The Sabbath School was an outgrowth of a concept in the minds of James White and others who, even
before the Seventh-dayAdventist Church was first organized in the early 1860’s realized that the Church needed a
sympathetic programme of ongoing Bible study to nurture, inspire and train its
members for service. Such a programme was essential to church commissioned to
go and preach the everlasting gospel to “all nations, kindreds, tongues and
peoples,” in preparation for the Lord’s return.
The Sabbath School was developed to teach the gospel
of Jesus Christ in response to the command of Jesus, and in the setting of the
three angels’ messages. Its objectives are to win to the family of God
individuals of all age levels, assist them in their spiritual maturation, and
both train and inspire them for soul-winning service.
The objectives are reached through the following four areas of emphasis:
- Faith – encouraging spiritual
growth through systematic Bible study, prayer and the sharing of the Word.
- Fellowship – fostering a caring and loving relationship among members and guests.
- Community – reaching out to the community to attract non-members to the Sabbath School
- World – maintaining a consciousness of the global mission of the Church and supporting it by
systematic offerings and personal involvement.
Each Sabbath morning the Sabbath School Department will be allowed 70 minutes in
which to conduct its own programme in all the churches and companies. This
includes the special programme on the Thirteenth Sabbath.