Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated March 25, 2015)

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.


March 1 – The Lamb of God
Alternate Title – Reliable Testimony

Bible Lesson: John 1:29-34 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: The Apostle John recorded two important declarations which John the Baptist made about Jesus. One referred to Jesus as The Lamb of God (John 1:29), and the second referred to Him as the Chosen One of God (John 1:33-34). Even before his birth, John the Baptist was divinely destined (Luke 1:15-16) to prepare the people for the coming of Christ (Luke 1:17). So, he lived mainly for that one purpose (John 1:6-8). He was, perhaps, the best person on earth to give testimony that Jesus was the Mesiah.

Referring to Jesus as the The Lamb of God has great significance. The lamb was important in the Israelite worship of God.
As part of the ritualistic process to atone for sin, two lambs were sacrificed each day by the priests (Exod 29:38-42). The lambs must be without defects and without any blemishes. It also played an important part in God's rescue of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. To demonstrate His power and to force Pharaoh to allow God's people to leave, the angel of death killed all the first-born of the Egyptians, including Pharaoh's son. The Israelites were told to sacrifice a male lamb (a lamb is a young sheep) or goat (Exod 12:5) and smear some of its blood on the doorposts (Exod 12:7) so the angel of death would know to pass by that house and not kill their first born (Exod 12:13). Thus, they were saved from that plague by the blood of the lamb - the Passover lamb.

The punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). In this case, death is of a spiritual nature and means eternal torment and eternal separation from God. Sacrificing lambs to atone for sin had to be done over and over because it did not provide true salvation and forgiveness by the Lord. The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross provided a permanent means of salvation, for those who would accept it, by declaring Jesus as their Lord and Savior (John 3:16). He was sinless and offered his earthly life for our salvation. As the blood of the Passover lamb saved God's people from the angel of death, so does the blood of Jesus save us from the final death: eternal separation from the Lord.

His divine sacrifice means believers will live eternally with our Lord. We are saved and redeemed by the blood of Christ - The Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
John 1:29-34
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.






March 8 – Another Advocate
Alternate Title – A Comforter And Much More

Bible Lesson: John 14:15-26 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: During Jesus' ministry on earth, the people had a chance to have a close and personal association with Him. Part of the Christian doctrine is the knowledge Jesus was also God (in role of Christ). Therefore, during His ministry, the people had an opportunity to have a close association with God, in the form of Jesus. When He ascended to heaven, this personal association with Him (in the form of a human) was also gone. But, by His grace, God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers and to continue His close and personal association. The Holy Spirit is not an "It" or some mystical or mysterious force. He is a part of the Holy Trinity (God the Holy Spirit). Jesus indicated the Holy Spirit was a "He" in John 14:17, because all reference was to "He" or to "Him". But the Holy Spirit's function in our life is meant to be active and not passive.

A good explanation of how the Holy Spirit fits into our life follows:
(Taken from "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful Living" see note 1 below)

"After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent as His representative to exist in all believers as our guide, helper, and teacher (John 14:25-27). This existence within a believer is not physical, but spiritual. Therefore, a more appropriate term for His presence is "to indwell" which means to exist within, as an activating spirit or motivating force. This "presence" represents a close association between us and God.

"To fail to use such a valuable gift and try to live a Christian life, on our own, is not as God intended. The Holy Spirit is a real and divine Person, and He enables and empowers us to live a godly life. Jesus' apostles were not fully prepared to do the work He wanted them to do until the Holy Spirit came to them on the day of Pentecost.

"He is just as important to us as He was to the apostles. We are not fully equipped to live as God desires until we embrace the existence of the Holy Spirit within us, and until we yield to His influence. By doing so, we will be better prepared for the challenges of the world, and to do God's work; as it was with the apostles.

"All believers are given a spiritual gift (or gifts) which can be used to help each other (1 Cor 12:7), and advance God's kingdom on earth. It is the Holy Spirit alone who decides which gift each of us will receive. He alone distributes the gifts (1 Cor 12:11), which may or may not be what we consider a talent. You may have the talent of singing, but your spiritual gift may be encouraging others, or teaching the Word. It could be anything which helps you love and honor God or helps others love and honor God because of you. Just as a pastor may be called by God to minister to a group of believers, you are also called to use whatever spiritual gift you have received. The Holy Spirit will enable and help you use your gift. You are not alone. You will not fail in using the gift because it is a declared blessing from God. He is never going to ask you to do something you are not capable of doing ... and doing well."


The Holy Spirit is not just another advocate, He is one of the most valuable gifts ever given to humankind by God.

Note 1 - The Book of the Holy Spirit, page 44-45, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh. Used by permission.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
John 14:15-26
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.






March 15 – The Spirit of Truth
Alternate Title – Sorrow Turns To Joy

Bible Lesson: John 16:4-15 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Jesus knew he would be crucified and resurrected on the third day (Matt 16:21). He also knew he would have to leave earth and return to the Father in heaven (John 16:5). While He was here on earth, He protected the disciples (John 17:12) from losing their faith and falling victim to Satan. He prayed to
God the Father to continue to protect them from Satan (John 17:15).

The Holy Spirit (the Advocate - the Spirit of Truth) was sent after Jesus assended, to encourage and council the apostles, and strengthen their resolve, for they would be as outcasts (John 16:1-2). In this respect, the Holy Spirit empowered them to carry on Jesus' ministry in the face of a hostile world.

For the most part, the apostles did endure hardships as a result of their beliefs, and many were killed. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, they were destined to spread Christianity in the world. They did not renounce their faith, and over 2000 years later, 2 billion Christians are in the world.

As Christians, we believe there is only one God, but He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is referred to as the Trinity or Godhead. We believe all Three are God, just in different forms (or modes). God was present on earth in human form through Jesus Christ. God's presence on earth through the Holy Spirit is spiritual. All believers are indwelled by the Holy Spirit in a spiritual manner.

One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to empower believers to carry out the work God has for us. Before embarking on His ministry, Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended on Him and remained (John 1:32). Before the apostles embarked on their ministry, without His presence on earth, Jesus wanted them to wait for the indwelling and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5) to come to the world. This empowering and indwelling presence was made available to all believers on the day of Pentecost. After that day, there existed a more
fertile ground to receive the gospel and to spread it throughout the world. Why? Because ALL believers would then be indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

The Pharisees suggested Jesus could cast out demons because His power came from Satan (Matt 12:24). They were, thereby attributing the work of the Holy Spirit (through Jesus) to Satan. The reponse of Christ was, if anyone said such a thing (attribute work of the Holy Spirit to Satan), it was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit; a sin which is unforgivable (Matt 12:31).

Although Luke 16:8 is only a single verse, we could write volumes about its meaning and implications. In fact, there were all manner of explanations and interpretations existing, as research was done for this lesson concerning how the Spirit convicts the world. Here are the results of the research:


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
John 16:4-15
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.






March 22 – The Spirit of Peace
Alternate Title – Peace, Power, Presence

Bible Lesson: John 20:19-23 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

After the Crucifixion, the apostles were concerned they would be persecuted by the Jewish leaders. Therefore, their meeting was behind closed and locked doors (John 20:19). During this meeting, Jesus inexplicably appeared in His resurrected body and they were encouraged and overjoyed (John 20:20). Jesus' words, "Peace be with you," had more significance than just a greeting. The apostles were given
peace of mind in knowing He had been resurrected (John 14:27).

During this meeting, Jesus commissioned the apostles, by saying He was sending them out into the world (John 20:21) as His Father had sent Him. In other words, they were charged with continuing His ministry on earth to spread the good news and to establish the church (Acts 1:8). Jesus breathed on the apostles and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." This would indicate the apostles were then empowered for their mission through the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus said the apostles were given the power to forgive sins (John 20:23), it did not mean they could judge people and forgive their sins; only God has that power. Jesus Himself had the power because He was God "in the flesh". However, the apostles could convey to people: if they believe in the deity of Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Savior, they are forgiven of all sins. The apostles' power concerning forgiveness of sins was only in the knowledge they possessed concerning the new salvation through Christ.

Jesus wanted the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they could be baptized by the the indwelling power of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). This happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:8) [See Note 2 below]. At that time, the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit not only fell upon the apostles, but also upon all believers (Acts 2:4). Peter explained to the people what had happened (Acts 2:16-17) when the Holy Spirit came to them on that day. As believers, we have the same responsibility given to the apostles by Jesus: to spread the gospel message; sins are forgiven through faith in Christ. The new covenant and new salvation declares forgiveness of sins comes only through Christ (John 8:24).

The empowering and indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit was made available to ALL believers on the day of Pentecost. After that day, there existed a more
fertile ground to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Why? Because ALL believers would then be indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel and do the work God has for us. If for no other reason, this was reason enough for the apostles to wait until the day the Holy Spirit came to the people (which occurred on the day of Pentecost.)

Today, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is in all believers. The problem with some of us is we do not yield to the power of God within us: the Holy Spirit. By not yielding to the Holy Spirit, our days are not guided by Him and He does not work through us as God desires. "
If we do not call upon the Holy Spirit for help, we are left trying to live out our life, disregarding the close association with God which He has graciously provided. It's like a carpenter pondering on how to cut a board in half, and disregarding the saw near his fingertips, provided to him for that purpose." (see Note 1 below).


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
John 20:19-23
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

Note 1 - The Book of the Holy Spirit, page 99, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh. Used by permission.

Note 2 - Pentecost is the Greek name for Feast of Weeks, and was celebrated by the Jews in remembrance of the day the Law of Sinai was given. God chose the day of Pentecost (the one which occurred after the Crucifixion) as the day the Holy Spirit was given, as an indwelling power, to all the believers. Thus, this particular Pentecost day is celebrated by Christians as the "Day of Pentecost;" the day the Holy Spirit came and the day the new church began.




March 29 – The Son of David
Alternate Title – Hail To The Chief

Bible Lesson: Mark 11:1-11 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

In my early childhood, the most expensive movie ever made (at that time) was called "Cleopatra," and starred Elizabeth Taylor. It won 4 academy awards and was one of the top grossing movies of that year (1963). There were several women who held the title of Cleopatra, but the movie was about a particular one, Cleopatra VII, who was born around 69 BC. She had such importance, her story was written by Shakespeare, and an epic movie made about her. Our lesson today is about a particular son of David. Any male from the seed of David could possibly be called "son of David," (eg - 2 Samuel 13:1, NIV, 1 Chronicles 29:22, NIV), but when we say Jesus, Son of David, it takes on a different meaning. Not just because He was in the lineage of King David (through Joseph, His legal father), but because He is the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the Messiah coming from the seed of David (Isaiah 9:7).

In Mark 12:35, Jesus asked why the teachers of the law said the Messiah was the son of David. He taught that the Messiah is more than just the "Son of David." In Mark 12:36, Jesus quoted David from Psalm 110.1. Jesus said, "Since David himself called the Messiah 'my Lord,' how can the Messiah be his son? (Mark 12:37)" He was not denying the Messiah would be a descendent of David (as God promised); he was saying the Messiah would be much more.

In our lesson, the Son of David means more than a physical generational offspring. This particular Son of David is the realization of God's plan for our salvation. He is the Savior promised by God, and is called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6.) Because of our sinful nature, the Law of Moses was unable to save us, and God sent His son Jesus to provide a means of salvation (Romans 8:3.)

As Christians, we believe there is only one God, but He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is referred to as the Trinity or Godhead. We believe all Three are God, just in different forms (or modes). God was present on earth in human form through Jesus Christ.

Theologians believe the Book of Zechariah was written over 500 years before Christ was born. Zechariah's ministry was one of encouragement; to lift the spirits of the Israelites who had been permitted to return to the homeland. He prophesied the triumphant arrival of the Messiah in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey (Zech 9:9). This emphasize the Messiah would be righteous and victorious, but also humble. [see note near the end of this lesson synopsis about the donkey]

The meaning of the specific verse Mark 11:3 can be lost in the narrative of Jesus obtaining the donkey to ride on. In this verse, Jesus refers to Himself as "The Lord," which emphasized His true nature. He was the true Messiah who entered Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zech 9:9. He knew the cross awaited Him on this particular Passover trip to Jerusalem, and that His purpose on earth was nearing a successful and victorious completion.

The people celebrated His arrival because of His reputation, not really knowing He was about to give them something of which was even more worthy of celebrating: their sin debt was about to be paid by His death and resurrection. God's glorious plan of salvation was about to be initiated. If they had only known the true nature of His arrival ... that would have really been something to celebrate. In fact, on Palm Sunday and Easter, we are continuing the victory celebration which began over 2000 years ago.

Note: Skeptics point out that Matthew's accounting mentions two donkeys - the mother and her colt, but Mark, Luke, and John only mention one donkey. They say this is a contradiction, but is probably nothing but a more comprehensive accounting. It stands to reason a young colt and its mother would travel together, if for no other reason than to keep the colt calm. In any regard, the subject of whether there was one, two, or fifty donkeys is insignificant to the fact Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey's colt as it was prophesied.

Definition: A colt is a young male donkey.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Mark 11:1-11
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




April 5 – Believe in the Resurrection

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Preface: Some people say the Bible is only a history book, but that is only a part of its function. Through His prophets, it contains instructions and commands from God. Though the Bible, we can learn about God's character, and how and why we should worship Him. Not only that, but quite often we can learn about the character of those who wrote the words. Paul's letters to the church in Corinth not only gave instructions and encouragement to the believers, it revealed his personal feelings and character. Quite often, he wrote from a first person perspective; revealing his struggles, motivation, and sacrifice. Our reference scripture contains the word "I" 12 times. That's a lot for only 14 verses and indicates his personal dedication to advancing the kingdom of God on earth.

The lesson: Jesus said He would rise from the dead on the 3rd day (Luke 24:46 NIV). Likewise, He explained that all dead people would be resurrected; either to eternal life with Him or to eternal punishment (John 5:29). The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Christ. Without it, our faith would not have the same meaning as it does today (1Cor 15:13-15). Therefore, it was extremely important to convince the early believers of Christ's resurrection. In the reference scripture, Paul did this by citing eye witnesses of the existence of Jesus in His resurrected body, after the crucifixion (1Cor 15:5-8).

Christ's resurrection was proof He was who He said He was; the Messiah. He died for our sins and was raised to make us right with God (Romans 4:25). Therefore, His resurrection was key to the new salvation for the believers. All of us were born with human bodies like Adam; which will die and return to the dust. But, those who are believers will have an eternal spiritual body - through Christ (1Cor 15:22).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




April 12 – Love One Another

Bible Lesson: 1 John 3:11-24 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

The commandment to love one another, in its simplest form, is not a new one, as can be seen in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18). But, the commandment Jesus gave His disciples (John 13:34) was new because He said for them to love each other as
He had loved them. John extended this commandment to all believers (1 John 3:23-24). To model our love after the love exhibited by Jesus is setting the bar very high, because He loved us so, He died on the cross for us (1 John 3:16).

The reference scripture emphasizes that all Christians should love each other. That doesn't mean we should love everything said or done, but we should be willing to sacrifice for the person and their well-being. The early Christian church faced significant and dangerous challenges. It was not uncommon for them to be persecuted or discriminated against by the Jewish establishment. However, the Christian community exhibited remarkable love for one another by voluntarily sharing what they had with other Christians who were in need, including selling their houses or property and giving the proceeds to the Apostles to distribute as needed (Acts 4:34-35). The believers were united and did not believe they owned anything they possessed (Acts 4:32).

Showing love for one another through our actions is evidence we have experienced the rebirth of our lives through Christ and will have eternal life (1 John 3:14). Conversely, if we hate a fellow Christian, we will face condemnation (1 John 3:15).

If we love one another, we will not steal from, lie about, envy or covert, murder, or otherwise harm one another. We will help one another in times of need and distress. This is an example of what Peter meant when he said, "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8, ESV)


Today, we would have a difficult time convincing people to sell their houses and property and give the proceeds to the needy in the Christian community. Today, we have a tendency to take care of our own needs and wants first ... everything else is secondary. Many of us give "lip treatment" to the concept that all we have belongs to God, and we own nothing. If we truly believed all we have belongs to God, churches wouldn't have to request more offerings to meet the expenses; the offering plate would be overflowing.


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 John 3:11-24
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.





April 19 – Trust in God's Love

Bible Lesson: 1 John 4:13-21 ; 1 John 5:1-5

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Last month, an annual basketball playoff tournament, loosely referred to as "March Madness," had basketball fans sitting on the edge of their seats because many games were decided in the last few seconds. There were unlikely teams who advanced, beating all odds. You might be wondering what basketball has to do with this lesson. The relationship has to do with the score in the game. The only one which matters is the one at the end of the game. Some people might think the thief on the cross next to Jesus had lost the game, but he believed in Christ, and in the end, received forgiveness (And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." Luke 23:43, ESV)

A young woman once said she had done so many wrong things in her life as to be beyond help by God. That's just not true. Regardless of what sins we have committed, the game's not over, because we have a "get out of jail free" card. Because of God's love, we can be forgiven of our sins by His grace through Jesus Christ. What is grace? The following comes from The Book of the Holy Spirit (see note 1 below): "Mankind is not capable of living sinless, and will fall short of God's perfect desires. We therefore must receive salvation and redemption through the grace of God. This is the salvation which Jesus brought to mankind. Grace can be defined as when a person receives something good from God, which that person did not deserve."

Our salvation through the one-time sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is because of God's grace. In turn, His grace is a result of His love for us - His creation. Therefore, the foundation for our very existence is the love of God.

Christians have been talking about the "Good News" of salvation through Jesus for over 2000 years. But, isn't the foundation for the good news really God's love and grace, from which we were given the salvation? "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 (John 3:16 KJV)
.

Because of God's Love, we can be "saved;" our sins are washed clean and we will be presented without fault. Many worship services are ended with this declaration. The next time you hear it, rejoice in it: "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy ..." (Jude 1:24-25, KJV).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 John 4:13-21
and 1 John 5:1-5 When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

Note 1 - The Book of the Holy Spirit, page 66, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh.
Used by permission.



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