Is Sunday School "Old Hat"?
Is it just me or does Sunday School seem just so ‘old fashion,’ like something out of the past, that isn’t relevant anymore?
Some people think Sunday School is just for children. I honestly wonder if many people even think about Sunday School anymore.
Maybe it is the name – ‘Sunday School.’ It doesn’t sound very modern, hip, cool, whatever adjective is popular. It seems like we work so hard to be relevant today that we overlook some traditions, like Sunday School, that could still serve us well.
In the first place, let’s be practical. You can’t beat Sunday School’s timing. Think about it. You know how hard it is to get people together during the week. Sunday morning gives us a time when people are already coming to the Church building. We all come to church seeking. Why not use this time to learn about faith, deepen our commitment to God and one another?
What if we had no Sunday School? What would be lacking in our church? What if throughout history there had been no Sunday School? Would anyone have developed the idea of small-group Bible study? What if you had never attended Sunday School? What would be the state of your spir- itual condition? What blessings would you have missed through the years?
Sunday School is important for people for these reasons.
♦ Sunday School improves your Bible knowledge. When you know and understand God’s Word for yourself, you are more likely to follow God’s Word. The Bible knowledge gained in Sunday School also helps you feel more comfortable in using God’s Word.
♦ Sunday School assists your spiritual growth. Think of Sunday School teachers and class members who have modeled the Christian life. You learned from their examples how to live for Jesus. Most importantly, spiritual growth occurs best in the context of small group Bible study. That’s Sunday School.
♦ Sunday School provides a place to belong. In a Sunday School class you are known. You can share needs and concerns from your life. As you participate in class discussions, you become part of the group.
♦ Sunday School helps you build meaningful relationships. You meet people, learn their names, hear their stories, and meet their families. You share fellowship times with class members. You minister alongside them.
♦ Sunday School gives you opportunities to serve and minister. Contacts with unchurched people gives you the privilege of sharing your faith. You show the love of Jesus by ministering to class members who have needs.
♦ Sunday School has a place for the whole family. In one trip to church your entire family can participate in the important purposes of Bible study, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. You gain the assurance of knowing every member of your family is involved in weekly, small-group Bible study, which is growing their Bible knowledge and helping them grow spiritually.
Why not join a Sunday School class... this Sunday?
- Pastor Jerry