INTRO.- ILL.- "Say, Dad, did you go to Sunday School when you were a boy?" "Yes, son, I went all the time." "Well, then, I guess it wonít do me any good either."


Some of my best times as a youngster in church and Sunday School were in Sunday School! Sunday School was the highlight of my Christian experience back then! Iíd rather go to Sunday School than church any day back then!

Some people avoid Sunday School like itís a plague. And I know why some people avoid going to Sunday School.

ILL.- I remember being in a boyís Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church of Webb City, MO. Our teacher was also my high school driverís education teacher. He was a real nice guy and very funny too. He had a great sense of humor and would often joke with us. Everybody loved him. But one day I didnít love him!

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? Because he asked me to lead the class in prayer. Out loud! Talk about embarrassing. Talk about being put on the spot. Talk about not knowing what to do. I had never prayed out loud or in public in my life and suddenly, I was asked to pray.

I stumbled around and stammered a little, and offered some kind of very short prayer. I donít even remember what I said or prayed, but I know I was embarrassed and red-faced. "NEVER AGAIN," I thought. Little did I know what my future would hold.

Never in my wildest dream did I think of becoming a minister of the gospel. But here I am.

Brothers and sisters, I know that some people avoid Sunday School because they think they will be put on the spot and asked to pray or perhaps read out loud or asked a direct question. NOT IN MY CLASS, YOU WONíT. I donít want to embarrass anybody.

Some people donít go to Sunday School for other reasons: Itís too early. Itís an hour before church. Itís at 9 a.m. Thatís early to some people. But that doesnít seem to be a problem on Monday morning when they have to go to work.

I think many people like to sleep in.

Prov. 24:33-34 "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit...." Sleep can lead to laziness or in some cases, may be a sign of laziness. And laziness can lead to poverty or else, government welfare. And laziness can lead to spiritual poverty as well.

Spiritual poverty means a person has nothing in the well. There spiritual well is dry. There is nothing to draw from. Thatís not good. When your well is dry youíd better not have an emergency!

I figured out a long time ago that most people do what they want to do! If they want to get up early and go fishing or hunting or go on a trip, etc., they just go do it. But when it comes to certain spiritual matters, itís a different matter.

Everybody has a lazy streak in them, but we should never be lazy when it comes to the Lord and our relationship to Him. BUT WE ARE!
Stan Butt
September 19, 2009
Good sermon. Chock full of illustrations and a concise outline with a lot of room for personalizatin.