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

 

February 17 – Praising God's Mighty Works 
Alternate Title – Our Mighty God


Bible Lesson:
 Psalm 66:1-9, 16-20 (KJV) Key verse: Psalm 66:1 (KJV) - "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:The guiding principle of this lesson is how our praise and worship of God should be active and not passive or dormant. We will learn the importance of our grateful testimony as part of our praise of God. But, also in this lesson, we will be reminded that in addition to pleasing Him through the words from our mouth, we should especially please Him with our inward thoughts; that is to say - where our heart is (Psalm 19:14 KJV). This is evident in what God told Samuel: "People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).In the reference text, we are invited to hear how God has blessed the psalmist individually: "Let me tell you what He has done for me" (Psalm 66:16 NIV). This is a personal declaration and testimony which is intended to help lead others to God. All of us who love God should have a story—a personal testimony—of how God has impacted our life. This could be how He has saved us from some terrible situation or how He has brought us safely through tough times. Or this could be the gratitude we have for the salvation He has given us through the sacrifice of His son on the cross. We should not hold this testimony internal but should tell others about it. By doing so, we can be the instrument that helps lead others to God.Also included in the psalmist's testimony is a warning to not cherish sin (Psalm 66:18 NIV). If we willfully commit sin—especially the same sin—over and over, God may not listen to our prayers. The psalmist declares with confidence that his (or her) prayer was heard by God: "But God surely listened and has heard my prayer" (Psalm 66:19-20 NIV). In the spotlight is the intention of the psalmist to encourage us to take an active role in praising God (Psalm 66:1-3 KJV). We are directed to actively do something in the worship and praise of Him, and not just remain passive. These three verses denote action, and exclaim that all of nature—all the world— owes God praise and should join in to praise His name, glory, and power.In the King James Version of Psalm 66:1 (KJV), we start with "Make a joyful noise," while in NIV version of Psalm 66:1 (NIV) we start with "Shout for joy." Both statements indicate the same action on our part; to verbally praise God. In Psalm 66:2 we start with "Sing," and in Psalm 66:3 we begin with, "Say." These are also words of action. All three verses encourage us to actively participate in the praise of the Lord.[NOTE: The meaning of the word "terrible" in Psalm 66:3 (KJV) is to be interpreted as "awesome" or "mighty" in reference to our Lord.]Today, we may find that when we sing a song of praise or a song of gratitude, we are just reading words out of the hymnal and paying little attention to what the words are saying to us. This is taking a passive role. But, to understand the message of the words and to sing the song with meaning is taking an active role. As an example, some of us who the Lord has brought through tough times, use the song, "He's Sweet, I Know" (by A. Jackson) as our personal testimony. It reminds us personally of God's faithfulness to us and the impact of His grace and mercy on our life. It reminds us how grateful we should be for Christ our Savior.In addition to God's impact on our individual lives, the psalmist also reminds us of the awesome deeds God has done for all of humanity (Psalm 66:5 NIV). Psalm 66:6 reminds us how God used His great power (in Exodus) to part the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross on dry land and escape the enemy. Just as He saved them from certain disaster, we should praise Him greatly because, as it was with the Israelites, our very lives are also in His hands (Psalm 66:9). "Let loose" is a phrase which suggests releasing inhibition and restraint. Using that definition, the psalmist is telling us to let loose and praise the Lord. Joyously praise him with singing and with words of testimony. Even in prayer, we should learn to let loose and praise God with words of adoration (Psalm 66:3). The psalmist projects a sense of excitement and anticipation in worship and in gratitude to God. We would expect no less behavior in heaven, so we might as well start practicing now (Revelation 19:5-6 NIV).Just as King David "let loose" and danced before the Lord as the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem, we should not be ashamed to express ourselves in worship (2 Samuel 6:14-15). Jesus said, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).We don't want to be like David's wife, Michal, who was critical of David for his show of joy in dancing to the Lord (2 Samuel 6:16). Her contempt for his actions didn't make David ashamed of celebrating what the Lord had done for him (2 Samuel 6:21). He was ready to celebrate to even a greater extent (2 Samuel 6:22). He was taking an active role in praising God.Worship is more than just showing up for Sunday services. Worship is more than singing a song of praise or reading Scripture. Worship is a lifestyle; how we live every day of our life. It is how we express our love and gratitude to God during all times and during all circumstances. The lesson for today reminds us to praise our mighty God for His mighty works in our life and throughout the history of humankind.

 



23Feb
Crab Feed: Black History Celebration Saturday, Feb 23 @ 1:00 PM
27Feb
Noon-Day Bible Study Wednesday, Feb 27 @ 12:00 PM
27Feb
Evening Bible Study Wednesday, Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM
01Mar
 
 

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

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