The original goal of a liberal arts education was to equip people so that by the time they graduated from college they would know how to study any topic on their own. That’s why it’s called “Liberal Arts” – because the goal was to liberate people from needing someone to teach them!
Ever wonder why in college you have to take so many courses “you’re never going to use?” It stems from this educational philosophy. The goal wasn’t to cram content in, but to equip you with as many different learning tools possible since there are different ways of learning different topics. Studying biology requires different tools than learning physics!
I was blessed to be discipled by Barb Choate for two years when I was in college. But you know, Barb didn’t teach me all I needed to know for walking with Jesus these past 30 years. What she did was lay a foundation, helping me learn how to learn from Jesus so I could keep following Him.
All those spiritual disciplines – they are not ends in themselves, but ways of learning to learn – of helping you show up for Jesus to teach you.
Having a quiet time? That’s learning to listen – a foundational part of the learning process – it all starts here!
Scripture memory? That’s learning to remember – another key part of learning!
Fasting? That’s learning to focus!
Praying? That’s learning to ask questions and interact with your teacher! :0)
Bible study? That’s learning how to observe, interpret and apply!!! Especially when you teach how to inductively study God’s Word.
So don’t feel like it all depends on you to teach someone everything they need to know when you are meeting with them. And be careful you don’t disciple in a way that promotes the person you meet with becoming dependent on you! (btw that’s a quote from my husband! :0) Instead, equip her with tools, helping her learn to learn from Jesus and you will be laying a foundation for a lifetime of learning!