Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated January 14, 2019)

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 New Living Translation version of the reference Scripture. This version is easier to understand than some of the other translations.


January 6, 2019 – Hold Fast to God's Love
Alternate Title – Walk in Love

Bible Lesson:
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (KJV); 2 John 1:4-11 (KJV)

Key verse:
2 John 1: 6 (KJV) - "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

We view the Bible as a rock-solid book of instruction on what we should or should not do as Christians. Even with our personal study of the Bible, we will need additional help from Bible study classes and explanations heard through sermons. It may seem to many of us that the more we study the Bible, the more we need to study it. This is because Bible study is a lifelong process needed to understand and remind us of what God wants us to know.

But, what if Christians had no New Testament to which they could consult for answers to their questions and concerns? What if there were competing philosophies coming from various speakers about the teachings of Christianity? What if the government sought to suppress the belief in Christianity and punish those for their beliefs? This was the state of affairs for the early church of which John and Paul were a part.

Paul and the others whose writings appear in the New Testament had to not only teach the true word but also had to contend with false teachers or those who did not accept the reality that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh (2 John 1:7). The teaching of Christ is the basis for the truth and it was this basis which inspired the New Testament writers.

John said anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God (2 John 1:9). He said for us to avoid people like that and don't encourage them (2 John 1:10-11). Today, we have the Bible and other trusted resources which help us know the truth about the teaching of Christ. We also have the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers. He is our guide and comforter and will help us know the truth; what is right and what is wrong.

Paul wanted the members of the Thessalonian church to pray for his success and the success of the others who preached the truth (2 Thessalonians 3:1). He asked them to also pray for their protection from their enemies (2 Thess 3:2). He obviously believed in the power of prayer because there are numerous examples in the Bible of him asking for the prayers of others. Two examples are 2 Corinthians 1:11 and Colossians 4:3.

The teaching of Christ is one of love and has been so from the beginning (2 John 1:5-6). It was Jesus who preached that the love of God and the love of our neighbor were the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39). Paul wanted the Thessalonian Christians to have a full understanding and expression of the love of God (2 Thess 3:5). This emphasizes we should not only love God, but we should love others as God loves us. In other words, we should walk in love.

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 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 John 1:4-11

The key verse: 2 John 1:6 (NLT) - "Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. "

January 13 – Submit to God in Love
Alternate Title – Submit to God

Bible Lesson:
James 4:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse:
James 4:8 (KJV) - "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

For a Christian, there are just two sides of the fence of life—the sinful side and the godly side. Many of us have naively convinced ourselves that a third option exists: to walk on top of the fence; not being on the sinful side or the godly side.

Could it be that we don't want to completely give up the worldly sins which bring us such physical or mental pleasure? Do we then continue to try a balancing act of walking in godliness while at the same time walking in sin? We can't have it both ways because friendship with the world means ill will against God. Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4).

By attending church, we can hear sermon after sermon which tells us the right thing to do. When we go to Sunday School or Bible Study we discuss topic after topic designed to inspire us to submit to the Lord. But when we are outside the church building many of us find ourselves back on the sinful side or trying to walk on top of the fence.

Submitting to God is not easy for many, if not most, of us. In fact, submitting to anything which requires discipline and dedication can be a great challenge in this day of instant gratification. Even when we do our best to do the right thing, that doesn't mean we won't slip up and sin occasionally, but to submit to God means we have declared ourselves to be on the godly side of the fence and not the sinful side ... or on the top.

Regardless if a person does or doesn't believe in Satan won't change the fact he exists and has existed for thousands upon thousands of years. He knows which of our buttons to push to tempt us. He has caused some of the greatest of us to fall on his side of the fence; the sinful side. From the pew to the pulpit, many have fallen.

Two thousand years ago, James said for us to submit ourselves to the Lord and resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). His words still ring clear today. Using our fence analogy, this means for us to go to the godly side of the fence and Satan will flee because he does not like it over there.

But don't think he is ever gone for good because he will be patiently waiting on an opportunity to pull us to his side as long as we live. He is like a lion who patiently waits for his prey to make a mistake (1 Peter 5:8).

But we should not get discouraged because, as strong and talented as Satan may appear to be, we have godly weapons which are much stronger. We have the Lord on our side and the Holy Spirit within us. And greatest of all, through Jesus Christ, we have already won the battle against Satan and sin.

To truly submit to the Lord, we must realize the corrupt nature of our sins and how those sins harm and hurt us as Christians. Many times we may half-heartedly try to confess sorrow for our sins, but we should hope for the day when this sorrow will cause us to grieve, mourn, and wail (James 4:8-9). When we do this, we are humbling ourselves before God and He will remove the burden of these sins from our shoulders and lift us up (James 4:10).

We must not divide our loyalty between God and the world (Matt 25:40). He deserves our complete commitment. Regardless of how strong our temptation may seem to us at a given time, remember that God has promised to not allow any temptation to be greater than we can resist (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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 James 4:1-10

The key verse: Matthew 25:40 (NLT) - "Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world."

January 20 – Submit to God in Christ
Alternate Title – Rejoice in All Circumstances

Bible Lesson:
Philippians 1:12-21 (KJV)

Key verse:
Philippians 1:12 (KJV) - "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Unless otherwise noted, all pop-up references come from The New Living Translation Bible, courtesy of

We are all destined to be faced with tough times in life. We will not escape adversity for some rain will fall on the just and on the unjust (Matt 5:45 KJV). Our lesson today teaches us how Paul endured adversity while imprisoned. It serves as a roadmap for how we should face difficulties and hardships in life.

Paul's lesson to us is, if we love God, we can be assured at all times and through all circumstances that we are in the center of His will. Paul taught us in Romans 8:28 (NIV), "in all things God works for the good of those who love him."

God does not intend for us to face life alone. To help us lead a Christian life, all believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who indwells us spiritually. Among other things, the Holy Spirit is Christ's representative (John 14:26) and will help us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).

Paul was in prison when he wrote our reference text and didn't know if or when he would be released. He was there for preaching the Good News of the Messiah Jesus Christ. This made him an enemy of many Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah. In a case such as his, it would be easy to be despondent and sad.

But Paul said (Philippians 1:19 NIV) the prayers of the Philippian Christians and God's Holy Spirit—the spirit of Jesus Christ—will provide his deliverance. This statement is the key to how he faced his incarceration and other hardships. Paul was comforted by knowing others cared enough to pray for him, and he could feel the comforting and indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

It would be nice if every problem we faced was eliminated by God, but this is not His nature. In the self-help book entitled The Book of the Holy Spirit-Joyful Living, we will find these words: "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."

A perfect example of this comes from Paul himself. He said, metaphorically, there was a thorn in his flesh (a problem he had) that bothered him so much that he had asked the Lord to remove it three times (2 Corinthians 12:8 ESV). We don't know exactly if the problem was physical, emotional, or spiritual, but we do know the Lord's answer—My grace is sufficient—tells us that sometimes the Lord allows us to suffer difficulty so we will learn to rely on Him in our time of weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Paul accepted the fact of his imprisonment and continued to live life joyfully. Even though his future was uncertain, he knew the Good News was still being preached. He doubted the motives of some of the preachers (Philippians 1:15-16), but the main thing to Paul was that the word was being taught (Philippians 1:18) even in his absence.

Even though he could not come and go as he wanted, God continued to use him to further the cause of the gospel, for it was during this time he wrote what some call the prison letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Paul's godly demeanor while imprisoned helped spread the gospel even to those who held him captive (Philippians 1:13). This is one of the themes of the recent movie: "Paul, Apostle of Christ," starring Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner.

Paul said, because of his chains, others had become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel (Philippians 1:14 NIV). In other words, his unfair treatment by the authorities became an inspiration for others to continue his ministry.

At first, we might ponder if seeing a leader thrown into jail might have the opposite effect by putting fear in the hearts of those who supported the cause. However, consider Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela, who were both thrown into jail because of their views and words.

Their causes did not die and their supporters did not give up. Even though Dr. King was arrested 29 times and he was then assassinated, his cause did not die and his supporters did not give up. Now his birthday is a national holiday. Nelson Mandela was thrown into jail for 27 years, but his cause did not die and he later became President of South Africa.

A good leader appreciates his (or her) supporters and that is why Paul valued the love and support shown to him by the Philippian Christians. Their prayers meant a lot to him. With the support of Christian friends and the Holy Spirit within us, we can better face troubling times in life, knowing we are not alone and that we are in the center of God's loving will.

From Paul's example, we should be inspired to continue the work of the Lord regardless of our personal circumstances. Most of us probably can think of someone in our church who inspired others by continuing to help the church function, even though they were well up in age or suffered from some physical or medical issue.

Also, from this lesson, we know it means a lot to be a part of a loving and encouraging congregation. It means a lot when you know the congregation is concerned about you when you're in need in one way or another. When you are sick or grieving, it's comforting to know you are not just one in the crowd.

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 Philippians 1:12-21

The key verse: Philippians 1:12 (NLT) - "And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News."

January 27 – Devote All to Christ
Alternate Title – Imitate Christ

Bible Lesson:
Philippians 2:1-11 (KJV)

Key verse:
Philippians 2:3 (KJV) - "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

We are not able to repeat or imitate all that Christ did on earth, because we do not have His abilities. But we can imitate the spirit of his actions while He was on earth. We can model our life after His purpose. Paul said his joy would be complete if the Philippian Christians united in the spirit of Christ and acted with one accord (Philippians 2:2 NASB). As the founder of the Philippian church, it would bring him great joy to know this church was a like-minded and Christ-centered.

He wanted the fruit of the church to have the spirit of humility and love for others. Jesus said the 2nd greatest commandment is for us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39 NASB). Paul goes a step further when he said we should regard one another as more important than ourselves, and do nothing from selfishness or conceit (Phil 2:3 NASB).

This is punctuated by the fact that Jesus regarded the salvation of humanity to be more important than His earthly life. "He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Phil 2:8 NASB).

He suffered a humiliating and painful death for the love of others. In that regard, He put others before Himself. We may not be able to attain or imitate that high of a standard, but all of us can do our best to be obedient; as Christ was to God. It was God who gave Him—His only begotten Son—as a sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16 NASB), but it was Christ who was obedient to God's will by giving His life on the cross (Luke 22:42).

Just as Revelation 5:13 (NASB) speaks for itself, the last three verses of the reference text are a fitting benediction to the lesson for today. We imitate One whose Holy Life did not end with His sacrifice on the cross—but ultimately culminates in Heaven as the victorious slain Lamb:

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:9-11 NASB).

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New American Standard Bible Version of Philippians 2:1-11. Note: For this lesson only, we will use the NASB version for our comparison text and main reference.

The key verse: Philippians 2:3 (NASB) - "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; "

February 3 – Renounce Everything for Christ
Alternate Title – Press On In Christ

Bible Lesson:
Philippians 3:7-14 (KJV)

Key verses:
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) - "... Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

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, January 17, 2019.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New American Standard Bible Version of Philippians 3:7-14.

The key verses: Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) - "... Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

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Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Standard Lesson Commentary, and Commentary by David Guzik. Frederick L. Marsh is the commentary author of the information contained in this page. He is the author of the book: "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful living." Any opinions expressed or writings on this page are his responsibility.

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