Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated February 23, 2017)

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


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February 5 – Re-Created to Live in Harmony
Alternate Title – Heirs of the Promise

Bible Lesson: Galatians 3:26-29; Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)
For Alternate Title, read all of Galatians 3:26-4:7

Key verse: Galatians 3:28 (KJV) - "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

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

Paul's ministry to the Gentiles in Galatia was complicated by some of them believing it was required to still abide by all of the the law of Moses in order to be made right with God. Some teachers had told them they needed to observe the Jewish practices of circumcision and ceremonial laws; with all its feast days and other observances. His letter to the Christians in Galatia was meant to clearly explain how the law related to them.

He did this through a logical approach. Paul explained that the Jewish nation had its roots in the covenant promise God made to Abraham. The promise was that he would be the father of a great nation of countless descendants which would be blessed by God (Genesis 12:2, 17:2, 17:6). Through them, all families on earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3).

Paul continued with his explanation by reminding them this promise was made with no stipulation of them obeying the Mosaic law. In fact, the law was not given to Moses until 430 years later (Galatians 3:17). Therefore, the law would not cancel the promise God made to Abraham.

Abraham believed and accepted God's promise, on faith (Gal 3:6). Christians are meant to accept, also on faith, the salvation God sent to earth through His son. The Law was given to show people their sins and was only intended to last until the coming of Jesus (Gal 3:19). The Law is similar to a guardian that the people should live under until they come of age (Gal 3:24, 4:3). Paul did not want the Galatians to turn away from God's grace through Christ, in favor of the old Jewish way.

Christ was born of a Jewish woman subject to the Law (Gal 4:4). This means, among other things, that she was included in the descendants of Abraham—making Christ also in the lineage of Abraham.

This fulfilled the promise God made to Abraham because, through his descendant Jesus, all families on earth are blessed (Gal 3:8). This promised blessing came in the form of a new covenant and means of salvation given by God.

We are united with Christ through baptism (Gal 3:27) and adopted as His children (Gal 4:5). Because we are His children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts (Gal 4:6). Through Christ, we all inherit the promised blessing; whether Jew of Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For those who put their faith in Christ, we are all one in Him (Gal 3:28).
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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 Galatians 3:26-4:7. The key verse: Galatians 3:28 (NLT) - "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." Supplemental to the key verse is 3:26 (For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.)






February 12 – New Birth Brings Freedom
Alternate Title – Delivered From Bondage

Bible Lesson: Galatians 4:8-20 (KJV)

Key verse: Galatians 4:9 (KJV) - "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? "

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

Introduction: Those who lived in Galatia had worshipped idol gods in their history (Galatians 4:8). Paul describes this type of pagan worship in Romans 1:24-25. Even the Jewish patriarch Abraham was originally part of a family who worshipped idol gods (Joshua 24:2) until God called him. Afterwards, he worshipped only the true and living God (Gen 14:22). Abraham believed God through faith (Gal 3:6).

Lesson: Paul expressed to the Galatians that they had made a positive step by rejecting pagan gods and putting their faith only in the true God, but there needs to be another positive step: to believe that salvation is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Gal 3:9) and not through the Law (Gal 3:11).

Since all of humankind are sinners, it is impossible for us to live a sin-free life. The only one who had lived such a life on earth was the Son of God—Jesus. God made our path to salvation simpler and less rigid than it was before Jesus' sacrifice. In this way, we are saved by His grace.

Before the universal sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, the Jews had to abide by the need for circumcision, and a system of sacrifices and special-day observances, with little or no room for deviation. Paul wanted the Gentiles to understand the Good News of a new path to salvation was now available through God's grace and many of the rigid practices of the pass, followed by the Jews, were not required anymore (Gal 4:12) when they put their faith in Jesus Christ (Gal 3:24-25).

Paul's main appeal was that the new salvation and covenant came from God (Galatians 4:5)—the One we are trying to please. Why then, go back to the old way of the rigid laws and practises when God Himself has superseded the old way based on the Law (Gal 4:9-10)?
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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 Galatians 4:8-20. The key verse: Galatians 4:9 (NLT) - "So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?"





February 19 – Freedom in Christ

Bible Lesson: Galatians 5:1-17 (KJV)

Key verse: Galatians 5:13 (KJV) - "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. "

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

A person living by the Mosaic Law of Judaism had a clear definition of how to act. There was a rule of behavior to suit almost any circumstance. Circumcision was required. Covered in the Law was what not to eat, touch, say, and do. How to atone for the sin of deviating from the Law was also covered including what sacrifices that were needed and how they had to be made.

Since we cannot live sinless, they had to make various type sacrifices (animal, grain, etc.) and observe special days and specific procedures, in an attempt to atone for sins to be made right with God. Living this way is, in effect, a rejection of the new path to salvation by God's grace through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Galatians 5:4)

When Christ became the sacrificial lamb on the cross, His sacrifice covered all our sins and we could be made right with God through His grace. This is a type of freedom from the Law and its many procedures. The Holy Spirit was sent to reside (indwell) in each Christian. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us and not the Law. The Spirit is not forced on us just as our behavior is not forced on us. We must allow the Holy Spirit to guide our behavior.

Through the Holy Spirit, we will know how to behave and He will help us in the battle between sin and righteousness (Gal 5:16-17). We will know that we should love God and our neighbor. In order to gain access to the indwelling nature of the Holy Spirit, we must go through Christ. We must accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and believe God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). By truly believing this way, our life will go through a change. We will be reborn into a new life with Christ, and will spend eternity with Him.

In my lifetime, there have been two people who came to me with a question about salvation. It was the same question, but asked in two entirely different ways. The first person asked honestly if someone could be saved even though they had done so many things in their life contrary to God's desires. My answer was that it was never too late as long as they are alive—never too late to sincerely ask God for forgiveness and to change their life. The second person asked me in a sarcastic manner, "So I can commit any sin I want for all of my life with the express intent of simply asking for forgiveness at the end? Then I will be saved and go to heaven?"

Salvation is not accomplished like a magician saying magic words and pulling a rabbit out of the hat. The magician's words are designed to aid in tricking the onlooker into believing what he is doing is real. The problem with being saved is your audience is God, who knows your true intentions. If your intent is to fool God into believing you now trust in Christ and now your life has changed, you are wrong. It is true, we are saved by faith alone (John 3:16), but that faith has to be genuine and should result in a lifestyle commitment (1 John 3:6).

Christianity is not a license to sin. Your words must be more than mere lip service. Words only do not represent a password to get into heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." Our mouth may say one thing but our heart may say a different thing. But Jesus knows our heart. The one thing we don't want to hear on Judgment Day from Him is, "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:22-23).
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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 Galatians 5:1-17. The key verse: Galatians 5:13 (NLT) - "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love."





February 26 – Christ Creates Holy Living
Alternate Title – Holy Living In The Spirit

Bible Lesson: Galatians 5:18-26; Galatians 6:1-10 (KJV)
This is the same as verses 5:18 - 6:10

Key verse: Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

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

Introduction (This introduction is based: The Book of the Holy Spirit-Joyful Living)
The Holy Spirit is one of the most misunderstood but valuable gifts ever given to humankind. All of us who have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior have inside us the existence of God Himself, in the presence of the Holy Spirit. This lesson is primarily about how the Holy Spirit can help us live a more godly life.

As Christians, one of our primary beliefs is God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not an "it," but is a "He." Jesus used the word "He" when he said, "He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth ..." John 14:17. When we sing the great church hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy," we sing about "God in Three Persons...", of which One is the Holy Spirit.

It is through Christ—because of His sacrifice—that we have the Holy Spirit, who functions, among other things, as His representative (John 14:25-26; Acts 2:38-39).

Under the indwelling guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit, how we face sin and the other problems of life is one of confidence, because we know God Himself is guiding us on a real-time basis. But this guidance is not forced upon us; it is one we must invite and yield to. Therefore, we should pray for His guidance and protection consistently. Then we must listen to His voice as we are about to say or do something we naturally desire but which may not be in God's will.

Lesson
Our natural state is to do things which feel good. Quite often these things require no discipline or restraint. We tell lies to get out of difficult situations, or for other reasons, such as positive self-promotion, or to negatively denigrate someone else. We crave the intimate touch of someone even when we know that touch goes against God's will. Jealousy, envy, and anger are all conditions which plague us in our natural state.

Living a life where we constantly give in to these and other such conditions is not living by the Spirit. Paul said those who do such will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:21).

Living apart from the influence of the Holy Spirit is not how God intended. The attraction of worldly desires is so strong, we need help to resist. There is a battle which goes on inside us between good and evil desires (Gal 5:17) and we need the Holy Spirit in order to prevail. To fail to use such a valuable gift and try to live a Christian life, on our own, is not as God intended.

When we choose to let the Holy Spirit guide our lives, we have His help in resisting what our sinful nature craves (Gal 5:16). We can then live a more godly life; a life which exhibits the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22).
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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 Galatians 5:18-6:10. The key verse: Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) - " But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"








March 5 – Perfect Love

Bible Lesson: 1 John 4:7-19 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 John 4:11 (KJV) - "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. "

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

We use the word "love" to describe a variety of emotions and conditions. The love between a man and a woman, between parents and their children, and that which comes from friendship all differ in one way or another. However, there is a common thread which is expressed in Merriam-Webster's definition of love: "unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another." When we love someone, we wish for their wellbeing, and as a Christian, we also wish for their successful relationship with God.

The definition quoted above from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, in many respects, applies to the love God has for us, and how our love should be for others. God's love is the example of perfection. He expressed an overwhelming unselfish loyalty and benevolent concern for us when He came to earth in the form of God the Son, and died for us while we still sinned against Him (Romans 5:8). In other words, He did this for us, not because we had earned it, or were entitled to it, but because He loved us (1 John 4:9-10).

He loves us so much, that He gave us each part of Himself—His Spirit—to indwell all believers (1 John 4:15) so we will be able to face the lure of sinful temptation, with His help. Depending on the Holy Spirit to guide our lives will not make us perfect, but will help us be less sinful and closer to being acceptable to Him on the day of judgment (1 John 4:17).

Love doesn't mean we will accept everything that everyone does or says. But, for a Christian, it means we will wish for their wellbeing and wish for their successful relationship with God. Our example of a perfect love is that which God has shown to us. We have that example, and His presence inside us to guide our lives.


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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 1 John 4:7-19. The key verse: 1 John 4:11 (NLT) - "Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other."








March 12 – Great Love

Bible Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Ephesians 2:5 (KJV) - "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;). "

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

Paul's letter to the Gentile Christians in Ephesus explained what a gift God's saving grace was to them. It teaches us why we should praise and show gratitude to God for the salvation He gave to all of us who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

When we understand it is the Lord who controls our destiny, and it is form Him we are given salvation and eternal life, we are closer to understanding how great of a gift His grace is. When we think of grace, we think of something good which is given to us which we don't deserve and did not earn. We cannot earn salvation because of our accomplishments, righteousness or obedience; it is a gift through God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

When we pray to God, we are acknowledging He is the only one who has the sovereign power to change things and the only one who can give us the eternal life with Him which we cannot earn on our own. When we understand His love for us is why He sent His Son to be sacrificed for our sins, we are closer to understanding how great His love is for us and why we should love Him.

In Ephesians 2:1 and 2:5, Paul told the Christians that at one time they were, in effect, dead to God because of their disobedience and many sins. But He gave them new life through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ, for through Him their sins could all be forgiven. They were lost no more, but could now hold on to the reality of Christ and all He stood for.

Two thousand years later, we are benefiting from the same love and grace (from God) which Paul taught about to the Ephesians. An expression of this is in the words of the great Christian hymn called Amazing Grace (by John Newton):

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found.
Was blind but now I see.


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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 2:1-10. The key verse: Ephesians 2:5 (NLT) - "That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)."









March 19 – Matchless Love

Bible Lesson: John 15:1-17 (KJV)

Key verse: John 15:12 (KJV) - "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."

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, March 2, 2017.

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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 John 15:1-17. The key verse: John 15:12 (NLT) - "This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."




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