Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated May 26, 2016)

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


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


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May 1 – Increased Faith
Alternate Title – Increasing Faith

Bible Lesson: Luke 17:1-10

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

The reference Scripture is centered around temptation, forgiveness, and faith. In this Scripture, Jesus taught about these three important issues in a Christian's life.

All of us should know a lot about the temptation to sin because we are faced with it every day. Satan has been allowed to function in our world as the master of temptation and deception, for thousands of years. He knows all the tricks to get us to sin. Our challenge is not only to avoid sinning, but also not becoming an instrument of Satan to tempt others to sin. Jesus said, even though we can't avoid the temptation to sin, we should not be the one who encourages others to sin (Luke 17:1).

To be an instrument which influences others to sin, or causes the faith of others to be weakened is a terrible thing (Luke 17:2-3). Our actions and words can have a great impact on other believers ... especially immature and weak Christians. As an example, consider someone who has just started going to church regularly and then hears mean-spirited things said in a church meeting, or hears a deacon cursing, or is a recipient of unfounded gossip about another member, or even hearing of gossip about themselves. These are only a few of the detrimental actions which could result in a stumbling block for Christians not as strong in their faith as others. Sinning is bad enough—but we should be careful to not encourage others to sin by our actions and words.

In our lesson, Jesus also teaches about forgiveness—that we should forgive those who ask for our forgiveness after they have done wrong against us (Luke 17:4). In fact, we should forgive them time and time again if we expect God to forgive us of our sins. In the Lord's prayer, Jesus said, "and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12, KJV).

The disciples questioned Jesus as to how they could increase their faith. His response was not a, "this is how you do it" type of answer, but one which requires thought and study.

We owe everything to God and can never do enough to repay Him. Our faith is increased when we realize it is God's enormous power in which we rely and not our own meager abilities. Through this realization, we increase our faith through our gratefulness to the Lord for all He has done and is doing in our life, through His grace. We will always need His grace ... we can't obtain salvation without it.

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 Luke 17:1-10.




May 8 – Grateful Faith

Bible Lesson: Luke 17:11-19

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

In our lesson scripture, there were ten men who all were suffering from the same condition - leprosy. This contagious disease affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on the skin and, in some cases, disfigurement and deformities. Leprosy is still around today and, according to the World Health Origination, there are about 180,000 cases worldwide, mostly in Africa and Asia.

There is treatment for this condition today, and it can be cured, but when Jesus cured the 10 men, there was no known cure. Quite often people who had this disease, back then, were isolated from the rest of society and had to say out loud "Unclean! Unclean!" (Leviticus 13:45). The decision on what to do about such a person was left up to the priest; who would make the physical examination (Leviticus 13:2-3, KJV). When Jesus told the men to go to the priest, it was most likely for that examination (Luke 17:14).

When a person is cured of such a terrible disease, especially in such a miraculous manner, anyone would think they all would be overcome with gratitude to the one who performed the cure. However, only one of the 10 came over to Jesus to show gratitude, and he was a gentile (Luke 17:16).

Regardless of the problems we may face each day, it is important to be grateful for the blessings God has given us. As an example, when we wake up to a new day, we should be thankful to be alive to see that day. From The Book of the Holy Spirit: "Life is a wonderful gift from God. When you receive a gift, the least you can do is to just say thank you. Do you thank God for allowing you to see a new day?" Waking to a new day beats the alternative of not waking at all.

Grateful Faith is being thankful to God for our many blessing—of which some are often taken for granted. Not only should we be thankful, we should express this gratitude to the Lord often. Having faith in God's promises to us gives us reason to anticipate and be grateful for future blessings and, ultimately, the promise of eternal life 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 Luke 17:1-10.





May 15 – Humble Faith

Bible Lesson: Luke 18:9-14

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

Humility can be defined as: "A modest or low view of one's own importance." The opposite of this virtue is arrogance and pridefulness. There is nothing wrong with doing the right things and trying to obey God's commands—we should all strive for that just as the Pharisee said he was doing in the lesson Scripture. However, when we think this makes us better than someone else, we are forgetting we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In our reference Scripture, Jesus taught that we should be humble (Luke 18:14). When we do otherwise, we are sinning against the Lord, for He does not like for us to be proudful and arrogant (Proverbs 16:5).

Jesus said He came for the sinners and not for the righteous (Mark 2:17, NIV). The New Living Translation Bible version of this verse is insightful: "...I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." He came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10)—this being the will of the Father that, through His Son, the world would be saved (John 3:16-18).

When we go to the Lord in prayer, we should not go as someone who thinks they are righteous, for there are none who are without sin. We, therefore, should go to the Lord as humble servants who have committed sins, and who seek His mercy, forgiveness, and guidance. Regardless of the role we have in the church, or the secular world, we should live our life with an humble spirit and always seek guidance from the Lord, for we are not the masters of our own fate ... God is.

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 Luke 18:9-14.





May 22 – Childlike Faith

Bible Lesson: Luke 18:15-17; Mark 10:16, KJV

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

According to the dictionary, "childlike" includes being: innocent, unsuspecting, trusting, and unsuspicious. This is how God brought us into this world as an infant. As young children grow up, they are influenced by their environment, including other people. As a result, they acquire additional attributes; some of which are not godly. As examples, we have to acquire dishonesty, prejudice, and hate, because we are not born that way.

As we grow up, we become less trusting and innocent. We learn to think for ourselves and not accept any and everything we hear as the truth. In other words, we learn to doubt. That is where faith comes into play. For Christians, our faith leads us to believe in the Lord and His promises, even though we don't have ironclad proof (Hebrews 11:1, KJV). From this perspective, faith means to trust something as true, even though we cannot prove it with certainty.

Through faith, we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior—believeing He died for our sins. We are baptised and look forward to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. When this process results in our dedication to being obedient and repentant, we are said to be born again ... not physically, but spiritually.

Even born-again Christians still doubt many things in life, but as far as our faith in the Lord and His promises is concerned, we have regained the trust we had as a child. We believe in the virgin birth and resurrection (from the dead) of Jesus without proof. We believe that we are Saved by the grace of God and will spend eternity with Him ... without proof. We believe, without doubt, the word of God—His commands and promises.

Jesus said, "...anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it" (Luke 18:17) and "... unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Therefore, childlike faith is of great importance to Christians, for without it, we cannot see the Kingdom of God. To help cultivate our faith, we must study and accept God's word as we are doing today in Sunday school. Even though we can't prove all of it with mathematical certaintly, our assurance—our faith—in Him and His word comes from within us through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

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 Luke 18:15-17. ; Mark 10:16







May 29 – Joyous Faith

Bible Lesson: Luke 19:1-10

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

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector in the region of Jericho and was a very rich man (Luke 19:2). He wanted to see Jesus so much that he took the undignified approach of climbing a tree to get a better view—as Jesus passed by (Luke 19:4). When Jesus called Zacchaeus by name and announced He would be a guest in his home that day, Zacchaeus was very pleased. With excitement and joy, he took Jesus to his home (Luke 19:6).

In general, the people did not like tax collectors—who worked for the Roman government to collect taxes from their own people, at times in an unfair manner. Zacchaeus himself acknowledged he may have cheated people when he said, "...and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much" (Luke 19:8). Tax collectors were viewed by the religious elite as sinners, and to socialize with them was a terrible thing. Therefore the people were displeased and probably confused why Jesus would be a guest of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:7), who was not only a tax collector, but the chief tax collector.

Zacchaeus was not the only person of ill repute Jesus had contact with. One of men He called to be His disciple—Matthew—was also a tax collector and fell into the same category as Zacchaeus (Matthew 9:9). When a sinful woman humbly came to Jesus while He was at a Pharisee's home , He did not discourage her from showing her faith and love for Him (Luke 7:38-39). He forgave her of her sins (Luke 7:47) ... to the dismay of some others at the home (Luke 7:49). Jesus pointed out, as in other similar instances in the Bible, He came to seek and save those who were lost to sin. (Luke 19:10, NIV).

If we are going to continue the work of Jesus, we too must seek out those who are lost to sin, to lead them to salvation. We must welcome them to our church and let them know it is never to late to be saved.

When I was a young child at a pre-teen age, I ran away from home. When my father found me and brought me back, it was one of the happiest days of my life. Thinking back on that day, the reason for my happiness was because he demonstrated and conveyed the love he had for me. Our Father in heaven has the same type of love for us even though we are sinners.

If someone confides in you (as has been done with me) and expresses hesitation to go to church because they didn't feel worthy and didn't think the Lord would ever forgive them, tell them God will forgive them of their sins. He will welcome them as the father did for the prodigal son (Luke 15:20-21) who had left home in a selfish manner. Tell them the story of Zacchaeus; tell them story of the sinful woman who came to Jesus for forgiveness; tell them He sent His son to die for us sinners so we can be forgiven through His grace. Then, invite them to repent of their sins, and pray with them right then and there. Let them know God cares for them regardless of what they have done and regardless of what other people may say about them.

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 Luke 19:1-10.







June 5 – The Day of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







June 12 – That Day is Coming

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 3:1-8

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

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

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

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

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







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

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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