Thoughts on Sunday School (The Church School)
September 17, 2017
Sunday school is a part of the church–actually Sunday school is the church at work and really it should be considered a church school. The church has set forth the narrative: the pastor should be preacher and
teacher, and he will sound the narrative story. The church school teaches the basics of the story. The story and the narrative should always be from the Holy Bible. The narrative should always be Bible subjects. The Christian narrative is the story of Jesus Christ. The subject matter can be about the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The subject can be the early years of Jesus Christ: He grew in Nazareth of the Gentiles. What does that
mean? The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (God’s Son).
Sunday school can and should be a recruiting station for soldiers of the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ recruited, taught, and trained his disciples (Matthew 4:18-24). In Matthew 5-7 is the Sermon on the Mount. I heard the great Welsh Evangelist David Shepherd say: “The Sermon on the Mount is the manifesto of the King!” I heard J. Vernon McGee say the same thing. I will endorse that.
Being a good Christian teacher entails at least five things: (1)Content (the subject matter, the text); (2) Presentation; (3) Illustration;(4) Motivation; and (5) Personal Touch. Every item on that list is
important, and the fourth is key to the success of the narration.
Vance Havner said he was on a train one day, and he looked up in the front and there sat the great R. A. Torrey! He approached the great man and was invited to have some conversation. R. A. Torrey asked, “What are you doing?” Brother Vance Havner said, “Well, some of this and some of that! Preaching here and there, evangelizing, and writing.” R. A. Torrey said, “Paul said this one thing I do. . .”
The narration of the church school should deal with the one goal of recruiting, discipling, and training soldiers of the cross so they can do what they have been trained to do.