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

 

 

July 30 – Amos 
Alternate Title – The Call of Amos

 

Bible Lesson: Amos 7:10-17 (KJV) 

 

Key verses: Amos 7:14-15 KJV - "Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel." 

 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
 
In 931 BC, Israel split into two lesser kingdoms—the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The temple was located in the city of Jerusalem in Judah. This was the only place God had sanctioned for proper worship and giving sacrifices. King Jeroboam I of the northern kingdom didn't want his subjects to go to the southern kingdom to worship for fear they may declare allegiance to King Rehoboam of the southern kingdom (1 Kings 12:26-27).

 

Because of his fear, Jeroboam had two shrines created where he said the people in the northern kingdom could go to worship—at Dan and at Bethel. In these shrines he placed golden calf idols to represent God. This was a clear violation of covenant law (no graven images) such as had been done by the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 32:8) when Moses was away from them. God had been so fiercely angry with those who were worshiping the idol god (Exodus 32:10) that He wanted to destroy them. Jeroboam went even further by going against God's wishes by appointing priests who were not from the tribe of Levi.

 

Amos traveled from the southern kingdom to Bethel in the northern kingdom—the location of one of the shrines—to deliver God's dire warning to Israel. Amos' prophecy came during the reign of King Jeroboam II, which was over 170 years after the shrines had been established. He first communicated a dire warning to the surrounding nations because of their sins. He then delivered a dire warning to Israel itself because of those who worshiped idols and because of the rich and powerful who oppressed the poor.

 

God's message was the pagan shrines will be ruined, and the dynasty of King Jeroboam will come to an end (Amos 7:9). The priest at Bethel (Amaziah) told Amos to leave and go back to Judah to earn his living as a prophet. Amos responded by saying he was not a professional prophet (Amos 7:14) but was a shepherd who had been called away from his flock by God to prophesy to the people of Israel. He was just doing what God had told him to do. To priest Amaziah he also gave a dire prophecy of what would happen to him (Amos 7:17).

 

Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.a baptist minister—at times used the Bible as a reference. Such a reference was made in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"1 when he said, "Was not Amos an extremist for justice? He then quoted Amos 5:24 NASB : "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." This is a familiar statement used by Dr. King on many occasions. In the case of the letter, he was referring to those who had called him an extremist. He was explaining the "extremist" label associated with him was a good thing and not a bad thing, if we consider others who were called extremist such as Jesus, Amos, and Paul.

 

Amos spoke for social justice for those classes in the Israelite society that were oppressed and marginalized by the rich and powerful. One such reference is Amos 4:1 where he calls attention to "you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy." He declared they will be led away with hooks in their noses (Amos 4:2). This was a reference to them being carried into exile.

 

Amos was a willing prophet who did what God told him to. His themes were social justice, God's omnipotent power, and God's judgment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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