As a child my favorite comic book hero was Superman. It seemed he could do anything. His only weakness was Krypton. While most hero’s have limits to their powers, Superman didn’t seem to have any. He was a man on mission. His mission was to “save the world”.
Like Superman, we have a mission. We are to go and make disciples. Although you may not think you have any “super powers”; we do. Matthew 28: 18 tells us “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth”. (Matt 28:18 HCSB) All of God’s power is available to us to accomplish our mission. The problem is that all of our battles are not in the physical world, against flesh and blood. “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens”. Eph 6:12 (HCSB)
To accomplish our mission, we must go on the offense. Ephesians 6 teaches how to fight this battle by putting on the full armor of God. All of the armor and weapons were designed to fight offensively. Many of us are content just simply fighting from our fortresses and rarely venturing out into the battle. When will the church move from the defensive to the offensive. Instead of being content to keep the darkness out of our fortress, maybe we need to be out in the fray pushing back the darkness. Our world needs saving.
To be a missional Sunday School, we must pray. Pray for those in the darkness that they might see the light. Pray for those who are in the fray pushing into the darkness with the light of Christ. We must also prepare. Put on the armor of God. Gird yourself for battle. Prepare your weapons. But lastly, we must go and join the battle. The battle is the Lord’s but He still asks, “who will go for me”.
A missional Sunday School realizes that every time we meet for Bible study and prayer, it is to prepare to go back into the battle. In literal terms, when we leave our Sunday School class and worship services, we are released into the mission field. Go and make disciples of all the nations.
Sean P. Keith is the Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention www.lbc.org/churchgrowth