How do you feel about the Bible Study Lesson you are using?
I have asked this question a number of times when teaching Bible Study leaders: How many times has your life been changed by Bible Study Curriculum? More than once, groups have spontaneously laughed out loud. Bible Study Leaders don’t seem too fired up about the Bible Study Lessons they are using.
Follow up question: How many times has your life been changed by. . .
- A book?
- A conversation?
I have designed Good Questions Have Groups Talking around this insight: books by world-class writers and stimulating, honest conversations are two influences that God has used to change lives. Each lesson consists of about 20 ready-to-use questions that get groups talking. (They also save you time in preparation.)
Answers are provided in the form of short quotes from well-known authors such as John MacArthur, Beth Moore, Max Lucado, and a host of others. I also include quotes from the same commentaries that your pastor uses in sermon preparation. I try to find crisp life-changing nuggets to put in the hands of teachers. I want to make you sound brilliant. Every Sunday School lesson is filled with stories that get people’s attention.
The number one complaint I hear about Sunday School Lessons is this: they lack depth. They are predictable. They are same-old, same-old. In fact we have a phrase we use that comes out of this: A Sunday School answer. What is a Sunday School answer? Is it a well-thought through, insightful answer to a significant question? That is my mission: to make a Sunday School answer a well-thought-through, deep, insightful answer to a significant question.
50 years ago “Made in Japan” meant a cheap, low-quality piece of junk. Today, it means high-quality. My dream is that “Sunday School answer” will see a similar change. Good Questions with answers from world-class authors can change all that.
Why isn’t our Sunday School growing?
A lot of people are asking today, “How can we make our Sunday School grow again?” We assume we need a better outreach strategy. That may be true in some cases. In many cases, we don’t need a better outreach strategy; we need a better Bible Study experience. We don’t need better advertising; we need a better product.
I have spent the last 15 years speaking in church on how to grow a Sunday School. Along the way, I have attended a lot of adult Sunday School classes. More than once I walk out, shake my head and say to myself, “I give my life to promoting this?” No amount of promotion or outreach in the world will help a Sunday School if the individual class is not interesting, stimulating, challenging, informative and fun. People won’t tell their friends to come to something they don’t enjoy attending.
I’d like to ask you to give Good Questions a try. They correspond with Lifeway’s outlines and can be used supplementally or stand-alone. Most churches use them supplementally. I’d like to offer you a free trial you can use with all of your teachers.These lessons are used by hundreds of churches, including some of the nation’s leading Sunday Schools such as Houston’s First Baptist Church. Get a free trial today. What do you have to lose?