My dad taught me to love war movies… In the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora!, the Japanese Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto, responded to the Pearl Harbor Bombing with the quote, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” It is time to wake up the sleeping giant called Sunday School.
In Tennessee, I estimate that our Sunday Schools are made up of over 40,000 Sunday School classes, of which 23,000 Adult groups and 5000 are Youth groups. What a sleeping giant! My prayer is that God will wake this sleeping giant and fill the Sunday School with a terrible resolve to see Lost people SAVED!
Sunday School is not just another organization of the church. It is the church organized for growth and ministry. But, many Sunday School classes are resting…they are simply teaching those who show up, praying for those who show up, and ministering to those up. Sunday School is not supposed to be just a ministry to those who show up. Sunday School is supposed to be the Outreach and Evangelism arm for our churches. WAKE UP!!!
Take a look in the mirror. Does your class need to wake up? Does your class lack purpose and direction? Does your class have a passion for seeing lost people saved? If not, wake them up…see the fields that are white unto harvest. Challenge your class to become a 1-5-1 Sunday School class. A class that becomes burdened to see people get off the road to Hell and on the road to Heaven. Get your class outside the walls of your classroom, start a 1-5-1 Harvest branch plant, work and pray that God will allow your class to see 5 people come to know Jesus and baptized, and then multiply!
If you are pastor or Sunday School Director, wake up your Sunday School. Join us in re-igniting the Sunday School as a movement not just a program. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do. New people will be reached, more people baptized, more churches started, more leaders equipped and sent out, and more lives changed. To God be the Glory!
START was written for pastors to wake up their Sunday School. TN pastors locate the mailing that you received with the START DVD and planning Guide. Call me or email me. START will work, but nothing happens unless and until we START!!!