by Roger Thomas

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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Sunday School
Roger Thomas
2 Timothy 1:5; Mt 18:1-6
September 2, 2001

Today I want to add my tribute to our Sunday School teachers. This corp of loyal volunteers is the backbone of our church in many ways. I want to make it clear that there are many other hard workers who are important to what we do around here. You don't have to be a teacher to play a vital role in the church. I hope that goes without saying. We have lots of quiet behind the scene folk who have never taught a class. You are important and we appreciate all you do. But hopefully you understand that our Sunday School teachers are in class by themselves.

This is true for a number of reasons. First, because of the time it requires. This is one of the biggest volunteer jobs in the church. Our teachers teach every week. In addition to their class time, they must study and prepare in advance. Many of our teachers spend a great deal effort outside of class getting to know and spending time with their class members. Sometimes that can be even more important than the class itself.

I hope you agree that their task involves the most important subject in the church. There are lots of important jobs around a church. Everyone who bakes cookies, sets up tables, ushers, plays the piano—on and on the list could go—is an important player in this big team effort. But for this church, nothing is more vital than teaching the message of the Bible. That is what takes place in our Sunday School classes. You may not realize this but that can't always be said of church school classes. Some Sunday Schools major in current events, political discussions, or New Age spiritual pursuits. Here teaching the Bible is Job 1! Other things may happen from time to time. But nothing over shadows the learning and applying of the message of God's Word.

Our Sunday School teachers are important to us not only because of the time commitment they have made and the vi ...

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