Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated January 30, 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.


February 1 – Feasting and Fasting
Alternate Title – The Cuisine Of Resistance

Bible Lesson: Daniel 1:5, 8-17;   Matthew 6:16-18

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: There is a saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." That means you should adapt yourself to the customs of the places you visit. That way, you blend in with the natives and no one will take offense at anything you do. Teenagers are notorious for using such an approach. How many times have parents heard the excuse, "Well, everybody else was doing it ...", or "All my friends are going, why can't I?" or many other such variations. These type excuses support the saying to do as the Romans when in Rome. However, for those who trust in the Lord, a better saying is, "When in Rome or anywhere, do as the Lord desires!"

Today's lesson deals specifically with Daniel not desiring to sin by eating foods which he understood would defile him in the eyes of God. But, there is a bigger concept involved. He made a decision to show obedience to God even though he was at the mercy of those who worshipped idol gods. He had faith God would take care of him if He remained obedient and faithful in what he ate and in what he did. God rewarded Daniel and those with Him in many ways, including physical protection, and wisdom.

Fasting is another use of food (or lack thereof) to show faith and to develop discipline. It demonstrates we are willing to sacrifice and do without to show humility to God. Jesus fasted for forty days and became physically week, but he still resisted the temptation Satan offered him. A benefit of fasting is it lets us know how it feels to be hungry. Perhaps that feeling will give us more compassion for those who go to bed hungry every night. Jesus came to earth and lived as a human. He understands the temptations to sin we are faced with. Therefore, we are fortunate to have Him to go through to gain salvation and forgiveness of our sins.

Many of us should consider fasting ... and I don't mean just by going without food. Let's consider the concept of fasting from sin. Fast by doing without some sinful practice we find ourselves enjoying. Why don't we fast, and do without a sinful relationship of which we may be a part? Why don't we fast, and do without being verbally and physically abusive to someone? Why don't we fast, and do without lying, gossiping, or exaggerating? Why don't we fast, and do without being overly critical or judgemental of others?

These type sinful practices are metaphorically referred to as sinful roots in "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful Living" (Note 1). In the book, you are asked to imagine hanging by a single tree root protruding from a rocky click with nothing between you and the dangerous rocky shoals below. If you let go, you envision the worse possible result, and so you continue to hang on for dear life. But God says, "Let go and I will catch you." In the book, the final step to living a more peaceful and satisfying life, with help from the Holy Spirit, is to let go of your main sinful root. Are you hanging on to "the root" of animosity, anger, or hatred toward someone for something they did or said to you years ago? Or is it one of the other practices in the previous paragraph to which you are holding? Go beyond fasting as a temporary show of discipline ... just let go of it completely and trust the Lord to take care of you.

Part of being a Christian is developing the discipline to do the right things God desires and the discipline to stop doing sinful things. Fasting helps build discipline and the confidence we can do without some physical desire when we have to. When you are conviced you have the required discipline and ability, you can stand strong against lure of worldly temptations.


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Daniel 1:5, 8-17;
. Matthew 6:16-18 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 141, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh. Used by permission.




February 8 – Serving Neighbors, Serving God
Alternate Title – Do You Know Your Neighbor?

Bible Lesson: Luke 10:25-37 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: Loving your neighbor as yourself is one of the two most important commandments, according to the lesson Scripture (Luke 10:27-28). In the lesson, the man asking the question, "Who is my neighbor?" was a Jew. In the parable Jesus gave, in answer to the question, the man offering help to the injured Jew was a Samaritan. Overall, Jews and Samaritans were not fond of each other. In fact, the Jewish king John Hyrcanus attacked the Samaritans and destroyed their temple about 128 BC (see note 1). For a Samaritan to give aid to a Jew, when other Jews of religious importance (a priest and a Levite) passed him by, was of great significance and contrast. It signifies the love of a neighbor is meant for anyone we encounter, whether or not the person lives close to us, and regardless of who they are. On a larger scale, our "neighbor" could be anyone; from those who are hungry and persecuted in Africa, to the misguided gang member.

But, what about neighbors who are not helpless, as was the injured Jew in the lesson Scripture? The following example will illustrate just how difficult loving your neighbor might be:

The following excerpt from,
"The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful Living" (see note 2) presents a more modern example of a challenging situation any of us may be faced with at some time:

"One type of difficult challenge is being a good neighbor. Jesus said, one of the two most important commandments is, "... Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 22:39). In this Scripture, "neighbor" means everyone, including the poor, homeless, the good and the bad. What if a drug dealer moved in the house next to yours? Most people would be extremely concerned, if not outraged or even scared. When faced with this type situation, what would you do? Some people would see this situation as a good reason to move to another neighborhood. Others may see this as an opportunity to lead someone to Christ. Although you may not love the criminal nature of your neighbor, you must still love the person. When faced with a situation like that, what a blessing it is to have the Holy Spirit leading your life; to guide your actions. He knows the future, and can lead you to do and say the right things.

"The Lord is more interested in changing us, and how we meet the challenges of life, than to simply change or fix the challenges themselves. If we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us, we will be able to give up our prejudices, selfish desires and plans in favor of doing things God's way. We will be able to meet life's challenges with a more joyful spirit.
"

As can be seen by the above example, loving our neighbor is not always easy and straightforward. It certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't call the police if someone is doing harm to you or someone else. It doesn't mean you shouldn't seek to protect your family from harm by others. It means you should feel genuine love and concern for those who are your neighbors (everyone), including the ones who have lost their way and fallen from the path God has provided for them. We know everyone came from God, and He doesn't make evil or selfish people; those faults are attained by the people on their own.

Even though we don't love the sin others commit, we should still love the good in them and love them because they are God's creation. Don't we want to be treated that way? None of us is without sin. If churches only allowed people who didn't sin to be members, there would be no choir, no deacons, no pastor, and no congregation.

When faced with a particularly difficult situation (such as the drug dealer example above), we should rely on the Holy Spirit to guide our actions. But, in order to depend on the Holy Spirit, we must allow Him to guide our life in the spirit of Christ. But, there will still be individuals who will not change regardless of what we say or do. That's why we have fines, punishments, and prisons. We can only hope the individuals receiving such punishment will learn from their mistakes and become a better neighbor.


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Luke 10:25-37
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

Note 1 - NLT Study Bible, note (commentary at bottom of page) on Luke 10:33 - a despised Samaritan.

Note 2 - The Book of the Holy Spirit, page 139, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh. Used by permission.




February 15 – Serving the Least
Alternate Title – Meeting Others' Needs

Bible Lesson: Matthew 25:31-46 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: In the past, we have studied lessons which remind and command us to love our neighbor as ourself (Luke 10:27-28), and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us (Matt 7:12). These two statements are very much alike in that they are meant to instruct us to have compassion and love for our fellow man. In today's lesson, the Scripture has a very similar emphasis, except it contains a warning that failing to have compassion for other human beings will result in eternal punishment (Matt 25:46).

In a world of terrorism and needless crime, loving our neighbor and showing forgiveness are difficult concepts of which to adhere at all times. The movie theaters are full of productions showing revenge and vengeance in response to heartless acts by criminal and mean people. Many of us applaud an ending in which "some bad person gets what's coming to him." Some people view the homeless and poor as those who threw away their future prospects by not taking school seriously or just by being lazy. Some people view alcoholics as week-minded individuals who are looking for an escape from life's troubles and difficulties. There are also those who have a very difficult time giving compassion to those who would probably rob or injure us in order to get something they want or need?

Against such a backdrop of human nature and reality, what should our attitude be; our response as Christians? How should we react to people in need? I don't mean just financial, but many other situations of need, such as those who are grieving the loss of someone, and those contemplating committing crime, or acts of vengence. Many of us reading these words are, ourselves, in great need of something; maybe a kind word, a friend, a companion, or a mentor. Just about all of us fall into a category of need. The Lord wants us to help others, and He wants others to help us. Oftentimes, showing compassion will only cost the price of a greeting card, or only to offer a handshake, a smile, or a telephone call.

Those of us who have children can appreciate the type of unconditional love needed to support a child who has become lost to crime, alcohol or drugs. No doubt, we hope and pray the child will change and become someone who has a promising future, and someone who will help others, rather than always being the one looking for help. When someone helps our child in a meaningful way, the parent is grateful, even if the child shows indifference. Parents want their children to act toward each other with the love sisters and brothers should have for one another. This is the type of attitude the reference Scripture wants us to have toward all of God's children. God wants all of us in His creation to care for each other with the love sisters and brothers should have. The Scripture indicates when we help a needy person, this pleases God ... just as we parents would appreciate someone showing kindness to our children.

Showing compassion for those in need goes far beyond the financial and physical level. Not only should we help those who are hungry, sick, or homeless, but also those who are criminals, and those who are lonely or otherwise mentally hurting (Matt 25:35-36). Remember, parents want their children to love them, but to also love each other. This is also what God wants. However, in God's case, it goes beyond just simply what He wants ... it is what He commands and demands we do.

We are saved by faith, but action is a by-product of faith (Jas 2:15-16). When we profess faith, but do not act to help others, our faith comes into question (Jas 2:14). Faith in the existence and sovereignty of God, is empty if it does not produce good deeds (Jas 2:19-20).


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Matthew 25:31-46
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




February 22 – Clothed and Ready
Alternate Title – Always Be Prepared

Bible Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-20 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: When we think of armor, thoughts of the days of knights or Roman soldiers may come to mind. Today, modern soldiers have body armor and armored vehicles for protection from enemy attacks. If we think about it, all of us are used to putting on our own version of armor for protection. When it is cold outside, we put on extra clothes to protect us from the elements. When it is raining, either a raincoat or umbrella is needed. When we expect to be in the sunshine a lot, UV protection, sunglasses and a hat are appropriate. Not only do we adults use such protection, we teach our children to do the same. We start when they are very young by making sure they are protected from the elements of nature which could harm them.

Just as with the elements of weather, we should seek to protect ourselves from Satan and his demons by using the tools God has provided. Likewise, parents should start early with children to teach them how to protect themselves from Satan's evil forces which can lead them down the wrong path and ruin their future.

This synopsis could stop here and mostly everyone would understand the point of the reference scripture; to take seriously the need to be protected from attacks by Satan. When this is said, we are not talking about a game played on a video console or computer, but a real-world attack by the evil forces of Satan.

While a thief may spend a lot of time thinking about how he (or she) can steal something from you, Satan never stops thinking about how he can tempt you to sin and keep you from being saved, or doing the Lord's work. Not only has he had your lifetime in which to hone his skills, he has had an untold number of lifetimes. Therefore, we are not protecting ourselves from an elementary school team of rookies, we are going up against a Super Bowl team of professionals. We need supernatural armor if we are going to survive the onslaught of Satan. We need full the armor of God (Eph 6:11. NIV).

Our armor includes the Holy Spirit within us, salvation through Christ, faith in the righteousness and power of God, and the truth given to us in His word. We have peace and joy in knowing no power is strong enough to separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:39). The armor which protects us from the evil forces of Satan is therefore,
the love of God. Because of His love, what we need to stand against Satan has been provided. However, there is a caveat: like with any armor, you personally must make use of it. You must allow the Holy Spirit to lead your days, study God's word, declare that Christ is your savior, and have faith in God. If you don't use the armor provided, Satan will be smiling just as a car thief would react to the keys being left in the ignition and the doors unlocked!


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Ephesians 6:10-20
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.



For access to all chapters of the King James Version Bible in audio and visual formats, visit
the Audio-Bible.com web site.

For other versions (NIV, New Living Translation, etc.) of the Bible in audio and visual formats, visit the
World Wide Study Bible page of Christian Classics Eternal Library site. Also visit the New Living Translation web site.

Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Wryer Study Bible (NIV), and the Standard Lesson Commentary. Frederick L. Marsh is the commentary author of the information contained in this page. The opinions expressed are his alone.



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