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The Proverbial Evangelism of Sunday School

If we are to have a balanced approach to Sunday school, then having an evangelistic attitude should permeate in all that we do!  Proverbs is a great place in the Bible to gain some insight into how this can happen.  I know that generally when we approach Proverbs we are thinking wisdom, wisdom, and then even more wisdom.  This is very true, however, when you read through Proverbs, there are some great truths that relate especially to Sunday school and its practice in the church as being evangelistic in its approach.

Look at some of these passages:

Proverbs 4:22, "For they (words of wisdom) are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh."

Proverbs 8:35, "For whoever find me (wisdom) find life, and obtains favor from the Lord."

Proverbs 11:24, 30, "There is one who scatters, yet increases more...the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise."

Proverbs 14:25, "A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies."

Proverbs 18:4, "The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook."

It's amazing the correlation that God gives to wisdom and life.  It teaches us how vital it is in our understanding of God's Word and how we are taking these words of wisdom to a lost and dying world.  The battle that exists in Proverbs is between those that fear God and the wicked.  Solomon shows consistently along with the other writers how seeking wisdom through fearing God will lead to life!  It also important to see how our fear motivates us to share these words of life in our world.  There are going to be people that are seeking these words of wisdom, and yet when they are found in their true essence they find life in Christ (Proverbs 4:22).  The grace of God is found in the wisdom that comes from Christ (Prov 8:35).  Our words as believers are considered to be as fruit that is used to lead people to come to know Christ (Prov 11;30).  Our work as wise followers of Christ is to be someone seeking to deliver souls (Prov 14:25).  Then finally the words that we say can lead people to come to the fountain of life (Prov 18:4).

Just from the book of Proverbs, a book so synonymous with wisdom sayings only, can lead us to see how vital the work of evangelism is in the body of Christ.  I believe this spills over to our Sunday school program as well.  Its one of the greatest places where direct evangelism can and should occur.  Our classes should be wellsprings of wisdom leading people to come to Christ and then to grow in Christ.

Think about your SS class, does it seem more like a dry desert land or a wellspring of life, leading people to Christ?  I know what some may be saying, we have the same people, every Sunday, how are we going to become a wellspring?  Listen I can't put the water there, it is something that has to gush out of your own personal relationships with Christ.  The more though that we can lead people to see the spring as being not for our own benefit but for the benefit of leading others to Christ, the more our spring will be used!

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