Sunday School: A General Study (Part 8)
- SUNDAY SCHOOL: A GENERAL STUDY
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he
is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6).
The first question a child asks is: "Why?". When a
child makes its first step, we are all happy. But when
starts running and yelling, we finally say "shut up."
Teach them when they are young: Who is God? Love: John
3:16; 1 John 4:8
Who we are? Children of God: John 1:12
What is the purpose of our life? Witness (Acts)
Teach the importance of ACTS: A: Adoration; C:
Confession; T: Thanksgiving; S: Supplication. "Life is
an egg, do not break it, but hatch it." Teach them
three beautiful words: "I love you"; three difficult
words: "I forgive you"; and another difficult word:
"No" at times. One needs courage and strength to use
the three royal refuses: (1) David refused to put on
the armor (1 Samuel 17:38-39); (2) Daniel refused
king's table to eat meat (Daniel 1:8); Jesus refused
king's crown (John 6:13).
A child's mind is very sensitive - inquisitiveness.
Have the child nearby during family prayer and at
worship services. A child is greatly swayed by
instincts. Hereditary in the blood runs in the family.
The story of Laban, Jacob, and spotted and stripped
lamb (Genesis 30:32-43) is a good example. Family life
and environment shall be ideal. Have Bible reading,
prayer life, church going all together. Train them to
swim against the waves. Jesus considers children as an
integral part of the Church:
1. Jesus called a child and set him in the midst of
them (Matthew 18:2): Central position.
2. Turn around (convert) and become like a child:
3. Jesus to disciples: "You do not despise these
children" (Matthew 18:10).
4. Told to allow little children to come to Him: Mark
5. Jesus blessed the children.
6. "Feed the lamb": Jesus told Peter : John 21:15.
The child is the Father of Man.
To be contd.... Part 9
+ Very Rev Thomas P Mundukuzhy, CorEpiscopa
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