Sunday School Awareness Campaign
KISS -- Kome Into Sunday School
Sunday School is for Learning About Jesus
Sunday School is a time to learn about Jesus in a very special way. First we meet in the Sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. for a pre-assembly meeting. We sing praises to God and even take requests, so you can sing your favorite song!
The Sunday School offering will be used to purchase Bibles for the children's classes so they can learn to study God's Word. We have had this special offering for two Sundays and have collected $50.67. This is a great start! So remember to KISS (Kome Into Sunday School) this Sunday.*
*Note of explanation: Some of the articles refer to KISS (Kome Into Sunday School). This was part of a campaign to promote Sunday School attendance.
This week the adult Sunday School class studied Luke 14:25-35 -- The Cost of Being a Disciple. Being a Christian means being totally and completely committed to Christ, not just making a half-hearted attempt to serve Him.
Won't you please consider increasing your commitment to Christ by coming to Sunday School to learn more about what it means to be a Christian? We look forward to seeing you this Sunday when we all KISS* (Kome Into Sunday School).
*See 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, and 1 Peter 5:14.
What Are Your Treasures?
What are your treasures and where do you store them? This week the adult Sunday School class studied Luke 12:13-21 and 32-34, the Parable of the Rich Fool. The man in the parable was self-centered and thought only of his own pleasures. He did not care how he could help others or serve God.
He did not understand that true treasures are found and stored in Heaven, not by accumulating wealth on earth and seeking selfish motives. Sunday School offers us the opportunity to explore and seek out the wealth found in God's Word, the Bible.
Please KISS (Kome Into Sunday School) and you will discover treasures too great to measure. Think about a favorite song or Bible verse that you treasure, then share it with your family in Christ at the 9:15 a.m. pre-assembly meeting. See you there!
Education About God Is Important
We, as a nation, place a great deal of importance on education because our level of education often determines our level of success in this world. Why, then, do we as a church sometimes place comparatively less importance on education about God than the secular world places on education about the world in which we live? Don't we realize that our level of education about God affects our level of success in doing God's will? How can we serve God if we don't understand what His will is?
Sunday School provides us with another opportunity to learn about God in order to equip ourselves to meet the challenges of serving God in a secular world. So remember to equip yourself when you KISS, (Kome Into Sunday School), and be ready for the challenge at hand!
Spring -- A Time For New Beginnings
Spring is here at last! This coming Sunday will be Resurrection Sunday. This time of year represents a transformation from the old to the new. It offers a promise of new life. It is a time for new beginnings, a time for finding new meanings.
This is the perfect time to start going to Sunday School to find new meanings in your life. The pre-assembly meeting is in the Sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. for a couple of songs. Then we go to classes for children, teenagers, or adults.
Sunday School is interactive. It provides us with the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the lesson. We can learn how other people think and feel about the Bible. So KISS, (Kome Into Sunday School), to learn about God's promise of a new life!
The Truth Or A Lie?
The following story is an example of how Satan can trick and deceive us by taking a kernel of truth and building a lie around it. When we see the bit of truth, we may be confused enough to believe the lies thrown into the whole package.
What are those sounds I hear? Knit-Knit-Knit, Pick-Pick-Pick, Knit- Knit-Knit, Pick-Pick-Pick. The Knit-Knit-Knit is the sound of our Lord Jesus Christ knitting a cloak of love to wrap around us to seal in Jesus' love and warmth. The Pick-Pick-Pick is the sound of Satan picking at the loops and stitches of the cloak. Satan is trying to find a loophole to pick at and make large enough to let Jesus' love escape out so that we will lose His love and be left alone and afraid.
Now, look at this story from a different perspective. Yes, it is true that Jesus does wrap His love around us. But we don't need to fear losing that love. Satan is the one doing the knitting: he tries to build a cloak or wall around us to keep Christ's love in so that we can't share that love with others. Jesus is the one doing the picking: He is trying to pick apart the cloak or wall to free you to spread His love.
Kiss (Kome Into Sunday School) to learn the truths in the Bible and learn to work with Jesus to pick apart that wall that blocks you and prevents you from sharing Christ's love. Hide it under a bushel? NO! I'm gonna' let it shine!
With help from God and my family at our church, my dream of encouraging prayer is coming true. I was feeling very close to God and full of joy when my elation turned to discontentment over other unrealized dreams. I worried. What personality flaw did I have that would make the joy fade so quickly?
So I went to the Lord in prayer, thanking Him for all His blessings. I asked Him to forgive my dissatisfaction with His timing of events and asked for peace. I knew the answer would come. I just didn't know when.
The answer came while reading Judges 15 (for Wednesday Night Bible Study) in my Zondervan Life Application Study Bible. Samson had just killed a thousand men with a jawbone of a donkey. The footnotes said, "Samson was physically and emotionally exhausted. After a great personal victory, his attitude declined quickly into self-pity... Emotionally, we are most vulnerable after a great effort... Severe depression often follows great achievements, so don't be surprised if you feel drained after a personal victory."
I didn't have a personality flaw (other than being human). I just needed to keep my focus on God and His Word instead of my sometimes selfish desires. I needed to give God the glory, not myself.
If you are having problems in your life, or have doubts about yourself, others, or God, the answers to those problems can be found through prayer and the Bible. KISS (Kome Into Sunday School) and see for yourself.
What Does Sunday School Mean To You?
Part 1 of 4
We have memories of elementary, junior high, and high school. Some of these memories are pleasant; even happy and joyous. Other memories may be indifferent, as if to say, "It was no big deal." Still other memories may be filled with pain and regret.
Many of us react to Sunday School with attitudes that are similar to these three kinds of childhood memories. Today, I will discuss the first kind of attitude: seeing Sunday School as a pleasant experience.
When Sunday School is positive and productive, we are usually taking time to read the Bible outside of class and pray about what we are reading. We should praise the Lord for His greatness and thank Him for the joy and the guidance we are receiving. We should also invite others to Sunday School to share this joy with them.
Everyone, please pray that more people will KISS (Kome Into Sunday School) and see it as a positive experience. God will bless you for supporting the Sunday School leaders, teachers, and students with your prayers.
What Does Sunday School Mean To You?
Part 2 of 4
Today, I will discuss a second kind of attitude toward Sunday School: when we react with indifference, as if to say, "It was no big deal. I didn't get anything out of it."
We should have a good time and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. But our commitment to studying the Bible must be taken seriously. We should set aside a certain amount of time to read the Bible every day. We also should make a commitment to pray every day, asking God to use His Word to show us His will in our lives.
The Bible tells us to confess our sins and to be obedient to God's will. It shows us why we should be thankful for the many good gifts God gives us. The Bible shows us how to praise God. It shows us how to pray for others and for ourselves. It is God's Word.
If we find Sunday School to be lacking, let us first examine our own attitudes toward God's Word before we express disappointment in a Sunday School class.
Please continue to pray that more people will KISS (Kome Into Sunday School) and will find it to be "a big deal". God will bless you for supporting the Sunday School leaders, teachers, and students with your prayers.
Expect A Miracle
We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you an important news flash -- THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IS STUDYING THE MIRACLES OF JESUS!!!
A miracle is usually thought of as some event that 1) does something that is not natural and 2) interrupts a normal sequence of events. But if you look at a miracle more closely, is it really unnatural and does it really interrupt a normal sequence of events? I think not.
The purpose of Jesus' miracles was that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31). It seems to me that a miracle is any event interrupting our life of sin long enough for us to realize that God has provided a more natural sequence of events: our coming to know His great love and forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus has given us the mission of spreading the miracle of His love. Miracles are natural. They interrupt undesirable events, (a life of sin), to call us to return to God's plan for salvation, (a life of following Jesus).
In more specific terms, a miracle is any event or change that you or I may set in motion in the life of another. When we express Christ's love to others, we are allowing that love to bring about miracles in their lives. Here are some of the results of miracles: hope where there was despair; joy where there was sorrow; love where there was hate; faith where there was distrust, and peace where there was turmoil.
When Jesus performs a miracle it may be instantaneous. But when our obedience to Christ is an instrument in a miracle, it may happen one step at a time. If you desire to set a miracle in motion in the life of another (or in your own life), Sunday School is one of the steps toward a miracle.
Your regularly scheduled program (parts 3 and 4 of the four part Sunday School series) will resume after the Memorial Day recess.
What Does Sunday School Mean To You?
Part 3 of 4
Today, I will discuss a third kind of attitude toward Sunday School: when we react with pain and regret.
Some people won't go to church because "it is just a contest to show off expensive clothes." Other people say that "Christians" are hypocrites; they are too busy worrying about themselves to care about others. Finally, there are the sad accounts of those who feel they have been slighted, wronged, or somehow hurt by the church.
I am not going to deny that these things happen. Christians are human beings who sin and make mistakes. But the difference is this: Christ's blood washes away the sins of a Christian so that he is a new creature in Christ. (Isaiah 53:4-6) A Christian should confess his sins and ask the Lord for help in turning from his sins in an effort not to repeat the same mistakes.
If you are a person who has been hurt, don't give up on God because humans have failed you. KISS (Kome Into Sunday School). Open up to God. He will not fail you.
Please pray that those with pain or regret will be healed. God bless you for supporting the Sunday School leaders, teachers, and students with your prayers.
What Does Sunday School Mean To You?
Part 4 of 4
It often takes only one caring person to change the life of someone, or even the lives of many. Jesus is the best example of this. With His help, you can follow His example.
Perhaps you know a person who is elderly, sick, or shut-in. That person may be physically ill, in pain, and alone. The pain is like a thousand poking, prodding hands: their only purpose is to torment. Isn't it amazing how your one, single hand can sometimes push away all of those one thousand tormenting hands for a time? This is even more amazing: how that person is then able to reach back to you and to Jesus from whom your love came.
Perhaps you also know someone in a time of spiritual need or pain. He may have spiritual (instead of physical) problems that seem like a thousand poking, prodding hands tormenting him. He may think that no one cares.
Someone out there needs a helping hand. It takes only one hand. Could that hand be yours? Let us all pray that your helping hand will find its way to a hand that is in need, but doesn't know how to ask for help.
KISS (Kome Into Sunday School). There are lessons to be learned that could help you reach out to someone. Perhaps you could invite someone to Sunday School so that he could search God's Word for healing.
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