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If Jesus was your Minister of Ed?

I read this question today while reading through the Six Core Values of Sunday School by Allan Taylor.  It made me stop and think about what Jesus valued greatly and what we often value in a Life Group experience.  It made me stop and ask, if Jesus replaced me tomorrow as the Minister of Ed at Millington FBC, what would he change on the spot?  You could ask that question about all our areas of ministry.

The things that we get so caught up in, are the very things that are non-essential to seeing a Life Group (Sunday School) program succeed.  So what are the essentials that must be a part of your education ministry?

1. Reaching people.  Allan Taylor was right in saying that we can look at Jesus' statements himself and see how passionate he was about the lost.  May this be convicting for us in putting anything before the outreach ministry of Life Groups.  We have to be about reaching new people with the good news of Jesus Christ.  If not, then we are sharing messages to empty rooms and empty chairs.  The way that they become filled is when we are passionate about reaching people for the Lord!

2. Teaching God's Word.  Romans 10 says: Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  As we reach people we teach them the principles of God's Word that impacts their lives.  We teach them that God is truth and that His Word is intended to be applied in our daily lives.  We share the good news of Jesus in all that we say.  In every lesson we present the redemption God provides.  At every opportunity we pour our lives into one another through God's Word.  It has to be central to what we do!

3. Minister to One Another.  I believe that Jesus was passionate about ministering to others.  We saw that through his different encounters with people along the way.  The difference that we see in ministering to others today is that often times it is a check list instead of being a motivation.  Jesus said in John 17: I am in them and You are in Me.  May they be made completely one, so that the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.  Jesus' love and ministry to His disciples was rooted not in a checklist of things to do, but in a passionate love from His Father, our Father.

4. Fellowship with one another.  Fellowship.  How valuable this word is?  It is how we connect with one another through the blood of Christ!  It is how we experience life together.  Jesus didn't teach his disciples' to sit in a room somewhere to have fellowship.  It was to be contagious and to bring others in.  This was even later seen of how they were persecuted in how they expressed the Lord's Supper.  The culture just couldn't understand it.  But it was because they had a sweet fellowship.

All of these are expressions of what Jesus would have desired out of a Life Group (Sunday School class), but it is important to put the first things first.  Most of all he would have desired us to reach people for Christ.  This is to be our main thing in our Life Groups.  We have the work of ministry, teaching, and fellowship, but our main thing is that of reaching people for Jesus Christ.

Sorry Millington FBC, you don't have Jesus leading your education program.  I hope you hear though a heart that wants to share in Jesus' passion for reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ!

So let me ask you, if Jesus were your Life Group Leader, what would he lead your group to do?

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