This coming Sunday I get to do something I haven't done in quite a while - teach within the context of a small group. Specifically, I'll be teaching a Sunday School class.
It's odd that in most traditional churches the pastor frequently speaks to large groups in his sermons, but does not teach in small groups. He often isn't even a part of a small group. I've been wanting to be part of a small group for a while now, and I'm pleased that God has opened a door for me to teach as well.
The most exciting part for me is that I now get to be with other Christians in a setting where we can all communicate. I'll teach, but I expect that at some level we will all teach one another. I want to hear what the others in the class have to say. I plan to do as much learning and growing as anyone else in the class.
An added bonus is that this class is composed of mostly 20-30 year-olds. I love that age range (maybe I miss it too much myself as it quickly fades in the rear-view mirror of my life). This group is just starting out in adulthood and is tackling issues such as being newly married, looking for a first steady job, having children, etc. I'm excited because as we open the scriptures, we can discuss what God has to say to us about these real-world issues.
To be honest, I'm looking forward to this more than I am to the worship service that follows Sunday School. The big difference between the two settings is that one allows for group interaction and discussion while the other does not (at least not much).
So back to Sunday School I come. I can't wait.