Barnes – author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing