Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated May 20, 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.

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."

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.

May 24 – Gift of Languages
Alternate Title – From Nonsense To Sense

Bible Lesson: Acts 2:1-7, 12 ; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19

What we shall learn from the lesson 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 (the gift of languages) 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 heard in languages (tongues) they themselves did not know, but the people listening to them did know. This instance is the most powerful use of the gift of languages recorded in the Bible because everyone understood what was being said. Beyond that experience, the gift of speaking in tongues, as recorded in the Bible, required an interpreter to explain to the people what was being said.

Paul indicated the spiritual gift of prophecy could be considered more helpful to the church body than the gift of speaking in tongues (gift of languages) since speaking in an unknown language would not be of much benefit to others (1 Cor 14:6) if no one is there to interpret what was said. The gift of prophecy means the person has a message from God to pass on to the people. That message may be about future, present, or past events. That is why some preachers refer to themselves as prophets; they have a message from God for the people.

Even though in the 14th chapter of 1Corinthians there is a lot of discussion of speaking in tongues, we can also deduce from the scripture that the contents of a public worship service should benefit and strengthen the whole church body (1 Cor 14:19 & 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 present has the gift to interpret the speaking in tongues, Paul explained it would be better to leave it out of the public worship service and to use it in private prayer to God (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). Paul explained that when we pray in tongues, it is the Holy Spirit praying through us, but we don't understand what is being said (1 Cor 14:14). Some faiths call this language "their heavenly language."

Many modern Christians scoff at the notion of speaking in tongues even though its existence is discussed in the Bible. Until a year ago, I had the same feeling, and looked upon those who claimed to have spoken in tongues with a wary and skeptical eye. But during the research for my latest book -
The Book of the Holy Spirit - I had the opportunity to interview some Christians who had experienced this gift. When I met someone who was a level-headed college-educated instructor who took time to explain the gift on a personal basis, my opinion was changed. Now I believe this particular gift from the Holy Spirit existed not only for the period of time in which the apostles lived; it exists today for some people. When the Holy Spirit speaks through us, the words may sound like gibberish to some, but they have true meaning and are understood by God. That doesn't mean that everyone who speaks gibberish is truly speaking in tongues; sometimes ... its just gibberish.

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 Acts 2:1-7, 12 and 1 Corinthians 14:13-19 When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

May 31 – The Greatest is Love
Alternate Title – Love Never Ends

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

When we think of the Bible in its entirety, there is one word which stands out above the others. That word is
love. The two greatest commandments center around this word: first, we are to love God with all our heart (Matt 22:37-38), and secondly, we are to love each other (Matt 22:39). All other commandments have their foundation in these two (Matt 22:40). Also, the salvation we are offered through Jesus Christ was as a result of the great love God has for us (John 3:16). Jesus said that loving one another is a sign of His true disciples (John 13:34-35).

We are not complete as Christians without love. Regardless of our ability to pray beautifully; regardless of our knowledge of the Bible and our ability to preach the scriptures; regardless of what we have given to the church and those in need; regardless of our accomplishments and status in the world; even regardless of the faith we have in the Lord, if we do not have love for God and each other, we have failed to accomplish God's greatest commandments. If what we do for others and the church is not out of true concern and love, we have failed to get the point of Christian living.

There is a movie called, "Groundhog Day" in which a man lives the same day over and over. He first uses this condition to his advantage because he knows exactly the main events of that day. He relives this day - Groundhog Day - over and over for an undetermined amount of time. During this process, he is transformed from a selfish and pretentious non-loving man to someone who has true love and concern for those in need. When this finally occurs, he is allowed to continue his life as normal. Not only did he gain the respect of the whole community, he gained the love of the woman he was interested in. God wants us to be transformed from having selfish thinking and self-serving actions to that of genuine love for one another. In such a state, we will give of ourselves and to charity not because of a tax break or public glorification, but because we truly want to help someone in need.

Therefore, love is likely the most important Christian attribute in the Bible. Through it, we can be more like God wants us to be. With love as a conduit, the other fruits of the Holy Spirit will be evident in us - including: patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.

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 13:1-13 . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

June 7 – God Passes Judgment
Alternate Title – Injustice Is Intolerable

Bible Lesson: Amos 2:4-8 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

Preface1: The kingdom of Israel split into two lesser kingdoms in 931 BC, mainly over a dispute concerning who would be king. The northern kingdom was called Israel while the southern kingdom was called Judah. Judah was comprised of the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, leaving the remaining ten tribes comprising the northern kingdom - Israel.

Amos was a prophet whose ministry existed sometime in the the period 760-750 BC. He was one of several prophets (Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Hosea, and others) in the Bible through whom God warned the Israelites of future punishment for their sins. Amos was a champion of the poor and oppressed who he observed were getting poorer at the same time the rich were getting richer in both kingdoms. He delivered his prophetic messages at the Bethel shrine in Israel.

Lesson: There were those in Israel who had taken advantage of the helpless and powerless and had morally done detestable things (Amos 2:7). As a result, they were destined to receive an inescapable punishment (Amos 2:14). Judah's punishment would include fire (Amos 2:5) and we know that this did happen in 586 BC when the Babylonians burned Jerusalem after capturing it.

In essence, the people of Judah and Israel had sinned over and over, even though they knew they were going against God's will and word; they had the advantage of knowing God in a personal and intimate way as opposed to the pagan nations surrounding them (Amos 3:2).

Just as was the case during Amos' lifetime, we too have a personal and intimate knowledge of God through His word. Additionally, we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit who acts as our guide and counselor. Just as during Amos' time, we are being tested by God and He has given us all the correct answers to His test; we know what is right and what is wrong. The test is not a written one, but one of action. If our actions continue to go against God's wishes, we will receive punishment just as was the case of Judah and Israel. As a nation, we have to be careful to not condone (or turn a blind eye to) detestable actions and lifestyles we know go against His will; perhaps we see ourselves as too powerful and resourceful to ever be conquered; so did the Romans and Babylonians...

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 Amos 2:4-8 . When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.

1: Referenced from NLT Study Bible, copyright 2004.

June 14 – God Is Not Fooled
Alternate Title – Justice Is Not "Just Us"

Bible Lesson: Amos 5:14, 15, 18-27 

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

"Practice makes perfect," is a common saying which most of us have heard at one time or another. It represents an attitude a person should have toward an activity or pursuit in which that person wants to excel; more practice will yield better results. When I first took up golf, I practiced a lot to improve my game but later discovered my techniques were based on the wrong methods. In my case, I should have said, "practice makes permanent," not perfect. When the day came in which I played against an experience player, my expectations were high but my game didn't measure up to my expectations. My swing was not consistent because I was not using the correct technique. But, it took me years before I realized what was wrong. In life, we can sometimes do the wrong thing so long, that we mistake it to be the right thing or the right way.

To learn to do the right thing in worshipping God, we must understand what it is we should be doing or not doing. Worshipping God is not a lot of pomp and circumstance; not purely a lot of splendid ceremony and music. We should genuinely worship God as our creator and as the one who holds our fate in His hands. Sure, ceremony is part of it, but to truly worship God we must also be obedient in our living; in our actions. We can go to church every Sunday, and say grandiose prayers and really put on a good show of ceremony, complete with plenty of "amens" and praise music, but once we leave the building forget about love for each other and forget about putting God first. In the end, we will be judged on what God has told us He wants us to do and not on traditions which we ourselves have developed.

To understand the right way and the right attitude we should have to truly worship God, we must read his word and be in an environment (church, family and friends) in which the correct instructions and attitudes are being practiced. One of the pastor's responsibilities is to tell us what attitudes and actions we should exhibit as Christians, but we also have a responsibility: to choose the right friends and to do our best to be more like God wants us to be. If we are constantly going against God's wishes, our grandiose worship on Sunday will be meaningless, as was the case described for the Israelites (Amos 5:23-24). No doubt, many of them had fooled themselves in expecting a reward based on their worship, but instead they were destined to receive agony; they were in fact later conquered and sent into exile as promised by God (Amos 5:27).

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 Amos 5:14, 15, 18-27 . 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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