Why Not?! – Three reasons why you should be a part of a Sunday School class or Small Group.

Why should I be a part of a small group or Sunday School class? My answer is, why not? In a Sunday School class, you are afforded the opportunity to gather with a small group of people, centered around God’s Word to accomplish His mission. Here are three reasons why you should be a part of a small group or Sunday School class that meets regularly.

It’s About People – When you join a class or group, it provides you the opportunity to connect with other people. You can pray for, encourage, listen to, share with, minister to other people. As well, they can provide the same for you. When you hear the term, “do life together”; that is what it means. Sunday School and Small groups are about people like you and me.

It’s About God’s Word – Every class or group should be centered around and focused on a discussion about God’s Word. It is the source of the information we need to live the Christian life. Every time we gather together to study and discuss God’s Word; God can change lives. Transformed lives is the primary reason for Sunday School and/or Small Groups.

It’s About Accomplish God’s Purpose – A small group of people, meeting regularly and working together to accomplish God’s unique plan for them in their community and in their lives. A regular, consistent group of people gathered around God’s Word can be equipped, encouraged and engaged in making a difference in the lives of those they interact with every week in the world in which they live. Together we can make a difference.

There are so many more reasons why you should be a part of a Sunday School class or small group. Just know that you need a class or group that meets regularly for the purpose of caring for one another, centered around God’s Word, and engaged in making a difference in our world. Not only that, a lot of people you meet and see every day need something like that too. Why not invite them to join you and let’s do life together.

Join a class or group today.

Sean Keith is the Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Sean has free resources available at www.louisianabaptists.org/churchgrowth and www.revseankeith.com. Follow me on twitter @revseankeith.

The Best Team Ever

I am a proud member of God’s team. That puts me on the winning team. He has called me and equipped me for one purpose—to serve Him. If you are a follower of Christ, God has extended the call to you as well. He has uniquely equipped you for service and ministry. We serve His church and His kingdom. Are you serving? What are your unique “gifts”? How are you using those gifts to accomplish God’s purpose?

If you are a big fan of football, and I am, you understand that it is the team that wins games; not the player. Sometimes I wonder if we forget this principle when it comes to ministry in the church. Service and ministry in and through the local church is not for the few and the proud. God calls and equips ALL of his people to service and ministry in HIS church and in HIS kingdom. We need to work together to accomplish God’s plan. We are better together. We can accomplish more, together.

It is the coach that calls the plays, not the players – We are SO busy! Our calendars are full. Our church calendars are full. It seems there is no margin in our lives for the most important things. We are busy doing lots of good things that we miss opportunities to accomplish great things for God, together. What is God calling you and your church to accomplish together in your community? Let Him call the play and you do your part to the best of your ability.

Just some thoughts…

  1. Listen to God. Obey Him. Do what He wants you to do.
  2. Work with others. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. Ask them, let’s do it together.
  3. Mentor others. People need help in knowing what their next step is in becoming a servant for God. Give them a job. Encourage them and brag on them. Help them succeed.

It is not about us. It is all about God. Let’s take the field (football lingo) and accomplish great things for God—together.

Six Questions for people who are growing spiritually

Do you remember the envelope system? Of course you would place your tithe or offering in the envelope but you also had to check the boxes. Did you bring your Bible? Did you read your lesson? And so on. There were at least six questions you were asked to check every week. Maybe, that’s something we need to bring back. If so, here would be my suggestion.

Did you read your Bible regularly this week?

Did you tithe this week?

Did you pray regularly this week?

Did you have a gospel conversation with someone this week?

Did you perform a random act of kindness towards someone this week?

Did you attend Worship AND Sunday School this week?

What is a spiritually growing person supposed to be involved in every week? What habits or regular activities are they supposed to be engaged in? Asking these questions is not designed to judge people but simply to remind people what is involved in growing spiritually.

I suppose the reason the envelope is not still around is because someone “felt” judged by others and thought these questions were too intrusive. I don’t know. But this I do know, if we don’t start teaching, equipping and encouraging people to do these things, how are we supposed to expect them to grow?

I’m just saying!

Grow Spiritually, 3 things that maturing believers do!

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (HCSB)

Have you heard the quote, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”? Actually You can. If you put a little salt in his oats, he will eventually head to the water tank. I’m not a theological genius but I believe you can encourage people to grow spiritually.

Participation in regular Bible study – In study after study, maturing believer’s credit regular attendance in a weekly bible study as one of the key factors for personal spiritual growth. This actually makes sense. Accountability is one of the key environments needed to keep people focused on God’s Word and His mission. Encourage those you lead to commit to attend more often. If they attend Bible study twice a month, encourage them to make it 3 times a month. You get the point. People need to know that just showing up every week helps. (NOTE: It helps even more if they attend Worship as well).

Accountability Group – This is one of the strongest indicators of maturing believers but also one of the least used methods in study after study. This requires a high degree of accountability and trust. Many people struggle to “go deep” because the cost of trusting someone else is so high. Vulnerability is a significant sign of maturity. A group of 3 to 4 people of the same sex meeting regularly for the purpose of bible study and accountability can significantly increase you spiritual attitude and aptitude. Choose wisely. Consider longer term friends instead of someone you just met.

Read Your Bible everyday – This was identified as the number one attribute of a growing believer in study after study. Nothing takes the place of the individual spending quality time alone with God and His word. Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour; this one thing alone over time equips you to face life’s trials and deepens your faith and trust in God. Read God’s word daily. Pray daily. Meditate on God’s word (read it slowly and over and over again for comprehension). Just take the time to BE with God.