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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).