Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Jesus taught in parables. The majority didn’t really understand. They probably went home thinking that his stories were interesting but didn’t really get the meaning.
Since I believe the pastorate and mission work is based on discipleship I always look for these verses.
Jesus taught publicly but he expounded privately. Notice the phrase, when they were alone, that is when Jesus really explained what He was teaching. I remind each of you that is not about pulpit time but alone time.
The work goes forward by the amount of time the leader is willing to spend alone. You know that alone meant 13 men together, minimum in this story.
But I think the key was that it is different when they can ask questions and respond. I think that many times in the American church we miss this opportunity. We think that it is about coming and listening and then getting up and going on our way.
Real growth will come when you seek out the man of God and ask questions. Spend some personal time together.
That is why I go to my office and sit and talk with the men. The problem is that many want to talk about unrelated and unimportant things. The real discussion should be what God is doing in our lives.