Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated March 27, 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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March 5 – Perfect Love
Alternate Title –  The Source Of All Love

Bible Lesson: 1 John 4:7-19 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 John 4:11 (KJV) - "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. "

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

We use the word "love" to describe a variety of emotions and conditions. The love between a man and a woman, between parents and their children, and that which comes from friendship all differ in one way or another. However, there is a common thread which is expressed in Merriam-Webster's definition of love: "unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another." When we love someone, we wish for their wellbeing, and as a Christian, we also wish for their successful relationship with God.

The definition quoted above from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, in many respects, applies to the love God has for us, and how our love should be for others. God's love is the example of perfection. He expressed an overwhelming unselfish loyalty and benevolent concern for us when He came to earth in the form of God the Son, and died for us while we still sinned against Him (Romans 5:8). In other words, He did this for us, not because we had earned it, or were entitled to it, but because He loved us (1 John 4:9-10).

He loves us so much, that He gave us each part of Himself—His Spirit—to indwell all believers (1 John 4:15) so we will be able to face the lure of sinful temptation, with His help. Depending on the Holy Spirit to guide our lives will not make us perfect, but will help us be less sinful and closer to being acceptable to Him on the day of judgment (1 John 4:17).

Love doesn't mean we will accept everything that everyone does or says. But, for a Christian, it means we will wish for their wellbeing and wish for their successful relationship with God. Our example of a perfect love is that which God has shown to us. We have that example, and His presence inside us to guide our lives.

-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 1 John 4:7-19. The key verse: 1 John 4:11 (NLT) - "Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other."








March 12 – Great Love
Alternate Title – God's Overflowing Love

Bible Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Ephesians 2:5 (KJV) - "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)."

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

Paul's letter to the Gentile Christians in Ephesus explained what a gift God's saving grace was to them. It teaches us why we should praise and show gratitude to God for the salvation He gave to all of us who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

When we understand it is the Lord who controls our destiny, and it is form Him we are given salvation and eternal life, we are closer to understanding how great of a gift His grace is. When we think of grace, we think of something good which is given to us which we don't deserve and did not earn. We cannot earn salvation because of our accomplishments, righteousness or obedience; it is a gift through God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

When we pray to God, we are acknowledging He is the only one who has the sovereign power to change things and the only one who can give us the eternal life with Him which we cannot earn on our own. When we understand His love for us is why He sent His Son to be sacrificed for our sins, we are closer to understanding how great His love is for us and why we should love Him.

In Ephesians 2:1 and 2:5, Paul told the Christians that at one time they were, in effect, dead to God because of their disobedience and many sins. But He gave them new life through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ, for through Him their sins could all be forgiven. They were lost no more, but could now hold on to the reality of Christ and all He stood for.

Two thousand years later, we are benefiting from the same love and grace (from God) which Paul taught about to the Ephesians. An expression of this is in the words of the great Christian hymn called Amazing Grace (by John Newton):

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found.
Was blind but now I see.



-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 Ephesians 2:1-10. The key verse: Ephesians 2:5 (NLT) - "That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)."









March 19 – Matchless Love
Alternate Title – Manifesting God's Love

Bible Lesson: John 15:1-17 (KJV) Devotional Reading: 1 John 4:16-21

Key verse: John 15:12 (KJV) - "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."

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

Last month, an estimated 250 million roses were given to celebrate Valentine's Day. No doubt, those flowers were very beautiful and expensive. The recipient would be pleased if the flowers remained beautiful forever. But, where are those expensive and beautiful flowers now? Probably they are in some garbage landfill—withered and with their beauty long since gone.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the roses given are what we call cut flowers; their branches being cut from the main plant and separated from their source of nourishment and life. They are destined to lose their ability to produce new rose blooms, and they will wither and die.

Our relationship to Christ works in the reverse order as compared to the cut flowers. Rather than being a part of the main plant and then cut off, we were separate in the beginning. When we are united with Christ and born again spiritually (John 3:3), we have a new spirit—the spirit of Christ—controlling the way we live. We become a part of Him and He of us (John 15:4).

The vitality of this union is strengthened when we choose to welcome the Holy Spirit to guide our life. We have His help in resisting what our sinful nature craves (Gal 5:16). He already indwells us believers but we should pray for our obedience to His guidance and that we will be receptive to His counsel.

As we become more obedient and then successfully overcome sinful habits, it is like when a bad part of our branch is removed (pruned) allowing us to be a stronger branch and produce even more good fruit. We can then live a more godly life; a life which exhibits the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22). Jesus said the mark of a true disciple is in the good fruit which their life produces (John 15:5).

In order for the fruit of our life to have eternal significance, it must be done through Christ, for He is our only path to the Father and salvation (John 14:6). Jesus said, "...For apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5). Living a godly life apart from Christ is like a cut flower trying to survive on its own.

The Holy Spirit provides the means for us to remain connected to Christ and to the Father. We cannot succeed isolated on our own (John 15:6). Among other responsibilities, the Holy Spirit is Christ's representative (John 14:26).

If we are in Christ and He in us, He knows us as His own (John 10:14, 27-28). The one thing we don't want to hear on Judgment Day from Him is, "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:22-23).

God the Father loved us so much that He sent his only son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we may have eternal life through Him (John 3:16, KJV). God the Son loved us so much that He gave His life willingly so that we may be saved and spend eternity with Him (John 10:18). He commanded us to love each other in the same way He has loved us (John 15:12).

We are to love even our enemies (Matt 5:44). That doesn't mean we will be buddies with our enemies. What does it mean? It means we will pray and hope for the good of all people—meaning that they will make Jesus the Lord of their life. It means we will strive to show others our godly behavior (fruits of the vine) so they may be inspired to do the same (Matt 5:16).

God decided to love us even though we don't deserve it. Nothing we do can earn the salvation He has given to us freely, by His grace. When we think of the struggles in our life, we should always remember that God is the reason for the battles won, or blessings acquired. Through His love we are never alone in our struggles.

Our love for God should drive us to exert a conscious effort to love others and exhibit the fruits of the Spirit because we know that is what He wants. John 3:16, KJV begins with, "For God so loved the world, that..." Why don't we turn that around to be a personal declaration?: "For I so loved God, that..." and then complete it for yourself.


-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 John 15:1-17. The key verse: John 15:12 (NLT) - "This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."








March 26 – Restoring Love
Alternate Title – God's Merciful Love

Bible Lesson: Joel 2:12, 13, 18, 19, 28-32 (KJV)

Key verse: Joel 2:13 (KJV) - "And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil."

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

A great and terrible plague of locust had attacked Judah and Jerusalem and the prophet Joel told the people that this was God's will (Joel 2:11). He told them it was not too late to repent and call upon the Lord for relief, since He is merciful and compassionate (Joel 2:12). He cautioned them to appeal to the Lord sincerely with their hearts (Joel 2:13). If they did this, Joel said, the Lord may give them a reprieve (Joel 2:14) and restore their land (Joel 2:19).

Joel's prophecy went a step beyond just restoring the people materially. Joel spoke of a day in the future when God would pour out His spirit on all His people (Joel 2:28). The apostle Peter applied this promise to all those who are baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38); also including the Gentiles (Acts 2:39).

This is what Joel's prophecy said to the people of Judah and Jerusalem, and is also saying to us: "It is not too late." When we have done wrong and sinned against God for a long time, some of us may think it is too late to be forgiven—we are destined for a terrible judgment from Him. But the opposite is true. As long as we have breath, it is not too late to call upon God's merciful love, and grace.

It wasn't too late for the people of Nineveh when the prophet Jonah delivered a message from God that they would be destroyed 40 days later (Jonah 3:4). They could have simply accepted this judgment or ignored it altogether. Instead, they repented and sincerely called upon God's mercy and grace and, in the end, He did not destroy them (Jonah 3:10).

It wasn't too late for King Hezekiah when the prophet Isaiah told him that he would die from his illness and he should put his affairs in order. Hezekiah could have simply accepted it and waited to die. But he didn't do that. Instead, he called upon God's endless grace through prayer and tears, and God heard his plea and healed him—extending his life (2 Kings 20:5-6).

If you are reading this, know that it is not too late to be forgiven by God and receive salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. It's not too late to sincerely call upon His mercy and compassion; hopefully not as a last ditch effort of desperation, but with your heart and in true belief and worship of Him that deserves no less.


-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 Joel 2:12, 13, 18, 19, 28-32. The key verse: Joel 2:13 (NLT) - "Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish."









April 2 – Shepherding Love
Alternate Title – The Lord Is My Shepherd

Bible Lesson: Psalm 23 (KJV)

Key verse: Psalm 23:1 (KJV) - "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."

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

The 23rd Psalm is, by many accounts, the most memorized chapter in the King James Version of the Bible. It is also one of the most poetic and meaningful chapters and concludes with a statement of what all believers desire: "...I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." (Psalms 23:6, KJV)

This Psalm expresses the trust and confidence we have in the Lord to not forsake us in our time of need (Psalm 23:4, KJV). Like a shepherd with his flock, He will not lead us into danger or guide us in the wrong direction. He has promised to supply all our needs (Psalm 23:1 ; Philippians 4:19, KJV ; Psalm 34:9-10).


-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 Psalm 23. The key verse: Psalm 23:1 (NLT) - "The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need."







April 9 – Saving Love
Alternate Title – God's Saving Love In Christ

Bible Lesson: John 3:1-16 (KJV)

Key verse: John 3:16 (KJV) - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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

The Pharisee was a religious sect characterized by strict observance of the rites and ceremonies in the written religious law. Those who were Pharisees, were well trained in that law and trusted in their own traditions. Their actions as a group could be described also as a political party in essence.

As a whole, the Pharisees did not like Jesus, because of His claim to authority which they had not approved and did not recognized. On more than one occasion Jesus described them as hypocrites (Matt 23:15) with a "do as I say, not as I do" mentality (Matt 23:2-3). This challenge to their sincerity made them dislike Him even more. Because Nicodemus was a religious leader and a Pharisee, he sought to speak to Jesus in secrecy at night (John 3:2).

Christ told him three important things. First, if he is not born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3, 3:5). Secondly, Christ told him that He had come from Heaven (John 3:13). Thirdly, everyone who believes in Christ will have eternal life (John 3:15-16).

The "rebirth" Jesus spoke of referred to being born again spiritually, not physically. When this happens, we declare Christ as the Lord of our life and we take on His spirit as our own. In other words, we choose to be more like Him and less like our former selves. We have a new spirit—the spirit of Christ—controlling the way we live. We become a part of Him and He of us (John 15:4).

God the Father loved us so much that He sent his only son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we may have eternal life through Him (John 3:16, KJV). God the Son loved us so much that He gave His life willingly so that we may be saved and spend eternity with Him (John 10:18).

As Christians, one of our fundamental beliefs is that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all one God, but in different modes. When Christ came to earth, it was also God coming to earth, clothed in human flesh. He has made a covenant with us to give us eternal life through His saving grace. We are all sinners and nothing we do can earn the salvation He has given to us freely by His grace and through His Son's sacrifice.

-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 John 3:1-16.

The key verse: John 3:16 (NLT) - "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."







April 16 – Victorious Love
Alternate Title – God's Love Triumphant (Easter)

Bible Lesson: John 20:1-10 (KJV) ; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Key verse: John 20:8 (KJV) - "Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed."

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

The synopsis for this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, March 30, 2017.

-----New Living Translation (NLT) as the Reference Scripture-------

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 John 20:1-10 ; 1 Peter 1:3-9

The key verse: John 20:8 (NLT) - "Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed."




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