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Tony Brooks: Sunday School/Small Groups and New Scorecards

 

Posted: 6/19/18 at 7:40am. Post by Tony Brooks.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)

I remember the day when success in Sunday School was seen by envelopes with checkmarks: attendance, read the Bible every day, give an offering, etc. Perhaps a new scorecard is needed in this generation!

  1. Who is serving in the community? Are they serving in social organizations and sharing God’s love? Hospital volunteers, feeding programs, et. al.? In today’s culture, these things reflect more productivity.
  2. Are they sharing God’s love through media? I have seen way too many social media posts from Christians that were hateful during the election and now amidst the issue of immigration reform. Take this challenge: Search “Why are Christians so…?” You may be surprised by the results. Unchurched people are watching you, and they are looking for excuses to not be part of a church or to call themselves Christians.
  3. Are you showing God’s love even at church softball games? I had a former pastor once tell me about an opposing player: “I haven’t always been a pastor. I will be glad to meet you in the parking lot after the game.” He said it in a threatening way and loud enough for everyone to hear. Sometimes, secular players show more grace than the church. Here is a video example that illustrates my point.

It is time for us to show Christ-like behavior in order for us to make a difference in this culture and in our world!

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7