Rob Bentz has written a great article detailing 3 questions that should be addressed in every Sunday School lesson. I agree with him that these are three aspects of any thorough treatment of a scripture text. Have a look at these and see what you think. As always, I hope that these insights are helpful to you in your lesson preparation!
A Head Question:
Every time your small group meets, you should strive to engage with the intellect (the head). We should be challenged to consider the truth presented to us from the Scriptures or other Bible-based materials about the character of God. Whether your group is a collection of mature believers, people who are new to the faith journey, or somewhere in the middle, it’s always helpful to consider afresh who God is.
This model is something the Apostle Paul regularly used when he was writing one of his epistles. He began with a truth/fact of about God, before moving to his heart-level impassioned plea for action.
A Heart Question:
This is the question that brings authenticity and rootedness to your small group community. When you use discussion questions that cause group members to tell a bit about themselves—not just about what they think—you’re creating authenticity. Authenticity creates depth. Depth grows roots. Discussion questions that cause people to examine their own lives, their marriage, their parenting, etc. Questions that stir something deep within our hearts, bringing real-life to the forefront of group life.
A Hand Question:
After the head has been convinced of a biblical truth, and the heart has been compelled to respond, the hands should be challenged to act. Always close out your meeting time with discussion questions that lead a Christ follower to some practical application. This will help take the discussion from theory to practice, from simply a nice idea kicked around in someone’s living room to a gracious act at the local community center that brings God glory.
Keep these few announcements in mind…
*Remember that we are having a high attendance Sunday on November 4. This is the Sunday immediately following our big Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival Outreach. We will be passing out invitations at that event to SS and worship, but go ahead and be talking it up in your classes.
*The theme will be “Whooo’s looking for you in Sunday School? We are!” I just ordered 700 owl cut outs for you to use as commitment card decorations. Our attendance goal for the day is….you guessed it…700! Directors will be discussing individual class goals with teachers.
*Remember as you contact those who haven’t been recently to invite them in the context of, “We miss you and this will be a great day to get reconnected with the group!”, and not “We are having high attendance Sunday and we need you to show up so our number is high.” This is an opportunity to communicate VALUE to people!
*We will send out Fall Festival Sign ups next weekend as well. Encourage participation from everyone! Remember to invite friends and neighbors! We need 20 more folks to sign up for Trunk or Treat participation. If you are not at a place in life where you have small kids to get ready and walk through the event, this is a GREAT opportunity for you to serve and bless young families who do!
Sunday School is the church Organized to Serve. The Fall Festival is a chance to put our values into action for the Kingdom!
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