Adult Sabbath School
Sabbath School – Calling all adults!
Sabbath School at Triadelphia Church is a time of singing, learning, participating, and fellowship. It has its roots way back in the beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist movement of the 1800's. It was intended to assist especially the young people of the church to learn more about their beliefs. At first they met in small groups in their homes. They would have 20 questions and the group would come up with the answers. It was a man named G.H. Bell who first organized a Sabbath School. There were three rules: You had to officially join, you had to study 7 times during the week, and you had to recite whatever memory verses had been assigned.
Well, the rules have changed a bit through the years, but the emphasis on the study of God's word hasn't changed at all. In fact, Sabbath School is sometimes equated with ONLY the study of the lesson for the week. Sabbath School gives one the opportunity for application, the opportunity “to study Biblical absolutes in a culture where there are no absolutes.”
Today Sabbath School across our continent has 4 main goals or tenents. They are FELLOWSHIP, STUDY, MISSION, and COMMUNITY OUTREACH. Triadelphia's Sabbath School leaders reach towards accomplishing all four of these goals.
Of course, study is emphasized strongly, as it should be. During the Sabbath School hour at least half of the time is devoted to classes, where members can get together and discuss the truths of the Bible through the use of the Sabbath School Bible Study Guide, published and distributed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists throughout the world.
Fellowship is emphasized when the program focuses on our members, getting to know each other, and working in small groups to discuss certain subjects. As examples of this, some weeks we introduce a new member to our group, and sometimes we discuss the importance of grandparents.
Missions is an emphasis on the weeks that we show or tell about people who are taking the Good News of Jesus to other parts of the world. We often do a mission emphasis by showing a Mission Spotlight, and sometimes we have a person who has been to other lands telling us about their work.
Community Outreach happens in both the program and lesson times. During the program we often talk about what people are doing in our own community. We might present a person who is working with the Rotary Club in the area, a person who is needing help close by, or a program we will be doing in the area. During the Study Time, we have Care Coordinators, who keep track of a special project that their class is working on.