Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated May 23, 2018)

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.


May 6 – Giving from a Generous Heart

Bible Lesson:
Exodus 35:20-29 (KJV) ; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (KJV)

Key verse:
2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV) - "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Generosity can be driven by multiple factors, but the most pure and godly factor is the basic nature of a person having a generous heart (a generous spirit).

When Moses told the people that the Lord had commanded them to take a sacred offering, it was to collect the materials for construction of the tabernacle, Ark, and all other items needed in the worship of the Lord. He appealed to those with generous hearts (Exodus 35:5). The people responded so well, that they had to be told to not bring any more because no more was needed. (Exodus 36:6).

Quite often, a person who lives a life of gratitude to God and others is apt to give generously of time and resources. No doubt, this was a big part in what caused the Israelites to give so much. But in all fairness, we must also mention there might have been other factors which prompted them to give so much.

While Moses was on Mt. Sinai communing with God, the people sinned greatly by worshiping a golden calf. They were punished with a great plague (Exodus 32:35) and about 3000 were killed by the Levites by a command from the Lord through Moses (Exodus 32:28). They were commanded to stop wearing fine clothes and jewelry (Exodus 33:6). So, fear of what the Lord may do to them was another factor influencing their generosity. The jewelry that they gave was not going to worn again, so lack of necessity of some of the items given was another factor.

Instead of God killing all of them (Exodus 32:10), He renewed His covenant with them after Moses interceded on their behalf (Exodus 32:32). This brings us back to gratitude being a factor in how generous we are. Those who are grateful to God for all He has done for them are apt to be more generous with their time and resources. In the case of the Israelites, seeing others die as a result of sinfulness could have given them a greater appreciation for the gift of life the Lord had allowed them to keep.

Today, the Lord does not threaten to wipe us from the face of the earth because of our sinfulness, as was in the case of the Israelites. Instead, He sent His son to die as a sacrifice for our sins so we may spend eternity in Heaven.

If we did not consider any other example of generosity, the gift of salvation though Jesus Christ is all we need to command our extreme gratitude. Considering how generous God is to us, should we not respond in kind? It's no wonder why God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) and a generous heart, for He has been that way with us even though we are sinners.

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 Exodus 35:20-29; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

The key verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT)- "Remember this--a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop."

May 13 – Bringing Firstfruits
Alternate Title – Giving to God First

Bible Lesson:
Leviticus 2:14 (KJV) ; Leviticus 23:9-14, 22 (KJV)

Key verse:
Leviticus 23:10 (KJV) - "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

The Israelites were told to make an offering of the first part of the crop to be harvested in the new land—the firstfruits (Leviticus 23:10). Making such an offering to God showed gratitude and honor to God for the land He had given them. This was an acknowledgment that it was because of the promise of God that they received the new land. He is the one responsible for their good fortune, and the one they should thank and be grateful to.

In many cases, when we are young and new to the world a lot takes priority over worshipping and being grateful to the Lord. The girlfriend or boyfriend, or socializing with our friends controls the thoughts of many young people.

But, as we grow in the Lord, we discover He is responsible for all we have, and controls what will happen to us in the future. That is one of the most important discoveries of our life, because only then can we truly express our gratitude and faithfulness to the Lord. Unfortunately, there are those who never make that discovery and go to their grave thinking they were responsible for the good fortune in their life, and do not give God the honor and credit He deserves.

I heard a minister preach that we should honor the Lord by giving the first part of our day to Him. That might mean praying to Him, studying the Word, or both. The explanation was to do this because He allowed us to "enter" the new day just as the Israelites were allowed to enter the new land. We should take away from this concept that the priority of our thoughts and actions should be given to the Lord at the dawn of each day we are allowed to see. Metaphorically we are giving Him the firstfruits of each of our new days.

We can extend the preacher's concept by placing God first in more than just the start of the new day. We should also put him first when it comes to how we are on our job, how we relate to our spouse, how we relate to family and friends, and especially how we relate to those who are enemies, or who have done harm to us. Before long, we will understand we should put the Lord first in how we live our entire life.

When we live a grateful life for all the Lord has done for us, we should also express that gratitude by showing concern and compassion for those who are in need. God did many good deeds for us and we should likewise do good to others. This is the central theme of Leviticus 23:22 (NIV) - "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God."

Putting God first in all our actions is easier said than done. We will quickly find it is not easy to love our enemies. It's not easy to do good to those who hate us. But the Lord leads us to Luke 6:27 (KJV): "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you."

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 Leviticus 2:14, 23:9-14, 22

The key verse: Leviticus 23:10 (NLT)- "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest."

May 20 – Remembering with Joy
Alternate Title – Obeying a Time of Rest

Bible Lesson:
Leviticus 25:1-12 (KJV)

Key verse:
Leviticus 25:10 (KJV) - "And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

When it comes to worshipping the Lord, obedience and trust go hand in hand. There was a joke I read once which may help to explain this. A man had fallen from a clift and was hanging on by a root which protruded from the rock face. Below were the rocky shoals of the ocean—sure death if he fell onto them. He called up for help and the booming voice of the Lord said for him to let go of the root and he would be saved. After thinking it over for a while, the man called out, "Is there anyone else up there who can help me?"

This little humorous story has a hidden meaning. In the book, "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful Living," this story is used as a metaphor to represent our main sinful activity—a sinful root—we hang on to for dear life. It could be a sinful relationship with someone, or the hatred of someone for something they have done to us or perceive they have done to us. It could be any sinful thing we seemingly just can't stop doing, which we know the Lord doesn't like. If we truly trust the Lord, we would let go of that sinful root and trust Him to save us.

In our lesson today, we find obedience is supported with trust. The Israelites were asked to institute a sabbath year (Leviticus 25:2), every seventh year, in which they would not go about the normal cultivation of their crops for the whole year (Leviticus 25:4). There would be no pruning of the vineyards and no cultivation and planting of new crops. To stop their normal work like this would require they trust the Lord to provide enough for them to survive on during that whole year. Their obedience to God went hand in hand with trusting God.

Their trust in the Lord to provide for them went a step higher for they were asked to share whatever does grow in their fields with the livestock and even the wild animals (Leviticus 25:7).

No doubt, for many of us, we would have liked to play it safe and make sure we had enough to live off of, and to at least not open our resources to even the wild animals. This foreshadows what our Christian attitude should be for the poor and disadvantaged. We could easily find ourselves wanting to keep close to home any resources we have and to give to others as little as possible. But for Christians, we should willingly desire to give to others, considering that Jesus gave his life for us and we are His followers.

The reference Scripture also introduces the concept of a jubilee year. The fiftieth year was declared by God to be the jubilee year in which the slaves would be set free and all land would revert to the original owner (or the descendents of the original owner) Leviticus 25:10. Such a concept, no doubt, would not be welcomed by many today who have bought land over the years.

The jubilee year is like an exclamation point to the fact that all land and everything else in the earth belongs to God ... we are just tenants (Leviticus 25:23). Paul said, "For, "the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it (1 Corinthians 10:26).

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 Leviticus 25:1-12

The key verse: Leviticus 25:10 (NLT)- "Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan."

May 27 – Rejoicing in Restoration
Alternate Title – Trust in the Lord

Bible Lesson:
Psalm 34:1-10 ; Hebrews 2:17, 18 (KJV)

Key verse: Psalm 34:8 KJV - "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

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

The base word of restoration is restore. To restore means to refurbish, repair, or recondition something in order to bring it back to proper operating condition. The type of restoration we are studying in this lesson is the Lord's restoration of us—the believers.

We will discuss the need to praise God even during times of distress and pain. We can recall how Satan was allowed to put Job through the worse period of his life. But in the end, Job did not abandon his faith in the Lord. In the end, the Lord rewarded Job by restoring all which had been taken from him. The lesson for today teaches us to praise the Lord at all times, even if it is during the most difficult time of our life.

One type of repair we are all familiar with is that of a car. The most trouble-free period in the ownership of a car is usually when it is brand new. But, over the years, it will develop problems which will need to be fixed. From the brakes to the tires, we will need to have the car repaired and restored to a good condition.

From a Christian perspective, the most sin-free time of our life on earth is at it's beginning. We are born without prejudices, evil intentions, or other such Christian imperfections. But, along the way, we will adopt bad habits, and sinful practices. Just like the car, at that point, we're in need of fixing and being restored to proper Christian operating condition. This restoration is accomplished by trusting in the Lord to fix us and to make us better Christians.

The lesson text today is as much about David as it is about the message, because the words and actions of David serve to mold the message: to praise the Lord and rejoice in Him at all times ... even through the restoration process.

David wrote the words in the text (from Psalm 34) when he himself was going through difficult times. He was on the run from King Saul who sought to kill him. David could have easily lost his faithfulness in God. He could have said, wasn't I the one God chose to be king? (1 Samuel 16:12, 16:13). Then why am I being treated like this? He could have lost confidence that God still had his best interest in mind. But he didn't lose faith.

In order to make us better suited for His purposes, God allows us to go through some difficult times. Therefore, even when we are going through these unpleasant times, we should still rejoice and trust in Him. It is all part of the restoration process. In Psalm 34:1 KJV, David said, "I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." The key words are, "at all times."

Romans 8:28 reminds us that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. This is good news for those who love God, and reminds us to trust and rejoice in the Lord through all circumstances. If we continue to faithfully study God's word, we will better understand that even experiencing difficult times is part of our Christian growth.

In Romans 5:3-4 (KJV) tells us why we should rejoice even while we are suffering difficulties. It says, "We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope."

The NLT version of Romans 5:3-4 goes a step further. "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation."

The strength of our Christian character is molded by our response to tribulation. Each of us may now be going through something like David was. There could be something gnawing away at our joyful and peaceful spirit, but our response should be, just like David, to stay in faith and continue to rejoice and trust in the Lord at all times.

There may be someone who doesn't like you, and talks unfavorably about you to others. Regardless of what you do, they are going to say you are wrong. Our response should be to stay in faith and continue to trust and rejoice in the Lord because He is the one we have to please. God knows about that person and what you are going through, just like He knew about Saul and his hatred of David.

Any of the conditions mentioned above, and many more, can prevent us from living a peaceful and godly life, if it results in us losing confidence in the Lord. We should realize all Christians must go through God's refining and molding process in order to become a better tool for His service. So, regardless of what is happening in our life, we should continue to rejoice in the Lord.

Even when David had an opportunity to kill Saul, he declined to do so. He left it up to God. David didn't lose his faithfulness to God even when it appeared it was in his best interest for survival (1 Samuel 26:9).

This is one reason why Psalm 34:1 is so important to this lesson—it teaches us to praise God even when there is something in our life enticing us to sin against Him. It teaches us to praise God even through hard times, and when His hand of discipline is upon us.

As opposed to worrying about things we can't change, we should be like trusting little children when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. A child places his (or her) hand in the parent's hand and confidently crosses a street, or goes into a busy store or some other unfamiliar environment, without the worry the child would have if he (or she) was alone.

When we place our hand in God's hand, we know He is looking out for us. We know the Holy Spirit is guiding us, and the events of our life are as they should be.

We all are struggling with some problem, or will be struggling with something in the future. In light of our lesson, what should all Christians do? Again, we go to Psalm 34:1 which says what we should do—praise God through it all; at all times. Praise Him through our temptation, our hurt and pain, and even through His discipline on us.

Not only should we praise Him, but our text encourages us to involve others in our rejoicing so they may also be lifted up during times of distress (Psalm 34:2-3). David's words reminds us to tell others to seek the wisdom of the Lord and place themselves under His protection (Psalm 34:8).

When we tell others how the Lord has blessed us and how He can help them also, this is called testimony. We should not be ashamed or hesitant to testify about how the Lord has brought us out of fearful or sinful living (Psalm 34:4-5).

We should not ever hesitate to exclaim how the Lord saved us from our own sinful self. As the spiritual song Amazing Grace says, "I once was lost, but not am found, was blind but now I see." Those words represent victory over what the enemy wants for us.

Even if we are under a constant state of repair and restoration by the Lord, we will trust and praise Him through the process because we know He is making us better. We will rejoice in restoration because we trust in the Lord ... at all times.

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 Psalm 34:1-10 ; Hebrews 2:17, 18

The key verse: Psalm 34:8 NLT- "Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"

June 3 – Justice and Sabbath Laws

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 12:1-14 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 12:7 (KJV) - "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Today's lesson centers around a confrontation between some Pharisees and Jesus. A Pharisee was a member of a Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law. They believed in their religious superiority. Some people would call them self-righteous.

As Jesus and His disciples were walking through some grain fields on the Sabbath, the disciples, because they were hungry, were breaking off some of the heads of grain and eating them (Matt 12:1). When the Pharisees told Jesus that His disciples were doing what was unlawful on the Sabbath, Jesus told them He is Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8). They did not understand or believe He was God made into flesh, and therefore they did not honor His authority over the laws.

Who better could explain the meaning and intent of the Sabbath than the One who commanded its existence, for Jesus was God in flesh? The Pharisees did not accept Jesus as the Lord and rejected His claims of authority. In fact, they even plotted to kill Him (Matt 12:14). Even this development was part of God's plan, because Jesus was destined to be a sacrifice for us on the cross. He could not be so if there was no one who wanted Him killed.

He tried to explain to them, in terms they might understand, that His actions, and the actions of His disciples were not violating the intent of the Sabbath. He gave three examples: the time David and his men ate the consecrated bread (Matt 12:4); how the Priests work on the Sabbath, but were innocent of violating the law (Matt 12:5); how they themselves wouldn't hesitate to save one of their own sheep on the Sabbath even though this action would be technically violating the law (Matt 12:11-12).

The Sabbath observance was commanded by God, but in many cases the laws of the Sabbath were either created by or interpreted by man. The Pharisees may have thought they were the supreme authority on the meaning Sabbath and its laws, but they were mistaken. The Lord is the supreme authority over the laws—their interpretation and how they should be applied.

Jesus gave a glimpse of who He really was when He made the shocking statement in which He explained what He wanted (Matt 12:7 NIV)—indicating the Law was His to explain and interpret. He said, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." This is a statement which could only be given by the One who owned the Sabbath and how it applied to the people.

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 Matthew 12:1-14

The key verse: Matthew 12:7 (NLT)- "But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices."

June 10 – Parables of God's Just Kingdom

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 13:24-33 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 13:30 (KJV) - "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

The first parable in the text for today is that of a farmer who planted good seed in his field (Matt 13:24), only to have his enemy plant weed seed in the same field to contaminate the crop (Matt 13:25). In this parable, Jesus is the farmer (Matt 13:37). The field is the world and the good seed represents the people of the kingdom and the weeds are the people who belong to the devil (Matt 13:38-39).

The farmer told the workers to let them both grow and eventually it will be much easier to tell the good wheat from the weeds. When the harvest time arrives, the harvesters will separate the weeds and burn them (Matt 13:30). The harvest time represents the end of the world (Matt 13:39) and the harvesters are the angels. The angels will remove all who do evil (Matt 13:41) and throw them into fiery furnace (Matt 13:42) which is Hell.

In the end, only the righteous will be left in the kingdom and they will shine like the sun (Matt 13:43). One way of visualizing this statement is to imagine a chanderlier which had half the bulbs which were bad and burned out, as compared to the same chanderlier will all good bulbs which shined much brighter than the one with the bad bulbs.

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 Matthew 13:24-33

The key verse: Matthew 12:7 (NLT)- "Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn."

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