This morning before our corporate worship hour I found myself where I’m at almost every Sunday at 10:00 , sitting in a chair in a Sunday school class. It wasn’t the teacher’s seat (though I do occasionally teach), but the seat of a student. I’m almost always in Sunday school because I believe in it. I believe there is value in the opportunity to have community with a group of believers in your church on a closer weekly level (some folks have small groups that do the same). I believe in Sunday school/small group Bible studies because there is tremendous value in studying the Word of God for followers of Jesus. If Sunday school is done right, every week is a time of pointed Bible study and good discussion of the Word of God. I plug Sunday school often from the pulpit and have found so many times the Sunday morning lesson and the Sunday morning sermon dovetail beautifully by the providence of God.
I know a lot of pastors don’t attend Sunday school classes for many reasons. Some may not be able to attend because they’re teaching. I’ve been there. However, many of us can go and don’t. Perhaps you’re trying to put some last minute polishing on our sermon. I’d ask you brother pastor to consider attending and being a part of a class. I personally believe there is value in showing the importance by making it important personally. If you can model the importance of Sunday school, it might just go further than just saying to your people “Sunday school is important, go to Sunday school.”
This morning, I was genuinely enjoying being in class. I was sitting in the chair, open Bible in my lap and someone else was teaching the truth of the gospel to me. The Word was being ministered to me, I wasn’t the one ministering the Word. So many times I find myself thankful to be able to hear someone else teach. I pastor a single staff church. I don’t have an associate pastor to periodically share the pulpit. We don’t have lay elders who routinely teach. The only time I have the opportunity to sit under preaching from my own pulpit is during special events like homecoming or a revival meeting. Most of the time someone else is in my pulpit is when I’m on vacation. Yet, every week there’s opportunity for the pastor to hear the Word of God.
The painfully obvious occured to me this morning, Sunday school is a good source of nutrition. I’ve heard from so many brothers over the years that they’re the only preacher at their church and they rarely have the chance to “get fed” by someone else. I found sustenance in the classroom this morning, brothers. It may not be your favorite conference preacher, but many of us have faithful Sunday school teachers who are studying hard to teach a lesson on Sunday. Let me commend you, sit in a class and be fed. Eat with the sheep. Perhaps many of us aren’t “getting fed” while missing the grass beneath our very own feet. Brother pastor, may I ask you to consider joining a class if you don’t normally. Grab a quarterly, open your Bible, enjoy a cup of coffee, and spend time in a classroom. You don’t have to answer all the questions. You don’t have to be the one to pray at the beginning or the end of class. You can participate without being the center of it all. This coming Sunday, go visit a class and be fed brother pastor, be fed.