Spiritual Growth and Sunday School

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)

             Sunday School/Bible study is about spiritual growth. It is putting into practice God’s Word for life transformation. It requires change of mind, heart and will which the Bible calls repentance (metanoia is the Greek word.) Jesus puts it in the Great Commandment as “loving God with all your heart, soul and mind.” So here are some questions to reflect upon:

Are your class members through Sunday School growing in their knowledge of God?

Are your class members taking on the mind of Christ (See Philippians 2:1-11) and his attitude towards others as a servant?

Are your class members living a different lifestyle than others in the world?

            For us to be effective teachers, it requires more focus on life application. Here are some ways to move in that direction:

 

Make time for discussion that is open. Ask questions of the class that are open-ended in nature towards life application. “Based on the lesson today, what is God saying to you? What needs to change to live out of this text today?”  These are called Kairos moments. It is God showing us something new that we can follow or ignore. “How can I help you/ pray for you to grow in your knowledge, attitudes, and lifestyle to be more like Christ?”

 

Find ways to follow up during the week. Provide questions, inspirational stories and allow discussion to happen during the week about the text. This can be done with a handout to take home and work on, or text, phone calls, Facebook and other technology to send to your class during the week.

 

Set up prayer partners in the class to process during the week. I know I have shared this before, but it works! If you have a prayer partner to talk to during the week, there is a greater chance of accountability towards change. They can process your follow up questions together.

 

Through my discipleship huddle experience, I read this story from Mike Breen’s bonus chapters tied to Building a Discipling Culture about Kairos moments based on Mark 1:14-15:

 

Francis Schaeffer and the 2 snowflakes at Le Brie (Heʼd take his disciples to the peaks

of the Alps and show them 2 rivers: The Rhone and the Rhine. To the left is the Rhone,

the dirtiest river in the world, to the right is the Rhine, the cleanest river that goes by

beautiful French countryside and ends up in the balmy Mediterranean. Up until now, up

until Mark 1, we could only go left. But now we can choose to go right. Kairos moments

are like these snowflakes. There are many of them and we choose what we do with

them. Do we ignore them (and thus the snowflake going left) or do we engage with them

to discover what God is trying to say (and thus the snowflake going right)? We choose

every day.!

 

Now we can choose what to do with these moments. You have the opportunity to live in

and engage with an entirely different reality or shrug it off like you always have!

 

Are you building your house on the rock by allowing God to change you through Kairos moments in Sunday School? For more information about the discipleship huddles, contact John Chandler at  john.chandler@vbmb.org or Laura McDaniel at laura.mcdaniel@vbmb.org from the Spe

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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