by John McKain

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Sunday School: Is It Worth Doing? (2 of 2)
John McKain
Matthew 28:18-20

The boomers are back! is what a 1990 Dec. article in Newsweek magazine declared. Back to what? Back to religion. With babes in arms and doubts in mind, that generation of thirty and forty year olds is looking to religion as a cure of the ills facing their society.

Above all, however, the return to religion is fueled by the boomers' experiences of becoming parents---and the realization that children need a place where they can learn solid values and make friends with peers who share those same solid values. People are searching today for answers.

Like Kris Womar, 29, who says she didn't get much religion as a child and today, doesn't know much about religion. She says, "In this crazy world, any kind of positive influence you can give your children is worth the time."

Well folks, I have news for the baby boomers. We have the answers to their questions. We have the end of their search. His name is Jesus. And Jesus has bestowed the responsibility of sharing his name, his story, to all who seek him, and to all who need him. He has given us the task in Matt. 28:18-20. There, we find our mission, there we find our job, there we find his commandment to us. And there we see the purposes of the Sunday School embedded in the rock of scripture. To teach, to develop, to reach, and to win. (READ)

This morning we discussed the purposes of the Sunday School as being to teach and to develop. When we look at verse 20 we see the same purposes indicated. To teach-- Jesus said that we are to teach them all things, whatever he has commanded us in his word. Look at verse 19. You see the word teach in the King James. It is the same word for disciple. To disciple someone is to teach them in such a way that they develop as Christians.

I was excited this morning to see the results of your department director's question, "What are the four purposes of the Sunday School?" Almo ...

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