Training (not teaching)

One of the ObeyGC2 values is that work is done by training rather than merely teaching.

OK, maybe this is just semantics, but there is an important principle here. When we hear the word “teaching” we tend to connote the idea of mental acquisition without any assumed effect upon a person’s behavior. The word “training” is usually used in such a way as to connote a behavior which is learned. For some reason, though, training is often viewed as a lower level of instruction, though it is often far more practical. At any rate, ObeyGC2 is about helping people change their lives for the better and become involved in helping others change their lives for the better. In other words, it is a training of practitioner-trainers in areas which will improve lives both spiritually and physically. It is not interested in creating ivory tower theories or theorists, but in changing lives.

Rom 6:11-14

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Titus 2:11-15a

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach.

Titus 3:14
14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

1 Peter 3:1-2
3:1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

2 Cor 5:17-18
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.