In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Music is perhaps the most powerful external influence that shapes who you are—how you think, how you feel, and who you become! In fact, the very word music comes from the root word muse which literally means “to be absorbed in thought.” That’s what music does, it absorbs our conscious and subconscious mind and directs those thoughts either in spiritual or unspiritual directions!
Music, at its core, influences our spiritual lives and our relationship with God—either drawing us closer to the Lord, or quenching the Holy Spirit. God always desires our lives to be filled with and controlled by the power of His Holy Spirit
The biblical fact is this: the right kind of Spirit-led music can be an immensely powerful force that aids us in bringing our body and soul into submission to the leadership and control of the Holy Spirit of God. That is to say, it can feed and fan the flames of the work of the Holy Spirit within.
At Wayside Baptist Church we strive to make our music God honoring, Christ centred, and Holy Spirit lead. Traditional hymns as well as other conservative Christian music, reflecting the doctrinal values we believe in are sung in our services.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
I believe the key reason for adult Bible classes in the local church is the organization to fulfill the purposes of the church.
Dr. Lee Roberson used to say,
“The Sunday school is the church organized to fulfill the purpose of the church.”
Whether you call it Sunday School, Adult Bible Fellowships, Connection Groups, Discipleship Class or something else, it is vital that you have clearly defined purposes and processes for this vital area of church ministry.
At Wayside Baptist Church, we strive to make sure our Adult Discipleship class includes these essentials:
1. TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD
Believe it or not, the main purpose of an adult Bible class is not coffee and donuts! Our class leaders work diligently every week to prepare a quality Bible lesson that will apply God’s truth to the life stage-appropriate needs of the people in their group.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:—2 Timothy 3:16
And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.—Acts 18:11
2. DISCIPLING NEW CHRISTIANS AND MENTORING LEADERS
By organizing discipleship through the adult Bible classes, new Christians are able to develop a spiritual relationship with someone who will continue to see and encourage them even after they have completed the discipleship course. Similarly, class leaders are able to see those who are developing spiritually and mentor new leaders to be able to serve in the class or other ministries in the church.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.—2 Timothy 2:2
3. GIVING ACCEPTANCE TO EVERY MEMBER
The larger the church grows, it’s harder for everyone to know everyone else, but the adult Bible class provides an atmosphere of acceptance. Although clear Bible teaching and personal mentoring and sometimes correction are important, I really believe that acceptance is the optimum environment for growth.
Even for the struggling church at Corinth, Paul confirmed his acceptance of them at the beginning of his epistle. That did not keep him from giving needed correction and instruction, but he first affirmed them in acceptance.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;—1 Corinthians 1:3–4
4. PRAY CONSISTENTLY
When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works. As I visit prospects and prepare lessons, I must not forget to pray. The Apostles gave themselves to prayer, and their number multiplied
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; -1Th 1:2
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: .......
Getting a good education is important, but there are things that are even more important such as our children getting saved and their walk with God.
One of the greatest responsibilities of a Sunday school teacher is to instill the proper values and convictions in children. When we give our children a strong foundation of biblical values and convictions, we are teaching them that life is about more than making ourselves happy and pleasing ourselves. Rather we are to live for God and please Him.
Here are some of the values and convictions we should instill in our childern's ministry.
The importance of having a good name and reputation: It has been said that your reputation is what others think you to be; and character is what you are.
Trustworthiness: “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”
Honesty: Always tell the truth even if it gets you in trouble.
Integrity: “The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7). “One thing you can give and still keep is your word.”
Respect for authority
Hunger for spiritual things: The Bible makes us “wise unto salvation.” Teach them to read it from an early age, but remember that knowing the Scriptures and being saved are two different things.
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Wayside Baptist Church
2567 Elm Rd Webberville Mi 48892
(517) 294- 9791
Ronald Schultz - Pastor