Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated September 19, 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.


September 1 – Faith and Doubt

Alternate Title – Faithful During Distress

Alternate Title #2 - God Saved Lot

Bible Lesson: Genesis 19:1, 4-5, 15-26, 29 (KJV)

Key verses:
Genesis 19:29 (KJV) - "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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In this lesson, the Lord was on the verge of destroying the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah but God wanted to spare Lot and his family who lived in Sodom. Two angels and the Lord had visited with Abraham and told him of their concerns about the depravity of the cities (Genesis 18:20). The Lord remained with Abraham for a while the two angels proceeded to Sodom (Genesis 18:22).

Lot (Abraham's nephew) was at the gate of the city when two angels arrived. He convinced them to spend the night in his house. There is no indication that Lot knew at this moment these were angels. We can speculate that he wanted them to stay in his house that night for fear of what might happen to them in this depraved city if they stayed elsewhere.

Later that evening, a mob of men from all over the city came to Lot's house and demanded he turn the two visitors over to them so they could fulfill their sinful carnal desires with them (Genesis 19:5). When Lot went outside his house to try to reason with them, they proceeded to attempt to force their way into the house where the two men were.

This is when the two men revealed their angelic status by striking the men with blindness and pulling Lot back inside the house (Genesis 19:10-11). They then told him they had been sent by the Lord to destroy the city (Genesis 19:13).

The next morning they told Lot he and his family had to hurray and leave or be consumed in the destruction of the city (Genesis 19:17). Lot hesitated and they had to physically grab hold to his hand and the hands of his wife and daughters and rushed them out of the city (Genesis 19:16).

No doubt, when he left the city in such a rush he and his family were surrendering much of their worldly possessions. They were also leaving behind any friends they had made and their status in the community.

Surely Lot already knew of the great sins of Sodom, but yet he stayed in the midst of the moral corruption. Likewise, many of us knowingly live in and around sin but have a real and powerful hesitation to leave it all behind us for the sake of the Lord. We hang onto the sinful aspects of our present life because Satan has infested our moral consciousness. We have become used to illicit affairs, gossip, and using our money for personal benefit instead of for the benefit of the church.

One day, all of the worldly existence will be destroyed. If we ignore the urging of the Lord to leave it all behind, we may end up being destroyed along with it. Lot's wife "looked back" at the city and was turned into a pillar of salt. This is symbolic for her longing for her old existence and life as well as her possessions which had to be all left behind. We must leave our sinful ways behind and not long for that part of our past.

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 Genesis 19:1, 4-5, 15-26, 29.

The key verse: Genesis 19:29 (NLT) - "But God had listened to Abraham's request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain."

September 8 – God Answers Prayer

Alternate Title #1 – Faithful During Grief

Alternate Title #2 – God Hears Our Prayers

Bible Lesson: 1 Samuel 1:9-20 (KJV)

Key verse:
1 Samuel 1:17 (KJV) - "Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Countless people suffer from depression and heartache caused by a myriad of reasons. It can be a nagging source of pain from the beginning of a new day until its end. Financial difficulties and relationship problems are common causes but many times such problems have an attainable solution. A new job, a loan from a friend, filing for bankruptcy, or working out the root relationship problems may bring joy and reduce or alleviate the pain.

However, when we speak of grief, it reflects a deeper source of depression which often results from problems of which we have no control and no solution. To lose a loved one to death can cause grief. We have no solution to the root cause of this situation because we cannot bring the person back to life. We can only suffer through the aftermath.

Hannah was in a place of grief because she had not been able to bear a son with her husband, Elkanah, even though he made it plain to her that he still loved her (1 Samuel 1:8). But Elkanah had another wife, Peninnah, who made it a point to taunt Hannah and made fun of her because she had no children (1 Samuel 1:6).

Many of us have experienced situations when we were children in a school where someone makes fun of us for one reason or another. This unfortunately includes the type of bullying which has driven some children to commit suicide.

Often times when we get to the downward point of experiencing grief, we choose that time to turn to the Lord for help. We go to the Lord in prayer and ask for His divine help and intervention to get us through this difficult time or grief. This is often the time we ask Him for a miracle to save a life or relationship, or to save us from the overwhelming pain we are experiencing.

One day, while at the Tabernacle, Hannah was in such a place of hurt and was crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:10). In her prayer, she promised, if only she was granted a son, she would dedicate him to the service of the Lord for his entire life (1 Samuel 1:11).

She was crying so fervently, that the High Priest Eli thought she might have been drinking wine and was drunk (1 Samuel 1:14). But once she told him she was crying out of anguish and sorrow, he had compassion on her and blessed her. His blessing was that God would grant her request (1 Samuel 1:17).

Hearing such a blessing from the High Priest himself gave her such confidence that her problem would be solved that her sadness left her (1 Samuel 1:18). It was almost like Eli's words of comfort and promise had come directly from the Lord.

The Lord wants us to come to Him in prayer when we have a need regardless if it is small or great. Asking the Lord for help is an acknowledgment He is the One who has control of all events and can grant us any request which is in His will. Therefore prayer is a form of worship. We have all heard some senior church member say to "just put it in the hands of the Lord and He will work it out."

Not only did the Lord "work it out" for Hannah, the son He granted her was Samuel who became one of the most significant characters in the Old Testament. The book in the Bible we are now studying bears his name. The Lord can bless in ways we never dreamed of, but we must not lose faith in Him especially in times of sorrow and grief and when there seems to be no solution for our problems.

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 Samuel 1:9-20.

The key verse: 1 Samuel 1:17 (NLT) - "In that case," Eli said, "go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him."

September 15 – Bread From Heaven

Alternate Title #1 – Faithful During Uncertainty

Alternate Title #2 – God Knows Our Needs

Bible Lesson: Exodus 16:1-15 (KJV)

Key verse:
Exodus 16:15 (KJV) - "And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, this is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat."

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How did we get to where we are in the Scripture? --
God caused plague after plague (ten in all) against the Egyptians until Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave. But Pharaoh later had a change of mind and sent his army after the Israelites.

As the army closed in, it appeared the Israelites were trapped at the Rea Sea. God performed the miracle of parting the sea which allowed a dry path for them to travel to the other side and escape. When the Egyptians tried to follow, the sea collapsed on them.

Then they traveled through the Shur desert for three days without water (Exodus 15:22). When they arrived at Marah they finally found water but it was too bitter to drink (Exodus 15:23).

The people turned against Moses because they had no safe water to drink (Exodus 15:24). The Lord gave instructions to Moses how to make the water good enough to drink (Exodus 15:25). After leaving Marah, they came to Elim which was a relatively comfortable and beautiful place to camp. It had 12 springs and 70 palm trees.

After they left Elim they headed to Mount Sinaitheir first major destination. In order to get there, they had to travel through another desert - the Sin Desert (Exodus 16:1). It was in this desert where the Israelites complained and grumbled against Moses and Aaron again. This time they would complain because of not having enough to eat (Exodus 16:2).

God performed another miracle for them. He provided what the Bible calls "bread from Heaven" (Exodus 16:4 ESV) referred by the Israelites as manna Exodus 16:15 (KJV). It is at this point in the Scripture which our lesson for today has its focus.

Lesson discussion:
We are so used to the comforts associated with living in the United States that it would be difficult to imagine being uprooted and sent into a desolate land with uncertain living conditions. We are used to air conditioning, food in the refrigerator, and a means of transportation whenever we need to go somewhere.

Most of us don't know the feeling of uncertainty that those in our midst who are homeless have each day. In our reference Scripture, the Israelites were adjusting to the uncertainty of being uprooted from where their people had called home for over 400 years. Their means of everyday survival—albeit under bondage conditions—had been left in Egypt.

Even though they had personally witnessed miracles performed by God on their behalf, they found themselves frustrated by not having enough food or water. Even though the Egyptian bondage of their people had existed for hundreds of years, they started to miss certain aspects of the certainty of their old existence.

They complained by saying:

"If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt," they moaned. "There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death." Exodus 16:3 NLT.

They vented their frustrations on their leaders: "...the whole community of Israel spoke bitterly against Moses and Aaron." Exodus 16:2 NLT. Moses cautioned the people that they were actually complaining against the Lord (Exodus 16:7 and Exodus 16:8)! After all, Moses and Aaron were faithfully doing as the Lord had instructed them.

Just as God miraculously provided water and food (quail, and a type of bread they called manna) for the Israelites in the wilderness, He will provide for us too. God knows our true needs because only He can see into our future and He knows the absolute best for us according to His will.

He wants us to have faith in Him during the uncertainties of our life. One way the Israelites learned this lesson was by having to depend on God each and every day for manna. On the day before the Sabbath did He allow them to accumulate a two-day supply so they would not have to collect it on the Sabbath. If they tried this on any other day, the manna would go bad.

Uncertainty is an integral part of faith. In Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) we find a clear definition of faith: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." In other words, we show faith when we believe things that we cannot prove and have not seen. We base our whole Christian life on this premise.

The unbeliever does not accept the Lord's presence or anything He has done. The unbeliever credits chance, coincidence, and good or bad luck for miracles. The unbeliever gives himself credit for all his achievements with no credit given to the unseen and all-controlling God in whom we have faith.

The whole world is in a state of uncertainty. The climate is changing and the weather is becoming increasingly destructive. Mass murders occur in unlikely places such as churches and schools. Relations between countries are being strained. The principles of the Bible are being trampled upon. If we ever needed the Lord, now is the time.

But through it all, we must hold on tightly to our undying faith in the Lord. He is in control of everything. We can express this faith by the comforting words of the song "Through It All" by Andrae Crouch:

"I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know that he could solve them,
I'd never know what faith in God could do."  

The words of this song and the lesson for today remind us to remain faithful to the Lord during times of uncertainty for He knows what's best and will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6 HCSB).

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 Exodus 16:1-15.

The key verse: Exodus 16:15 (NLT) - "The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. "What is it?" they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, "It is the food the LORD has given you to eat."

September 22 – God Hears Our Cry

Alternate Title – Faithful Despite Unfaithfulness

Alternate Title #2 - Never Fear, God Is with You

Bible Lesson: Numbers 13:1-2, 17-18, 25-28; 14:1-2, 5-10 (KJV)

Key verses:
Numbers 14:8 (KJV) - "If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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How did we get to where we are in the Scripture: God led Abram to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1). There He made a promise to Abram that his descendents would be given that land. Thus the land of Canaan is what is loosely known as the Promised Land. A more specific declaration is in Joshua 1:4 NIV:

"Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west."

God told Abram what would occur in the future; that his descendants would be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years (Genesis 15:13). But then the descendants will come away with great wealth (Genesis 15:14). God made a covenant with Abram that his descendants would then be given the land of Canaan even though it would be occupied by others (Genesis 15:19-21).

Our reference Scripture starts at the point where the 400 years of oppression was over and the Israelites had traveled to the Promised Land. Even though the Lord has promised to give the descendants the land, they must have faith in order to conquer the inhabitants and take over the land. This would be a formidable task and would test their faithfulness in the Lord's promise.

Lesson synopsis: As a prelude to the great military venture to take over the promised land now occupied by others, the Lord told Moses to send in spies (Numbers 13:1-2 KJV) to ascertain the nature of the land and the occupants (Numbers 13:18).

When the spies returned, they told of the richness of the land (Numbers 13:27). But they also reported the people living in the land were powerful and the cities were fortified (Numbers 13:28). Even though the Israelites had personally witnessed the miracles God did on their behalf to allow them to be freed, for the most part, they did not show faithfulness that the Lord would lead them to victory (Numbers 14:3). Once again they complained against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 14:2)

But two of the spies—Joshua and Caleb—remained faithful to God's promise in the midst of great unfaithfulness of the people. When Joshua and Caleb pleaded with the people to reconsider their doubt (Numbers 14:8) the people responded by talking about stoning Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:10).

It would have been easier for Joshua and Caleb to just go along with the majority opinion but they didn't. They showed courage and great faithfulness in God to go against the angry mob and stand up for confidence in the Lord's word and promise.

All too often we may go along with the crowd in church meetings or other situations rather than stating our true beliefs based on what we know is right according to our faith in God. When someone tries to convince us to take some action which we know is wrong, we should not be afraid to say no.

The lesson for today should teach us to always speak and act from the advantage of faith in God because we seek the reward which comes only from Him and not from humankind. To emphasize this point, we know in the end, as a result of Joshua and Caleb standing up for the Lord's promise, they were the only two (20 years old and older) who would live to walk into the Promised Land. The Lord declared the rest will die in the wilderness (Numbers 14:29-30).

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 Numbers 13:1-2, 17, 25-28; 14:1-2, 5-10.

The key verse: Numbers 14:8 (NLT) - "And if the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey."

September 29 – God Forgives

Alternate Title #1 – Faithful In Consequences

Alternate Title #2 –God Forgives Our Sins

Bible Lesson: Numbers 14:10-20 (KJV)

Key verse:
Numbers 14:19 (KJV) - "Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."

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What shall we learn from this lesson:
In our lesson from last week, only two of twelve spies sent into the Promised Land showed faithfulness that the Lord would bring them victory even against unfavorable odds (Numbers 14:8). The remaining ten spies all agreed the land was very good (Numbers 13:27) but expressed unfaithfulness that they would be victorious (Numbers 13:31).

The people rebelled and even wanted to stone the faithful spies - Joshua and Caleb. The Glory of the Lord appeared and the Lord responded to this unfaithfulness with anger. He suggested to Moses that all the people be destroyed with a plague and then He would make Moses into a nation greater and stronger than they (Numbers 14:12).

This type of suggestion would be very attractive to many people because it would bestow greatness on them and their descendants. Therefore, this was a sort of test for Moses. If he was self-centered Moses would be tempted to go along with that suggestion. However, if he was truly for the people and believed in God's promises, he would defend them and ask for mercy.

Moses asked for mercy on the people with a prayer to the Lord. He told the Lord how killing all the people would look like a failure to other nations of the primary goal of freeing the Israelites (Numbers 14:15). He pleaded with the Lord to forgive the people and not destroy them (Numbers 14:19).

The Lord didn't need Moses to remind Him of who He was and of His promises to the people. But God did use these events in this lesson to fulfill His plans for their future. He used these events and Moses' intercession plea as a means to remind the people that He alone was God.

He reminded them that He controlled their future and whether or not they lived or died. Even though their rebellion had consequences (Numbers 14:30), the Lord displayed his capacity for mercy by forgiving them (Numbers 14:20).

Likewise, our disobedience and sinfulness have consequences. But most importantly, as believers, the Lord has promised to forgive our sins, not because we deserve forgiveness but because of His Son's sacrifice on the cross.

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 Numbers 14:10-20.

The key verse: Numbers 14:19 (NLT) - "In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt."

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."

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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

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