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Old 08-25-2005, 02:09 PM
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How many of you southern baptist churchs use the lifeway material(Sunday School), and why or why not?
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Old 08-25-2005, 03:04 PM
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I don't go to SBC church now but when I did we used it. I found many of the writers were very good and a few were very bad(not based on Bible and more tradition)
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Old 08-25-2005, 03:23 PM
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We use it in our Sunday School, but not all of the classes use the "Sunday School Material." There are many resources that are quite good there.

As for VBS and Sunday night children's programs, we use other things.
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Old 08-25-2005, 03:35 PM
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I have taught Adult classes at my church for several years. I did not use the Lifeway material, because I felt it too elementary for my class and because it frequently took positions contrary to the principles usually held by Southern Baptists. As an example, probably one of the worst I can remember, one writer equated the depth of Christian conviction with the degree a person supported the environmentalist view. Not an environmentalist (Greenpeace type) was the same as saying not a Christian.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:20 PM
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What materials do you use if not Lifeway?
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:22 PM
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I am gradually beginning to stray from the Youth SS literature. They say things in there that, sometimes, border on heresy. They also pick on "named sins" like crazy. I remember one time the lesson was on living a holy life and all the lesson did was say that drinking alcohol was a sin and the verses they used to back this said nothing of the sort.

I agree with SeekingTruth. Most of the literature doesn't have any meat to it whatsoever. The MasterWork books are really good, though. Then again, they (usually) actually use authors in those who are versed in the Scriptures and who are striving to give people something to challenge their thinking.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:40 PM
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We don't buy anything from Lifeway because they are too expensive. About 2 years ago we went through Experiencing God, and the workbooks were almost $4 per book higher than a local Christian book store.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:43 PM
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Our life group just studied Colossians using Lifeway. It was just ok. A lot of repetition and difficult questions with bad scripture references.
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.”

"Let us reason together" says the Lord.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:51 PM
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I agree with you. Their prices are high. I usually just go there to look around and read a few things. The other day I ended up buying a book by Bruce Ware for 10 dollars and online it was 8. Many times I will not buy books from them just because I know I can go on ebay or visit half priced books and get the book I want much cheaper.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:55 PM
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One Sunday, in the Lifeway Quarterly the following scripture was studied:

Proverbs 31:6-7 6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.

The commentary in LIFEWAY stated that the writer was probably being sarcastic when he wrote this.

My confidence in their materials and commentary were permanently damaged that day, as to me if you use that argument for a passage, then you could use it for any passage you didn't agree with.
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