Ways We Learn

We learn in three ways: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Visually we learn by what we see. These persons are known as visual learners.

Auditorily, we learn by what we hear. These persons readily learn from being told information and insight.

Kinesthetically, we learn when we process information while being physically active or engaged, that is, we learn by what happens to us. Example, if in youth we put our hand on a hot object we learn not to touch hot objects. Another example of a kinesthetic learning experience is when a child learns to ride a bike. They can read instructions or listen to instructions, but deep learning occurs via the process of doing it.

The Bible helps us learn all three ways.

Visually we learn by reading the Bible. “Study to show yourself a workman approved by God.” Reading the Bible is most often a wonderful way to learn.

Auditorily we learn by hearing Bible truth. That is why it is important to expose yourself to good Bible preaching and teaching.

Kinesthetically we learn through our experiences, that is, what happens to us in light of the Bible truths with which we are familiar. The Bible helps us know how to process the things that happen to us. If our experiences are properly responded to in the way the Bible says, we have a good experience. The next time something similar to that experience happens we know the value of responding that way.

We can and should learn Bible truths in all three ways. How we learn is important, however, of even more importance is what we learn.

Therefore, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” (Proverbs 19:20 ESV)

For the sake of those who learn visually show them the truth.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13 ESV)