Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated October 19, 2017)

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 New Living Translation version of the reference Scripture. This version is easier to understand than some of the other translations.


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October 1 – God's Covenant with Abraham

Bible Lesson: Genesis 15:6-1 (KJV) ; Genesis 15:17-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Genesis 15:18 KJV - "In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:"

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

In our discussion of God's covenant with Abraham, we will first look at some of Abraham's past. We believe he was born around 2000 BC into a family in which there was idol worship (Joshua 24:2). The Lord spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father's family and his native land, and move to a land which He will reveal to him (Genesis 12:1). God promised to bless him and make him into a great nation and that he would be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).

Abraham was obedient to God, and started on his journey at age 75. He took his wife, his nephew Lot , and all his wealth including livestock and the people of his household (Genesis 12:5). Obviously, his intent was to move and not just to make a quick trip to see if the new land was where he wanted to go. This demonstrated true faith in God's judgment.

God counted Abraham as righteous because of his faith and confidence in Him (Genesis 15:6). Paul said, it is through faith that God makes us right in His sight (Romans 1:17). Paul quoted Scripture when he said, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." (Romans 4:3).

We will not be able to obtain righteousness by being sin free, for we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). But, we can be righteous by remaining faithful to the Lord. Faith was the key to God making a covenant with Abraham and faith is the key to the new covenant through Jesus Christ. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: " (Ephesians 2:8 KJV). The story of God's covenant with Abraham demonstrates how important faith is to obtaining the favor of the Lord. We are saved through faith.

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 Genesis 8:20-22 ; Genesis 9:8-17.

The key verse: Genesis 15:18 NLT - "So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, "I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River--"





October 8 – God's Covenant with Israel
Alternate Title – A Holy, Special Meeting

Bible Lesson: Exodus 19:16-25 (KJV)

Key verse: Exodus 19:17 KJV - "And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. "

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

The Israelites spent hundreds of years under Egyptian bondage before God rescued them and set them free. During this time, they did not have the advantage of having the Bible to guide and instruct them. Today, we can learn about God and what He wants from us by studying the Bible, but they did not have this advantage because the Bible, as we know it, had not been written.

Imagine generation after generation, for over 400 years , lived among the Egyptian people who did not know God (Exodus 12:41). Instead, the Egyptians worshiped many idol Gods. What little knowledge the Israelites had of the true God was infected and influence by the wrong things they learned from the Egyptians, over the hundreds of years they remained in captivity. It's no wonder that they quickly took up idol worship of the golden calf while Moses was away on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.

After their rescue, they were led to go to the sacred Mountain (Mount Sinai). That is where He would reveal to them His covenant and give them His ten commandments. If they would obey Him and keep the covenant, they would become His own special people—His holy nation (Exodus 19:5-6). The people agreed to the covenant conditions (Exodus 19:8) and God gave Moses instructions on what to do next.

God had already shown them His unlimited power through the plagues which forced the Egyptians to give them freedom, and by parting the Red Sea. Now it was time to reveal Himself to the people in a way which will ensure them trusting Moses. The way the Lord decided to accomplish this was to make it so that the people could hear Him as he spoke with Moses (Exodus 19:9).

This step was done in a way which emphasized the holiness of God. The people had to be prepared (consecrated for worship). They were to wash their clothes as part of the preparation. Limits would be set on how close they could get to the mountain while God was there. This certainly emphasized that holiness is set apart from humankind. To violate the limit would result in death of the violator (Exodus 19:21).

Events happened to signal that God was approaching. These events were fearsome and frightening. Thunder, lightning, and a very loud trumpet blast occurred (Exodus 19:16). Obviously, this was to be no ordinary meeting and, as a result, the people would come to realize the all-powerful God was approaching; one that should be worshiped and feared.

The Israelites made great preparations for the Lord to arrive on the third day. We have a lifetime to prepare to meet the Lord, but quite often we waste too much time doing the exact opposite. The problem is we don't know what our lifetime will be. It could be additional decades, or only additional seconds when the Lord calls for us or when the day of judgment arrives. No one but the Father knows the day the world will be called into judgment (Mark 13:32).

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 Exodus 19:16-25 .

The key verse: Exodus 19:17 NLT - "Moses led them out from the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain."





October 15 – Obeying God's Law

Bible Lesson: Exodus 20:18-26 (KJV)

Key verse: Exodus 20:24b KJV - "In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee."

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

Introduction

Our subject for today is an interesting one—Obeying God's Law. It brings together topics of sin, obedience, sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit. The printed reference Scripture involves the reaction of the people to God's presence at the time He conveyed the Ten Commandments to the 12 tribes of Israel (Exodus 20:1-17). From these commandments, they would have basic knowledge of what constituted sin and the obedience He wanted.

Obedience

To obey means to comply with or follow the commands, wishes, or instructions given. We learn this word early in life and it follows us until we die. Above all, we learn that it pleases God for us to be obedient to Him. We also learn what it means to obey our parents, teachers, laws of the land, and even our doctor's advice. We learn about the penalties we may have to pay when we are disobedient.

Studying God's Word and knowing what He wants of us gives us an idea of what pleases and displeases Him. But, 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—being obedient to what He wants us to do (Romans 2:13). At the same time, we should realize that we all have shortcomings and will fall short of God's perfect ideals (Romans 3:23).

We will never be able to gain salvation by trying to obey all of God's laws. We will always come up short. But, Jesus provided the means for us to gain salvation through the one-time perfect sacrifice He made for us on the cross. Once we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be Saved (Romans 10:9) and the salvation we seek is given to us by the grace of God. He will forgive all our past, present, and future sins. That doesn't mean we should stop trying to obey God. On the contrary, we should live an inspired life to continually try to please God out of gratitude for what He has done for us.

Why the Israelites Needed the Ten Commandments

The Israelites had lived hundreds of years among the people of Egypt who had no knowledge of, or belief in, the one and only true God. Instead, the Egyptians worshipped several idol gods. Any knowledge the Israelites may have had of God was surely polluted by their exposure to the sinful idol worship of the Egyptians. The Israelites had no Bible from which to learn about God, as we do today.

Once the Lord rescued them from bondage in Egypt, they needed to know about the one and only true God, and His requirements of them. At Mount Sinai they would learn more about God and enter into a covenant with Him. They would especially learn that He was a jealous God and specifically did not want them to build or worship idol gods (Exodus 20:23).

God came to the mountain in a way which awed and terrified the people (Exodus 20:18). Moses said God came in that way to convince them, through their fear, to not sin against Him (Exodus 20:20). They surely realized, through God's display of His power, He was the only true God, as compared to the idol gods who could neither speak or command the forces of nature.

The Use of Altars

God instructed the Israelites to build an altar to Him when He displays His power through them. They were instructed to offer sacrifices to Him—burnt offerings, and peace offerings, including sheep, goats, and cattle (Exodus 20:24). Obviously, what they sacrificed to Him had to be something which was of significant value to them. He wanted them to know how to worship Him in a pleasing manner.

An altar provided a focal point for worship and sacrifice. It signified gratitude to God for what He had done. Quite often, in the Bible, an altar was built out of gratitude for a specific blessing from the Lord. By focusing on how the Lord has blessed us, we can be led and encouraged to be more obedient.

Because God allowed Noah and his family to survive the great flood, Noah built an altar to Him out of gratitude. On the altar he offered burnt sacrifices (Gen 8:20). Because God promised Abraham that his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan, he built an altar to God out of gratitude for the promised land (Gen 12:7). For a listing of altars made by prominent people in the Bible, go to this link.

Later in the Bible, the Israelites were given specific instructions on making sacrifices on the altar to atone for their sins and to show gratitude. However, under the new covenant, through Jesus, instead of making sacrifices on a physical altar to atone for sins, we are forgiven of our sins by the grace of God.

When a church is built, it should be dedicated to the Lord—much as in the case of an altar. The church should be a place where we come to worship and give our offerings—much as in the case of an altar. It should be built out of reverence and gratitude to God for what He has done for us—much as in the case of an altar. We have to be careful that the building and operation of our church is not done out of pride and as a monument to ourselves, rather than to the Lord.

Even though we do not build actual physical altars to God, we can still build altars to Him within our heart when the Lord does something special for us. This is a way to remember how he has especially blessed us.

Perhaps your marriage was saved, your child recovered from a serious illness, you have reasonably good health, or any other significant blessing in your life. Create a symbolic altar in your heart to remind you of what God has done for you. Then sacrifice on that altar some improper or sinful practice in your life which you shall give up in honor of what God has done, or is doing, for you.

We all have something in our life which we enjoy which should be given up. It may be an unhealthy practice, a sinful relationship, or sinful thoughts about someone. With the help of the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers, we can lay those undesirable practices on our own internal altar, and give them up.

Conclusion

Trying to obey God's law requires a great deal of continuous effort on our part; but even then we know living sin-free is impossible for us (Romans 3:23). That is why it is so important for us to be Saved and in the hands of Jesus Christ. We have to believe that our life will be blessed when we strive to give up the sins we practice. We can be comforted in knowing when we do sin, those sins will be forgiven through the blood of Jesus, and by the grace of God. Because of this, we look forward to the day when we will be brought into the presence of His Glory without a single fault (Jude 1:24).

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 Exodus 19:16-25 .

The key verse: Exodus 20:24b NLT - "Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you.)"_




October 22 – God's Covenant with David
Alternate Title – God's Promise to David

Bible Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16 (KJV)

Key verse: 2 Samuel 7:16 KJV - "And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever."

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

The dictionary says that a covenant can be a contract. But, in Biblical terms, we view a covenant differently than a contract. A contract is usually made to specify all contractual party's commitments and to protect the parties involved from damages due to lack of fulfillment of the expressed duties of each party. So a contract is built on distrust and includes what will happen if and when one or the other party breaks the agreement.

Conversely, God's covenants are built on trust in God's word. His covenants are one-sided with God providing the overwhelming benefit. But the main word to focus on is not contract or covenant, but the main word is God. This is because that word ensures the final results. Humankind can provide all sorts of agreements, promises, contracts, or covenants with each other, but the next thing you know, someone has broken the agreement, promise, contract, or covenant. But not God. His Word is true and absolute. There are no clauses in God's covenants to cover Him breaking His promise, because that will not happen.

The covenant with David is not specifically referred to as a covenant in the reference scripture. However, it is referred to as such later in the Bible. An example is in 2 Samuel 23:5 NLT - "Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me." Another example is 2 Chronicles 7:18 NLT - "...For I made this covenant with your father, David, when I said, 'One of your descendants will always rule over Israel."

David did not set out to seek a covenant with God. It was God who made the covenant promise to David after he expressed a desire to build a house for the Lord. David did not think it was right for him to live in luxury while the house they had built for the Ark of God was a tent (2 Samuel 6:17).

So, he desired to build a structure that, in his mind, would be more fitting for the almighty God. He wanted to build a house for the Lord; a temple. Like many times in the past, he wanted to make sure his plans were alright with the Lord, so he consulted with the prophet Nathan; who initially told David to proceed.

However, that night God gave Nathan a message for David which not only addressed David's desire to built the structure, but also included God's covenant with David. The Lord indicated His approval for the temple to be built, but not by David (2 Samuel 7:5; 1 Chronicles 28:3).

God said that in all the years He had led the Israelites through the wilderness and afterwards, never did He ask for them to build a house for His name (2 Samuel 7:7). The idea of building a house for the Lord was not initiated by God.

We should add here that God is omnipresent and can never be confined to any structure built by man. His home is in Heaven, but His presence could also be in structures (such as the Tabernacle), which represented a visual sign to His people of His desire to be among them. The structure David wanted to build was to be built as a center for worship and bringing sacrifices (a temple). But, it would not be God's sole home. Stephen referred to David's desire to build a house for God (Acts 7:46-47), and went on to explain how no house built by man could be the Lord's home (Acts 7:48-50).

We refer to our churches as "The Lord's House," which simply means the church was built in honor of, and for worship of Him. He is there among us when we gather in His name (Matt 18:20). But there is no one place made by human hands which contains the entire presence of God. In fact, all believers can be considered as a temple because the Holy Spirit resides in all of us (1 Corinthians 3:16).

David—a shepherd—was God's choice to be the future king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:12 ; 2 Samuel 7:8). God told David, through Nathan, that He had guided and protected him throughout his life (2 Samuel 7:9). He made promises to David which represented an unconditional covenant. Instead of David building God a house, the Lord promised He would build a house for David—the house represented by a dynasty of Kings from his descendents (2 Samuel 7:11). God promised one of his descendants would always be on the throne of Israel (1 Kings 9:5) and that David's name would be famous (2 Samuel 7:9).

God's covenant with David went further than perhaps David could imagine. It extended to Jesus Christ who was in the lineage of David. The Lord said to David, through Nathan, "Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever."(2 Samuel 7:16 NASB).

The angel Gabriel told Mary this about the son she will have: "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David."(Luke 1:32 NIV). Jesus' church is His kingdom, and He shall reign forever, for all eternity.

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 2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16 .

The key verse: 2 Samuel 7:16 NLT - "Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever."




October 29 – God's Covenant with the Returned Exiles
Alternate Title – God's Pledge to the Exiles

Bible Lesson: Nehemiah 9:32-38 (KJV) and Nehemiah 10:28, 29 KJV

Key verse: Nehemiah 9:33 KJV - "Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:"

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

It has been said, "Half of solving a problem is knowing you have a problem." We can get so used to living a certain lifestyle that we don't realize how seriously wrong we have been living. There was a man who went to the bar almost every day. This had become a routine; one which he enjoyed and looked forward to. Then, one day he came to realize he had become an alcoholic. He had become an alcoholic because he did not realize he had a drinking problem. You can't fix something you don't know is broken.

Under Nehemiah's leadership, the exiled and disgraced Israelites were reminded that one of their main problems, which had led to their downfall, was sinning by not keeping God's law. Because they knew this was true (Nehemiah 9:33), they sought to reaffirm their commitment to keeping the law and faithfully worshipping God. They even went to the extent of putting in writing their commitment and faithfulness to God's law (Nehemiah 9:38). They hoped they could once again gain God's favor.

Often times, it takes punishment or discipline, before we can clearly lament the wrong we have done. The speeder who has to pay a $600 fine is reminded he did wrong as he is attending mandatory safe driving classes and also suffering an increase in his automobile insurance. The same goes for murderers who are sitting on death row or shoplifters who are arrested by the police. Obviously, the best time to realize you are doing wrong is before you are caught and receive the punishment. Prophet after prophet had told the Israelites they were doing wrong and would be punished. But, did they listen? No.

In the midst of their punishment by exile, they appealed to God's mercy to rescue them from their time of trouble. They did this in an interesting way; by proposing a covenant (of sorts) with God, declaring to faithfully keep the law. Most, if not all, of the laws they listed on their document were included in commandments God had already given to them in the past through Moses. They went to the extent of declaring a curse on themselves if they failed to live up to their part of the covenant (Nehemiah 10:29).

The moral of this lesson is for us to realize when we are doing wrong and to correct our lifestyle before we receive discipline. If the time comes that we have to endure discipline, we must give God praise because He is only molding us to be better. He loves us even though we are sinners.


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 Nehemiah 9:32-38 and Nehemiah 10:28, 29

The key verse: Nehemiah 9:33 NLT - "Every time you punished us you were being just. We have sinned greatly, and you gave us only what we deserved."





November 5 – Faithful God, Unfaithful People
Alternate Title – Be Faithful People

Bible Lesson: Numbers 25:10-13 (KJV) ; 1 Samuel 2:30-36 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 Samuel 2:35 KJV - "And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. "

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

The key to this lesson is in 1 Samuel 2:30: "...But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me." (NLT). In the culture of the United States today, the leadership has systematically minimized God's influence. We have taken Him out of the government and out of the schools, and some people would even like for us to take "In God We Trust" off of our currency.

It's like we have sought to put God in a box and limit His influence to only within the confines of church operations. Even then we are still subject to complain about the sermon being too long and interfering with us watching the football game.

But we cannot limit God, for He is sovereign. We may be able to change a law on our books, but we can't stop or limit God any more than we can stop the forces of nature. Recently, we have seen that even if we know a hurricane is coming, we can't stop it. Even though we saw the fires in California moving at an alarming rate, we couldn't stop the destruction of thousands of homes.

If Phinehas lived today and used a spear to kill a man because he was involved with a female idol worshipper, he probably would be convicted of murder and thrown into jail. Certainly, he would not be treated as a hero and given the priesthood for himself and his descendents, as God decided. Today, as a nation, we don't seek God's declarations in such matters. Even if we did seek His decision, it is doubtful we could agree on the one who would speak for the Lord.

However, the story of Phinehas does remind us of one thing: it is God who owns all life. He can give it or take it away with or without our agreement. The recent tragedies should have taught us that we are not in control ... God is. If we want Him to show favor to us, our focus should be on honoring Him through living a godly life and doing the things which pleases Him.


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 Numbers 25:10-13 ; 1 Samuel 2:30-36.

The key verse: 1 Samuel 2:35 NLT - "Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire. I will establish his family, and they will be priests to my anointed kings forever."




November 12 – Promise of a New Covenant
Alternate Title – God's Great Promise

Bible Lesson: Jeremiah 31:27-34 (KJV)

Key verse: Jeremiah 31:33 KJV - "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. "

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

Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem and became a prophet about 627 BC. This was well before the destruction of the city and Temple in 586 BC. Before the destruction, he delivered God's warning to the people to repent and change their sinful practices or they would suffer the covenant curses (Deuteronomy 28:45). They would be conquered and exiled.

The Israelites were guilty primarily of worshipping idols, and Jeremiah warned them that idolatry would bring destruction (Jeremiah 10:1-20). But they did not repent, and Jerusalem was destroyed and the people sent into exile. Jeremiah remained with the remnant of the Israelites left in Jerusalem. It was during this time that he prophesied about a hopeful future and the promise of a new covenant.

Reading the printed reference Scripture gives the impression God is giving the Israelites (as a people) another chance to do right. He would, it appears, essentially wipe the slate clean. In other words, the descendents would not suffer His wrath because of those who came before (Jeremiah 31:30). The Israelites of the future would be able to benefit from the new covenant and would not be judged because of the sins of their ancestors.

The new covenant was realized in the coming of Jesus Christ—His death and resurrection, which would occur hundreds of years after Jeremiah. He promised to place His instructions deep within them (Jeremiah 31:33). We know that the Holy Spirit provides us this advantage—the opportunity to have God's guidance within us on a personal and real-time basis.

Christians of today live under the new covenant promised in Jeremiah's prophecy. We have faith that all sins are forgiven and forgotten as it said in Jeremiah 31:34, "...And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."

God does not force us to take advantage of the new covenant. Through our own efforts, we must be Saved (Romans 10:9). We must personally invite the Holy Spirit to guide our life if we want to live as God desires. In the end, we will be brought into His glorious presence without a single fault, as if we have done no wrong (Jude 1:24).


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 Jeremiah 31:27-34

The key verse: Jeremiah 31:33 NLT - "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," says the LORD. "I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people."





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