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Sunday School Kid Turns From God

I guess this is for other sunday school teachers, how do you deal when a child you have taught for around 10 years grows up and turns from God and the church? Do you feel it's your fault that you didn't teach them properly?

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 ---bethie on 5/23/05
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I agree with Fran's post. Pray for them unceasingly and continue to show them God's love every opportunity you get. It's not your fault. They have a mind and will of their own. But hears the prayers of his saints, conitnue to pray.
---Katie on 11/10/07

This could not only pertain to our kids in Sunday School but also to our own late husband and I raised our 3 adopted children in a Christian home and now none of them go to church or love that our fault? I don't believe so as every person has their own will and will do do whatever they want even if they were raised in a Christian home with a lot of love and raised in Sunday School...all we can do is pray for them to turn back to the Lord...
---Fran8674 on 4/16/07

Sometimes, some churches are so old fashion in their ways, it shooos young ones away to more youth friendly churches. The old need to step down and teach the young and upcoming ones to carry on. We need to meet our youth half way and give them encouragement and responsibilities in the church and let the know that they are much valued in the church. Has anyone said this to any youth at all? I have many times.It made the youths day.
---jana on 9/27/06

Thanks for your responses guys.
---bethie on 6/2/05

Bethie, Be assured that as long as you do your best to teach accurately the word of God, you have no need to feel regret over one of your "students" turning their back on God. I say this as one who has done this. I have probably caused several good Sunday school teachers to feel as if they had failed. I was raised in the church, and had several good teachers in the course of my upbringing, but, I still turned my back on the church when I turned 18, thinking it was time for me to be my OWN boss.
---tommy3007 on 5/29/05

I have taught kids for years. some of them do give in to the temptation of sin. I believe that God will make them miserable in the sin. but they think their know beter. My ex grew up in chuch was in sunday school from birth almost. but he chose to turn his back on God. I know he suffers. I pray he comes back to God and becomes a father to his kids again!
---Laureen on 5/28/05

Berthie, you are not responsible for the spiritual decisions of other people, even former Sunday School students.

The present state of this person might distress you, but it's out of your hands. As one minister said, "One upon a time, I felt that the salvation of everyone I met was my personal responsibility. Now I realize I am only to tell the story of my walk with Jesus, and leave the rest up to God."
---Jack on 5/27/05

Bethie, do not lose heart. You have sown the seeds, now just pray and claim God's promise to you that HIS WORD will not return to him void, but will accomplish that for which it was sent. I went away for a long time, but it was the sown seed in my spirit that drew me back to God. I've seen it again and again and again. It's about being strong in God's promise to you. You may feel weak but He is strong and His word is true. That you can rely on. I still remember my sunday school teachers after 30 years!
---lisa on 5/24/05

I remember my childhood Sunday School lessons. As long as the Teacher is faithful in ministering the Bible story and the word of God, it will remain forever in the heart. I still can see Sunday School pictures - one in particular is "Jesus walking on the water" And when my children were small they seemed to have "GOOD" teachers. The key is faithfulness. Don't mess with the lesson - just give the word of God. It is God we are seeking.
---barbara67 on 5/24/05

You know the Bible says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. God also said His word never returns void. Just continue to pray for the child.
---Becky on 5/23/05

We take children who have been exposed to 6-8 hours of ungodly attitudes on School buses and in School by ungodly people who mock God and His plan for mankind and prayer, then expose them to ungodly TV programs like "Ellen" and the other wicked Cultic messages in the screen and music. We saturate that with alcohol, drugs and sexual perversion in homes, on the printed page and movie screens.

Then we wonder if the Sunday School teacher did all they could do to reach them for Christ.
---Elder on 5/23/05

First they had my faith and acted based on it. Then started questioning. They have to find their own faith. Scary.But I hope and believe. If our lives would have been brighter. They got disappointed in God. I feel sorry that I did not know how to make their life easier... I am a single mother. Failed to model God the Father.
---Ilga7853 on 5/23/05

It is not our responsibility for the failure of our children when they become adults. Once our children reach adulthood, they are accountable to God for their behavior.

As a Sunday School teacher, I do not take on the world. I just faithfully present opportunities for my students to understand who God is and how they can know him more. I pray for them to grow in Him. What they do with this is between them and God.
---Madison on 5/23/05

Dear Bethie: I had the most wonderful SS teacher, Mrs. Ryan, from 6 yrs old. She didn't miss a beat......but I did! I became rebellious and went away from the Lord. However, even prideful me could feel the Lord's hand on my shoulder all my life. After the Lord gave me a few doses of reality testing, I came back to Him in humility and was recommitted. Mom told me years later she prayed for me everyday. I'll bet Mrs. Ryan did too. Never stop praying for the children. Blessings!
---Elsie on 5/23/05

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