Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated November 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 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 6 – The Sabbath Day
Alternate Title – Holding On To Principles

Bible Lesson: Exodus 20:8-11 ; 31:12-16

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

The Sabbath observance was part of the covenant law given to Israel by God. There is no authority in the Bible which changes (sanctifies) the Sabbath from the last day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday). Therefore the Sabbath, as decreed by God to the Israelites, has been and still is the last day of the week - Saturday. This observance (to keep the Sabbath Holy) was declared by God through the 4th commandment in the Old Testament law given to Israel. Although there are Christians today who observe Saturday as the day of worship and rest, the majority of Christian churches observe Sunday.

Many other observances of the Israelites were not carried through to the Christian church; which is under the new covenant (Luke 22:20). Circumcision is one example. Another prominent example is the observance of Passover. We can't help but remember that Christ was a Jew and observed the Passover. It was a Passover meal which we call the Last Supper (Matt 26:17). But Christians today do not observe the Passover. Instead, our observance is in the significance of what Jesus said during the Last Supper concerning His body and His blood; this ordinance is called Communion (Matt 26:26 ; Matt 26:27-28).

The Apostle Paul cautioned the believers to not put the main focus on certain established days or festivals: "So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or
Sabbaths" (Colossians 2:16-17). Paul made the choice of day to honor the Lord a matter of personal beliefs (Romans 14:5-6).

The reason why most Christians started using the first day of the week for worship and rest is not historically crystal clear. There are some who believe the sole reason this occurred was because the first day of the week is the day Jesus was resurrected (the Lord's Day). Therefore, the first day of the week would be more appropriate for the new covenant Christians. That makes good sense. However, others believe one of the main reasons we now worship on Sunday has it roots in a 321 AD decree under the rule of the Roman Emperor Constantine establishing Sunday as the day of rest. Additionally, years later the Council of Laodicea outlawed the observance of the Jewish Sabbath on the seventh day and encouraged the observance of the Lord's Day (Sunday).

Our society today is not structured around a universal day of rest. The stores, restaurants, and hotels are for the most part open seven days a week. Even if they were not open, we still would need workers seven days a week in hospitals, fire and police departments, and power generation plants, and other such facilities. However, on the Lord's Day, regardless of the requirements of a job, that should not stop all believers from remembering and meditating on the sacrifice Christ made for us and the promise of salvation which that sacrifice brought.

We should make an attempt to gather with other believers on our day of worship if possible (Hebrews 10:25). There are practical reasons why going to church is valuable to believers. When we gather together, we can encourage each other, develop our spiritual gift, and give our tides and offerings; all of which help advance the Lord's kingdom on earth. Also, "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works" (Hebrews 10:12). It's more difficult accomplishing those objectives if we always remain at home - occasionally watching a church service on TV or the Internet. Christianity is an active faith; not a passive one. And, in addition, being a believer is not just how we act on one specific day of the week; it is also reflected in how we live every day of our life.

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 Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-16. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

December 13 – Acceptable Offerings
Alternate Title – Choosing The Right Gift

Bible Lesson: Leviticus 22:17-25, 31-33

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

The old sacrificial system demonstrated to the Israelites that no one is without sin and any sacrifice offered to God to atone for sins must be without defect and worthy to be presented to the One who created all in existence and gave us life. The whole sacrificial system foreshadowed the sacrifice Christ would make on the cross. His sacrifice was unlike any other, for he was sinless and completely innocent and his death and resurrection paid our sin debt and ushered into existence a new covenant between God and those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior (Luke 22:20). The new covenant, through the blood of Jesus on the cross, provided complete forgiveness for our sins through the grace of God.

The old sacrificial system was ordained by God. The Book of Leviticus explains the different types of sacrifices the Israelites had to make. Even the High Priest had to atone for his sins through a sacrifice;
no one was without sin.

The system of animal sacrifices to God to atone for the sins of the worshipper emphasized the use of animals with no defects or blemishes. An example is the Burnt Offering, where the worshipper would present the animal to be sacrificed at the door of the Tabernacle (Lev 1:3). The worshipper would place his hand upon the head of the innocent animal - realizing it stood in for him - and he would kill the animal immediately to atone for his sins (Lev 1:4-9). Then the animal would be burned up and none was saved for eating. [Note: The Freewill Offering was not given to atone for sins or to support a vow. It was given completely voluntarily and usually in connection with some festive ceremony or event where it would be eaten.]

So why don't we see Jews lined up today to sacrifice animals? The short answer is, there is no Holy Temple in which to offer such sacrifices. The Lord declared that once the Israelites were in the Promised Land, they would only be permitted to offer sacrifices at the designated place of worship (Deut 12:11). Once the Holy Temple was constructed, all such sacrifices had to be made there. When the first Holy Temple was destroyed, there was no place to make sacrifices. After 70 years of exile, the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple on the same land, but it was destroyed again 420 years later by the Romans.

So how were the Jews to atone for sins if there was no temple in which to offer sacrifices? Through instructions from the prophet Hosea and others, the Jews learned to instead use prayer, confession, and repentance to ask for atonement for sins (Hosea 6:6, 14:2-4). In the unlikely case that religious, political, and societal attitudes within Israel prompted the Jews to build a new temple today in which to make sacrifices, they do not fully control the property where the temple would need to be built. The Temple Mount is the property where the first and second temple was built and where any new Temple would mostlikely be constructed in Jerusalem. However, the Muslim world also considers that property as one of their most holy sites. This dual designation makes this very problematical. To learn more about this complicated issue, do an Internet search for
What is the Temple Mount.

Everything we own, and will own in the future, is as a result of God's blessing upon us. What we give back to him out of gratitude should be the best. Our Christian work should be our best; our offerings should be our best; and our attitude toward the way we live should be our best. Genesis - the first book in the Bible - gives us a clue of what we should offer to the Lord. When Abel offered the best to God, He was pleased, as compared to Cain whose offering was not nearly as valued (Genesis 4:3-5). Therefore, we should strive to offer our best to God in all ways; that is the kind of gift He deserves.

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 Leviticus 22:17-25, 31-33. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

December 20 – Dedication of the Firstborn
Alternate Title – Excitement Of Celebration

Bible Lesson: Exodus 13:13b-15; Luke 2:22-32

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

Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in the activities surrounding a holiday or ceremony that we lose focus on the real reason for the observance and get lost in the excitement of the celebration. As an example, Christmas can be degraded to be only about gifts, Christmas trees, family gatherings, and Santa Claus rather than celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A church wedding can become a theatrical production rather than the solemn religious ceremony of the joining of two people for life.

So that future generations didn't forget the significance of the ceremony surrounding the dedication of the firstborn, Israel was admonished to explain to the children its significance (Exodus 13:14).The dedication of the firstborn male, and Passover were to observe what God did for the Israelites: He struck down the firstborn males (animal and human) of the Egyptians to force Pharaoh to let all of them go (Exodus 11:5). God spared the firstborn males of the Israelites and decreed them to be His own (Numbers 3:13). All firstborn must be sacrificed to the Lord, unless they are redeemed (bought back) with the appropriate payment.
However, all firstborn sons must be bought back (Exodus 13:13).

As obedient Jews, Mary and Joseph went to the temple to dedicate their firstborn son: Jesus (Luke 2:23-24). They were met there by a stranger (to them) - Simeon - who recognized the baby as the Messiah (Luke 2:28-31) promised in the scriptures. This was not the only time there were others to whom this revelation was revealed. First was Elizabeth who knew the baby was the Messiah while it was yet in the womb (Luke 1:42-43); then the shepherds (Luke 2:16) and the wise men (Matt 2:1-2). It is noteworthy that all these (Elizabeth, shepherds, wise men, Simeon) were from different backgrounds but arrived at the same conclusion: the baby was the Messiah who had been promised in the scriptures.

In a few days, we will celebrate Christmas. This is a very good time to explain to the children why the gift of Christ is so valuable to us. This is a good time to remember why this season is so festive and joyous; for we celebrate the day our Savior was born. He is the reason why we can be forgiven of our sins through the grace of God; it was through him that a new covenant between us and the Lord was established (Luke 22:20).

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 Exodus 13:13b-15 ; Luke 2:22-32.

December 27 – A Generous Gift
Alternate Title – Giving From The Heart

Bible Lesson: Matthew 23:2-12; Mark 12:38-44

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

The synopsis of this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, December 3, 2015

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 23:2-12 ; Mark 12:38-44.

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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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