Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated June 22, 2016)

Sunday School classes start at 9:30 AM every Sunday.


The lesson segments include a synopsis of the lesson and a link to AudioBible.com where the reference Scripture will be played in audio and displayed on the screen.  If your computer cannot play the file, download a free copy of RealPlayer at the Real.com site. Also in each lesson segment will be a link to the NewLivingTranslation.com site where the Scripture will be displayed in the plain English of the NLT Bible.


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June 5 – The Day of the Lord

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 1:4-6, 14-16; 2:3

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

When a student doesn't study enough, the test is failed, or the class is failed, or the student doesn't do well enough to graduate. When we eat too many things which are bad for us, we get sick or develop some type medical problem. If we never change the oil in the car we drive, eventually the engine will fail. In all these cases, a time of reckoning is in the future, based on the actions of the past. "The Day of the Lord" could be interpreted as a time of reckoning—when payment for our actions in the past will come due. We could call it the day of the Lord's judgment.

Prophets Zephaniah, Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah, and others warned that punishment by God was in the future for those who continued to sin against Him. Just because the people of Judah had a covenant relationship with God would not be exempt them from such punishment.

Zephaniah advised them to repent and turn from sinful ways, and then maybe they will be spared (Zeph 2:3).
This is especially important to Christians because we also have a special covenant relationship with God where we can be forgiven of all our sins if we repent and welcome Jesus as the Lord of our life. For those who do this, their day of reckoning will be a day of joy and not one of sorrow.

A good example of the importance of repentance is that of the king of Judah whose reign ended less than 10 years before Zephaniah became a prophet. This king was Manasseh, and during his 55-year reign, he had done many things against God, including the worship of idol gods. He even sacrificed his own son by fire to an idol god (2 Chr 33:6).

As king, his actions encouraged and led his people to sin against God (2 Chr 33:9). Eventually, he was punished when the Lord sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies who captured Manasseh and led him away in chains with a ring in his nose (2 Chr 33:11). In his distress, he humbled himself, repented, and prayed to the Lord realizing that He alone is God (2 Chr 33:13). The Lord allowed him to return to Judah and to his reign, where Manasseh restored the altar of the Lord and removed those for idol gods. However, there is no indication that all the people followed his example of repentance.

Both kingdoms of Israel (northern and southern) experienced their own judgment day; the northern kingdom when Samaria was destroyed as prophesied by Amos, and the southern kingdom with the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Zephaniah warned the southern kingdom of Judah what would happen (Zeph 1:4) but they did not repent.

Ultimately, there is a final day of the Lord when all people of all times and all nations will receive judgment (Zeph 1:18). This judgment of the whole earth is prophesied and detailed in the book of Revelations. We can avoid eternal punishment for our sins through the grace of God, by repenting and welcoming Jesus as the lord of our life.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Zephaniah 1:4-6, 14-16 ; Zephaniah 3:3







June 12 – That Day is Coming

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 3:1-8

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

The Lord, speaking through Zephaniah, decreed Jerusalem as corrupt, and disobedient to Him (Zeph 3:1-2). Even though He had shown them how He punishes such disobedient nations, Jerusalem had not changed its sinful ways (Zeph 3:7). The Jews had in their history examples in which they themselves were used as an instrument of God's punishment for sinful nations. The defeat of the people of Jericho and Canaan were as a result of God's judgment on them. The land of Canaan was taken from the sinful inhabitants and given to the Israelites as the land promised by God to Abraham.

Therefore, the Jews, of all people, should know what could happen to them if they did not stop their disobedience to God. Every day—the Scripture proclaims—they got up early to continue their evil deeds (Zeph 3:7). He declared the day is coming when He will punish those who oppose Him through their disobedient actions: "and pour out my fiercest anger and fury on them" (Zeph 3:8).

This declaration applies also to Christians. Our day of judgment is coming. As stated in the synopsis for the lesson of last week: "Ultimately, there is a final day of the Lord when all people of all times and all nations will receive judgment (Zeph 1:18). This judgment of the whole earth is prophesied and detailed in the book of Revelations. We can avoid eternal punishment for our sins through the grace of God, by repenting and welcoming Jesus as the lord of our life."

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Zephaniah 3:1-8.







June 19 – A Day of Joy for the Remnant
Alternate Title – Joy For The Faithful

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Zephaniah prophesied God's judgment on the Jews because of their sinful practices; especially for worshipping idol gods. On the other hand, his prophecy also pointed to a surviving remnant of the people who were faithful to God. They would, one day, experience great joy (Zeph 3:14).

This prophecy concerning the surviving remnant is supported by several other prophets. In all cases, there is the promise of a brighter future after the punishment. An example is Jeremiah 23:3, NIV: "I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture..." Another example is Micah 2:12, NIV: "... I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel..."

Those who have had trees cut down may know that, if the stump is not removed, often times the tree will try to re-establish itself from the stump which remains. We have a 35-foot tall tree in our front yard which came from such a stump. Isaiah referred to the remnant of the Israelites as like a stump of a tree—it shall be Israel's holy seed (Isaiah 6:13).

The prophesies concerning Judah and Jerusalem were realized. Jerusalem was invaded and destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC, and the Jews were exiled to foreign lands. But a remnant returned and rebuilt the Temple. Jerusalem was again invaded in 70 AD—this time by the Romans—who destroyed the Temple and killed thousands. The Jewish people still survive even after those two devastating attacks and also after the Holocaust which claimed the lives of six million of the nine million Jews living in Europe during World War II. Those who survived this World War II assault by the Nazis were referred to as "remnant which survives" (she'erit ha-peletah).

Zephaniah's prophecy for the Jews foreshadows God's final judgment on all the people of the world. This final judgment will also end in salvation and joy for those who are claimed by Jesus in His second coming. Revelations reveals details of the final judgement on the people (Rev 20:12). Ever since the first sin, humanity has been cursed with sin and death. But, after the final judgement, that curse will be gone, and those who are chosen will live with God for eternity (Rev 22:3-5).

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Zephaniah 3:9-14, Zeph 3:20.





June 26 – Ignoring God's Plain Truth
Alternate Title – Ignoring God's Clear Truth

Bible Lesson: Romans 1:18-32 ; For alternate title, focus on Romans 1:18-23, 28-32

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Sometimes we do the wrong thing because we didn't know it was wrong. Many mistakes have been made on computers because of this. But, we have no excuse for doing wrong according to God's word. Bibles are available everywhere and even online for free, so we can't say we have no opportunity to read His word. Commentary is available for free online, and in bookstores to help us understand the Scripture more clearly. The Internet, television, and radio provide numerous opportunities to watch or listen to sermons on the application of Scripture. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and can help guide us in the right direction. Churches are available for us to join and learn more about what God wants of us, in worship services, Bible study classes, and Sunday school.

Even a person who is lazy about studying God's word knows when they are doing wrong. But, even with this knowledge of right and wrong, many will continue to do wrong because it feels good, or is beneficial to them in other ways. A thief continues to steel because it has become part of his way of life and is financially beneficial. A gossiper continues to talk about other people to the extent such a practice is enjoyable to them. A married woman continues to see her "man on the side," or a married man continues to see his "woman on the side," because of the pleasure it brings. We could go down the list for other such human shortcomings many are trapped in because they want to do what pleases their flesh and not what God wants. They have ignored what God desires of them for so long that it now seems right to do some of the sinful things they are doing on a regular basis.

What happens when, on a regular basis, we ignore what God clearly wants us to do, and do what our sinful nature temps us to do? We can learn from our reference Scripture, that in such a case, God may choose to abandon us and let us sink deeper into sin (Romans 1:24). Our actions and attitudes could also influence others to sin, which is a greater evil (Romans 1:32).

When our actions and attitudes become insulting to God and goes counter to the influence of the Holy Spirit, we may miss out of the promise of eternal life because we have not truly repented of our sins. Repentance is a big deal and opposes the notion that being a Christian gives us a license to sin as much as we want because all is forgiven. The opposite is true, that being a Christian is a serious and life-changing commitment. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." Our mouth may say one thing but our heart may say a different thing. But Jesus knows our heart. The one thing we don't want to hear on Judgment Day from Him is, "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:22-23).

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Romans 1:18-32.





July 3 – Needing More Than Law
Alternate Title – Ignoring The Law's Requirement

Bible Lesson: Romans 2:17-29 ; the key verse is: Romans 2:13

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

There are some people who can eloquently quote Scripture and others who study or read the Bible almost every day. They could be preachers, teachers, or other such leaders in the church, including those who can say beautiful and inspiring prayers. Many of us have admired such people and respected them for their values and actions. However, in doing so, we may have forgotten the fact that we are all sinners, including the same people we admire. Then, when we are presented with flaws in those people we have placed on such a pedestal, our faith and commitment could be shaken.

We all have a public life, a private life, and a secret life. The person you see in church may be different in the private confines of their home or in their daily life. They could be even more different within the secrecy of their thoughts. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and can never do enough right things to gain eternal life on our own. It is possible to hide our secret thoughts from everyone except God (Romans 2:16). Even though our goal is to be obedient to God, ultimately the only way we can gain salvation is through His grace. If we could be saved by keeping the law, there would have been no reason for Christ to die on the cross (Galatians 2:21).

Our reference scripture is about hypocrisy—saying or teaching one thing, but doing something which is counter to what was said. A common way of calling a person a hypocrite is to say someone talks the talk but does not walk the talk. This means they do not act in a way that agrees with the things they say. God made Israel His special people and they were supposed to be an example to all others how to relate to Him. It is said in the Bible, in reference to the Isralites, "...you will be the light to guide all nations" (Isaiah 42:6). But in our reference Scripture, Paul accused some of the Israelites of teaching others what not to do but then breaking the law themselves (Romans 2:21-22). Their disobedient actions were not only hypocritical but also caused others to sin (Romans 2:24).

It is not enough to just know the Word, teach the Word, or even preach the Word. Paul said, what makes us right in God's sight is that we should live the Word; doing what He wants us to do (Romans 2:13). On the other hand, we must all realize that all of us have shortcomings and will fall short of God's perfect ideals. No person is or will be perfect as long as they are human.

A good analogy of the Christian walk in life is a football game. Not every play will result in a first down or a touchdown. We sin and lose yards on some downs. Our objective is to play the game well enough to win against Satan's team which uses dirty tricks and underhanded plays. At times, it may seem we are playing at a disadvantage and will lose the game. But, through Jesus - our coach, we have come to realize we can't win the game alone. Winning this game requires we play with the supernatural power of God's grace. Once we are saved, we will have that power, and we will have victory through Jesus.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Romans 2:17-29 ; the key verses is Romans 2:13.





July 10 – Struggling Under Sin's Power
Alternate Title – Under Sin's Power

Bible Lesson: Romans 3:9-20 ; the key verse is: Romans 3:20

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

It's important to know the rules if we are going to participate in any activity, especially where other people are involved. If we don't know the rules of driving a car, we could end up in a head-on collision by driving on the wront side, or be given numerous driving citations by unwittingly violating the driving laws. A person has to know the rules to correctly play tennis, golf, basketball, or any such game where others are involved. Some of us, unfortunately, who know the rules still do not abide by them.

God's rules help us play the game of life in a special way. The rules demonstrate how we should love God and our fellowman. The greatest commandment is to love God (Matt 22:36-38), and the second greatest is to love our neighbor (Matt 22:39). These two form the basis for the others (Matt 22:40). By striving to live by God's rules, we are showing our love and obedience to Him.

By studying God's word, we can become aware of His rules, His character, and what he expects of us. Even with the knowledge of His rules, we still sin, due to our human nature. We know lying is breaking one of His rules, but we do it anyway on purpose to hid something from other people. Becoming part of an illicit affair is something we know is wrong, but we may willingly rush into it anyway.

Paul said, the Jews and Gentiles are both under the influence of sin (Romans 3:9), but unlike the Gentiles of that period, God had revealed His law to the Jews. This emphasizes the fact that no one is without sin (Romans 3:10), and all will fall short of God's perfect ideals. We all are going to struggle under sin's power because we are incapable of living sin-free regardless if we do or do not know all of God's rules (the law).

The more we study the laws of the Bible, the more we will come to realize how impossible it is for anyone to abide by all of them. This not only includes the things we should not do but also the things we should do. In other words, even if we could avoid lying, cheating, and stealing, we may be guilty of not helping the poor, disadvantaged, and others who are in need. These are called sins of ommission. This type sin is what James referred to when he said, "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them" ( James 4:17, NIV). We can also committ sin even by our thoughts (Matthew 5:27-28). In general, we sin when we have failed to measure up to the standards God has set for us.

As Christians, the requirements of last paragraph reveals to us just how much we need God's grace since we can't gain salvation by trying to do everything God wants us to do every minute of our life. We will always slip up and sin and will need His forgiveness. God showed us how He wants us to live through the example of His Son Jesus Christ - the only one who existed in a human body sin-free. Christ is the one we should model our life afterwards.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Romans 3:9-20 ; the key verses is Romans 2:13.





July 17 – God Set Things Right
Alternate Title – Set Right By Grace

Bible Lesson: Romans 3:21-31 ; the key verses are: Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

If we study the biblical books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, we will find many parts of the law under the covenant between God and the ancient Israelites. The law covered most aspects of life and what was needed to be done in order to be forgiven for breaking one of the laws. There are numerous procedures involving animal sacrifices which had to be followed to atone for sins. This was a complicated system and required a person to provide specific types of animals or birds which would be put to death (a sacrifice) in order for forgiveness to be granted.

An example of one type of sacrifice was the Burnt Offering, where the worshipper would present the animal to be sacrificed at the door of the Tabernacle (Lev 1:3). The worshipper would place his hand upon the head of the innocent animal - realizing it stood in for him - and he would kill the animal immediately to atone for his sins (Lev 1:4-9). Even the High Priest had to atone for his sins through a sacrifice. No one is without sin (Romans 3:23).

The whole sacrificial system foreshadowed the sacrifice Christ would make on the cross. His sacrifice was unlike any other, for he was sinless and completely innocent and his death and resurrection paid our sin debt and ushered into existence a new covenant between God and those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior (Luke 22:20). The new covenant, through the blood of Jesus on the cross, provided complete forgiveness for our sins through the grace of God (Romans 3:25). But, we must believe in and place our trust in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22, 3:26). Paul explained that this salvation is available for both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 3:29) for God is the God of all people and not just the Jews.

Even though we are saved by faith, it should lead us to want to and strive to live according to God's standard. We can't just forget about His commandments (Romans 3:31) and think we have a "license to sin" just because we are saved (or think we are saved). When our time comes to enter heaven, the last thing we want to hear when we face Jesus is, "I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws." (Matthew 7:23).


Special Notes: Many Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, and continued to live by making sacrifices to atone for sins. So, why don't we see Jews lined up today to sacrifice animals? The short answer is, there is no Holy Temple in which to offer such sacrifices. The Lord declared that once the Israelites were in the Promised Land, they would only be permitted to offer sacrifices at the designated place of worship (Deut 12:11). Once the Holy Temple was constructed, all such sacrifices had to be made there. When the first Holy Temple was destroyed, there was no place to make sacrifices. After 70 years of exile, the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple on the same land, but it was destroyed again 420 years later by the Romans.

So how were the Jews to atone for sins if there was no temple in which to offer sacrifices? Through instructions from the prophet Hosea and others, the Jews learned to instead use prayer, confession, and repentance to ask for atonement for sins (Hosea 6:6, 14:2-4).

In the unlikely case that religious, political, and societal attitudes within Israel will prompt the Jews to build a new temple in which to make sacrifices, they do not fully control the property where the temple would need to be built. The Temple Mount is the property where the first and second temple was built and where any new Temple would most likely be constructed in Jerusalem. However, the Muslim world also considers that property as one of their most holy sites. This dual designation makes using the property very problematical. To learn more about this complicated issue, do an Internet search for: What is the Temple Mount?

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Romans 3:21-31 ; the key verses is Romans 2:13.



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