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我們仍需要上主日學

周曉暉牧師

有說在現今的世代,只要伸手觸及全球網絡,聖經知識、神學解說、講道錄音與教學視頻,就垂手而得。那麼,信徒還需要上教會的主日學嗎?我答:仍是需要的,原因有三:

第一、操練敬虔的教育
「因為操練身體益處有限,但敬虔在各個方面都有益處,有今生和來生的應許。這話是可信的,值得完全接受。」(提前四 8-9,新漢語譯本)那就像「三低一高」:低油、低鹽、低糖、高纖維,對身體是有益處。我們都接納這話是可信的,但若然只把這話掛在口邊,卻從未有規律地操練,就對健康一丁點幫助也沒有。同理,「敬虔」不能只掛在口邊,而是要經過操練的。敬虔是需要重重複複的、花時間的學習和實踐,實踐後又再學習,才能鍛煉出來的。主日學其實就是敬虔的教育,透過有條理、有系統地反覆學習和實踐聖經與神學,培育出敬虔的態度。

第二、傳承信仰的場景
教會裡的主日學,是一個讓真理落地的現實場景。主日學老師不會只傳遞知識的,透過課堂的教學,你總會感受到老師實際上是怎樣與真理摔跤。從他們的言談和生命故事,你也會習得他們從北宣家裡所傳承的聖經和神學詮釋,讓你在相近的文化和處境裡,學曉怎樣勉力踐行你的所信、所行和所是。

還有,就像能堅持做運動的人、始終佔少數一樣,不是每個信徒都能持之以恆地自學。若有教練從旁指導,又有一起做運動的人,就較易養成做運動的好習慣。上過主日學的人,都體會到課堂學習的好處。北宣家的主日學一直都有優良的師資,又有大批同學一起上課和討論,可以幫助我們磨練出研讀聖經的好習慣。

第三、辨明真理的工具
為信徒打下正確的神學和聖經根基,是教會不斷推動大家參加主日學的重要原因之一。在每週 30 分鐘的崇拜講道和團契的查經以外,我們需要有系統地吸收聖經概論、解經原則、系統神學、社會倫理、佈道差傳等屬靈知識。主日學為我們建立良好的神學思考基礎,並給我們有足夠的思考工具去辨明真理。這樣,我們才不會對世界上四方八面湧至的信息和假道理,不加思索地照單全收。

在現今的世代裡,我們仍需要上主日學。願你「常常在信仰的真理和你素常所依從的美善教義上得到栽培」(提前四 6)。






Pastor's Sharing
We Still Need to Attend Sunday School
Rev Arnold Chow

In our world today, all sorts of information including biblical knowledge, Bible exegesis, sermon recordings and video tutorials are available at the click of a button. Do we still need to attend Sunday School at church? My answer is yes, for three reasons:

1. Training on godliness – "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance." (1 Timothy 4:8-9) The suggestion "Three lows, one high" (low fat, low salt, low sugar, high fiber) is good for health. We all accept it as trustworthy. But if we just say so without practicing it regularly, it is not going to help us. Likewise, godliness cannot deteriorate into mere words. We need training. We must spend time learning and practicing over and over again, and we learn again after practice before we can achieve godliness. Sunday School is really godliness education through organized, systematic learning and practice of the Bible and theology in order to nourish an attitude of godliness.

2. Passing on the legacy of faith – The Sunday School in church provides a realistic context in which truth can be practiced. Sunday School teachers not only convey knowledge. They inevitably impart some ideas how they wrestle with the truth in their everyday life. From their words and life stories, you can learn the biblical and theological interpretations which they inherit from the NPAC Family. These will teach you how to earnestly put your beliefs and convictions into concrete action in a similar culture and situations.

Few of us can persist in regular exercises. Not every believer can make self-learning a habit either. But if you have a coach teaching you and peers to do exercises together, you can get into the good habit more easily. Those who have attended Sunday School realize the benefits of lessons in class. Our Sunday School has always had good teachers and large numbers of students learning and discussing together. That helps develop the good habit of Bible study.

3. Tool for discerning the truth – A major reason why we keep encouraging believers to attend Sunday School is that we want them to build a sound biblical and theological foundation. Besides the weekly 30-minute sermon and Bible study in fellowships, we need systematic insights into Bible overview, principles of exegesis, systematic theology, ethics, missions and evangelism, etc. Sunday School builds up our foundation for theological thinking. It also provides necessary tools for us to discern the truth. We will then be able to establish our criteria for accepting or rejecting the sea of information, messages and assertions that flood in from all sides.

Today, we still need to attend Sunday School. May you be "nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed" (1 Timothy 4:6).