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Humility in Teaching Sunday School

From the January 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One of the greatest assets of good, inspiring teaching is the teacher's deep and sincere sense of humility. Young people are more than ever searching for the truth that is given in the Christian Science Sunday School. Their thought is very receptive to concepts of Christian Science presented humbly and sincerely.

When dedicated Sunday School teachers are looking for examples of how best to help their students, they will profit by examining closely the methods of mankind's greatest teacher. Christ Jesus' love of children is linked closely with the concept of humility as seen in his statement: Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And "whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me." Matt. 18:3–5; This could well be the motto for Sunday School teaching, because it states clearly and simply the attitude that is necessary on the part of the teacher and the great benefits to be received from it.

Sometimes humility is misunderstood. One might wonder whether an individual who is expressing humility will be able to control his students. In fact, true humility is the only way to be assured of control. A teacher who is humbly praying to see the Father's plan expressed by every member of his class, including himself, need not be fearful of unruly students. Instead, he is relieved of the false sense that it is his responsibility to keep the class in line.

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