Why Have Sunday School

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    In our new church, our men (someday they will be elders) decided not to have the extra-biblical addition of "Sunday School". Allow the families (esp the fathers) to teach Bible at home

    Wonder what you all think of this? Good, bad, ugly?
     
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    Bad!!!! Sometimes people get lazy and may not fulfill that. Also, is this church wide?
    Sunday school is a great way to spend time together and grow spiritually.
     
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    Come on, Dr. Bob, everybody knows all the churches in the book of Acts ordered Sunday School curriculum from RBP. If you're not careful here, you'll have a church that has the Bible for its only rule of faith and practice.

    How could anyone says it's bad that you don't include something that is man made and nowhere mandated, nor even hinted, in Scripture?
     
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    So it's better for kids to come to church and either sleep during the sermon or do puzzles or act up and disturb everyone else or whatever? What do they get out of that? They deserve better.

    And will the families actually teach the kids at home? Even if the only folks at your church are believers?
     
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    How can you possible know what is being taught if it is being taught at all? When you have Sunday school you at least know whats bieng taught, and people are answerable to the church(or pastor if you rather). At home they are not. I'm not sur eit is a bad thing or that it is extra biblical, what about the Bereans. They were commended as a whole, they apparently studied as a whole. Or did they each study at home individually, maybe some did and maybe some didn't, then they would not have been commended as a whole.
    Last, just becasue Sunday school is not named in scripture does not make it a bad thing. Lots in the christian's life is not named in scripture. Just as with anything else, we must still use scripture. Is it unscriptural to teach the bible to people who are not as learned as you are?
     
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    Anybody who has pastored knows how much people know about the Bible. If the parents can't discipline themselves enough to study, what makes one think the parents will teach their children what they do not know.
     
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    That's great Dr. Bob. That's the historical position of the Baptist church, and the Biblical position of the Christian church.

    Nowhere in scripture does it say that anyone was separated from the service. In fact, the bible tells the opposite, of Jesus chastising his disciples for not wanting the children around while he was preaching.

    You may be a Primitive Baptist one day yet, Dr. Bob. [​IMG]

    On a side note, it is the responsibility of praents to teach their children the bible at home. The church has no business usurping that authority specifically given to parents. Kinda like the federal government has usurped the authority expressly given to the states in the Constitution. Same type of deal, neither of which is right.
     
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    I agree, I've seen this and people who just will not work at study so they can understand,a nd as a result don't have much understaning of scripture. Some I know will tell you so too.
     
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    I see it every week in AWANA and Sunday School. Deacons children who look at me with blank stares when I ask them to recite their verse their parents were to go over with them....

    Praying... ask the little ones about prayer. Who prays at meal time and who prays at bedtime. It's the little ones with memorized prayers. They never hear mom or dad pray.

    I'm very PRO organized Sunday School for all ages. [​IMG] VBS isn't mentioned in scripture either or AWANA, GA's, RA's, WMU....

    Children over 2nd grade come into our preaching services.
     
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    I always LOVED sunday school. It was great to have the scripture presented to me at my level growing up!!! Sometimes I miss going to Sunday school but I love teaching it just as much as attending. I really hate to hear this Bob. Surely some of the people in your church will want to change this.
     
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    Good idea. The bible commands the parents to teach their children. If they do not do that, the parents will answer for it. Even when a church has SS or other types of programs, the parents will still be the ones to answer if they do not teach their own children themselves.
     
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    Yes! Lets get rid of the extra-biblical ordinance of sunday school. We can use that time to go watch a movie, because thankfully the scriptures are silent on the subject of the theater! I agree that parents should be teaching their children. That does not mean that they can not be taught by others as well. Why don't we get rid of the extra-biblical idea of seminary as well? Now that I think of it... [​IMG]
     
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    None of the above. If ya don't have a need, ya don't have a need. If, in the future, there is a need for Sunday School, then you can impliment it at that time.
     
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    I was saved in March and my husband a few months later, neither of us knew anything about christianity or the bible( I was raised in a non praticing RCC family). We learned in Sunday school. If it weren't for Sunday school where and how would we have learned? A church without a Sunday school is declaring it not thier responsability to teach people like us. But yet Jesus said we are to teach, He didn't say it to fmilies(although I do beleive they are responsable first), but He said it to the group of christians(church).
     
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    If Sunday school is eliminated because it is "extra biblical" what are the teachers {who ARE biblical} supposed to do?
    It would also be extrabiblical to study the Bible any other specific day of the week as well.

    You might also want to eliminate Wednesday nite service.

    Let's see, building and grounds committees, business meetings, Roberts rules, computers,
    choir practice, wheel chair ramps, parking lots, bus ministries, church camp, church covenants and constitutions, bylaws, insurance...hmmm.

    The Bible admonishes us to study and to teach.
    Why we should arrive at the conclusion that we are not to do it in church on Sunday is beyond me.
    I'd say your future elders are too lazy to get up for Sunday School, or unwilling to teach.

    MR
     
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    good post
     
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    We haven't elimated SS, just don't have it, that's all. What we do have is some good solid preaching of the word, families intact...sometimes we have meal together if the day gets too long & it's running into the broadcast hour.
     
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    Excellent point. One of the young women who helps me in AWANA is early 30's and JUST got saved. She doesn't know any of the Bible stories you and I could tell front to back and inside out. Where's she supposed to learn if not in Sunday School? She's got 2 little kids at home too. Who's to teach them if she doesn't have any knowledge?
     
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    Well, we could quit complaining if a sermon lasts more than 20 minutes (or whatever the magic number is). Paul preached to the people for hours on end. In fact, one fell asleep and fell off the roof one time. The early church also met daily - not one or two days a week. There are many ways that people could be taught without having a one hour a week SS class.
     
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    I wouldn't ask this here if you had not made a point to say the men made the decision, but do women get a vote in your church?

    But to get back on topic, I feel that if the fathers are teaching their families and new believers are being descipled then there is no wrong in it.
     

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