Think back with me. Remember when we were younger and we would go to church and be dismissed to our Sunday School classes. It was there at the Sunday School class we learned many of the stories found in the scriptures. We would relive the moments of Christ walking across the water or pretend we were the disciples feeding the five thousand. We enjoyed the time as we made special crafts with left over toilet paper roles. Those were the good old days. I loved my Sunday School classes and the teachers who taught me the stories. The truth is most of us have come out of the Sunday School era and today our children go through the same journey.
I wonder that because many of us came out of the Sunday School era we tend to think of Life Groups as just another form of Sunday School. What do I mean? We may see ourselves as coming to another meeting where the teacher/leader is going to teach us something from the selected curriculum. And so we come to Life Groups and we sit on the floor just as we did when we were younger and listen to the lesson the teacher has prepared for us. Life Groups is so much more than a Sunday School class.
The focus of Life Groups is to unite Christians together so that we may live together. Sunday School has its place, but it must not be substituted for Christian community. If we see Life Groups as another form of Sunday School we will never reach community in the church. In Sunday School the child came to learn from a teacher, but in Life Groups we gather to apply what we learned in Sunday School as we serve each other. We read the selected curriculum for personal growth but we also do it for community growth. Our perspective changes in community because we go not to get, but to give. It is in Life Groups you learn more about Christ from me and I learn more about Christ from you. It is in community where we get to urge one another on. Sunday School was teacher to student but Life Groups is community for one another. Life Groups are so much more than a Sunday School class.