Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated December 17, 2017)

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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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December 3 – Faith in Jesus

Bible Lesson: Acts 3:11-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 3:16 KJV - "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

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

Faith is the basis of our religion. Through faith, we believe in God, and through faith we believe what is written in the Bible. We cannot verify the existence of God with our own eyes, because we have never seen Him, face to face. The same is true about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Without faith, Christian churches would be empty, or nonexistent. Without faith, prayer would be meaningless. Because we worship through faith, we are called "believers" and "people of faith."

Our reference Scripture concerns a particular trip Peter and John made to the Temple. During this trip, they encountered a man who had been lame since birth (Acts 3:2). Peter healed the man of his infirmity, but not through his own power (Acts 3:12). He was healed by the power of God through Jesus' name (Acts 3:13). Without faith in Jesus, Peter would not have been able to heal the lame man.

On an occasion, Jesus told the disciples how important faith is. When the disciples could not heal a boy who suffered from seizures (Matt 17:15-16), Jesus healed him (Matt 17:18). Later, the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn't heal the boy (Matt 17:19), and Jesus told them they didn't have enough faith (Matt 17:20).

Our Christian life is based on faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible, which embraces God's declaration of what He wants us to know. Our faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross is the foundation of Christianity. We believe our faith in Jesus is our only path to salvation and eternal life (John 14:6).

When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, we believe in the unseen, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). We were not at the cross when He was crucified and we were not at the tomb to confirm He was raised from the dead by God. Yet, we believe all these things.

Because of his faith in Jesus, Peter healed the lame man. Because of our faith in Jesus, we proclaim Him as our Lord and Savior, and look forward to spending eternity with 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 Acts 3:11-21

The key verse: Acts 3:16 NLT - "Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed--and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus' name has healed him before your very eyes."





December 10 – Faith to Discern
Alternate Title – Faith to Understand

Bible Lesson: Acts 13:1-12 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 13:12 KJV - "Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord."

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

Discern means to perceive or recognize something. But, for the purposes of our lesson, we will tailor the definition to be: When a person can distinguish godly ideals and instructions, as compared to sinful ideals or instructions. An example would be when a person can discern right from wrong, or when a Christian can discern the voice of the Holy Spirit as compared to that of Satan or satanic forces.

While Paul and Barnabas were in Paphos, the Roman proconsul, Sergius Paulus, sent for them because he wanted to hear the word of God (Acts 13:7). This posed a threat to Elymas the sorcerer, who wanted the proconsul to listen to his advice and not that of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:8).

The power of the Holy Spirit moved Paul to confront the sorcerer by accusing him of distorting the true ways of the Lord (Acts 13:10). The Lord confirmed this accusation by making the sorcerer blind (Acts 13:11). Seeing the power of God move against the sorcerer prompted the proconsul to become a believer (Acts 13:12). In this instance, the proconsul's decision was influence not only by Paul's teachings, but also by tangible and visible evidence of the Lord's power and judgment against the sorcerer. By comparison, we do not always have such tangible evidence to help with our decisions.

When we pray and ask for God's help in making choices in our life, how do we discern if the answer we think we are receiving is coming from Him and not from Satan, or even our own prejudices? Each day, we are confronted with decisions which can be very small or even large enough to be considered life-changing. Should you leave the church you are now attending and go to a different church? Should you speak up when the church leadership is taking the church in a direction of which you do not approve? Should you avoid someone at church who has offended you? Can you substitute going to church with having your own church service at home? For such questions as these, do we have the faith to discern the correct godly action to take?

God's Word—the Holy Bible—is a gift to us so we can know how He wants us to live. It is a way for God to speak to us through our study. Even though we study the Bible and attend church services and Bible Study classes, making the right decisions and doing the right thing all the time is a huge task. In fact, it is an impossible task, because we will all sin (Romans 3:23) at times and will make the wrong choice or take the wrong action.

The Holy Spirit's presence within all believers is another gift from God to help us make the right decisions, from small to large (1 Corinthians 2:13). We can pray and ask the Lord to tell us what to do, and invite the Holy Spirit to guide us. But, when we think He is speaking to us, is it Him we are hearing and feeling, or is it Satan or even our own personal prejudices directing us?

At times, it may be convenient to conclude that a particular decision is being directed by God. That way we can justify our actions without feeling we are in the wrong. When a terrorist kills innocent people while saying, "God is good," he is really operating by his own distorted viewpoint.

How can we prepare ourselves to have the faith to discern what God truly wants us to do, and to actually carry out those desires? One thing we should do is to study the Bible faithfully because that is the primary way the Lord speaks to us. We should pray every day and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide our life and help us make the right decisions. We should ask ourselves if our proposed action or decision will make us more Christlike. This type of preparation and conditioning enhances our faith to discern what the Lord wants us to do.


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 Acts 13:1-12

The key verse: Acts 13:12 NLT - "When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord."





December 17 – Faith to Persevere
Alternate Title – Faith to Keep Going

Bible Lesson: Acts 14:8-11, 19-23 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 14:21-22 KJV - "And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

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

The Lord created us to be active participants in His service (Ephesians 2:10). But, when we become active in such pursuits, we become a target of Satan and his forces, who do not want us to succeed (1 Peter 5:8).

For those of us who choose to be active in the service of our Lord, at times we will need faith to persevere and rise higher than those who relish the prospect of our failure. This is the position in which Paul found himself while in the town of Lystra. Even though his actions were godly, by healing a man through the power of the Lord (Acts 14:10), there were those who convinced the people to turn against him (Acts 14:19).

The people stoned him and left him for dead, but through the grace of God he survived and had the faith to persevere. Paul didn't let that near-death experience deter him from resuming his ministry. He didn't give up or give in, and went on to win over a large number of disciples for Christ (Acts 14:21-22).

When Jesus was crucified, He did not blame the people for their actions: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34 KJV). His struggle was not against people but against the forces of evil which did not want Him to succeed. Paul said our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of evil (Eph 6:12).

In our godly service to the Lord, we may be faced with those who oppose us through misguided purposes. We must remember our struggle is against an evil entity who has had thousands of years to perfect his technique. Even though the people opposing may be able to speak with a persuasive tongue, as long as we are guided by the Holy Spirit, we have the Lord on our side. We must be patient and have the faith to persevere. By doing so, we can be assured that, in the end, the Lord's way will prevail; just like in the case of Paul in Lystra.

By returning to Lystra—the town in which he was stoned—to preach the gospel, Paul was using himself as an example of perseverance and courage (Acts 14:21). In the future, we may have to do as Paul, by not giving in to unfounded criticism. Our example may encourage others to stand up for what is right; stand up for the Lord's way.

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 Acts 14:8-11, 19-23

The key verse: Acts 14:21-22 NLT - "After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God."






December 24 – Faithful Seekers of the King

Bible Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 (KJV)

Key verse: Matthew 2:11 KJV - "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

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

Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great (Matt 2:1). Herod was a ruthless king who even had his wife, Mariamne, and two of his sons executed because he suspected they were not loyal to him. When he heard of the wise men referring to the newborn King of the Jews (Matt 2:2), he became, predictably, very disturbed (Matt 2:3). No doubt, anyone who was in a position to challenge his authority as king would be subject to his wrath.

Herod met with the wise men and asked them to search for the Baby and to let him know where He is. He used words of subterfuge when he said he wanted to know the location of the Baby so he could go and worship Him also (Matt 2:8). His true intentions were far from worship, as evident by his future order to kill all boys two years and younger in the Bethlehem area (Matt 2:16) to ensure killing Jesus.

The wise men did find the baby Jesus and his mother, Mary, in a house* and they bowed down and worshiped Him (Matt 2:11). They presented the baby with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Although there were three gifts mentioned, the Scripture does not reveal how many wise men there were.

God warned the wise men to not report back to Herod (Matt 2:12), and so they returned to their own country by an different route. By doing this, they were faithful to Jesus and not to Herod. Considering the ruthless nature of Herod, this action of defiance could also be considered courageous.


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 Acts 13:1-12

The key verse: Matthew 2:11 NLT - "They entered the house* and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."


*Verse 2:11 indicates the family had moved into a house (or inn) by the time the wise men arrived. The Scripture does not clearly state how long after the birth was it before the wise men arrived. However, this time period is insignificant. The significant facts are that they did arrive to worship Jesus and did not report back to Herod.





December 31 – Faith to Unite
Alternate Title – Faith Brigs Us Together

Bible Lesson: Ephesians 4:1-16 (KJV)

Key verses: Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV - "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

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

On Christmas day, most children are excited about receiving gifts, and many of us look forward to a special Christmas dinner and other family-oriented pleasures. Unfortunately, some people will wake up on that day, as they have on many occasions, bothered with personal problems, difficulties, and worries, instead of joyful thoughts. Whereas this type of experience is a by-product of human existence, the reference Scripture from Paul reminds us that we should focus on living a life full of gratitude and love.

Living a life of gratitude and love is quite often not an easy task. We will struggle with interpersonal relationships with friends, our spouse, or perhaps someone we only know through the news outlets—someone in authority who doesn't behave as we think he or she should. The issue isn't so much that we have problems, for we all have difficulties and challenges. The real issue is how we face those problems.

Paul admonishes us to live a life worthy of our calling, for we are called by God to be a member of the church; which is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1). When we are united in one body, we should behave as a beneficial part of the body and not like a cancer or destructive part. To behave correctly, Paul says, we should be gentle, humble, and patient with each other (Ephesians 4:2-4).

Christianity is like a school in which we have to learn and adopt Christian concepts in order to mature. We have to learn to be humble and gentle. We have to learn to be understanding and empathetic. We have to learn to be forgiving and tolerant. All good schools have instructors to guide us through the learning process. God has given us pastors, teachers, and evangelists to instruct and equip us through God's word, so we may contribute to, and build up the church; the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13).

God has also blessed us with the Holy Spirit; our real-time guide and counselor. When we learn the lessons of life through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are getting closer and closer to our primary goal: to be Christlike. Christianity is "on the job training" and our development is through practicing how He wants us to be. Through the instruction of our God-given teachers, and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we become equipped to face the problems of life as Christ would want us to. We become equipped to discern what our true path should be in our walk with the Lord (Ephesians 4:14).

Today's lesson is directed to Christians, and emphasizes that all Christians are united in the Body of Christ and share a common bond, regardless of sex, race, or heritage. With Him as our head, our faith should cause us to love one another and treat each other as a representative of Christ.


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 4:1-16

The key verses: Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT - "Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace."





January 7 – A Sincere Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 1:8-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 1:8 KJV - "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."

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

The courage and determination to do what is right according to our faith is an admirable goal for all Christians. Satan is a master of temptation, and he will present us with many circumstances which he has tailor-made for each of us—to attack our weaknesses. If we can resist temptation based on the strength of our faith, we are displaying a faith which is sincere and genuine.

Daniel was presented with a situation where he could be given what the King considered the best food and drink. Daniel felt firmly that eating the food would defile him (Daniel 1:8). The Bible does not specifically mention the food items, but we can safely conclude that some of the food was considered "unclean" by Jewish standards, based on God's law. The Lord made it so that the guard who was over them showed favor and compassion to Daniel (Daniel 1:9). As a result, the guard agreed to give them only vegetables and water (Daniel 1:12). As it turned out, Daniel and the three Hebrew young men with him looked better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food, after a test period of 10 days (Daniel 1:15).

The Lord made it possible for Daniel to avoid eating the food which would have defiled him (Daniel 1:9). The Lord will do the same for us. He will not insulate us from temptation, but He will give us a way to escape from it. The NLT version of 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure."

Note: The modern Daniel Fast is a partial fast where some foods are eaten and others are not. It is named after the Old Testament Prophet we studied in this lesson. It allows a time to focus on prayer and the goodness of the Lord. If you try the fast, you will no doubt be able to understand the lure of the "royal" food and wine over plain vegetables. If interested, do an Internet search for The Daniel Fast to get the details and even some recipes. Last year, our church congregation participated in the fast.

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 Daniel 1:8-21

The key verse: Daniel 1:8 NLT - "But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods."





January 14 – A Bold Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 3:28 KJV - "Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. "

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

King Nebuchadnezzar had a great golden statue built, and issued a decree that all the people should bow down and worship the golden statue when certain musical instruments are heard (Daniel 3:5). Anyone who did not worship the golden statue in this way would be thrown into a furnace to be killed (Daniel 3:6). The Bible does not specify who the statue represented. It could have been one of the Babylonian idol gods, such as Bel, who Nebuchadnezzar worshiped, or it could have been himself the statue represented.

In any case, the three Jewish exiles—Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego—refused to bow down and worship the idol god (Daniel 3:12). Even when they were brought before the King, they continued to disobey the decree and boldly stated faith in God to rescue them from the punishment (Daniel 3:17). They went a step further and said, even if God did not decide to save them, they vowed to never serve the King's gods or bow down to his gold statue (Daniel 3:18).

The King went into a rage and ordered them thrown into the blazing hot furnace. He was so furious with the Jews that he ordered the furnace heated to seven times hotter than normal (Daniel 3:19).

It's safe to say that Nebuchadnezzar was subsequently convinced of God's power (Daniel 3:28) when Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego emerged from the blazing furnace unharmed (Daniel 3:27). The furnace was so hot that the men who had forced them into the furnace were themselves killed by the heat (Daniel 3:22).

Even with this amazing and miraculous display of God's power, the Bible does not say that the king was ever converted to worshiping only God. It appears he believed in God's power but not as the one and only true God; only as one of the gods.

The King wanted loyalty to himself and what he believed in. He wanted his word obeyed and had no tolerance for anyone who did not do as he said. We are fortunate to live in a country where this is not allowed. Otherwise many of us would surely be "thrown into the blazing furnace" as punishment. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego boldly spoke up for their faith in God and were prepared to suffer the consequences. They were on God's side; not the King's side or even their own side of self-preservation.

No doubt, Satan would be in favor or punishing or killing all those who lived according to their faith in the Lord. Not having such a option Today in our country, he is relegated to using a more subtle approach, by attacking us from within. He is orchestrating struggle of ourself against ourself. He has the power to make doing wrong far more pleasurable to the flesh than doing right. He uses our own worldly desires to fight the battle for him.

He is banking on the hope we will not fight for our faith as did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He wants us to say, "This one time is okay. I will bow down to the gold statue this one time to satisfy the king within me." But, we have to boldly be on God's side and not do as the king desires; not bow down to the gold statue and dishonor the Lord.

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 Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28

The key verse: Daniel 3:28 NLT - "Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king's command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God."





January 21 – A Prayer for an Obedient Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 9:4-8, 15-19 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 9:19 KJV - "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. "

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, December 21, 2017.



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 Daniel 9:4-8, 15-19

The key verse: Daniel 9:19 NLT - "O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name."





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