While the priority of any congregation should be the whole church gathered for preaching, singing, praying, Scripture reading, giving, and observing the ordinances, there are other aspects of church life that are helpful in the mission of making disciples.
For Lebanon Baptist Church, one of the aspects outside of the main gathering we believe assists in our discipleship is LifeStage Classes (a.k.a. Sunday School). These classes are simply an organized approach to biblically educate and equip each other.
To be a part of a LifeStage Class will require a commitment to showing up each Sunday morning at 9:15. So why consider it something worthy of committing the extra time and effort to in order to be a part?
Well, here are 3 simple reasons that we hope you’ll consider.
To Grow in Understanding and Applying Biblical Truth
Every person who makes up this church should be committed to growing in their ability to grasp the overarching truths of God’s Word. If you aren’t becoming more skilled in applying a Biblical worldview to all of life, you are very susceptible to being “carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:14). This is not good.
In our main gatherings, we take book or a passage and simply teach what it says, what it means, and what it means for our lives. In a LifeStage Class, it’s a different environment. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues from work and marriage to learning to read to the Bible and decision-making. You’ll discuss Biblical themes like walking in the Spirit, justification and sanctification, identity in Christ, and trials and suffering.If you aren't becoming more skilled in applying a Biblical worldview to all of life, you are very susceptible to being carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. This is not good. Click To Tweet
To Establish Closer Friendships
Church should never be an event where you just slip in and out unnoticed. Church is a group of believers devoted to loving and caring for one another. If you simply attend morning services, it will be difficult to establish the friendships necessary for your discipleship and true community.
Of course, if you’re a long-term member of the church, you may have established great friendships that you enjoy. But what about new members? One of the best ways to establish those relationships is to faithfully attend a LifeStage Class each Sunday. It’s a smaller group of people who are probably in a similar stage of life.
So, long-time member, invite a new member to get into your class. New members, commit to a class and start establishing friendships that are vital your health as a believer.
To Foster Spiritually Intentional Relationships
A LifeStage Class allows you to be learning truth together so that you can be discipling one another by discussing that truth with each other, applying the truth to each other, and consistently praying for each other to grow in grace.
LifeStage Classes will meet this Sunday at 9:15. So, if you haven’t committed to one yet, or if you haven’t been faithfully attending yours, we look forward to seeing this Sunday!