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

July 6 – Glorify God with Your Body
Alternate Title – Do No Harm

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20  

What we shall learn from this scripture:

Many sermons have very little to say about sin, but focus mainly on a biblical story, or how doing good will bring good results for us. Excessive alcohol consumption, adultery, and lust are not popular subjects from the pulpit. However, any sermon based on the reference scripture, has to focus on sin ... and not just any sin, but specifically sexual sin.

If you are a believer, involving your body in immoral sexual relations violates the presence of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent as His representative to exist in all believers as our guide, helper, and teacher (John 14:25-27 NLT). This existence within a believer is not physical, but spiritual. Therefore, a more appropriate term for His presence is "to indwell" which means to exist within, as an activating spirit or motivating force. We are, therefore spiritually joined with the Holy Spirit (who is a representative of Christ). This "presence" represents a close association between us and the Lord.

The body of a believer is therefore a temple (house, sanctuary, tabernacle) of the Holy Spirit, for He exists within all believers. No married person would likely consider having sexual relations outside marriage if the spouse's awareness existed in him (or her), because immediate consequences would, no doubt, result. Under those conditions, all secrets would be known. Spouses don't have that capability, but God does (Romans 2:16). He knows what we do in public and in secret. We should strive to glorify God with what we do with our bodies both in public and in private because He exists external and internal to all believers (1 Corinthians 3:16). To use our body as God desires will surely glorify Him.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

July 13 – Exercise Freedom with Caution
Alternate Title – Love Builds Up

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 8   (Also may be listed as 1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

What we shall learn from this scripture:

Paul's lesson had to do specifically with food, but extends to a whole range of behavior. A good starting point to understand the nature of the reference scripture is with Matthew 15:11: Jesus taught that it is not what we eat which defiles us, but rather what we say and do. This would appear to indicate some foods which they had been prohibited for them to each according to Jewish customs would be okay for a Christian to eat. But, even with this new freedom, they had to use caution; their actions may cause another believer to sin. A knowledgeable Christian knows idols are worthless fantasies, because there is only one real God; the creator of all in existence - the Living God we worship. So, what should it matter to eat food which had been dedicated to these worthless fantasies? One thing which matters, is if your actions might prompt another Christian to do something he (or she) considers sin (1 Cor 8:10).

If that was the case, it would be better for you to not be seen doing something which another Christian considers sin ... even something you know (as a knowledgeable Christian) is not sinful. Paul applied this concept to eating the food which had been dedicated to idols. In fact, Paul also taught, it is sin against Christ for us to cause a believer to do something he considers sin whether or not the act is really sin (1 Cor 8:12). Paul also taught (Romans 14:23) if you have doubts about whether it is sinful to eat certain foods, and you eat it anyway, you are sinning. In fact, he concludes if you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.

Even though Paul seem to indicate eating food dedicated to worthless idols was not a sin, he explained this situation more thoroughly in in chapter 10. There he asked a question (1 Cor 10:19) concerning the significance (or lack thereof) of eating food dedicated to idols. He then answered the question by saying he did not want them to participate in eating food dedicated to idols (1 Cor 10:20). Doing so may rouse the Lord's jealousy (1 Cor 10:22).

On a broader scale, the reference scripture is about appearances; the image we project of ourselves to other believers (especially those easily influenced). The first question which could come to mind is, "Is it alright to project an image which is not consistent with our real intentions?" Some people would call this hypocrisy; a condition of which Jesus accused some of the Pharisees, because of some of their beliefs and actions. One example of this accusation is Matthew 23:25. This is just one example of many such accusations of this type Jesus made in chapter 23. A simple example of hypocrisy is to publicly act friendly to a person to get something from them, while privately trying to destroy the person's character and reputation. In such a case, this would be wrong and sinful. Hypocrisy, however, is not Paul's main focus in the reference scripture.

Paul was really teaching a Christian reality: If you encourage another believer to do something he believes is sin, your actions are sinful, and the believer is also sinning if he goes ahead and does the act anyway. This is the case, regardless if the Bible confirms (or doesn't confirm) the act as sinful.

In the past, I heard a pastor say, he would not give a ride to a woman member of his church if her car broke down on her way to church service. He said his helpful and kind gesture may be misinterpreted by some members of his church if he was seen ridding in the same car alone with her. Then, as the word of this incident spreads, possibly other members could lose confidence in him and his message. At the time, this statement seemed awfully ridiculous and selfish to me. But, after years of witnessing the effects of church gossip, I can see how innocent and well-intentioned actions can cause others to stumble.

This lesson reminds me of a joke. The members of a church were complaining about their unmarried pastor being seen going home at 3 o'clock in the morning on too many occasions. When he heard of this complaint, he immediately stopped coming in at 3 o'clock in the morning. Instead, he starting coming in a 6 o'clock in the morning. Then, they didn't know if he was coming in or going out!

The joke didn't say what he was doing at that time of the morning, but coming in at even a later time surely did not change his actions and intentions. Today's lesson teaches us, our actions and intensions should be good ... but so should the image we project. The intentions behind our actions should be good so we can be more godly. But we should also consider the image we project to other believers can cause them to stumble; can either hurt or help them be more godly.

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

July 20 – Overcome Temptation
Alternate Title – Strength to Meet Temptation

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:6-22   (For the alternate title, focus on 1 Corinthians 10:12-22)

What we shall learn from this scripture:

In the reference scripture, there is considerable discussion about the evils of worshipping idol gods. Some people may think this discussion is out of touch or irrelevant to modern times. Even though we may not see a lot of pagan worshipping of Baal or any other idol god, whose image is formed of wood or metal, we have our own form of idol gods. When our focus is on anything which takes the place of the focus which should be on God, it just may be our "modern" idol god.

If, on most Sabbaths, you are on the golf course rather than in church, golf could be your idol god. If your life is built around partying and having fun, with very little focus on God, that could be your idol god. If you spend all your spare time shopping, or at a casino, and none of it studying God's word, those activities may be acting as idol gods. Even though you may not be bowing down in worship to a lifeless and powerless statue, the end result is similar: you are putting fun and worldly pleasure in a place where God should be. How do you think the Lord will judge such behavior?

A demon can be defined as, "an agent of the devil or evil". The temptation of activities which bring us bodily and mental pleasure, but push us away from the Lord's desires, is something the devil would embrace as a tool (or agent) to win our soul. The activities, by themselves, are lifeless and powerless. The sin is when we give them life and power by putting them in place of, or above our worship of the living God.

The good thing is, God is faithful to us. He will not allow more temptation on us than we can bear, and He will always give us a way out of the temptation (1 Cor 10:13). There are two important factors related to this statement. First, temptation is the work of the devil and not of God. The scripture says, God will not tempt us (James 1:13). If we tempt others to sin, we are doing the devil's work and are going against the word of Jesus and, therefore subject to consequences (Matt 18:7).

Secondly, some people have extended "1 Cor 10:13" to trials and tribulation. I have heard, "God will not put more on us than we can bear." Paul was not speaking of trials and tribulations, but of temptation. In fact, when it comes to life's problems and difficulties, God wants us to come to Him and ask for His help. He wants us to acknowledge His power over all that is in existence. If we could handle all trials and tribulations alone, there would be no need to pray to the Lord and ask for His help. Our saving grace, when it comes to life's difficulties lies in two verses: First, “... He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV). Secondly, “... In all things God works for the good of those who love him ... (Romans 8:28 NIV).”

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 Corinthians 10:6-22
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

July 27 – Seek the Good of Others
Alternate Title – Build Up Your Neighbor

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 14:13-26  

What we shall learn from this scripture:

On its most basic level, "speaking in tongues" is when a person speaks in a language unknown to that person, but can be understood by another person or by God. For a Christian, the most noteworthy time this occurred was on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit arrived as promised by Jesus (John 14:26-27). The apostles received the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues from the Holy Spirit, who alone is responsible for giving all spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:11).

On that Pentecost day, the apostles used this gift to proclaim the gospel to all those present in languages they could all understand. This happened, even though many (of those present) did not speak the same language. The apostles were speaking in languages (tongues) they themselves did not know, but the people listening to them did know. Today, the Pentecostal Christian Church observes the practice of speaking in tongues. This religious denomination has a name which contains the word "Pentecost" (as from the Day of Pentecost). Another demomination which embraces speaking in tongues is the Apostolic faith.

All believers have a spiritual gift (or gifts) which can be used to help each other (1 Cor 12:7), and advance God's kingdom on earth. This gift is not to be confused with a mere talent. As an example, even if you have the talent of a beautiful singing voice, your spiritual gift may be one of encouraging others, inspiriting others, or teaching the Word. Paul indicated, the gift of prophecy could be considered more helpful to the church body than the gift of speaking in tongues since speaking in an unknown language would not be of much benefit to others (1 Cor 14:6).

Even though, in 1_Corinthians 14, there is a lot of discussion of speaking in tongues, Paul's main focus in our reference scripture is that everything in a public worship service should benefit and strengthen the whole church body (1 Cor 14:26). Speaking in tongues does not benefit the whole church unless there is someone there who can interpret what was said (1 Cor 14:27). If no one understands what is being said in tongues, there is no real benefit for the church body. In the case where no one can interpret the speaking in tongues, Paul explained it would be better to leave it out of the public worship service and speak in tongues (pray) to God privately (1 Cor 14:28).

When we consider praying to God in tongues, the subject of the Holy Spirit comes to mind, for He will speak to God on our behalf in a way which cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26). But the Father understands what the Holy Spirit is saying (Romans 8:27).

We can extend Paul's discussion of public worship to the ministries integral in the church. If you see someone in your congregation who has a spiritual gift which could benefit the church, seek them out, and encourage them to use it either in the worship service or in a ministry of the church. This is one way we can "seek the good in others." Also, If we know our own spiritual gift, we could use it to bless others. In these ways, we all can help and encourage each other, and advance God's kingdom on earth.

There are ministries most churches have in which the members can use their spiritual gifts to help those inside and outside their congregation. As an example, if you have the spiritual gift of teaching the Holy Word, you could join the Sunday school (or Christian education) ministry as a teacher, or participate in the Bible study classes. Your gift may be one of wisdom, leadership, faith, mercy, service, evangelism, hospitality, missionary, pastor, 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 determine your spiritual gift. Just do a search for, "spiritual gift test."

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
1 Corinthians 14:13-26
. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

August 3 – Comfort in Times of Trouble
Alternate Title – Does Anyone Care?

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11  

What we shall learn from this scripture:

Often times, a person has to endure hardship and pain in order to be able to comfort someone else going through the same type difficulty. Life is tough and full of problems; many of which are inescapable. God allows us to go through hard times in order to learn from the experience, as He did with Paul (2 Cor 1:8). The Lord is more interested in changing us, and how we meet the challenges of life, than to simply change or fix the challenges themselves. He wants us to learn to depend on Him in our time of need, as He did with Paul (2 Cor 1:9). Our trying times and emotionally difficult experiences can better equip us to comfort others in times of trouble (2 Cor 1:4).

The Lord wants us to help each other in times of need. All one has to do is to read Matthew 25:34-46 to understand this clearly.

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

August 10 – Forgiveness and Restoration
Alternate Title – Restored Relationships

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 1:23-24 ; 2 Corinthians 2:1-11

What we shall learn from this scripture:

Background: To understand what is going on in the reference scripture, it would be better to review some background. Previously (before his tenure in Ephesus), Paul had stayed in Corinth for around 18 months where he provided teaching and advice to the new believers. Later, while he was living in Ephesus, he wrote 1_Corinthians and sent it to Corinth by Timothy (1 Cor 4:17). This letter included substantial tough love-criticism and rebuke for the church in Corinth. Two examples are: 1 Cor 4:10 and 1 Cor 5:1. This letter was not well-received by some members of the church which resulted in considerable criticism of Paul by those members. This criticism boiled over when he made his first visit to Corinth while he lived in Ephesus.

Lesson: While living in Ephesus, Paul had originally planned to visit the Christians in Corinth twice, to give them a double blessing (2 Cor 1:15-16). But, he changed his plans (2 Cor 1:17) and decided not to visit the second time. Apparently, his first trip there had been problematic and some discord arose which hurt his spirit and humiliated him. The man who had insulted him (2 Cor 2:5) and was a source for the discord, had been reprimanded and his actions were opposed by the majority.

After Paul returned to Ephesus in distress, he was prompted to write a "severe letter" to them (2 Cor 7:8) which was delivered by Titus. This letter is not recorded in the Bible. Paul wanted to avoid a repeat of the discord and spare them his rebuke (2 Cor 1:23), so he cancelled the second trip to Corinth. Later, Titus reported to him that the "severe letter" had resulted in causing a more encouraging situation in the Corinth Church. This inspired Paul to write the 2_Corinthians letter and send it to them by Titus.

Today's application: Some people only attend worship services, have made very few friends in the church, and never go to church meetings. As a result, they are unaware of much of the conflict and disagreement which may propagate within the congregation. However, churches are made up of mostly ordinary people (not saints), and where there are significant numbers of people, there will be disputes and disagreements.

These disputes can become heated and cause an internal division within the church. Unfortunately, this discord has sometimes gotten so serious, the church body will split, with one faction leaving and starting their own church. Many times, this happens when part of the church becomes very dissatisfied with the pastor, and seeks to have him dismissed. Verbal insults and accusations can be directed at the Pastor in an inconsiderate and unchristian manner. Financial matters, the worship music, and even building projects can be other sources of dispute and disagreement.

Regardless of the root cause of the disputes, Members who witness such disagreements within the church, can become not only disillusioned with that particular church (or some individuals within the congregation), but can become disillusioned with the whole Christianity process and quit going to church altogether. When that happens, the church is failing to do as Jesus instructed, and falling into the trap set by Satan (2 Cor 2:11).

Paul's lesson to us, in the reference scripture, is that it is alright to reprimand a person who has said unchristian things, but he (or she) sould also be forgiven. Reaffirm love for them so that they are not pushed out of the church altogether. This is sometimes not easy to do, but since Jesus died on the cross so we could have forgiveness and salvation, surely we can forgive our neighbors of their shortcomings. Paul's willingness to forgive the man who humiliated him is a good example of how we should be.

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
2 Corinthians 1:23-24
and 2 Corinthians 2:1-11. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

August 17 – Treasure in Clay Jars
Alternate Title – Down But Not Out

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:1-15   For the alternate title - 2 Corinthians 4:2-15

What we shall learn from this scripture:

When Paul wrote this part of his letter, he wanted the reader to understand he (and others like him) are human and, consequently, subject to many temptations, dangers, and troubles (2 Cor 4:11-12). They hold the knowledge of the truth and good news of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, in their human bodies. They are not themselves superhuman, and are like clay pots which could easily fail under pressure and hardship. But God's great power gives them the willpower and strength (2 Cor 4:7) to continue to spread the Good News in the face of all sorts of difficulty (2 Cor 4:8-9).

Accomplishing the new salvation gave purpose to Jesus' suffering and death on the cross. He suffered for us so we could be saved. Paul suffered, in sympathy with Jesus' suffering (2 Cor 4:10), so others could have knowledge of the new salvation. Then, they all could, together, have the resurrected eternal life (2 Cor 4:14) promised in the good news. Paul (and other leaders like him) already had accepted the new salvation, and would therefore receive the resurrection. Therefore, their efforts to spread the good news was for others (2 Cor 4:15) and so God would receive more glory.

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

August 24 – An Appeal for Econcilliation
Alternate Title – Addressing Tensions

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 ; 2 Corinthians 7:1-4

What we shall learn from this scripture:

All of us have been in some type of dispute with someone else. Perhaps it was a misunderstanding, or just a difference of opinion. Some good friendships have been ruin because one person didn't understand completely the motives behind another person's words or actions. To make matters worse, some people are so stubborn or prideful; they refuse to attempt to resolve a dispute by going to the other person in a humble manner.

It is no secret, Paul's criticism of some actions of the members of the church in Corinth had hurt some feelings. There is also no doubt, he himself had his feelings hurt (2 Cor 2:5) when interacting with the believers in Corinth. A review of the synopsis of the August 10 lesson (above) will reveal much of this.

The reference scripture is an obvious attempt by Paul to create a better relationship with the church in Corinth; one which would be more endearing and empathetic toward him (and Timothy). He wrote in a humble manner, and explained the hardships they had endured in order to spread the Good News of Christ (an example is 2 Cor 6:5). He then humbly asked the Corinthians to embrace them and their message.

We can all take Paul's example as the way we should be. If more people were willing to make a humble appeal for reconciliation, there would be fewer broken marriages and friendships. Also, if we clearly understood the hardships some people had to endure, perhaps we would have a more understanding nature towards them. Paul did both. He explained the hardships they had to endure to minister to those such as the Corinthians. He also asked the Corinthians to open there hearts to them (2 Cor 7:2).

The above link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
and 2 Corinthians 7:1-4. 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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