Many churches have Sunday School classes for adults as well as children. Many denominations have prepared materials to be used in adult classes. Some of these are quite good--others are fluff or worse! Many churches use books and booklets that are available as the resource for teaching. The book written by an trustworthy author guides the teacher and keeps the class on target. Today I will suggest some materials that readily adapt themselves for Sunday School classes (or small groups).
CLASS ON THE WORD OF GOD:
Geoff Thomas, THE SURE WORD OF GOD;
Evangelical Press--a great place to begin--it
covers the major issues and applies along the
John Blanchard, WHY BELIEVE THE BIBLE?;
Evangelical Press--great overview for believers
and unbelievers alike.
Brian Edwards, WHY 27 ?; Evangelical Press--fine
study of the canon of the New Testament--how
and why there are 27 books in the New
CLASS ON THE TRIUNE GOD:
Stuart Olyott, WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT
THE TRINITY; Evangelical Press--Olyott is the
master of making difficult things clear.
Sinclair Ferguson, A HEART FOR GOD; Banner of
Truth--a priceless book about our great God.
James White, THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY; Bethany
Fellowship--excellent study and application of
the Bible's teaching on the Trinity and why it
CLASS ON JESUS CHRIST:
Stuart Olyott, JESUS IS BOTH GOD AND MAN;
Evangelical Press--clear study of Christ's two
natures and why it matters that we "get" this.
Peter Jeffery, THE CROSS; Evangelical Press--an
excellent overview of the work of Christ.
John Blanchard, WHY THE CROSS ?; Evangelical
Press--a new booklet that succinctly explains
why Christ had to die on the cross
CLASS ON JUSTIFICATION/"THE GREAT EXCHANGE":
Jerry Bridges, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE; NavPress--excellent study on the great
exchange--my sin for His righteousness!--a
study guide is available online.
CLASS ON GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:
Octavius Winslow, THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT;
Banner of Truth--an experiential treatment.
John Stott, BAPTISM & FULNESS; IVP--a standard
rebuttal of Pentecostal/charismatic teaching.
CLASS ON THE "NEW BIRTH" (REGENERATION):
Robert Spinney, NOT WHAT I USED TO BE; Tulip
Booklets--an outstanding introductory study of
how the new birth brings about real change.
John Piper, FINALLY ALIVE; Crossway--an
examination of how God makes the new birth
a reality in the lives of His elect and why people
are only really alive once they come to Christ.
CLASS ON THE CHRISTIAN'S GROWING IN GRACE:
Sinclair Ferguson, GROW IN GRACE; Banner of
Truth--a great study on how Christians grow.
Kent Hughes, DISCIPLINES OF A GODLY MAN;
Crossway--the kind of focus and faithfulness
needed to become a godly man.
Kent and Barbara Hughes, DISCIPLINES OF A
GODLY FAMILY; Crossway--the kind of focus
and faithfulness need to become a godly family.
Don Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE
CHRISTIAN LIFE; NavPress
CLASS ON PERSONAL HOLINESS:
Stuart Olyott, THIS WAY TO HOLINESS; Evangelical
Press--fine exposition of Romans 5-8--the
best place to begin. Oylott is always clear.
Jerry Bridges, THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS;
NavPress--the classic Reformed exposition of
personal holiness put down where all can grasp
Jerry Bridges, THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE;
NavPress--learning the truths of Christ's and
the Holy Spirit's work which are to be personally
appropriated by faith.
these marvelous truths.
CLASS ON THE CHURCH:
Earl Blackburn, JESUS LOVES THE CHURCH AND
SO SHOULD YOU; Solid Ground--warm hearted
look at what Christ reveals of His heart for His
church and why believers ought to hold the
Mark Dever, WHAT IS A HEALTHY CHURCH?;
Crossway--looks at the Bible's diagnosis of
what makes for a healthy church.
Mark Dever, DELIBERATE CHURCH; Crossway--
how to set out to build a biblical church.
Mark Dever, 9 MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH;
Crossway--the fine book that started the
movement that bears the name, 9 MARKS.
CLASS ON GOD'S PROVIDENCE:
Richard Belcher, A JOURNEY IN PROVIDENCE;
Richbarry Press--teaches theology in the form
of a novel where the main character has to deal
with a problem of what the Bible teaches--in
this case, the providence of God.
Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD--EVEN WHEN LIFE
HURTS; NavPress--the best book on providence
available and the first written in the 20th
century in English--first published in 1988!
Jerry Bridges, IS GOD REALLY IN CONTROL?;
NavPress--picks up some of the hard cases put
to Jerry after TRUSTING GOD was published.
CLASS ON CHURCH HISTORY:
S. M. Houghton, SKETCHES FROM CHURCH
HISTORY; Banner of Truth--the best place to
start which laymen find themselves loving to
Rebecca Frawley, STUDY GUIDE FOR SKETCHES
FROM CHURCH HISTORY; Banner of Truth--
finally, a good help in teaching the book.
CLASS ON THE CHRISTAN'S HOPE--CHRIST'S RETURN:
David Jackman, TEACHING THE CHRISTIAN HOPE;
Sam Waldron, THE END TIMES MADE SIMPLE:
Calvary Press--an excellent study of Revelation
20, what it does not say, and what it really
Sam Waldron, MORE OF THE END TIMES MADE
SIMPLE; Calvary Press--shows the implications
that flow out of the position one holds on
prophecy and the return of Christ.
May your Sunday School classes become more robust as you take advantage of these great helps.
Your Book Servant,
Pastor Steve Martin