The Socratic method in asking questions to draw out the learner to really learn so as to understand for themselves, and in the Biblical priority, live it out, is most helpful. Both Scripture and Jesus employed it (not necessarily because they learned it from the Socratic method; I rather doubt it unless it had become a part of societal practice in that day).
When one is spoon fed all the answers, then one is dependent for more spoon feeding. But when one is taken off that by being trained to gather food for themselves, then, in the long run, they are much better off.
This is a new way of teaching for me as well as discoursing that I'm right now learning and putting into practice. So far, so good. For the most part I've stuck to it, though my old propensity to feed them too much information myself, like in lecturing did resurface regretably just this week. But this confirmed to me the tact that I've already been taking as well as making me determined to learn to do this better.
I'm not saying there's never a time for lecture or explanation; we at least need to have pointed questions that end up being helpful towards the goal of a lesson or in making a point. But I will say that generally the best learning occurs from give and take, listening well and drawing out the follower of Jesus or anyone else with questions to help them think through issues and find answers themselves. Too often I have a ready reply for everything, not necessarily in a pat answer, but some kind of reply. But I need to keep framing the knowledge I gather as well as my take on something in question form to see if this will draw others out to do just as well or better. And this is a great way to facilitate learning together.
What have you learned about asking questions?