Adult Sunday school material...suggestions?

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  1. Pennsylvania Jim

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    In the past we have been using Regular Baptist Press material for our adult SS class. IMO, it would be suitable for Junior High or perhaps younger. Yawn.

    Can anyone suggest material suitable for adult SS, that would provide a challenge and an actual learning experience for adults?
     
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    RBP is probably the best SS material available in a prepackaged form. If you are not satisfied with that get a book on a doctrine, subject, or Bible book and make up your own, or start from scratch and write your own material. [​IMG]
     
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    How about a study of Apologetics or a study of eschatology you can spend a whole year in an eschatology curriculum and a couple of years if you take time to study all four views of eschatoligy.
     
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    I know this is not going to be well recieved by many, but have you ever thought about using the Bible? I find that it provides quite a challenge and an actual learning experience for adults, and then some.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    For our adults we use Gospel Union and BaptistWay Press
     
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    During the years that I taught the Young Adults Sunday school class I learned that the students in my class had individual needs that were not addressed in the Sunday school material provided by the church, so I created my own curriculum based on the NASB and the Greek text of the New Testament and addressed the issues that were of concern to the individuals in my class. The students enjoyed that methodology, but the pastor was teaching the Adult Sunday school class and his students began to drop out of his class and come into mine. Fortunately the Pastor didn’t have a problem with pride and was pleased to see his flock being ministered to in manner that met their needs.

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    Jim,

    One approach I have been taking lately is going through a published book. I use that as the basis for the lesson, and have prepared study guides, a memory verse for each week, and so on.

    That is one of the keys of Sunday School that seems to be negelected, in my experience- the idea that it is to be like school. If the students want to learn, they should be expected to prepare and learn at times other than Sunday morning.
     
  8. Pennsylvania Jim

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    What a novel idea! Actually, we have done that from time to time. It works well, but requires pretty much skill and time to put into a classroom form without any supplemental materials. I'm hoping to leverage someone else's skills and time by paying them for a book this time around.
     
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    Everyone, thanks for the great suggestions. I am leaning toward, as some have suggested, teaching through a publiased book.

    I've done that in the past, and although it's a lot more work than using pre-pacckaged material, it can be made interesting and challenging.

    Any more?
     
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    Why not work your way thru' the Gospels with Tom Wright's series: Matthew for Everyone,
    Mark for Everyone etc.

    We are finding them very interesting and informative. Tom Wright is now the Bishop of Durham and is a popular author over here.

    Blessings

    Sheila
     
  11. Pennsylvania Jim

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    Do you have a link to information?
     
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    Thanks, Sheila, I'll have a look.

    -PA Jim
     
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    Check out Gospel Light or Group Publishing.
     
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    I agree with Circuitrider. We have used some very good RBP materials for adult classes. You probably want to expand on it in some areas, but it is a great starting point for some good discussion.

    The direction that a curriculum provides can be helpful, but you should be spending plenty of time making it your own. In our class, you can't get away with just reading the teacher's guide, you had better be ready because some of the questions and comments go pretty deep.

    We are right now using a series from RBP on the Baptist Distinctives, and now moving into a short series on Biblical Apologetics. We do have several new believers in our class, and we have a large variety in our class of people who have grown up in church, and those who have been saved more recently in life. We are all young adults, so perhaps your classes need more of a challenge.

    If you want a less structured approach, many topical books have study guides associated with them, that would provide a little guidance, and you could choose the topic more freely. Just taking a verse by verse approach to studying a particular book of the Bible works well too.
     
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    Thanks Superdave, Debby, and all.

    I think I may have found a "winner" for the next quarter or so. R.A. Torrey's "Difficulties of the Bible". It looks interesting and best of all thought provoking, and is in small units that can be easily used for sessions.
     

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