Written Communication Is Inferior To Face To Face

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager


I. Introduction:

A. Yes, I do realize that the Scriptures are written and as such are profitable to be read (Jeremiah 30:1-2, Matthew 21:42, Romans 15:4, and IITimothy 3:15).

1. I am NOT saying there is no benefit in reading (Ephesians 3:4, IThessalonians 5:27, and ITimothy 4:13).

2. However, there is more room for misunderstanding when reading (IIPeter 3:15-18).

B. That being said, even with face to face teaching, reading is necessary (Acts 17:10-11).

1. Those who do not know the written Scriptures will err (Mark 12:24).

2. You just have to be sure to rightly divide what you are reading (IITimothy 2:14-18).

II. Body: Reading What Is Written is Good (Colossians 4:16), But Face to Face Is Better (Acts 15:36 and 3John 1:13-14).

A. How is the Gospel to be taught (Romans 10:14-17)?

1. Go and pass out Bibles - NO (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 17:1-4, Acts 18:8, and IITimothy 2:2)!

2. Even in the Old Testament, they did not just pass out the law (Exodus 24:12, Psalms 51:13, and Nehemiah 8:8).

3. *Even on the first page of my website, I urge people to contact me for studies.

B. Did Jesus send books, tracts, and training courses to teach the Apostles (John 14:26, John 16:13, and Acts 2:1-4)?

1. The Spirit then guided these men to be as “hands on” or “face to face” as possible (Acts 13:2-4, Acts 16:3-10, Romans 15:30-32, and ITimothy 3:14).

2. Again, I am not trying to discourage the benefit of the written word (IICorinthians 9:1, Galatians 6:11, 2Peter 3:1-2, IJohn 1:4).

3. Because of writing, we have the words the Spirit guided the Apostles to teach (ICorinthians 2:9-16).

4. However, the inescapable pattern we see is that teaching in person is more effective than in writing (Acts 8:26-39).

C. Communication is just better in person for many reasons (Colossians 4:7-8).

1. If you want to really know how someone is (Philippians 2:25-30).

2. To know the faithfulness of others (IThessalonians 3:5).

3. To find out what is REALLY going on (IICorinthians 12:20).

4. It is easier, when teaching, to set things in order when you are in person (ICorinthians 11:34).

5. Body language, behavior, eye contact, etc. is easier to read than written text (Isaiah 3:9, Isaiah 3:16, Luke 20:19-23, and Acts 23:6).

III. Conclusion: One cannot deny that communication is better when in person (2John 1:12).


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© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  – Brian A. Yeager