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Sabbath School Ideas -- for 2013-14

Program ideas to foster growth and discipleship goals.
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Brad Emde

on 3 January 2015

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THESE NEW IDEAS ARE ROOTED IN 3 MAIN GOALS: 1. Youth/Earliteen to help lead program some weeks
AND involve younger children on other weeks. 2. Add a "Real Life Parable" section EVERY week 3. Advertise/Promote The preliminary Sabbath School Program itself is the main structure to support these 3 goals by modifying 2 aspects: 1. Grow Attendance & lessen tardiness. 1. Tina/Katie Jane & My testimony
(of Platte, SD) Sabbath School Program
2013-2014 gets youth involved...sends message to youth we want to be with them and they can truly contribute to our worship ~10 min interview of "at-large" member who teaches a spiritual lesson based on their unique expert knowledge in their occupation or hobby encourage your family, neighbors, & friends to attend as well as to get involved (young & old) WHAT WAS THE FERTILIZER FOR MY IDEAS? would grow program by adding kids/parents/friends would provide a mentor (the youth SS leader) to "disciple" the youth into leadership would help youth "buy" into the SDA message ---> perfect place to "spread their wings" (especially the little children) would foster anticipation of little children to "get to join adults" when they get to earliteen class would broaden congregations knowledge of the topic in general would expose youth to an area they may not have thought of or been exposed to before would help others get to know the member better (especially new members) would allow conversation starter for others to talk that person about would promote the idea in a practical & relevant way that we are ALL called to preach/witness daily especially in simple methods Jesus used---> would grow attendance by bringing their family/friends (including non-SDAs) for the extremely shy we could just highlight them and tell their story/parable and show a picture of them. 2. Involve kids more (all ages) in worship
together with the adults. 3. Involve "at-large" adult members more. 2. Pastor interviewing pilot 1. Who's involved
&.
2. The content itself move the SS program from last on people's minds to the forefront..."talk it up"...promote it in the adult SS classes in a positive way as a reminder advertise one week ahead in bulletin/grapevine who superintendant will be and who will be featured in "Real Life Parable" to encourage family & friends to attend "evangelism"/"missions" aimed at our own members is important too ---> Structure for the changes 3. I have a burden for our current
members (young & old) who don't seem
to be involved...awake...or even care. Created by: Dr. Brad Emde
Greeneville, TN SDA Church Thank you
&
please keep this program
in your prayers! With God's leading,
our efforts will
bear much fruit! Existing Landscape is good.
There is a good foundation to build upon. to create more fruit! allows us to "pass the baton" earlier, while they are still young enough to accept guidance, and as they grow in wisdom & stature they would have some leadership experience to build upon and run with it...just like a relay race:
(adult has baton ===> adult/child...youth together have baton (mentoring) ===> young adult can run with baton of leadership on their own) this one is FREE! learn it....teach it...."own" it! create such a great program that people will regret missing it...not by entertaining, but by seeing practical godliness in people's lives. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 NKJV

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the LOVE of the truth, that they might be saved. As our school principal pointed out in the church business session last month, according to the Valugenesis Study, to have highest chance for students to have a mature faith in Christ there were 3 key factors:

1. Must have spirituality taught in home.
2. Must attend a quality SDA school
3. Must attend a quality SDA church

So how can the Sabbath School Program help to develop a quality SDA church for our young members? RULES OF ENGAGEMENT:

1. Goal is NOT to "liven" up the service....goal is to mentor youth in leading a reverent worship service...

.....story of Samuel going to temple to be with Eli....a consecrated youth can be a great blessing...and has a better chance of growing up into wonderful service as an adult if they are mentored into discipleship when young 2. If a youth "messes up" and does something immature, adults should remember they are babes in Christ and should not be critical....this is where they need to spread their wings....the mentor can use this as a “teachable moment” if done correctly. 3. If they continue to do something that does need rebuke, take the matter to the ADULT in charge that week, NOT to the youth/child involved (unless you have a very good relationship with that youth). ...let the mentor be the mentor....

(Remember, everyone should have both the youth's eternal soul AND the souls of all those who attend the meetings in mind...the Holy Spirit will bring the truth & unity if done properly). Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 41

We need in our schools young men and women who have vital godliness, not a cheap, superficial experience, but a deep inward piety that results from learning daily in the school of Christ, that they may impart to others the precious lessons which Christ has taught them. Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 47

The object of Sabbath-school work should be the in-gathering of souls...
In our Sabbath-schools the Christian youth should be entrusted with responsibilities, that they may develop their abilities and gain spiritual power. Let the youth first give themselves to God, and then let them in their early experience be taught to help others. This work will bring their faculties into exercise and enable them to learn how to plan and how to execute their plans for the good of their associates. Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 48

When young men and women are sober minded, and cultivate piety and devotion, they will let their light shine forth to others, and there will be vital power in the church....After they have had a little experience, let one of their number take the leadership, and then another, and in this way let workers be educated that will meet the approval of God. Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 49

We must educate the youth, that they may learn how to work for the salvation of souls; and in educating the youth for this work, we shall also learn how to labor more successfully, becoming efficient agents in the hands of God for the conversion of our scholars. Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, P.36-37

“Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.” In EVERY work of their hands, they were to remember the commandment of the Lord. ...It was to be bound upon their hands, not literally, but to exert an influence over EVERY transaction of their lives. It was to be as frontlets between their eyes. Their minds were to dwell upon the truth of God’s commandments, and they were to be governed by their principles. “And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” ... TSS p. 36-37 ...The direction given by the Son of God to Moses, for the instruction of the children of Israel, is just as essential now as it was then, and it should be heeded as diligently by parents today as by God’s ancient people. Religion must be woven into every part of the home life if we would see the results that God has designed as the fruit of following His way. TSS p. 36-37 Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, P.40

The teaching of Jesus inculcated the weightiest ideas and the most sublime truths in the most comprehensible and simple manner, and “the common people heard Him gladly.” This is the kind of instruction that should be given in our Sabbath-schools. would remind us to think/even talk about religious/heavenly things on weekdays too using object lessons! Ideas voted by the Sabbath School Council Messages to Young People, p. 204

Satan is a vigilant foe, intent upon his purpose of leading the youth to a course of action entirely contrary to that which God would approve. He well knows that there is no other class that can do as much good as young men and young women who are consecrated to God. The youth, if right, could sway a mighty influence. Preachers, or laymen advanced in years, cannot have one-half the influence upon the young that the youth, devoted to God, can have upon their associates. They ought to feel that a responsibility rests upon them to do all they can to save their fellow mortals, even at a sacrifice of their pleasure and natural desires. Time, and even means, if required, should be consecrated to God. Messages to Young People, p. 207

Pray more than you sing. Do you not stand in greater need of prayer than of singing? Young men and women, God calls upon you to work, work for Him. Make an entire change in your course of action. You can do a work that those who minister in word and doctrine cannot do. You can reach a class whom the minister cannot affect.—

(also found in Testimonies for the Church, Vol 1, p. 511-513) Messages to Young People, p. 25

The church is languishing for the help of young men [and women] who will bear a courageous testimony, who will with their ardent zeal stir up the sluggish energies of God’s people, and so increase the power of the church in the world. Young men [and women] are wanted who will resist the tide of worldliness, and lift a voice of warning against taking the first steps in immorality and vice. Messages to Young People, p. 196

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!


Amen! (That is why our SS Council has included as one of the changes this year to involve our youth more in the leadership of our SS program.) To foster this "love of the truth" in ourselves, our children, and in all the world is what the Sabbath School Programs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are all about.


(I apologize that I must move rapidly
...hang on to your pews!) Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 50

When the youth is converted, do not leave him in idleness; give him something to do in the vineyard of the Master. According to his ability, let him be employed; for the Lord has given to every man his work. Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 110

What a blessing it would be if ALL would teach as Jesus taught! He did not aim to attract attention by eloquence or by overwhelming grandeur of sentiment. On the contrary, His language was plain, and His thoughts were expressed with greatest simplicity; but He spoke with loving earnestness. In your teaching be as near like Him as possible. Make your exercises interesting.
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