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Perspective: The Sunday School strategy

The goal of the church is to fulfill the Great Commission. As Christians, we are to take the Gospel into all the world. Every people group should have the privilege of hearing the Good News of the Savior. As new, true followers are discipled, they will be the means of taking the Gospel from the front door of the church to the ends of the Earth. Sunday School is the primary strategy of the local church to connect people to His mission....

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Perspective: WE ministry

Tornadoes. Wildfires. Floods. Hurricanes. Whether it’s Oklahoma or New York, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers step into the pain and destruction left behind by natural disasters to bring healing, restoration and the Good News of Jesus Christ. For 40 years, Oklahoma Baptists have given themselves to touch those who suffer because of disasters. From a small group of men to more than 5,000 trained men and women volunteers,...

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Perspective: Small group accountability

A rich and abundant life is built on relationships. God has created us for community. People, saved and unsaved, desire and thrive in an environment where interaction with others is mutually advantageous. When one becomes a follower of Christ, he gains not only a relationship with the Savior, but also a relationship with His body, the church. The New Testament word for this body life relationship is “koinonia.” It carries the idea of...

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Perspective: Connect people to the Truth

Sunday School is the primary strategy of the local church to connect people to the Truth. In the verses just before Paul charged young Timothy to proclaim the message, Paul made clear what the message was to be. The message is the Sacred Scriptures that instruct us in the way of salvation and equip God’s people for every good work. In short, the Bible is the God-breathed Truth. The essence of Sunday School must be the teaching of...

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Perspective: Connecting people

More than 40 years ago, Polla and I attended Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina. I was a young pastor with a deep desire to reach people with the Gospel and grow the church. During that week at Ridgecrest, my mind and heart were captured by the strategy of Sunday School. It was clear that this tool called Sunday School was designed to bring people into a setting where the Good News could be shared. I walked away...

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