One of the problems that many people have with Sunday School is that they still have visions of what Sunday School was like from their childhood. Many people assume that Sunday School is for children only, and is not needed for them, since they are now an adult. Most churches have changed the name from Sunday School to Bible study fellowship, this new name gives a better description. In my class, which is a class of women of all ages, and all racial backgrounds; we recently finished a study on Proverbs, using the Kay Arthur "New Inductive Study Series, God's Answers for Today's Problems." I had never read any of her teaching books, nor have I read any of her books period; I was very pleased and enjoyed the in-depth study of Proverbs. Many in my class did not like marking in their Bibles with colored pencils, instead opting to print out pages from the Internet of the chapters in Proverbs and then marking those pages. There was required homework to keep up with, but the benefits of the homework was to get us out of the habit of just showing up for class on Sunday mornings and then getting fed. Homework makes you a more active participant and not just a body in a chair, waiting for a handout on Sunday mornings. Homework also gives you time to study God's word on your own. Too many Christians do not know what they believe, they wait on someone else to tell them. The theme of Proverbs is "fear of the Lord, because that is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom." The word fear, means a loving reverence for God that includes submission to his lordship and to the commands of His Word, from the NASB. If you were to ask random people on the street, or in a mall, what is wisdom, they would more than likely tell you of a famous person that they thought was wise; the problem with that, is compare that person then to God. Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 explains this well;
"Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, 'Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.' For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet He Himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the LORD, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2: 6-16 NASB.