Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated April 1, 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.

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)

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 teaching. During the time of the apostles, the danger of false teachers was even a greater danger 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.

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.

For access to all chapters of the King James Version Bible in audio and visual formats, visit
the 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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