Ephesians 4:11 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
Last night as my husband was closing out the service he was telling our people of things coming up later this week. He was telling them of meeting at 10:30 Saturday morning to have prayer before going out knocking on doors. Then he told them of Prayer Meeting Saturday night at 7:00. After reminding us of that he encouraged all who was in the service last night to come to Sunday School on Sunday morning. Why did he have to encourage us to be there? Because there are several that don't come. Sunday School is the least attended part of our church. I think that is probably the case in every church. In most cases it is less attended than even the Wednesday night services. As I was thinking about that last night of why people don't come to Sunday School...God gave me some reasons why they don't.
***Just don't see it as important....I don't know if they think it is just something added to our church schedule to take up time or what but they just don't see it as important. Sunday School is important. It is just as important....if not more so. In Sunday School the teacher teaches on subjects that are not normally preached on in length. Sunday School is where we learn and grow in our knowledge of God and His Word. Yes we learn from the preaching but normally things are just "touched on" in the preaching but in Sunday School they are taught on in depth and at length.
***Just too tired.....Many have worked a long week and just want to take that time Sunday morning to sleep in and just make it to church by 11:00 service time. The kids have had a long week at school and the week was long for mom and dad so they all decide it is more important to get that extra hour of sleep than to get up and get the kids and themselves to Sunday School.
***Only day to get things done....Many have to work on Saturdays as well as through the rest of the week so the only day they have is Sunday to get things done. They either take the entire day and stay away from God's house entirely to get things done or they take that time during Sunday School to get things done before going to the House of God. It's almost as though they think Sunday School is just something that the Pastor made up to keep people from being at home.
***Only day to spend with family....Some think that since schedules are so hectic all week long and there hasn't been time for the family to get together and do anything that Sunday is the day for that. If you haven't had any time with your family all week long then you've been too busy. Besides...last time I checked my family goes to church together. What better thing to do with your family than to go to the House of God together. Then when the family is home together later that day the family can sit and talk about what God did in each person's heart during Sunday School and the services. Besides...God gave His life for us...we need to give our life to Him by learning of Him and His Word.
***Going to church is enough....many think they are doing enough by going to church both services on Sunday or even to all services during the week. They say they are faithful to church yet if they don't go to Sunday School they aren't truly faithful. Faithful means going every time the flock meets together....and that includes Sunday School.
God has teachers in churches to teach. Preaching is important but so is teaching. Have you learned all there is to learn from the Word of God? I know I haven't. I've been saved for 13 years and I haven't learned it all yet. So I need to go to Sunday School so I can be taught. I love Sunday School. I have learned much from what I've been taught. A Christian grows more when they go to Sunday School.
If you don't go to Sunday School why not go this Sunday. You'll have to get up a little earlier to get ready and get there...but God will honor the sacrifice you make. God will give you much to learn of by your going.