We hear from so many discouraged Sunday School teachers. The kids are rowdy, the resources are limited, or their church keeps loosing families. Even the best Sunday School lessons can fall flat on occasion. All this problems can weigh down the best teachers and even lead to burnout in ministry.
Today, we want to give you a boost.
Your Sunday School class is important. It matters to the kids, it helps parents fulfill their mission and most importantly it matters to God – because Jesus loves kids.
Sunday School Matters – Jesus Loves Kids
Just look up some Bible verses about children. You’ll quickly see that scripture leaves no doubt that children matter to God.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.Jesus speaking in Luke 18:16 NIV
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”Jesus speaking Mark 9:37 NIV
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”Jesus speaking in Luke 18:17 NIV
Parents Need Spiritual Backup – Sunday School Can Make a Difference
- It supports godly parenting. The church was never meant to be the exclusive faith teacher of children. Instead, God’s plan was for the two institutions (church and family) to form a partnership
- It helps nudge some parents into more faithful attendance. Usually, parents become more involved in the church when their kids become more involved in the children’s ministry.
- It brings unchurched families in contact with the Gospel. In our culture, reaching children is one of the most effective ways to make contact with unchurched families.
Every Soul Matters to Jesus – Even if Your Sunday School Class is Small
If we look at the example of Christ (which as Christians of course we must do), it is pretty obvious that individual lives matter. Jesus did reach out to the masses and preach strong widely heard messages. But a huge part of His ministry also involved personal relationships. Jesus valued His friendships, evidenced clearly by interactions with His disciples. He also exerted influence on people by simple conversations and time spent.
We see Him with Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, and the Samaritan woman at the well…not to mention the countless individuals healed and blessed by His hands. Jesus ate with tax collectors and scoffed at Pharisees. He answered questions and demonstrated true care and devotion to life. This is the way to win souls. It is not through tracts or amphitheater sermons, but relationships. We are promised that our efforts and interactions will not be wasted, no matter how large or small our audience…
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” -Matthew 18:19-20