This Sunday marks the beginning of a new church calendar year. With this new year comes a new lesson plan for my Sunday School class. Way back in 1998 when I started teaching this class we followed the International Sunday School Lessons / Uniform Series, as do many classes across the world. However, in
1997 2007 we made a decision to start a series of lessons that revolved around what I wanted to teach and what the class voted to study.
Over the years we have studied men, women, Apostles, and Paul. We have learned about Daniel, Isaiah, Revelation, and Genesis. We then took some time to journey with Moses out of Egypt, wander around the desert for a while and then studied the kings of Judah. We watched and listened as others have explained angels and how to study the Bible, as well as reading some Psalms, learning about Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem, and learned what James teaches us about living a Christian life.
However, there comes a time when things start to get a little stale that it is best to get back to the basics. In the case of Sunday School, back to the basics means going back to the Bible. So I made the decision to return to a structured lesson plan this year based on the International Sunday School Lessons once again. To be fair, I did give the class the opportunity to object but since they chose to remain silent they are stuck with my decision until I decide to go in a different direction. Continue Reading…