Your Sunday School Classes: Houseboats or Fishing Boats?
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4
One of the drawbacks to effectiveness in evangelism in our churches is that we have converted our fishing boats into houseboats. What do you do on a houseboat? You relax, fellowship, and enjoy those on the boat with you. You do have work to do, but it is centered on maintaining an environment of leisure. You likewise have work to do on a fishing boat but the objective is different. A fishing boat exists to assist you in catching fish. A Sunday School class (or small group) exists to help you to reach the lost and unchurched. It is organized around life stage groups to assist in the endeavor. Middle school student reach out to middle school students, college age young adults to college age young adults, senior adults to senior adults, etc.
Why is it that some churches use their Sunday Schools and small groups as tools for evangelism and others do not? It is because in some churches the leaders ask them to. I want to challenge you to make a commitment to convert your houseboats into fishing boats. The possibility: “For he (Simon Peter) and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken” –Luke 5:9. I pray that this verse will reflect the testimony of your Sunday School in the years to come.
What are you doing to lead your Sunday School and small groups to be evangelistic?