Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated August 18, 2017)

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.


August 6 – Called to Witness
Alternate Title – Called To Serve

Bible Lesson: Acts 6:1-8 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 6:3 KJV - "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

During the time in history associated with the Scripture for today, the church was increasing in spirituality and vitality, and also in numbers. The 12 Apostles had taken on the responsibility of not only teaching the word, but also in the daily distribution of food to needy widows. But, there was discontent coming from the greek-speaking Jews in Jerusalem (the Hellenists) who complained that their widows were being neglected (Acts 6:1). This discontent threatened to undermine church growth and something needed to be done.

The Apostles decided it was time to give up the responsibility of the distribution of food and to assign this task to others (Acts 6:3). By doing so, they would be better able to concentrate on teaching the word and prayer. They suggested to the community of believers the prospect of turning over the food distribution to seven men the community would select (Acts 6:4).

The men should be respected, Spirit-filled, and wise. Having the community to buy into the idea and select the seven men was a very tactful approach as opposed to the Apostles just declaring this was the new approach and then selecting the men themselves. The way it was done involved the whole community of believers and thereby reduced any notion of favoritism.

The modern-day church has an approach which is even more inclusive of member responsibilities. We have those who serve in the capacity of deacons, financial officers, and a multitude of ministries which perform specialized activities to help the church function and prosper. By this approach, the church leaders are able to utilize the talents and spiritual gifts of the individual members to help in church operation and growth.

There is strength in numbers if the work of the church is divided by the membership. A parallel could be made to the process of building a house. The best method of house construction involves those who are adept in parts of the construction. Electricians do the electrical work, carpenters the woodwork, and plumbers the plumbing work. In church, everyone has an opportunity to serve. Whether it is ushering, technology, choir, missionary work, or other such ministries, each member can utilize their gifts and strengths to help the church prosper.

In our reference Scripture, Stephen is introduced as one of the seven men chosen to distribute the food. He is especially important because of his strength of faith and witness. He was falsely arrested and stoned to death for his Christian beliefs. One of witnesses who agreed with the stoning was Saul (Acts 8:1). Saul was himself later converted to the Christian faith and became one of the most celebrated Apostles—writing more of the New Testament than anyone else. We know him as Paul (Acts 13:9) which is the name he used in his ministry to the Gentiles.

This demonstrates that anyone, regardless of their background, can be used in the church. I have heard numerous pastors testify how the Lord changed them and brought them out of an environment of frivolity to preach the gospel. To become a dedicated servant in the church, you don't have to start out as a "Stephen," you could also start out as a "Saul."

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 6:1-8 .

The key verse: Acts 6:3 NLT - "And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility."

August 13 – Called to Break Down Barriers

Bible Lesson: Acts 8:26-39 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 8:35 KJV - "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

Philip was one of the seven men chosen by the body of believers to be given the responsibility for food distribution to those in need. As was discussed in the lesson for last week (concerning Stephen), the seven men chosen for this responsibility were well respected by the community of believers and also "full of the Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3)."

Philip was credited as being one of the first to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ outside the Judaism community. He would ultimately be known as Philip the Evangelist (Acts 21:8). Among other places, Philip preached in Samaria - the capital city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Acts 8:5-6). Because of his preaching, and healing of the sick and lame (Acts 8:6-7) there were many new converts (Acts 8:12).

The lesson for today concerns one particular evangelistic opportunity given to Philip concerning an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27). This person had great authority under the queen of Ethiopia.

Philip was lead to be in a position to meet this man by the angel of the Lord (Acts 8:26) and was moved by the Holy Spirit to discuss the meaning of a passage of Scripture (Acts 8:29) the Ethiopian was reading (Acts 8:30-31). [The scripture he was reading was Isaiah 53:7-8]. Philip took that opportunity to tell him about the Good News of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:35).

As a result, this Ethiopian was moved to be baptized (Acts 8:36).

Many of us would be greatly pleased if we could be the catalyst to lead someone to accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. But, in order to accomplish this goal, we must be ready when the opportunity arises.

That means, we must ourselves understand the word of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ. If given the opportunity to inspire someone to join with us as a believer, what would we say? We can take from our lesson story of today that all of us should be clear in our mind why we are Christians and what we would say to help convince someone else to join our faith.

The Oxford Dictionary defines an evangelist as "A person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching." Using that definition, we should all consider ourselves as evangelists. We probably will not be one who stands on the corner preaching, or one who preaches sermons to a congregation, but we should use appropriate opportunities given to us to explain or reveal the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. By doing so, perhaps we could be the catalyst to lead someone to accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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 8:26-39 .

The key verse: Acts 8:35 NLT - "So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus."

August 20 – Called to Preach
Alternate Title – Called To Proclaim Christ

Bible Lesson: Acts 9:10-20 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 9:10 KJV - "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

The reference Scripture refers to a man named Saul. He was raised in a Jewish home and was trained in the Jewish laws and customs. He was zealous to honor God in everything he did (Acts 22:3). His problem was that he obviously did not believe Jesus was the true Jewish Messiah (Acts 22:4). In fact, he had traveled to Damascus to arrest Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem to be punished (Acts: 22:5).

Remembering back to the story of Jonah, we know that he was not willing to go to Nineveh to deliver God's message. So God used a radical method to convince him: he was swallowed by a great fish and remained in it's stomach for three days.

Saul needed to be convinced that Jesus was the true Messiah. Once he was convinced of that fact, there is no doubt he would continue to honor God but would do so by honoring Him through His Son Jesus. Like with Jonah, the Lord used a radical means to convince him that He was the Messiah: He spoke to him on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:4) and then took away his eyesight (Acts 9:9).

In light of Saul's past, it would have been difficult for an ordinary person to see the potential in him to be one of the most outspoken and loyal followers of the Lord. But, ordinary people don't have the ability of the Lord to look inside a person to see that person's potential. As an example, it was difficult for Ananias—a disciple of Christ—to think Saul had really changed from his anti-Christian reputation; therefore he was wary of him (Acts 9:13-14).

But Ananias had faith in the Lord's judgment and was obedient to his desires. Therefore, he did as he was instructed when, in a vision, he was told to go to Saul in Damascus to be the instrument to restore his sight (Acts 9:17). He could have refused to go out of fear that Saul would arrest him and perhaps he would lose his life like what had happen to Steven.

Our reference Scripture speaks of a man called Saul, but we know him best as Paul, an apostle of Christ. He was converted from being a persecutor of Christians to being a believer and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through his writings, he did more to shape Christianity than perhaps anyone else, other than Jesus. He wrote more of the New Testament than any other single person.

There are many lessons in this short selection of Scripture: to have faith in the Lord's judgment; that all things are possible through the Lord; for us to be obedient to the Lord. Regardless of our past, God may call upon us one day to do something for him which we do not now think we are capable or even initially had a desire to do. However, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can confidently take on new responsibilities in the church. After all, we will probably not know what our calling is ... until we are called.

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 9:10-20 .

The key verse: Acts 9:10 NLT - "Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied."

August 27 – Called to Be Inclusive
Alternate Title – Called To A Wider Outreach

Bible Lesson: Acts 10:19-33 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 10:28 KJV - "And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

To all endeavors in our life, there has to be a first time. Whether it is the first day on a new job, the first day as an usher in church, or the first sermon of a minister, there is always a first time for a new undertaking. God orchestrated Peter's first Gentile convert. In doing so, He taught Peter to be inclusive for those who are welcomed to be a part of the new church. For the first time, Peter proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ to a Gentile.

This first encounter was made possible by visions God willed to Peter and to Cornelius—a Gentile. In Cornelius' vision, an angel told him to send for Peter. Not only was Peter's name given, but also where he could be located.

In Peter's case, the vision he received (while in a trance) was initially cryptic in nature to him. The vision was repeated three times (Acts 10:16), so there would be no doubt of its validity and importance. While he was pondering the meaning of the vision, two things happened. The men sent by Cornelius arrived (Acts 10:17) and the Holy Spirit told Peter to go with the three men who have just arrived (Acts 10:19).

The men told Peter that a Roman Officer—Cornelius—had sent them to ask that he go with them to the officer's house so Cornelius could hear his message. They told Peter that Cornelius had a vision in which a holy angel had instructed him to summon Peter (Acts 10:22).

In this case, we would expect Peter to need a very good reason to go to the house of a Gentile, since he, here-to-fore, believed it was against their laws to associate with Gentiles (Acts 10:28).

But, the series of events were very revealing to Peter: first his vision, coupled with the Holy Spirit telling him that he should go with the men waiting for him outside. The Holy Spirit even told him how many men were waiting—three. Before the Holy Spirit's prompting, the Scripture implies Peter was unaware the men were looking for him. These events led Peter to correctly conclude God's message to him: He should not think of anyone as impure or unclean (Acts 10:28).

Our message is to be inclusive in our worship and service of the Lord. We don't have to go thousands of miles to a foreign country to encourage others to come to Christ - as we do in the mission work we are so proud of. Sometimes, all we have to do is go to the other side of town or on the other side of the "railroad tracks" to find those who would benefit greatly from our church service. It may be difficult to convince them that they are truly welcomed to worship with us. Perhaps we might have to tell them three times, like the vision was repeated to Peter, to drive home that we really want them to worship with us.

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 10:19-33 .

The key verse: Acts 10:28 NLT - "Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean."

September 3 – The Rainbow

Bible Lesson: Genesis 8:20-22 (KJV) ; Genesis 9:8-17 (KJV)

Key verse: Genesis 9:11 KJV - "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

There was a man who moved into a very nice house in my neighborhood. The problem with his property was the front yard which had become overrun with weeds and unwanted types of grass. Since he had a great desire to have a beautiful yard, his decision was to kill the present yard and start anew with good soil and seed. He had delivered rich top soil and used only the best seed available. He wanted a beautiful yard and was willing to do what it took to have one.

Similar to the case of my neighbor's yard and weeds, the earth had become overrun with violence and corruption (Genesis 6:12-13) and God decided to kill everything living that breathes by flooding the whole earth (Genesis 6:17). His plan was to start anew with the "good seed" of the only righteous and blameless person living on earth at the time (Genesis 6:9). This was Noah. He and his family were allowed to survive the flood in a large boat they had to build - called an ark.

God made a covenant with Noah, his descendants, and all other living creatures (Genesis 9:8-10) that He would not ever in the future use floodwaters to kill all living things on earth (Genesis 9:11). This is an eternal covenant with all living creatures on earth (Genesis 9:16).

This covenant signified God had not totally given up on the human race because He had given us another opportunity to do better. The sign and verification of this eternal covenant is signified by the rainbow. The rainbow is a signal to us, and a reminder to God, of His promise to Noah (Genesis 9:14-16).

Today, when we see a rainbow in the sky, we should be reminded that it was through God's mercy and grace humanity was given another chance to live right and to obey His commands. It should remind us of the Lord's willingness to give each of us another chance to do right in our life. It should remind us that God is in control of the events of this world. He could have allowed the flood to kill all of humanity and none of us would be in existence today. This fact alone should inspire us to not waste the opportunity we have been given to be obedient and to relentlessly seek to do right in His eyes.

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 Genesis 8:20-22 ; Genesis 9:8-17.

The key verse: Genesis 9:11 NLT - "Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth."

September 10 – Circumcision

Bible Lesson: Genesis 17:1-14 (KJV)

Key verse: Genesis 17:2 KJV - "And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of

Physically, circumcision is the removal of the male foreskin (Genesis 17:11). When God initially established the covenant with Abraham, all males who were to be included in the covenant family (including Abraham and his household) had to go through the act of circumcision. By doing this, they became God's chosen people.

The reference Scripture states the act of circumcision is to also be made on every male child on the eighth day after birth (Genesis 17:12); well before the child can make decisions on its own. In this case, there is no guarantee the child will mature in a way that pleases God.

There is a phase, "circumcision of the spirit (or heart)," in which the individual is dedicated mentally and spiritually to being obedient to the Lord. This is separate from being circumcised physically. When God's covenant people strayed away from His commands and desires, He said, "A time is coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit (Jeremiah 9:25)".

God obviously wanted more than just a physical alteration. He wanted them to be loyal and obedient to Him and act like they were His people in the way they lived. In return, they would receive his blessings and favor. Physical circumcision is both symbolic of and a reminder of this covenant relationship.

Christians do not practice circumcision as part of a declaration to the Lord, but we do perform the ordinance of baptism (referred to as a sacrament by Catholics). The act of baptism itself is not magical. It does not immediately change the individual from one way of living to another, no more than just putting a welcome mat at the front door makes a person a good neighbor. It is the mind which has to make the change—the inner self.

There are many people who have been baptized who live just as sinfully as many of those who have not been baptized. This is because their mental state did not change to one of obedience to the Lord. They were baptized "in body," but baptism of the spirit requires their initiative and participation.

Christians pronounce Jesus as the Lord of our life and confirm our belief He died for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day. By truthfully declaring this, we are said to be born again; spiritually revived. With Him truthfully as the "Lord" of our life, we will strive to do as He desires. Then the new spiritual life, which our physical baptism symbolized, will become reality.

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 Genesis 17:1-14 .

The key verse: Genesis 17:2 NLT - "I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants."

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