29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” (Mark 11:29-33)
Jesus often used logic to confound the religious leaders and set others free. Logical learners need to be challenged in ways that some teachers never teach.
Logical learners enjoy logic and problem solving. They see patterns in the world, can reason through difficult situations, rely heavily on analogies, like working with abstractions, may be gifted at mathematics and enjoy games and puzzles.
So how do we teach logical learners?
Teach God’s truth towards ideas, not events or people. Socrates once said, “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” Logical learners want to figure things out through the world of ideas, not get bogged down with temporal topics.
Provide object lessons for them to figure out how it applies to the Scripture. I believe in total period teaching. Provide an object in each chair before class starts that goes with the lesson, or have a big object up front. If the passage is on Jesus talking about “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me”, have a yoke at the front of the class. If it is on Jeremiah and the Potter’s house, have Play Doh in every seat or a pottery wheel up front. With an object lesson, people (especially logical learners) are trying to figure out how it applies.
Ask the hard questions, and stay away from pat answers. Logical learners are turned off by our religious easy answers. They want to wrestle with the Scripture.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:12 NIV.) Mature discipleship requires wrestling with Scripture for life application.
Admit when you don’t know all the answers, and let them help you figure it out. Be honest. Logical learners will know when you are not! Let them help research and discuss hard passages. Provide some commentaries and let them do some work. They like discovering truth for themselves.
Logical learners requires teachers to do a little extra work, but the benefits for the entire class are great!