I have stated before that the “Why” behind Sunday School and Small Groups are two-fold:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40 NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
So how do we etch this in stone for each Bible study group? Here are some thoughts:
Pray each Sunday for the Unchurched. Praying for the unchurched leads us to concentrate on reaching the unchurched. Teachers must include this piece as part of their opening and closing prayer each time you meet.
Pray each Sunday for someone in the class to become a teacher of a new class. I believe (because of the “why”) that every teacher is a missionary and disciple maker. Teachers are to mentor someone from their class to become a teacher. If you are a disciple maker, then it is natural for you to mentor someone else to teach!
Have a prospect notebook in every class and encourage class members to pray for individuals in the notebook. (If you need a template, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you one.) Every class needs a list of prospects, and as people pray, they will seek to contact those prospects.
Encourage your class to do an ongoing service project every year. This is a way to get every class member to be a missionary and follow The Great Commission. Perhaps a local community ministry and supporting a worthy partnership outside the community. A great one outside the community is More Than Nets. Here is the link to read about how to get involved, and what it is about: http://bgav.me/1qdYiMV When class members get involved with service projects, they begin to look beyond themselves.
For the classes to grow and multiply, expressing the “why” is necessary!