Message From Steve (SS Director)

What does the Bible say about Sunday school?  The Sunday school movement began in Britain in the 1780s and spread to America in the 19th century.  However, they were nothing like our Sunday schools today.  They were similar to the public schools today, but with the Bible being a core part of the curriculum.  They were designed to provide an elementary education on Sunday for children who worked in factories, farms, and stores during the rest of the week.  Eventually, religious instruction was relegated to churches because of the passage of child labor laws and subsequent creation of the public school.

Israel was instructed to teach their children  the  statutes  of  the  Lord, and  the  essence  of  that teaching is found in Deuteronomy  6:4-7: “Hear O Israel: The LORD our God is One LORD.”  Throughout their history the Jews have conducted, and still conduct, the Yeshiva, which is a school for teaching the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament.  It usually began when the child was a few years old.  It’s possible that the Sunday school, which evolved in the evangelical movement, is based upon the premise of the Yeshiva.

While Sunday school did not exist as a program in the early church, the Bible is very clear about the importance of studying God’s Word.  For example, the apostle Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, instructed his young protégé Timothy, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,  or correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."  Because Scripture is "breathed out by God," it is important for Christians to study and understand what it says. 

How can we live lives pleasing to the Lord if we don’t understand it.  How can we say we know God if we don’t study it?  If you or your children are not in a Sunday School class right now how about considering getting involved in one.  You won’t regret it. 

Steve Byrd
LGBC Sunday School Director