Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” — John 1: 48–49
God can give you the power to do anything. This was one of the messages delivered during the Sunday school service held on 25 May 2014. Sunday school kids were treated to an hour of understanding how divine power works and in Jesus Christ, we recognise and experience the power of God.
Shepherd Lance Smith, rector at Midrand Congregation, began the service by explaining the difference between physical and emotional strength. He then recalled the story of Nathanael, who was well acquainted with Scripture, but who at first, took offence at the background of Jesus of Nazareth. It was only after a personal encounter with Him that He acknowledged the Son of God. Nathanael recognised the divine power in Jesus’ words.
The Shepherd explained to the congregation, especially the kids, that God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus, whose teaching we were meant to listen to and practise. Jesus knows every part of us, and he wants to live within us. He wants to give us love, hope, peace, patience and the ability to accept the bad that others do to us, so that we can build on what God has placed within each of us. God chose us to be a part of his work, said the Shepherd.
In his serving, Evangelist David Cooks explained the concept of power. He asked them if Iron man, Superman and Spiderman or God was the most powerful being in the universe. The kids answered God. Using the analogy of superheroes, he explained the concept of power. He asked the kids if they could stop the sea, and some of them said no. The evangelist then reminded them of Moses who was able to part the Red Sea because God gave him the power to do so. He made the kids promise that they will allow God’s power to work in them.
Priest Gershon Monk also served, informing the kids that the Lord only has successful stories, and they were a part of those successful stories. He reiterated the Evangelist’s comments about power, informing the kids that they have the power to do everything. “If anyone says you can’t, you tell that that you have all the power because your father in heaven has all the power.” He reminded the children to trust in God, and pray to God. He also explained the power people receive when participating in the sacraments.
To sum up the service, the kids and congregation learnt that we experience the power of God in His salvation-bringing word and in the sacrament, which leads us out of the domain of power of sin and death, and into life.
The month of May is dedicated to the Sunday school in the New Apostolic Church, South East Africa district.
Sunday school tuition forms an integral part of the spiritual care of the children of the New Apostolic Church. Lessons generally take place after the Sunday morning divine service. A child’s Sunday school career spans a four year Sunday school course, a three year Religious Instruction course and a one year Confirmation course which run consecutively. The lessons in each syllabus have been expertly designed to meet the needs of the developmental stage of the children in each course. The content of each lesson is scripturally based with a contemporary application so that the children are able to experience their faith.
The foundation for future musical development is laid into our children. All children are exposed to choir singing in Sunday school, and are also encouraged to learn to play the recorder. Further progression to the playing of an orchestral instrument is thereby promoted. Children’s choirs sing in divine services and on various other occasions.