Another transferable ingredient of both Sunday School and Small Groups is the need for Transformation Teaching. Transformation teaching is built on relationships. Small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and Discipleship leaders must take time to build relationships with members. The old saying is true: people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
The teacher is the lesson. Paul illustrates this point in Phillippians 4:9, “Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” Note the words “in me.”
The goal of teaching should never be to cover the lesson but to teach people. Every group leader needs to balance the material with the issues that surface in group member’s lives. Small group leaders [and teachers] must allow God to use the text to massage with people’s lives. As I have meditated on the verse above, God has clearly laid out a progression for learning. The ultimate goal is to DO. Paul says what you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me, DO.
For some reason Bible study for many believers is a knowledge- based event. Let’s just study the Bible, seems to be the motto of many leaders. Is more knowledge really the goal? Knowledge without action is invalid. Living God’s Word should be the underlying theme in every group or Sunday School class.
Groups are to be transformation-focused versus truth-focused. In other words, the purpose of the groups is not simply to impart knowledge but to help members and seekers put into practice the Christian life.