REASON #20 - Sunday School Is The Teaching Arm Of The Church
You must teach these things and encourage your people to do them, correcting them when necessary. You have the authority to do this, so don’t let anyone ignore you or disregard what you say. (Titus 2:15)
One of the big concerns of Christian leaders today is the fact that many individuals and families are attending only the worship service of their church and are not involved in any in-depth Bible study, such as Sunday school. But, you may say, “Well, at least they attend worship. Most people don’t even do that. So, why do they need to do anything more?
First of all, we need to ask, “What is worship?” Worship – by its very definition – isn’t about getting, it’s about giving! In worship we come together to give God our thanksgiving, our praise, our offerings, our songs, our prayers, etc…that’s what God demands of us. And, if we come away from worship uplifted, inspired and renewed…well, that’s a bonus!
“But,” they might add, “I hear the pastor’s sermon, isn’t that enough?” Sermons are great, but quite honestly, most sermons are “one-size-fits-all.” In other words, one message is presented to the entire congregation for members to pick and choose things that might be of interest to them and fill a need that that person has today. And, did you ever wish that you could ask the pastor a question right in the middle of his or her sermon? It’s not really the thing to do, is it? But, in Sunday school, we can ask questions, we can discuss, and we can share personal experiences and insights as together we “dig in” to God’s Word and look for the answers to the specific questions that we might have.
Sunday school and worship are both great! They both have their purpose! But, they are different, and because they are different and have different purposes, every person of every age should be attending both worship and Sunday school! We hope to see you in both services this week and every week!
Questions To Think About: How are the Sunday school and worship services of your church different? How are they the same? Why is it important for all persons of all ages to attend both?
Prayer Suggestion: Pray for the teachers of your church and Sunday school.
A Call To Action: Visit the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association’s website (www.SundaySchoolHelp.org) and take our “Are You Smarter Than A Sunday School 5th Grader?” Bible quiz. See how many of the questions you can get right. Then challenge your friends to take the quiz and see how you compare.