In Part 1, I boldly declared that “Seeing the purpose of Sunday School as teaching the Bible is one of the biggest barriers facing Sunday School.” This comment was received in response to the article, “The purpose is not to teach the Bible, you can’t teach the Bible anything, it is to help apply the truths of God’s Word to our lives.”
My favorite definition of teaching comes from the resource Five Handles of Sunday School. Larry Garner and Jerri Herring state, “Teaching is creating an experience in which a person changes in some lasting way his knowledge, understanding, attitude, skills and values. “ Teachers and learners must prepare to grapple with the truths of the Word of God so that students change in something lasting way.
Spiritual Maturity is the distance between our hearing and our doing. James 1:22-25 proclaimed, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror; for he looks at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts—this person will be blessed in what he does (HCSB).”
Remember: Teaching is one of the tasks of Sunday School but the purpose of Sunday School is transformed lives.