Sunday School

Overview

Important Information

Time: Every Sunday 9:30 – 10:3am

For: School age students & adults

 

Curriculum: Curriculum published by Urban Ministries Inc. is normally used. Appropriate-grades materials are chosen for each class.

 

Materials: Topical

 

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of First Baptist Church Sunday School is to teach and lead people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through open bible study groups that engage people in evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, in ministry and worship.  Matthew 28:19-20

 

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.”

 

The Sunday School Ministry’s spiritual based curriculum is structured to reach and, teach  all people, including converts, through relevant teaching methods that will meet the needs of the new age learner. II Timothy 2:15

 

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth

 

Statement to the Staff

As Sunday School Leaders, God has placed you in a role of unique importance in transforming the lives of individuals both inside the church and those that will be touched by the church. Your role is to continually gain new understandings and skills, that will produce a strong, healthy Sunday School that is being lead by the Holy Spirit to develop life-transforming Bible teaching.   Romans 12:2

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Why we teach Children

Adults send messages to children all the time by their behavior.  Sometimes these messages discourage children, demean their worth or diminish their hope. But a Sunday School teachers who arrives week after week to faithfully love and look at, smile and listen to children, sends messages through behavior, too. Those messages say:

 

“You are important to me and to God; I choose to spend time with you.”

“Your opinions and feelings matter to me because who you are matters to God.”

“You are valuable not someday, but now.”  “You are not a problem to me.”

“You are God’s gift. I am glad you are here!”

 

Where else in the world can a disheartened child find such affirmation?  What better way could a lonely child find the welcome, acceptance and love that is in Christ?  This is how God’s Kingdom comes week after week, building life upon life. To become faithful givers of such cheerful loving and patient teaching, we must surrender ourselves to the love of God in Jesus Christ.

 

Only He can empower us to love unselfishly, consistently and genuinely so that what we do sends the message that is truly from His heart. Then our behavior will say that even without monetary compensation, without applause or appreciation, we choose to love them purely because we value them for who they are, because we know Jesus loves them and because we know eternity would not be complete without their shining faces.  John 14:26

 

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

 

ELEVATOR PITCH

Sunday school provides an intimate setting where the word of God is taught in a way that it’s relevant   to all people. We teach God’s word through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that lives will be transformed into servants and Disciples of Christ.

 

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Class Assignments /Locations/Grade

Drop Offs/Pick Ups

The classrooms are usually opened about 5-10 minutes before class begins. Teachers are requested to be there at that time.  Preschool/Kindergarten, Elementary I and II students  must not be dropped off unless the teacher or assistant is there.    Parents are requested to wait outside the classroom until the students are dismissed.  Parents may speak to the teacher with questions or comments after class.

 

Schedule & Class Assignment Location

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our preschool /Kindergarten class cares for our younger children age 3-5, and meets in the Head Start trailer. 

 

Elementary I

Our Elementary I class is located in the Head Start trailer.

 

Elementary II

Our Elementary II class is located in the Church upstairs.

 

Junior High

Our Junior High class is located in the Church upstairs. 

 

High School

Our High School class is located at the Linda Vista House.

 

Young Disciples

Our Young Disciples class is located at the Linda Vista House.

 

Young Adults

Our Young Adults class is located in the Church balcony.

 

Adult Women Class

Our Women Sunday School class is located in the Church Sanctuary.

 

Adult Men Class

Our Men Sunday school class is located at the Linda Vista House.

 

Christian Growth Class

Our Christian Growth class is a coed- adult class is located in the Church choir loft.

 

Lessons for the Week

 

December 9 – Choose to Love and Serve God 
Alternate Title – Love and Serve God


Bible Lesson:
 Joshua 24:1-3A, 13-15, 21-24 (KJV) 
Key verse: Joshua 24:15 (KJV) - "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:Who Was Joshua?Before we can completely understand the importance of the lesson for today, we should discuss briefly who Joshua was. He was one of the twelve spies initially sent into the land of Canaan to explore it and report back. All the spies reported the land was indeed bountiful (Numbers 13:27), but was protected by a powerful people (Numbers 13:28). Only two of the spies - Joshua and Caleb - had enough faith in God to believe the Lord would give them victory regardless of the odds (Numbers 14:9). As a result of their faithfulness, the Lord vowed that those two would be the only ones 20 years old and older who would enter the promised land (Numbers 14:30). The rest would die in the wilderness they would be made to travel through (Numbers 14:29) for 40 years.Joshua was singled out by God to succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites (Numbers 27:23). It was he who led the people into the land of Canaan to possess it (Joshua 1:1-2). The Lord promised His faithfulness to Joshua (Joshua 1:5). When they were poised to cross the Jordan River, the Lord promised a miracle which would make Joshua a great leader in the eyes of the Israelites (Joshua 3:7). The first miracle was that the Jordan River stopped flowing and allowed the people to cross over on dry land (Joshua 3:16) just as they had crossed on dry land at the Red Sea. The second miracle God performed for them while under Joshua's leadership was at Jericho. The fortified city of Jericho, with its massive walls, stood in their way to advance through Canaan. Under the Lord's instruction, they marched around the city once each day for six days. But on the seventh day, they marched around the city for seven times and after a great shout by the people, the walls fell and the Israelites rushed in and captured the city (Joshua 6:20). Joshua's Final Words to Israel

As a result of our review of Joshua's past, we know his words mattered. He was the God-appointed leader of Israel (Numbers 27:23) and one who had led the Israelites into the land of Canaan to possess it. God had performed miracles for him just as He had done for Moses.Joshua was nearing the end of his life (Joshua 23:2) and had decided it was time to address all the tribes of Israel about their dedication to the Lord. He called together all twelve tribes, including their elders, leaders, judges, and officers (Joshua 24:1). He spoke to the people as God's spokesman (in the first person). He recounted the fatefulness of the Lord to them from the days of Abraham all the way through the conquest of the nations of Canaan (Joshua 24:1-13). God had given them victory over their enemies and they had received the land He had promised them - the land of Canaan (Joshua 24:13).He wanted the people to declare their faithfulness to the Lord. To do otherwise could mean great disaster for them in the future. Just as God gave them the good things He promised, He can also bring destruction if they disobey Him (Joshua 23:15). If they break the covenant and start worshiping idol Gods, they could be removed from the good land He had given to them (Joshua 23:16).At Mt. Sinai, Moses asked the people, "Who is on the Lord's side?" (Exodus 32:26 KJV). In effect, Joshua was asking the people the same thing. He conveyed to the Israelites it was time to declare their allegiance to God. If they didn't want to, he challenged them to choose on that day whom they wanted to serve (Joshua 24:15). The people responded, "We will serve the Lord our God and obey Him" (Joshua 24:24).Joshua's message is just as valid to us on this day as it was over 3,400 years ago. We cannot serve two masters. We must either be on the Lord's side and serve Him or on the side of the worldly idols of today. If we prefer to play golf or go fishing rather than going to church; if we prefer to watch football rather than listening to a sermon at church; if we rather lie and cheat than worship Jesus; then we deserve whatever outcome will be. When faced with the decision whether or not to be on the Lord's side, may you be led to respond as Joshua did, "...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

 



12Dec
Bible Study Series: "The Struggle is Real" Wednesday, Dec 12 @ 12:00 PM
19Dec
Building for Kingdom Impact Wednesday, Dec 19 @ 7:00 PM
20Dec
Building for Kingdom Impact Wednesday, Dec 19 @ 7:00 PM
22Dec
Candlelight Christmas Program Saturday, Dec 22 @ 5:00 PM
23Dec
 
 

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8am & 11am: Worship Service
9:30am: Sunday School

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