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


October 6 – Obedient Faith

Alternate Title – Obey God's Commandments

Bible Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:1-8, 12-13 (KJV)

Key verse:
Deuteronomy 4:2 (KJV) - "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Moses had led the Israelites all the way from their captivity in Egypt to where they were in our reference text. They were close to entering the Promised Land; the land God promised to them through their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob hundreds of years before. But the land would not be just handed to them without a fight and it was inhabited by a well-protected and powerful people.

Moses knew he would not be going into the land with the Israelites (Deuteronomy 32:51-52) even though he had pleaded with God to allow him to go (Deut 3:25). This would be his final opportunity to counsel his people about the importance of obeying God and the consequences of disobedience Deut 4:1).

He reminded them of an example of the consequences of disobedience by citing the example of Baal-peor. There some of the Israelite men fell into sexual immorality and participated in idolatry (Numbers 25:1-3). This angered the Lord. In response to this great sin, God sent a plague which killed 24,000 people (Numbers 25:8-9).

Moses sought to prepare the people to be careful not to be disobedient to God. Their very lives would depend on their faithfulness and obedience. The events of Baal-peor (Deut 4:3-4) was an example of how lives could be forfeited due to disobedience.

He cautioned the people to not forget what they have seen with their own eyes (Deut 4:9) - meaning the consequences of sinning against the Lord and the rewards of being obedient.

Today, just as Moses taught, we should remember what pleases and what angers the Lord and then live our life accordingly. We are faced with the same temptations the Israelites faced - immorality and idolatry. When we Christians lose our focus on the Lord, we can fall victim to self-inflicted sin where the pursuit of money and ambition becomes idolatry. We can forget the principles of the Bible and fall into racism, bigotry, and self-centeredness.

Jesus taught (In Matthew 22:37-39) that the greatest commandment is, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.1" He also said, "A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself." Wouldn't be good if we could start each day by reminding ourselves of these two greatest commandments and then living that day based on them? Then perhaps we could truly have obedient faith.

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 Bible Version of Deuteronomy 4:1-8, 12-13.

The key verse: Deuteronomy 4:2 (NLT) - "Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you."

1 Reference to Deut 6:5

October 13 – Blessed for Faithfulness

Alternate Title #1 – Active Faith

Alternate Title #2 – God Blesses Our Faith

Bible Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8-16 (KJV)

Key verse:
1 Kings 17:16 (KJV) - "And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Leading up to our Scripture for this lesson, we consider the unfortunate state of the northern kingdom of Israel—then lead by King Ahab. After all the Lord had done for Israel, it would seem unlikely there would open worship of an idol god among its people. But after Ahab married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, she influenced him to worship Baal instead of the Lord (1 Kings 16:31).

Ahab influenced many of the Israelites to worship Baal. He built a temple and altar for that idol god in Samaria and also set up an Asherah pole (1 Kings 16:32). He did more to provoke the anger of the Lord than any other king of Israel before him (1 Kings 16:33).

God sent the prophet Elijah to confront King Ahab and to demonstrate the Lord's power. Elijah pronounced to King Ahab that there would be an absolute drought in the land for years (1 Kings 17:1).

The drought would surely jeopardize the capability of the land to supply the needs of the people in the northern kingdom. As a result, it would also be a threat to the reign of King Ahab. It was good that the Lord sent Elijah away because his life would surely be in danger because he was the one who had promised there would be a drought.

Each place God sent Elijah during this time would further increase his faith and trust in the Lord for he went to each place as he was told to, not knowing how his subsistence would be provided. The first place he was sent was a place beside a brook. The Lord told him to "Get away from here and ... hide by the Brook Cherith" (1 Kings 17:3 NKJV). There he had water to drink and God sent Ravens every morning and evening with bread and meat for him to eat (1 Kings 17:4).

We can only imagine how miraculous the arrival of the birds with his food must have been to Elijah. He stayed there until the brook dried up due to the drought. This indicated the drought was in full progress in the land and we would expect water and food are becoming scarce. Then God told him where to go next. This point in the text is where our lesson Scripture begins.

The Lord sent Elijah to Zarephath, near the city of Sidon, where God said a widow would be there to feed him. There are three significant factors about this destination:

Because of these three factors, Elijah could have argued that there were many other safer and more prosperous locations for him to go. But he showed faith in God's judgment and went to where the Lord had sent him. While God was testing Elijah's faith, Elijah was teaching the widow woman what it meant to have faith in the Lord.

At first, the widow woman objected to Elijah's request for food and water (1 Kings 17:12), but he told her to not be afraid to do as he had asked (1 Kings 17:13). He assured her the Lord would provide for them (1 Kings 17:14). God did provide for them and they continued to eat for many days (1 Kings 17:15-16).

God didn't provide them with a 7-course meal each day, but He did provide for their needs ... against all odds. Sometimes we should remember that the Lord knows what we need even better than we do. Therefore, we should always be grateful for the blessings He sends us. As Paul said in Philippians 4:19: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

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 Bible Version of 1 Kings 17:8-16.

The key verse: 1 Kings 17:16 (NLT) - "There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah."

October 20 – Faith Can Heal

Alternate Title #1 – Humble Faith

Alternate Title #2 – Great Faith in Jesus

Bible Lesson: Luke 7:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 7:7 (KJV) - "Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The lesson for today is about the faith of a Roman centurion. We should note that many, if not most of our Sunday school lessons involve faith in the Lord or lack thereof. This lesson is no different.

In the reference text, a Roman officer earned a rare statement of praise from Jesus for the officer's great display of faith. Usually in the Bible when Jesus spoke of someone's faith it was mainly due to the person's lack of faith (Matthew 8:26 KJV, Mark 6:6 NIV).

The question may come to mind: "What type of faith in Jesus did the Roman centurion have? Was his faith based only on the abilities to heal and restore life Jesus had shown in the past? Was his faith mainly based on the belief in the holiness of Jesus? Was his faith the right kind of faith or was it spiritually empty?

We don't have to worry about answering that concern, because Jesus has already given us the answer in Luke 7:9. He said, "... I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." We don't have to deduce what kind of faith the centurion's had because the Lord—who has ultimate discernment—has already pronounced his faith as great. He knows our inner feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. If He says it is so, then it is so.

The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 NIV - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

Based on this biblical definition, there is a big difference between holy faith and interllectual assurance. Intellectual assurance is confidence in the ability of a person, object, or entity to perform a specific task based on what we have seen and know beyond doubt.

Intellectually, we know what a chair is and what it is supposed to do. Throughout our life, we have seen many chairs. It does not take a leap of faith to sit in one which looks sturdy and well-capable of holding our weight.

In fact, at this very moment, most of us are sitting in such a chair. However, suppose we are blind and can't see the chair and don't know how sturdy it is? Then we must trust and rely on the one who can see the chair and lead us to it. Trust in God is to rely on Him and His word to guide our life. This is the key to holy faith.

The more we read about the power of the Lord and what He has done and said in the past, the more intellectual assurance and confidence we naturally should have in His ability to control all circumstances. But even the demons know of and believe in the power of God. Then, what makes the faith of a believer so special?

Our faith is special because it goes beyond intellectual assurance and prompts us to accept the Lord's way regardless of what we would personally like to do. As an example, we should not take revenge on someone even though everything in our nature tells us to. We pray for someone rather than seeking payback because the word of God tells us to.

The keyword in any discussion of faith in the Lord is TRUST because without it there cannot be real faith. Real faith means we are willing to trust God regardless of our circumstances.

When things don't go our way and it seems our prayers are not being answered, will our faith in the Lord endure? Will we keep trusting in Him when His answer to our prayer is no? When our prayers did not prevent the diagnosis of cancer, will we keep trusting God? When our child dies even after our numerous prayers, will our faith endure? Real faith is one which will endure through all circumstances because we trust the Lord to know best for us and believe He directs our path.

Holy faith is a living entity and requires our daily attention. This is because every day we will have new opportunities and challenges to show our faith in the Lord.

The centurion's faith relied on the true nature of Christ. This is because no ordinary person, doctor, or healer can grant healing by simply commanding it to be so. But the Lord can because He is God and everything is under His 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 Bible Version of Luke 7:1-10.

The key verse: Luke 7:7 (NLT) - "I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed."

October 27 – Faith Saves

Alternate Title #1 – Grateful Faith

Alternate Title #2 – Jesus Frogives & Loves Gratefulness

Bible Lesson: Luke 7:37-48 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 7:38 (KJV) - "And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
In this lesson, a woman came to Jesus while He was in a Pharisee's home—with Jesus having been invited there to have a meal with him. The Scripture says she was a "woman in the city, which was a sinner" (Luke 7:37 KJV). The emphasis placed on the fact she was a sinner (Luke 7:38) indicates this woman was well-known as one who participated in a sinful practice (or practices) on a regular basis.

She showed boldness and desperation to go to a Pharisee's home because most people surely knew that the Pharisees believed in strict adherence to the religious laws. Such a person as she would ordinarily be shun by a Pharisee.

We don't know why she was allowed into the home but perhaps she charged in uninvited or perhaps Jesus said He wanted to see the woman who was trying to enter the home. We don't know why she was allowed to enter but nevertheless she was able to approach Jesus as He was about to eat.

She had come there for a reason but the Bible did not record anything she said. Neither did the Bible record any words that Simon the Pharisee—the host of the meal—spoke about the woman. But Jesus knew the thoughts of both. Simon's thoughts were those of disapproval of the woman (Luke 7:39).

The Lord did not criticize or debase her for her lifestyle. Instead, He gave her the one thing she needed the most—forgiveness. On the other hand, Jesus did criticize the Pharisee by comparing the honor and respect the woman had shown to Him as opposed to the lack thereof shown to him by Simon.

The actions of the woman can teach us how our attitude should be toward the Lord. We should show great sorrow for the sins we have committed, as her abundance of tears demonstrated. We should be humble when we approach the Lord (in prayer), as the woman demonstrated by washing Jesus' feet with her tears and then kissing them. We should treat the Lord with the great respect He deserves, as the woman demonstrated by anointing His feet with a very expensive perfume.

The Pharisee should have felt joy for the woman who had come to honor Jesus and ask (through her actions) for forgiveness. Instead, he condemned her in his mind and thought negatively of Jesus for even allowing the woman to touch Him. Her faith brought her forgiveness (Luke 7:48) and the Pharisee's lack of understanding of the compassionate nature of Jesus brought him harsh words from the Lord.

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 Bible Version of Luke 7:37-48.

The key verse: Luke 7:38 (NLT) - "Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them."

November 3 – Self-Examination

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Is Tested

Alternate Title #2 – Know That Jesus Lives in You

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:1-11 (KJV)

Key verse:
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV) - "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Paul had a foundational connection to the church at Corinth. He had spent a significant amount of time there teaching the word of God (Acts 18:11) and establishing the church.

In our reference Scripture, Paul's relationship with this church was being challenged by his critics who questioned his authority as an apostle. Additionally, there were false teachers who were spreading doctrine which conflicted with Paul's teaching.

He was at a disadvantage in that the false teachers and his critics had a frequent presence in Corinth while he was elsewhere spreading the gospel. They had challenged Paul's authority and leadership with him not being there to defend himself. One of the purposes of 2nd Corinthians was for Paul to defend himself and challenge what was wrong in the Church.

While the Corinthians did not have Bibles as we do today, they did have Paul who eventually wrote about half the New Testament. He was, therefore, an invaluable resource to Christian truth and correct teaching.

But his relationship with those in the church at Corinth had been strained due to his critics and also due to false teaching. As with any important relationship (like with a friend or a spouse), when there is a problem or conflict, we must learn to examine ourselves and our personal actions as a starting place to restoring the relationship. Paul wanted them to examine and test themselves to determine if they were true Christians living in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

He tried to explain that he cared more about them following correct teaching and living right than promoting his authority (2 Corinthians 13:7). This is similar to us being happy that a person made the right decision even if our efforts and logic had failed to convince them to make that decision.

Paul told them that Christ lives in them (2 Corinthians 13:5). This is an important message to believers today because we know God indwells all believers in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the most valuable gifts of our Christian existence for He enables and empowers us to live a godly life.

False teaching was a threat to Christians in Paul's day as it is also today. Imagine a student going to a history class where the instructor taught based on his/her faulty understanding of historical events. This is akin to a false teacher. The student may study the faulty instruction faithfully and get all A's in the class but could then leave with incorrect knowledge.

As an example, suppose the student was taught and, as a result, believed the great fire of Rome was started by a little kid playing with matches. That extreme example points to why correct teaching is so important, especially in Christianity. In reality, we know the great fire of Rome occurred in 64 AD when there was no such thing as matches.

Let us consider a few examples of false teaching: It is false doctrine to deny the virgin birth of Christ, to deny the deity of Christ, or to deny that God resurrected Jesus after the Crucifixion. Another example of false teaching is one that integrates a requirement that Christian men must be circumcised (as was required of the Israelites.)

Correct teaching along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit forms the basis for how we should live as Christians. As a result, we know that we should love God with all our heart, and to also love our neighbors as we do ourselves. If we faithfully study the Word and receive correct instruction, we know what behavior is right in the eyes of God and what actions are sinful.

To examine ourselves, we must use as our basis correct Christian doctrine. We can't do that properly if we are victims of false teaching. Also, it is all too easy to deceive ourselves into believing we are better than we really are or have more faith than we really have. We have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us determine what is right and what is wrong in our life.

Unfortunately, self-examination is a difficult thing to accomplish. We are generally subjective when it comes to judging our own behavior. It is all too easy to rationalize our actions as not too bad or not too far from what is right. We are apt to give ourselves some "slack" and keep using the fact that we all sin as a "get out of jail free" card (from the game Monopoly).

A lie here or a lie there isn't too bad we might say. As another example, we could judge ourselves as being better off due to an illicit affair, and find ourselves rationalizing the affair was sent by God to improved us in one way or another. In reality, God is not going to instruct us to sin or to lead us into temptation. That's Satan's work.

A test of faith can be done in a variety of ways. One way to test our faith is for us to give up something sinful which we do on a regular basis and trust God to bring us safely through the withdrawal process. Habitual gossiping, lying, or participating in an illicit affair all qualify.

Another test of faith is when we ask God for something we really want and God's answer is no. We pass the test when we keep on trusting Him to lead us down the right path even if it is not the path we want and what we have asked Him for.

We are fortunate today to have a complete Bible and reliable commentary to which we can refer. This is our foundation for true doctrine. Using this foundation, we can go through a process of self-examination to determine if our faith is real or empty.

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 Bible Version of 2 Corinthians 13:1-11.

The key verse: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) - "Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith."

November 10 – Be Examples of Faith

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Sets an Example

Alternate Title #2 – Be a Good Example

Bible Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 (KJV)

Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 (KJV) - "So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out..."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The synopsis of this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, October 24, 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 Living Translation Bible Version of 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10.

The key verse: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 (NLT) - "As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia. And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God..."

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