I’m really glad that our church has the Nooma Sunday school class. In my opinion, having the opportunity to have intellectual and theological discussion on the various Nooma video topics is one of the greatest ideas for Sunday school I’ve seen so far. I find that too often in SS classes where its the standard teacher-teaching-the-class, the students don’t remember much. When the whole purpose of the class is to discuss, it forces each person to really think about the topic and form their own views. It cuts out the mindless learning that many Christians who have grown up in the church are used to. I’m not trying to say learning about the Bible is a bad thing, but it can only take you so far in your walk. When a person reaches a certain point in their life, they have to start thinking for themselves and really search for their own solid reasons for believing in Jesus Christ.
I also like how it gives all different age groups (from university up) to share and debate ideas about our faith. This kind of discussion doesn’t normally happen outside of the class, and I’m glad this is an opportunity for everyone to share their opinions on the topics. It makes us think about important issues on Christianity, as we don’t have to agree with everything Rob Bell has to say. It’s good to broaden the scope of the topic he introduces as it’s often one-sided.
My hope for everyone in this class is that after the class is over, that they would continue to engage in intellectual and thought-provoking conversations that are beyond the mundane, normal conversations. In this way we can continue to help each other grow both in our walks with God and also as an intelligent person able to form their own opinions and beliefs through searching instead of simply taking what they are told as truth to be truth.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” – Proverbs 27:17, NKJV
If you want to check out Rob Bell’s short videos, go to http://www.nooma.com