And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
We typically read that passage and think it is referring to sending missionaries only. While that is certainly implied, one of the most often pieces of Christianity is this "teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you". We believe that discipleship is often an overlooked element of the church, which explains why so many Christians are not experiencing the joy of their salvation. We believe that true joy comes when a Christian gives the totality of who they are completely away to the service of Christ.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAQs
WHAT IS SUNDAY SCHOOL?
Sunday School classes are small groups of 12-18 people who meet weekly in the church building to study and apply the Scriptures, discuss the sermons, and pray for each other.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUNDAY SCHOOL?
The singular purpose of Sunday School at Brookland Baptist Church is to follow Jesus together. At its core, to be a Christian is to follow Jesus. We believe that Jesus changes everything and that as we follow him our lives will be transformed. But Jesus didn’t come to simply transform us as individuals. Following Jesus draws us into community with others who are being transformed.
You cannot follow Jesus alone. You need other Christians because God designed community to be the environment in which Christians endure, grow, and thrive by pointing one another to trust and obey him. Our hope is that as we follow Jesus together, we will help one another grow to maturity in Christ as we fight sin and point one another to trust in Christ.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN A SUNDAY SCHOOL?
Trying to follow Jesus alone is impossible. We believe that much of your long-term discipleship, care, and counseling should take place in the context of a community that knows you and cares about you personally. Following Jesus is a relational pursuit from beginning to end. We all need Jesus-centered, grace-driven, redemptive community to help us follow him.
WHAT DO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES DO?
Because our Gospel Communities exist to help us follow Jesus together, we focus our time on three practices: studying, sharing, and supporting.
Studying: Most of our meetings will primarily focus around the study of God’s Word in coordination with the a set 6 to 20 week study or our previous Sunday’s sermon. The goal of this time is to hear from God as we study the Word together, share our observations, and help one another to apply the text to our lives. Our hope is that through our study the Holy Spirit will implant the truth of God’s Word in our hearts and it will take root in our day-to-day experiences and relationships.
Sharing: Each week we want to see group members sharing what is happening in their lives—joys, sorrows, sins, struggles, places where we feel like God met us or spoke to us, or places where God feels distant. Some of this will happen during the study, but most of it will happen in informal conversations before or after the meetings. We also try to facilitate space for sharing meals together. Meals slow things down and bring us closer to one another. In fact, we think that the conversations at family meals/ Sunday School gatherings can help create the kind of relational depth needed to apply God’s Word to one another’s lives.
Supporting: Each week we will learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded. This care will take many forms, such as praying, listening, meeting needs, encouraging and even challenging one another as needed.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED COMMITMENT?
Being in a Sunday School Class costs us something: presence and participation.
Presence: Being a part of a group requires a year-round commitment to attend weekly meetings. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. Everyone’s presence and engagement is necessary for building a strong group. Our active involvement builds trust so that we can grow into the kind of group that shares, studies and supports one another.
Participation: Another key component to building a strong group is that you come prepared and ready to participate. Participation in the group will happen in many ways, however, when you join a group you are formally committing to participate by coming prepared for discussions.
WHEN AND WHERE DO THEY MEET?
Sunday Mornings at 9:15 in the Church building.
HOW LONG DO CLASSES LAST?
9:15 - 10:25
HOW DO I CHOOSE A GROUP?
The primary factor that comes into play when choosing a Sunday School is relationships. If you know a leader or have friends who are in a group you should consider joining that group. The other helpful factor is to consider signing up for a group that is going through a study that catches your interest. This can help you form relationships and live missionally together.