C.J. Garner, who has preached the gospel for more than 50 years, was the first man, as far as we know, who published a bulletin among churches of Christ. His weekly bulletin always emphasized the Sunday morning Bible school.
His motto was “As the Sunday School goes – So Goes the Congregation.” Many congregations now have a quality Sunday morning Bible school. We would like to share three reasons why every member of a local congregation should attend.
(1) Every member should attend Bible school Sunday morning to study the Bible and learn more of God. No man comes to the Father unless he is drawn – and God’s drawing power is the Word of God (John 6:44). James says, “Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (1:21 KJV).
The Bible teaches us that without faith we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith there is no hope, and yet faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). There is no substitute for knowledge of the Bible and in so attending, we seek first the kingdom of God.
(2) Every member should attend Sunday morning Bible school because we want to grow spiritually. Peter tells us to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). Physical growth is limited largely to our youth, but thank God, spiritual growth is possible for a lifetime.
How beautiful and wonderful to grow spiritually! Never to stagnate, never to live in the past, never to be spiritually stunted, but to grow and grow and grow until the good Lord takes us to the land of fadeless day.
(3) Every member should attendSunday school because we want to
set the best, the right, and the noble example for our children. Every child needs so badly to be in Bible school. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, and the proof of Sunday school is in its fruits.
The late Judge Sam Davis Tatum, a juvenile judge, kept a careful record over a period of many years. He learned that children who are brought to Sunday school are seldom in trouble with the law. He also learned that children who are brought to Sunday school by their parents almost never end up in trouble. We can understand why. They are taught to respect authority, to obey parents, to respect teachers, and to love their country and obey its laws.
“Train up a child in the way he should go”, thunders the wise man of old, “and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Paul said we are debtors to all men, and this certainly includes all children.
Let us all support the educational program of the local congregation. The best place to start is by attending the Sunday morning Bible school every Sunday morning. When the Sunday morning Bible school grows and glows and goes, every phase of the work will prosper.
A Special Plea from Jovan Payes
As you “count your blessings”, please include the opportunity to study the Word of God. We have dedicated teachers who can lead us to greater spiritual growth through our Bible school program. I encourage you to make the commitment to study. Make study a part of your daily routine. Make Sunday morning Bible class and Wednesday evening Bible class a part of your weekly routine. Will you make that commitment? I am sure you will! We look forward to seeing you in class.