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

 

 

May 28 – Pervasive Love 


Alternate Title – God's All Embracing Love

 

Bible Lesson: Jonah 4 (KJV)

 Key verse: Jonah 4:11 (KJV) - "And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?" 

 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

 

 Jonah did not like the people of Nineveh (who were Assyrians) to the extent he considered them his enemies. He selfishly wanted them to be punished by God for their actions. Jonah's thinking was much like the thoughts many of us have at times. One of the most difficult things for us to do is to forgive those who have either wronged us or who we consider bad in nature or even evil. We may find ourselves eagerly desiring the guilty person to receive punishment or misfortune; to suffer as he has caused others to suffer

 

.After he delivered the warning from God to the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:4), Jonah didn't want them to repent and be forgiven by God. He wanted them to be punished and destroyed. But, after he saw that the King and the people had decided to repent, he was very upset that perhaps the Lord will relent and not destroy them (Jonah 4:1).

 

Jonah made a shelter on the east side of the city and waited to see what would happen. No doubt, he hoped to still see the destruction of the city. He was willing to wait even though the hot sun and scorching wind made his stay very uncomfortable (Jonah 4:8). He angrily complained to the Lord that he was upset because he knew He might forgive the people and not destroy them. He said, "I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.Jonah 4:2. This is the practically the same thought which is in Exodus 34:6-7 and Psalm 145:8.

 

God caused a plant to grow and shelter Jonah from the Sun but then caused that same plant to die the next day. Jonah was sorry for the plant because of the protection it had brought to him from the elements. He had compassion for himself even though he knew how he had disobeyed God. On the other hand, he had no sorrow or compassion for the 120,000 Assyrians living in spiritual darkness in Nineveh and was not happy they had repented because he considered them to be enemies. Jonah did not realize that God is the God and creator of all people, even those living in spiritual darkness (Jonah4:11). When a person goes from spiritual darkness to having knowledge and fear of the one true God, it is good, even if it is our enemy.

 

God showed mercy to Jonah by saving him when he was thrown overboard in the dangerous seas, and Jonah should have been willing to appreciate that same mercy for those in Nineveh after they repented. We too must realize that, through His pervasive love, God would rather save than destroy. True forgiveness is a valuable commodity. We say we have forgiven someone for something, but may find ourselves thinking about and reliving the situation years later because we have not truly forgiven the person. Fortunately for us, God is not like that. When he forgives...He forgives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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