Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated July 19, 2018)

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 New Living Translation version of the reference Scripture. This version is easier to understand than some of the other translations.


July 1 – Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Alternate Title – Forgiving as God Forgives

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 18:21-35 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 18:33 (KJV) - "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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This lesson is about the Christian principle of forgiveness. Jesus taught we should forgive others who have transgressed against us. Peter asked if we should forgive them seven times, but Jesus said not seven times, but seventy times seven times (Matt 18:22); meaning an unlimited number of times.

In the parable of the lesson text, the servant was treated by the master in a forgiving and merciful manner. No doubt, this person should have been inspired to treat others in the same fashion—mercifully and with compassion. But the servant didn't do that; having someone else thrown into jail who couldn't pay back the money owed him. When the master discovered how the servant had treated someone else in an unforgiving manner, he decided after all to not forgive the servant of his debt and had him thrown into jail until the debt could be repaid.

Jesus taught we should treat others as we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31 & Matt 7:12). This is commonly called "The Golden Rule." He taught us, in the Lord's prayer, that we should forgive others if we expect His forgiveness (Matt 6:12).

The conclusion is, that we should always be ready to treat others with compassion, forgiveness, and mercy. If we don't, then we should not expect the Lord to treat us in like fashion. We can see this parable falls under the meaning and context of the second most important commandment which is "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 22:39).

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 Matthew 18:21-35

The key verse: Matthew 18:33 (NLT)- "Shouldn't you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?"

July 8 – Jesus Criticizes Unjust Leaders
Alternate Title – Unjust Leaders

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 23:1-4, 23-26 (KJV)

Key verses:
Matthew 23:2-3 (KJV) - "Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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Over a period of many years, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees had added to God's law. They did not specifically go into the law and physically rewrite it. Instead, they added to it what is called traditional law (or oral law). These were practices they demanded of the Jews and were passed down from generation to generation of Pharisees. Sometimes, their intent was good: to help the people understand the law better and make it less likely they would break the law. However, it didn't always work out that way.

Jesus said the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees were the official interpreters of the law of Moses (Matt 23:2). To "sit in Moses' seat" (Matt 23:2 NIV) meant the people accepted them as the authority of the Mosaic law. Likewise, we accept the police and courts as our authorities of the worldly law, but that does not mean they will be right in every action they take. They have the authority, yes, but that authority can be misapplied in an unjust or improper manner. All we have to do is to watch the national news to see examples of police brutality and miscarriage of justice in the court system.

The Pharisees' interpretation of the written law or application of their man-made oral law (traditional law), at times, had a detrimental effect in reference to God's direct commands (Matt 15:3). One example Jesus gave was how the traditional law made it possible for someone to violate and circumvent the fifth commandment: to honor thy father and mother. For more details, click here to review this topic in the June 17th Sunday school lesson.

Jesus did not like their (Pharisees) harsh application of the law, with a lack of mercy (Matt 23:4), or the blind application of the law without respect for what should be their core values. This is exactly what He said about them in Matt 23:23 when Jesus condemned them for neglecting "the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness."

It's similar to a soldier spending all emphasis on having a neat uniform and bunk area, and keeping his gun clean, while not spending enough time on his main purpose of being ready to fight to defend this country. He (or she) should do all of the former, but the main umbrella purpose is the latter.

Compared to the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, Jesus did not have to guess at the intent of the law because He was the creator and owner of the law and therefore knew its meaning and intent firsthand. He is God the Son.

The Pharisees were like many of us are today. We want people to think highly of us. Some of us seniors desire compliments on how young we look for our age, or how nicely dressed we are. We want people to value our word and to respect us for what they see us do or what they hear us say. However, only God and we know what really is on our inside and what things we do in private and in secret. The judgment by God is the only truly important one and it will be based on our secret and private thoughts and actions.

There is nothing wrong with having a respectful public life. By doing what we can to help our church and community, we are setting a good example of doing what will benefit our neighbors and will help us personally stay focused on godly work. But, if we don't want to be considered hypocrites, as Jesus accused the Pharisees of (Matt 23:23), we should not delay on cleaning up what lies on our inside—our private and secret life. If we do that, then the appearance of our outward self will also benefit.

This lesson brings to mind an analogy of an apple. There are two types of apples we don't want to eat: an apple which is rotten on the outside and inside, and an apple which looks good on the outside but is rotten on the inside. We will throw away both of these type apples. We want God to think of us as good apples; good on the outside and inside. We don't want Him to throw us away on Judgment Day.

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 Matthew 23:1-4, 23-26

The key verses: Matthew 23:2-3 (NLT)- "The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don't follow their example. For they don't practice what they teach."

July 15 – The Widow and the Unjust Judge
Alternate Title – Keep Praying to God

Bible Lesson:
Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)

Key verses:
Luke 18:7 (KJV) - "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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This lesson is about the importance of persistent prayer. Some of us have a particular concern which causes us to pray about it almost every time we pray. Perhaps it is a wayward child, a financial problem, or a personal weakness or need. To pray about something numerous times emphasizes to us personally, as well as to God, that we need Him and we acknowledge He is the One who we need help from. We can't handle the problem we are facing alone.

The parable of the widow and the judge teaches us to continue to pray and not lose hope just because we don't get what we want instantly. By being persistent, we are letting God know we are sincere in our needs and wants. Prayer itself is a part of worship because we are acknowledging it is God who has ultimate control of the events in our life and in the world.

The widow in the lesson needed help from a particular judge in order to obtain justice and resolution of her problem with an enemy (Luke 18:3). At first, the judge rejected her request, for he was not a compassionate or God-fearing person (Luke 18:2) and didn't care what people thought.

She probably knew of the judge's reputation in that town, and even if she didn't, would soon discover he had little compassion. But, her problem was important enough to her that she was determined to convince the judge to help her.

After a while, it was obvious she was not going to simply go away and be quiet. Being a widow meant she was probably in a very vulnerable position in life because during that time in Jewish history a woman depended on her husband to take care of her needs. Without a husband, she had very little clout. But the judge was not sympathetic to her plight. He did not have compassion for her as a widow and didn't care what people thought.

What made the judge eventually resolve her concern was her persistence. She kept coming back with the same problem (Luke 18:3). She had become an irritant to him — "an itch that needed to be scratched." No doubt, he would say to himself when she came before him, "Oh no, not her again!"

The old American expression, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" is appropriate here. That is why the right to protest is so important in our country. If people don't stand up for their concerns, their concerns may just get disregarded by those who could help.

We know the Lord will never say, "Oh no, not him/her again!" for He is a compassionate and caring God. When the Lord answers our prayers with compassion, that help may come through someone as unlikely as the judge in our lesson, but we know where our help really came from; it came from the Lord (Psalm 121:2), because all good things come from God (James 1:17 NASB).

When we get to the end of our rope and the only one who can resolve our problem is the Lord, we are going to keep going back to Him just like the widow kept going back to the judge. Many of us have prayed over and over for things we never got, but as Christians, we realize that the Lord knows what is best for us. His answers to our prayers are always right (Romans 8:28).

We may not get the answer we want and it may not come in our own time schedule, but we know He hears our prayers and is considering our requests. Only He knows when His answer should be given and what it will be. Prayer changes us by teaching us to be patient and discipline; to never give up on the Lord because He is in control of everything.

It took 400 years for God to come to the aid of the Israelites in Egypt, but it took only a few moments for him to answer King Hezekiah's prayer. When Hezekiah was told he would die from the illness from which he was suffering, he cried and prayed with great feeling and sincerity for the Lord's help. The Lord's response to his prayer was almost immediate, and he was given additional years in which to live (2 Kings 20:5).

If the woman in this parable, who represented the lowest of the low in importance, can get justice from an uncompassionate judge, just think what a compassionate God could do for us. This is reason enough to keep on praying to God and not lose hope. Not losing hope means we will not give up until we get an answer from Him... not because he is reluctant to answer our prayers, but because we are encouraged by our knowledge of His compassion, mercy, and grace.

The Lord is the opposite of the judge. He wants to hear from us and he wants to help. He even gave us part of Himself—the Holy Spirit—to guide us individually, and to help us pray (Romans 8:26).

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 18:1-8

The key verses: Luke 18:7a (NLT)- "Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night?"

July 22 – Entering God's Kingdom

Bible Lesson:
Luke 13:22-30 (KJV)

Key verses:
Luke 13:24 (KJV) - "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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Some say we become "Saved" by believing Christ, the Son of God, was crucified, buried, and then resurrected by God on the third day; thus enabling His plan of salvation. This plan forgives all our sins by the grace of God through the perfect sacrifice of His Son on the cross.

Most likely, even Satan also knows and believes all of this. So what makes us different from him, that allows us to enter the kingdom of God? Aside from the fact, Satan has pure evil intent, the difference is we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, with a repentant heart. That means we submit to His authority, principles, and practices. Even if the salvation plan also applied to a fallen angel such as Satan, he is not about to accept Jesus as His Lord. Additionally, the book of Revelation describes Satan's fate, and it doesn't involve salvation of his soul (Revelation 20:10).

The lesson text challenges us to be persistent in doing what is needed to enter through the narrow door of the Kingdom. In Luke 13:24 NIV, Jesus tells us to "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door." We should not delay on doing what is necessary to enter into the Kingdom, because the door will not be open forever, and after it is closed all manner of knocking on the door or pleading will not help (Luke 13:25).

The last thing we want to hear is Jesus saying, "I don't know you or where you came from" (Luke 13:27 NIV). As we learned from the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, a person's worldly social and financial status will not help that person enter into the kingdom. Some who are socially and financially the lowest of the low on earth can be of the first in the kingdom (Luke 13:30 NIV).

This lesson teaches us to change our sinful practices before the door is closed and we are forever locked out of God's kingdom. We are all going to spend eternity somewhere ... either in Heaven or in Hell. We have all been placed on the "highway to heaven," but some of us are going the wrong 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 Luke 13:22-30

The key verses: Luke 13:24 (NLT)- "Work hard to enter the narrow door to God's Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail."

July 29 – Parable of the Great Dinner
Alternate Title – Invited to God's Kingdom

Bible Lesson:
Luke 14:15-24 (KJV)

Key verses:
Luke 14:21 (KJV) - "So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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On the surface, the descriptions in the reference text (Luke 14:16-18) might be seen as referring to a real dinner or banquet, in the terms we ordinarily think of. However, for the intended interpretation, this parable is referring to a special banquet ... one of salvation. This "banquet of salvation" takes the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins and turns it into a celebration.

The invitations to the banquet of salvation were sent to the Israelites, but the important and influential Jewish population (in general), rejected Jesus and His mission and ministry. This included the Pharisees and teachers of religious law.

By rejecting Jesus' ministry, they were shut out while the invitation was sent out to those who might be considered outcasts, including the Gentiles, and all others. The parable says to get enough people so that the house would be full and the ones who rejected the invitation would not be able to even get a taste of the banquet (Luke 14:23-24 NIV). In the end, everyone would have received the invitation to have their sins forgiven and enter into the kingdom of God.

Just like the influential and wealthy people in the parable, who had excuses for not accepting the invitation, so do many of us have excuses for not living as Jesus wants. We all have our excuses. We lie, but always have a reason which makes sense to us. We don't go to church as often as we should, but we always have an excuse. We don't love our neighbors, but there is always a reason. We could go on and on, but there is one point of this lesson which is evident: we were not put on this earth by God as a vacation. We were put here to glorify and worship Him.

We should not put our own selfish and worldly desires above Him. God sent His Son to die for our sins, and that death and resurrection is an invitation for all of us to enjoy the banquet of salvation and spend eternity with Him in His kingdom. The alternative is to be shut out and spend eternity in Hell.

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 13:22-30

The key verses: Luke 13:24 (NLT)- "The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame."

August 5 – God's Justice

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

Key verses:
Romans 2:10-11 (KJV) - "But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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The first verse of our text admonishes us to not judge others for sins which we ourselves also commit (Romans 2:1). To do so will make us subject to God's judgment (Romans 2:3). To accuse others of a particular sin means we know it is wrong and we have no excuse for committing the same sin. We would be hypocrites if we did so. We should work on our own sinful nature before criticizing others for their sins (Matthew 7:5); especially the same sins we ourselves commit.

From the Berean Study Bible, we find these words from Matthew 7:1-2: "Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Here, Jesus is speaking to the hypocrites (Matt 7:5) who are also guilty of sin but have put themselves on a righteous pedestal above others.

But that does not mean we are not able to point out right from wrong or determine false teaching. Not being judgmental doesn't mean we should accept all standards of morality, regardless of how low and sinful they are. But, our discernment should not be based on our subjective opinion but based on the truth - the Word of God.

Physically, it is easier to point the finger at someone in front of us as opposed to turning the finger to point at ourself. In application of this to life, it is true we sometimes find it easier to condemn someone else's shortcomings (point the finger at them) rather than discussing our own problems (point the finger at ourself). We have a tendency to judge others rather than judge ourselves.

God alone is the Judge of all people (Hebrews 12:23) and does not show favoritism (Romans 2:12). His justice is pure and correct because He knows our heart and all about us (1 John 3:19-20). On the other hand, when we judge, our judgment is often based on our subjective opinion, likes, or dislikes. We don't know the person's inner thoughts or intentions, so justice by our standards is woefully lacking when compared to God's judgment or justice.

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 Romans 2:1-12

The key verses: Romans 2:10-11 (NLT)- "But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good--for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism."

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