Whether you are an experienced, veteran teacher of many years or a new teachers still trying to get your bearing about the whole Sunday School thing; I want to suggest prayer. This sounds so simple & elementary. But after all, you have a teacher’s book and maybe some additional resources and a kit for your age group with lots of helps and suggestions. You may have a good Study Bible with extra stuff you can use. You may be savvy enough to go to the internet and find lots of other resources. You may have even been to a Eagle Eyrie or Ridgecrest of some seminar for SS teachers. Great! Wonderful! More power to you for your resourcefulness! I congratulate you on your preparation! Good job! But there is still something else – prayer.
I remember in college having the opportunity to preach at a local church. I worked on my sermon for many weeks in the college library looking up references, illustrations and finding out all I could about the subject. I was primed & ready to go only to preach & fall on my face & come away feeling like I preached the worse sermon ever. I really had not prayed about it that much. I was doing most of the work on my own. There have been times when teaching Sunday School I have had similar experiences.
I Cor 3:6 Paul writes: I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. Did you catch that last part? It is God who gives the increase after we have given our best to be faithful. Let me suggest that you pray:
> during the preparation time;
> ask God how you are to approach the text & lesson;
> that YOU will be open to God’s method & approach;
> people in the class would be open to receive;
> that there would be a positive change as a result of the text/lesson;
> your class would grow spiritually & in number;
> that God would call laborers from your class;
> the positive spirit of your class will spread to other classes;
> ask your class to pray for you to do your best;
> that you pray more often & more fervently;
> And remember pray without ceasing;
Now go pray, study & prepare and have a great class.
Courtland Baptist Church