Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated December 15, 2014)

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

The lesson segments include a synopsis of the lesson and a link to 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 site. Also in each lesson segment will be a link to the site where the Scripture will be displayed in the plain English of the NLT Bible.

December 7 – Worship Christ's Majesty
Alternate Title – Better Than Angels

Bible Lesson: Hebrews 1:1-9 

What we shall learn from the reference Scripture:

Theologians are not sure who wrote the book of Hebrews, but a common belief is it was written as a sermon close to 67 AD. During that time, the Christians were persecuted by the Roman government and rejected by the traditional Jewish community. There was often a high price to pay for accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. The book of Hebrews identifies and reaffirms the majesty and worthiness of the Son of God. It seeks to anchor the commitment of those who were believers and thereby subject to persecution, prejudice, and discrimination.

Imagine living as a Christian, under Roman authority, during a period of time when the laws and the government were against you and those like you. Under those conditions, it would be easy to lose focus and forget just how worthy Christ is for such a commitment. You might be tempted to give up on being a Christian. At such a time, an inspirational and foundational message (such as that of Hebrews) could help sustain your resolve.

The writer of Hebrews reminded the people of the superiority, importance, and deity of Jesus.

The writer expressed to the people why Christ is worthy of their worship. He is worthy to be worshipped, not only on earth, but in heaven. The Apostle John's visions, as recorded in the book of Revelation, states that millions of angels will declare Christ (the Lamb) is worthy (Rev 5:11-12).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Hebrews 1:1-9
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

December 14 – Make a Joyful Noise
Alternate Title – Sing A Song Of Praise

Bible Lesson: Psalm 95:1-7a 

What we shall learn from the reference Scripture:

Think how loving a child might be if he (or she) could truly understand the sacrifices and effort their parents had to expend to care for them until they could care for themselves. The mother and father are responsible for raising a child; providing for food, clothing, education, guidance, medicine, safety, and general comfort. But children are often too young and immature to truly appreciate the time and effort needed to be a parent. If they could realize the commitment of the parents to their wellbeing, every day the child would wake up with thankfulness and gratitude to the parents for what they have done (and are doing) to ensure their survival. Think how good a parent would feel if their children would just thank them for what they do every day.

In a perfect world, we would all (including children) be grateful for our blessings every day, and not take life and living for granted. We would understand the love our heavenly Father has for us and the sacrifice He made for us by sending His son to die on the cross for our sins. We would understand that all things in our existence, and our existence itself would not have occurred without the Lord willing it to happen. In a perfect world, everyone would wake up to a feeling of gratitude to the Lord for all He has provided for us. We would not focus on what we have lost but what the Lord has graciously given to us.

Oftentimes, my brother used to greet me by saying, "It's your world - I'm just living in it!" While I am sure he was using that statement as only a witty greeting, when it comes to the world we are living in, it is actually true in reference to the Lord. We don't own anything. All that we know of, and even ourselves, belong to the Lord. It's His world and we are just living in it ... by His grace. Shouldn't we show thankfulness for Him providing for our food, clothing, education, guidance, medicine, safety, and general comfort? Without Him, there would be nothing in our world; no air to breath, no water to drink, no land to stand on, no I-phone, no computer, no people ... nothing. Isn't He worthy of us praising Him through song and speech each and every day? Shouldn't we start each day by thanking the Lord for what He has done for us and for us being alive to see the new day?

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Psalm 95:1-7a
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

December 21 – Give Glory to God
Alternate Title – Sing Spontaneous Joy

Bible Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 

Background: The Gospel of Luke was written by Luke, a Gentile, physician, and at times, a companion to the apostle Paul. His accounting was addressed to Theophilus, and he assures the reader his message was a result of careful investigation (Luke 1:1-4). Theologians are not exactly sure who Theophilus was, but believe he either requested or sponsored the research by Luke. The exact time of the the writing of this book is not known either, but is believed to have occurred decades after Jesus' crucifixion and during the period of Paul's ministry. However, taking into account various theories, the book of Luke could have been written anytime within AD 59-90.

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: The announcement of the arrival of the Messiah (the birth of Jesus) was good news to the whole world, from the poor and oppressed, to those of a higher social and economic status. It's no wonder the arrival was announced not only to those of status; the wise men (Matt 2:1-2), but also to those of very little status; the shepherds (Luke 2:8). The realization of this birth was joyous news to both the wise men (Matt 2:10) and the shepherds (Luke 2:20).

Even though the birth of Jesus was, in fact, good news for the world, some did not see it that way. King Herod viewed this birth as a threat to his power and he sought to kill the child (Matt 2:16). Later, during the earthly ministry of Jesus, many Jewish leaders viewed Him as a threat to their power and prestige, and sought to kill Him, as well (John 5:18). Nothing can inhibit the will of God from being realized ... therefore, the good news of Jesus' birth and the salvation He brought to the world is still being celebrated at Christmas over 2000 years after His arrival on earth.

All of us probably have heard a song we really like and have spontaneously found ourselves singing along with it as it played on the radio or some other medium. It's no wonder that the armies of heaven suddenly joined the angels (who were announcing the birth of Jesus) in praising God in joyous celebration of this glorious event. (Luke 2:13-14).

In contrasting the Magi (the wise men) and the shepherds, the Magi were well-off enough to bring gifts to the baby Jesus, whereas the shepherds were most likely very poor, and offered nothing but praise. Some people might say the shepherds were a "you too" group meaning the salvation Jesus brought was for everyone, including them. But, we can also say the shepherds were a "you especially" group in that they represented "the least, the less, and the lost" that were especially important to Jesus' ministry.

Those who have nothing to offer but praise and love for God will be as important in heaven as anyone. Those who acknowledge their inadequacy and seek strength through God (regardless of their financial status) are "the poor" referred to in Jesus' words, "God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours" (Luke 6:20). All through His earthly ministry, Jesus helped those who were in great need of Him. It didn't matter if they were tax collectors (such as Matthew), or the outcast (such as those with leprosy). He came to earth for everyone (John 6:40, KJV). Announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds in such a glorious fashion, signified He indeed came to earth for everyone. Not only that, but it also signified He was to be a shepherd to the people. When one thinks of the Lord being a shepherd, the popular Scripture Psalm 23, KJV comes to mind.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Luke 2:8-20
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

December 28 – Worship God's Son
Alternate Title – Believing In Miracles

Bible Lesson: Matthew 14:22-36 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: In the reference Scripture, not only was Jesus walking on water (Matt 14:25), but it was at night and during a time of heavy waves and strong winds (Matt 14:24). Under these conditions, it would be impossible to fake walking on water by standing on some type of floatation device. Even inside the relative safety of the boat, the disciples were in trouble because of the strong waves. Was the water shallow enough for someone to walk out to the boat? The answer is, No. We know this was not the case because Peter tried to walk on the water (after Jesus directed him to) but he began to be sink (because doubt rose in his mind) and had to be saved by Jesus (Matt 14:30). As soon as Jesus climbed into the boat, the wind stopped (Matt 14:32).

The disciples were in awe that nature was also under His control. These events came only hours after the disciples had seen Him feed 5000 men (in addition to women and children) with two fish and five loaves of bread (Matt 14:17, 21). They were eye witnesses to these and many other miracles performed by Jesus, indicating He was truly the Son of God. As a result, they were led to worship Him (Matt 13:33).

Years ago, I was a mystery shopper for a major restaurant chain. I was given a particular restaurant to dine in and then send reports to the central office. The results of these reports were then shared with the restaurant management. Even though my identity was never directly revealed to that restaurant management, usually, it took the employees only about two of my visits to determine that I was the mystery shopper. After that realization, I was treated like royalty. My food was ready in record time and was always prepared to perfection. The point is, they knew who I was and their actions toward me changed as a result. The disciples came to the realization Jesus was not an ordinary man, but was of a divine nature and worthy of being worshipped.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Matthew 14:22-36
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

January 4 – Jesus' Model for Prayer

Bible Lesson: Luke 11:1-13 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Someone asked why we should pray at all, since God already knows our needs, wants and desires, and that we are sorry for sinning. First, Jesus taught us that we should pray to God. Even He prayed to the Father. We are not equal to God ... we are His creation and subject to His will. We pray to acknowledge His power over us and all that is in existence. We glorify His name, ask for our needs, ask for His protection, and forgiveness of our sins. Only He can grant these things, and by praying to Him we confirm this fact, and praise and honor His name. By praying to him, we can "give it to God" and faithfully wait for His response, knowing He knows what is best for us.

God has given all believers one of the most valuable gifts ever given to humankind (Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is this gift and He indwells all believers. Yielding to His influence will help us live a more joyful life; with less depression, and more gratitude for God's love toward us. When it comes to prayer, He helps us pray for the right things, even if we can't express our needs in words. "...We don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will." (Romans 8:26-27)

One of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus' response is what we call the Lord's Prayer. The parts of the prayer are discussed below:

Verses 5-10 contains a parable which illustrates we should be persistent in prayer. This was also the case with a different parable which starts with Luke 18:1 in which Jesus told His disciples they should pray and never give up (be persistent).

When I was a teenager, my father and I were watching a professional football game between the Baltimore Colts and some other team (believe it was the Chicago Bears). With less than a minute left in the game and the Colts 9 points behind, it appeared the outcome of the game was assured; the Colts would lose. My father left the room. But, miraculously, the Colts got within field goal range and kicked a field goal. The onside kick gave them the ball again. With one second left in the game, on their first play, Johnny Unitas threw a pass that was perfection, as the clock clicked to zero. The ball drifted over the fullback Lenny Moore's right shoulder as he streaked down the left flank, and he caught the ball in dead stride. My father returned a few minutes later and just couldn't believe me when I said the Colts won.

What does that story have to do with prayer? Don't ever give up on God. Continue to pray; be persistent. Just because things don't look favorable and your prayers don't seem to be working, the game's not over until the Lord says it is.

Background: Biblical Manuscripts
The Bible text was originally written by hand and reproduced by hand-copying the words. There were no printing presses of any type until the 15th century AD, and the typewriter was not invented until 1868 AD. The originals and the copies are called manuscripts. To my knowledge, none of the original writings (like from Moses, Isaiah, Luke or Matthew) exist today. Instead, the handwritten manuscript copies were used by the Bible translators. To faithfully maintain accuracy of text for thousands of years is a great undertaking. However, the Bible represents God's word and the contention could be made that our sovereign God, who has power and control over all in existence, surly has the power to cause His word to be correct. If you are interested in knowing more about Bible manuscripts, go to this site: This will help with understanding the footnote in some Bibles, "Not in all manuscripts" or a some similar statement.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
Luke 11:1-13
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

January 11 – Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

Bible Lesson: John 17:6-26 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture: This was Jesus' final prayer before He was betrayed by Judas and taken into custody to begin His suffering, and death on the cross. Jesus knew His time on earth was drawing to a close, and He told the disciples this (John 16:28). He then prayed to the Father on their behalf (John 17:9).

He petitioned the Father to protect the disciples from the control of Satan (John 17:15) as they went into the hostile world (John 17:18) to spread the good news about Him. Not only was this petition for the disciples, it was for all present and future believers (John 17:20).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
John 17:6-26
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

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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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