Why is Sunday school so important today? And how can Christians make Sunday school as educational as possible?
In today’s society, children are bombarded with ideas contrary to the Christian faith. Sadly, many schools and teachers are determined to indoctrinate kids rather than educate them.
It’s vitally important that Sunday school lessons teach children the important truths about God, Jesus Christ, sin, faith, works, the gospel message, and the trustworthiness of the Bible. Sunday school curricula that provide real answers to children’s common questions on these important topics and teach them how to live godly Christian lives are invaluable resources to parents, children, and the church.
Most churches have Sunday schools, but most young people leave the faith. Studies done by the Barna Group and others show that about 60–70 percent of youth leave the church. Clearly, Sunday school content needs to be more biblically sound and engaging.
If young people aren’t taught that the Bible is the authority in all areas of life, they will replace God’s authority with man’s authority.
Nature abhors a vacuum. If young people aren’t taught that the Bible is the authority in all areas of life, they will replace God’s authority with man’s authority. And if this occurs, children will be captive to the latest intellectual fads and follies taught by wicked and proud individuals who reject God’s wisdom and believe they are the final judge of truth and morals. History repeatedly demonstrates that power corrupts and men are subject to self-deception and the desire to conform to what is currently popular and clearly untrue. Unlike fallible men who come and go, the Bible has stood the test of time, and men reject its truth at their own peril.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:9–10).
King Solomon wrote:
“Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath” (Psalm 62:9).
In his book Already Gone, Ken Ham cites a national study revealing that 62% of the young people surveyed did not believe all biblical accounts to be true. That same study revealed that 61% of those who attended church as teens walked away during their twenties.
The more familiar children, Christian parents, and pastors are with the inaccuracies of these false views, the greater confidence and understanding they will have of biblical truths.
Every age has false beliefs that pose as knowledge. The more familiar children, Christian parents, and pastors are with the inaccuracies of these false views, the greater confidence and understanding they will have of biblical truths. Today, there is a concerted attack on the book of Genesis and biblical creation, which supports many important doctrines of Christian theology. And even the basic notion of truth is challenged by secular ideologies. Modern Sunday school plans need to provide lessons defending biblical creation and other crucial scriptural truths. Research also shows that children who are given creation education and information relating to the general reliability of the Bible are more likely to hold biblical beliefs and attend church.
Christians are commanded to “contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3) and “to make a defense to anyone who asks [us] for a reason for the hope that is in [us]” (1 Peter 3:15). Well-designed Sunday school plans enable Christians to fulfill this important task and duty.
Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a Christianity-defending ministry that has helped many Sunday school teachers. AiG offers a Sunday school curriculum that covers the entire Bible in four years through its 200 lessons designed for students of all ages. It covers important topics like the trustworthiness of the Bible, God’s nature and attributes, God’s redemptive plan, how to live the Christian life, Bible history, and defenses of the Christian faith.
We can trust all of God’s Word beginning in the Book of Genesis! While showing that Scripture is absolutely true, Answers Bible Curriculum also emphasizes the importance of carefully and accurately interpreting the Bible.
Christian apologetics is the study and practice of giving answers for the reasonableness and truth of the Christian faith. Answers Bible Curriculum equips people, young and old, with facts from culture, history, and science to defend the Bible against common skeptical questions.
The Bible presents true history, not made-up “stories.” Chronological teaching through the whole Bible gives your students a powerful, worldview-shaping overview of God’s Word.
God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible! As students discover the character of God, they are encouraged to grow more conformed to the image of Christ.
God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, Answers Bible Curriculum traces the “scarlet thread” of the gospel to reveal this unified theme in the Bible.
We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches. Answers Bible Curriculum brings the Bible’s teaching to everyday life, impacting all ages with easy, practical applications.
The unseen threats in your child’s Sunday school could have eternal consequences.
Today, virtually every church has a Sunday school, but most children who attend end up walking away from the faith.
Sunday school is actually more likely to be detrimental to the spiritual and moral health of our children.
Christians need to be equipped to address the great questions of our day regarding science and earth history. But is Sunday school the place to do this?
More and more people are telling me that their church is using the new AiG Sunday school curriculum, Answers Bible Curriculum.
When many of today’s Sunday school curricula are teaching mostly Bible stories and with little depth, the Answers Bible Curriculum will meet a tremendous need for solid Bible teaching.
Are our current Sunday school programs effective in reaching today’s children with the gospel and equipping them for a life-long faith?
We’ve all been frustrated at times by the fluff that’s marketed under the guise of Sunday school curriculum, and wish we had better resources.
As I wrote on Tuesday, a comment I made in a blog last week has received a lot of attention from the atheists. I thought I would share a few additional comments
Last week I wrote a blog about the John Freshwater case, and in closing, included the following statement: I teach Sunday school for first through third grade,
In a recent survey, we discovered that we are losing kids from church in grade school—not just college. Sunday school is one of the reasons why.
Why is it that when college professors ridicule the Bible and Christianity most Christian students are unable or unprepared to respond?
At least two generations of our young people have been indoctrinated by an education system steeped in evolutionary humanism. Where has this led, and does the result matter?