Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated April 21, 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.





April 5 – Believe in the Resurrection
Alternate Title – Fully Alive

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Preface: Some people say the Bible is only a history book, but that is only a part of its function. Through His prophets, it contains instructions and commands from God. Though the Bible, we can learn about God's character, and how and why we should worship Him. Not only that, but quite often we can learn about the character of those who wrote the words. Paul's letters to the church in Corinth not only gave instructions and encouragement to the believers, it revealed his personal feelings and character. Quite often, he wrote from a first person perspective; revealing his struggles, motivation, and sacrifice. Our reference scripture contains the word "I" 12 times. That's a lot for only 14 verses and indicates his personal dedication to advancing the kingdom of God on earth.

The lesson: Jesus said He would rise from the dead on the 3rd day (Luke 24:46 NIV). Likewise, He explained that all dead people would be resurrected; either to eternal life with Him or to eternal punishment (John 5:29). The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Christ. Without it, our faith would not have the same meaning as it does today (1Cor 15:13-15). Therefore, it was extremely important to convince the early believers of Christ's resurrection. In the reference scripture, Paul did this by citing eye witnesses of the existence of Jesus in His resurrected body, after the crucifixion (1Cor 15:5-8).

Christ's resurrection was proof He was who He said He was; the Messiah. He died for our sins and was raised to make us right with God (Romans 4:25). Therefore, His resurrection was key to the new salvation for the believers. All of us were born with human bodies like Adam; which will die and return to the dust. But, those who are believers will have an eternal spiritual body - through Christ (1Cor 15:22).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




April 12 – Love One Another
Alternate Title – All We Need Is Love

Bible Lesson: 1 John 3:11-24 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

The commandment to love one another, in its simplest form, is not a new one, as can be seen in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18). But, the commandment Jesus gave His disciples (John 13:34) was new because He said for them to love each other as
He had loved them. John extended this commandment to all believers (1 John 3:23-24). To model our love after the love exhibited by Jesus is setting the bar very high, because He loved us so, He died on the cross for us (1 John 3:16).

The reference scripture emphasizes that all Christians should love each other. That doesn't mean we should love everything said or done, but we should be willing to sacrifice for the person and their well-being. The early Christian church faced significant and dangerous challenges. It was not uncommon for them to be persecuted or discriminated against by the Jewish establishment. However, the Christian community exhibited remarkable love for one another by voluntarily sharing what they had with other Christians who were in need, including selling their houses or property and giving the proceeds to the apostles to distribute as needed (Acts 4:34-35). The believers were united and did not believe they owned anything they possessed (Acts 4:32).

Showing love for one another through our actions is evidence we have experienced the rebirth of our lives through Christ and will have eternal life (1 John 3:14). Conversely, if we hate a fellow Christian, we will face condemnation (1 John 3:15).

If we love one another, we will not steal from, lie about, envy or covert, murder, or otherwise harm one another. We will help one another in times of need and distress. This is an example of what Peter meant when he said, "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8, ESV)


Today, we would have a difficult time convincing people to sell their houses and property and give the proceeds to the needy in the Christian community. Today, we have a tendency to take care of our own needs and wants first ... everything else is secondary. Many of us give "lip treatment" to the concept that all we have belongs to God, and we own nothing. If we truly believed all we have belongs to God, churches wouldn't have to request more offerings to meet the expenses; the offering plate would be overflowing.


The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of 1 John 3:11-24. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.


April 19 – Trust in God's Love
Alternate Title – Beloved Child

Bible Lesson: 1 John 4:13-21 ; 1 John 5:1-5

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Last month, an annual basketball playoff tournament, loosely referred to as "March Madness," had basketball fans sitting on the edge of their seats because many games were decided in the last few seconds. There were unlikely teams who advanced, beating all odds. You might be wondering what basketball has to do with this lesson. The relationship has to do with the score in the game. The only one which matters is the one at the end of the game. Some people might think the thief on the cross next to Jesus had lost the game, but he believed in Christ, and in the end, received forgiveness (And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." Luke 23:43, ESV)

A young woman once said she had done so many wrong things in her life as to be beyond help by God. That's just not true. Regardless of what sins we have committed, the game's not over, because we have a "get out of jail free" card. Because of God's love, we can be forgiven of our sins by His grace through Jesus Christ. What is grace? The following comes from The Book of the Holy Spirit (see note 1 below): "Mankind is not capable of living sinless, and will fall short of God's perfect desires. We therefore must receive salvation and redemption through the grace of God. This is the salvation which Jesus brought to mankind. Grace can be defined as when a person receives something good from God, which that person did not deserve."

Our salvation through the one-time sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is because of God's grace. In turn, His grace is a result of His love for us - His creation. Therefore, the foundation for our very existence is the love of God.

Christians have been talking about the "Good News" of salvation through Jesus for over 2000 years. But, isn't the foundation for the good news really God's love and grace, from which we were given the salvation? "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV)
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Because of God's Love, we can be "saved;" our sins are washed clean and we will be presented without fault. Many worship services are ended with this declaration. The next time you hear it, rejoice in it: "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy ..." (Jude 1:24-25, KJV).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of 1 John 4:13-21 and 1 John 5:1-5 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 66, copyright 2015, Frederick L. Marsh.
Used by permission.




April 26 – Watch Out for Deceivers
Alternate Title – Fraud Alert

Bible Lesson: 2 John 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Whether 2 John was addressed to an individual woman or to a church (referred to as the chosen lady), we cannot be certain. The importance of this book is not to whom it was addressed, but rather, its meaning and message: We should be careful to not fall victim to false teachers who do not acknowledge the true facts of Christ, but who preach doctrine which is not true, or is misleading; not conforming to what the apostles have taught. For people such as these, we should not encourage them in any way to continue such teaching (2 John 1:10).

The application of this message has meaning today since we should be careful to not blindly accept what any teacher says which is not supported by sound biblical justification. During the time of the apostles, the danger of false teachers was even a greater threat, due to the church being in its infancy stage and more subject to false doctrine. Anyone who preached the false concept of Jesus not being sent to earth in a human body was labeled by John as an antichrist (2 John 1:7); because that person was leading people away from the true Christ.
The people who preached this false concept were called Docetists.

Even today, there are people who use the Bible to justify all sorts of behavior by taking scripture out of context, or applying Old Testament thinking to New Testament conditions, or just simply misinterpreting scripture. I could say to you to give me your Lexus car and cite the scriptures Luke 11:9 NIV and Luke 6:30 NIV: "Ask and it will be given to you . . ." and "Give to everyone who asks you ..." If I decide to steal your car instead, I shouldn't have to worry about you wanting it back by referring to Luke 6:30 again: "...and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back." Under certain conditions, we could use scripture to justify other terrible actions. Refer to Deuteronomy 19:21 and Leviticus 20:10 as just two examples. In order for us to know the true meaning of the Bible, we must study the whole Bible and then depend on the Holy Spirit, who indwells us, to lead us to the truth of the scripture.

Of all places, a Christian church should be the one place we can depend on its members being honest and forthright in their dealings with each other. It should be where we come to learn and live the truth as was taught by Jesus and the apostles. If we truly love one another, deception and manipulation should not exist in the church or its operations.
Fortunately, all believers are indwelled by the Holy Spirit who guides us into the truth (John 16:13) and helps us discern false teachers and deceivers. The Holy Spirit also helps believers from, themselves, falling victim to our worldly side and becoming deceivers or manipulators.


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 2 John . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




May 3 – Work Together for the Truth
Alternate Title – Let's Work Together

Bible Lesson: 3 John 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

The apostles were ordained and sent out by Christ to spread the gospel of the new salvation. They could be thought of as the standard bearers: leaders of the Christian movement. The apostle John, in turn, sent out teachers who traveled from church to church: the traveling teachers. No doubt, this process would help maintain consistency and truthfulness of what was being taught. The apostles and the traveling teachers should have been welcomed by all church leaders, but unfortunately, this was not always the case.

In the lesson for today, we find such a church leader - Diotrephes - who was portrayed as a person who was full of self-importance and one who ignored the authority of the apostles (3John 1:9).
John said, "...Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church" (3John 1:10). In this letter, John cautioned Gaius to not be influenced by the bad example of leadership shown by Diotrephes (3John 1:11). Instead, he should follow the example of Demetrius who John had complete confidence in (3John 1:12).

Not only in the church, but in many other organizations, there is often a dominant person who is a main leader. The reason may be because of his (or her) leadership qualities, speaking ability, or the innate talent to win debates or monopolize the discussion. The members who do not agree with this individual may not put up much of an argument either because they believe they will not win the verbal battle or because there will be little or no open support from other members. In general, the other members are unwilling to express opposition to the leader openly even though they do so in private.

In the church, this type leadership can be good or very bad. It is good when the leader has the correct godly approach and beliefs and leads the church in the right direction. It is also good when the leader solicits other opinions on a particular item of discussion, and seeks to objectively evaluate those opinions. It is bad when the leader is dogmatic and uses intimidation or manipulation to lead the church down the wrong path. In the church, this bad leader could be a persuasive member, dominant deacon, or even the pastor.

When a contractor builds a house, usually there is a crew of people who have different jobs - foreman, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc. Even though they have different assignments, they are all working toward a common goal: to complete the house according to the architect's blueprint plans. It has been said, the church has Christ as the architect and we are the crew assigned to build His church on earth. We may have different jobs in the crew (Romans 12:4-5), but we should all work together for the common goal. The apostles are still providing the "truth" by which we should follow: the New Testament. Therefore, Christ is the Architect, the Bible is the blueprint plan (the truth), and we are the crew. None of us should feel threaten by the other in our efforts, for pride has no place in the church (James 4:6).



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 3 John . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




May 10 – Gifts of the Spirit
Alternate Title – Unity In Diversity

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

When a person receives a birthday gift, it is something meant to primarily benefit that one person. A birthday gift is different than a spiritual gift in that the spiritual gift is meant to benefit someone else; by doing so, we also glorify and serve God, for it is He who commanded us to love and help each other. As an example, if the Holy Spirit blesses a person with the spiritual gift of faith, that person will show an unusual amount of trust in God to take care their needs. I have met such a person, whose confidence in the Lord served to benefit me by increasing my faith that God will take care of my needs as well. In this case, the gift of faith is not which we normally associate with salvation, but instead, is confidence the Lord knows best for our life and we will trust in Him to take care of us.

There are different types of spiritual gifts, because there are different ways we can help each other and serve God. A good explanation of spiritual gifts and how to determine you gift is explained in the following excerpts from: "The Book of the Holy Spirit." (PG-45)

"All believers are given a spiritual gift (or gifts) which can be used to help each other (1Cor 12:7), and advance God's kingdom on earth. It is the Holy Spirit alone who decides which gift each of us will receive. He alone distributes the gifts (1Cor 12:11), which may or may not be what we consider a talent. You may have the talent of singing, but your spiritual gift may be encouraging others, or teaching the Word. It could be anything which helps you love and honor God or helps others love and honor God because of you. Just as a pastor may be called by God to minister to a group of believers, you are also called to use whatever spiritual gift you have received. The Holy Spirit will enable and help you use your gift. You are not alone. You will not fail in using the gift because it is a declared blessing from God. He is never going to ask you to do something you are not capable of doing ... and doing well.

Your gift may be one of wisdom, leadership, faith, mercy, service, being a pastor, evangelism, hospitality, missionary, or any one of many other gifts the Holy Spirit could bless you with. You were given that gift for a reason; to use it to help each other and to glorify God. There are many sites on the Internet which can help you with determining your spiritual gift. Just do a search for, "spiritual gift test."
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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 Corinthians 12:1-11 . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.




May 17 – One Body; Many Members
Alternate Title – The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Our purpose on earth is to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). That means we honor and worship Him through our thoughts and actions in many ways. Let's list some of them. We express gratefulness for the blessings He has given us; have faith in His judgement; desire to know Him and His word; desire to obey Him; desire to tell others about Him; and desire to have eternal life with Him in heaven. The only way we can spend eternity with our God is through Christ (John 14:6) by the salvation He gave us through His sacrificial death on the cross. Christians use the ministry and model of Christ as our guide for correct behavior which glorifies God. The church is considered the spiritual Body of Christ and it continues His ministry on earth.

Like the human body, the church has many parts which serve their own purpose in glorifying God. We desire to glorify Him individually, but we must also realize we are meant to work together to glorify Him as a people. To this end, we are individually given a spiritual gift (or capability) which will contribute to our unified effort to glorify Him. Throught unity of effort we can accomplish great things in the name of Lord Jesus.

A plumber may not we able to build a skyscraper alone, but together with the electricians, steel workers, contractors, and many other type skillful people, magnificient structures can be built. All major cities in the United States have examples of such an effort.

When you attend church services, be aware that you have a special gift which will benefit the other members. You received this gift from the Holy Spirit (see the May 10th lesson above). Regardless of what is in your past, and regardless of what you think of yourself in the present, you have a gift which you should be using right now as a member of the Body of Christ. Going to church and sitting on the back pew and never doing anything to help others in the membership is not what God desires.
We all should make a contribution to the effort to glorify God, in unity.

So, when you use your spiritual gift in the church, as God desires, know that your contribution is just as important in God's eyes as anyone else's (1Cor 12:20-21). In the end, your paycheck will say "eternal life" just like the paycheck of the pastor, choir members, ushers, greeters, teachers, and trustees.


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 Corinthians 12:12-31 . 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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