Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated January 18, 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.


January 7 – A Sincere Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 1:8-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 1:8 KJV - "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The courage and determination to do what is right according to our faith is an admirable goal for all Christians. Satan is a master of temptation, and he will present us with many circumstances which he has tailor-made for each of us—to attack our weaknesses. If we can resist temptation based on the strength of our faith, we are displaying a faith which is sincere and genuine.

Daniel was presented with a situation where he could be given what the King considered the best food and drink. Daniel felt firmly that eating the food would defile him (Daniel 1:8). The Bible does not specifically mention the food items, but we can safely conclude that some of the food was considered "unclean" by Jewish standards, based on God's law. The Lord made it so that the guard who was over them showed favor and compassion to Daniel (Daniel 1:9). As a result, the guard agreed to give them only vegetables and water (Daniel 1:12). As it turned out, Daniel and the three Hebrew young men with him looked better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food, after a test period of 10 days (Daniel 1:15).

The Lord made it possible for Daniel to avoid eating the food which would have defiled him (Daniel 1:9). The Lord will do the same for us. He will not insulate us from temptation, but He will give us a way to escape from it. The NLT version of 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure."

Note: The modern Daniel Fast is a partial fast where some foods are eaten and others are not. It is named after the Old Testament Prophet we studied in this lesson. It allows a time to focus on prayer and the goodness of the Lord. If you try the fast, you will no doubt be able to understand the lure of the "royal" food and wine over plain vegetables. If interested, do an Internet search for The Daniel Fast to get the details and even some recipes. Last year, our church congregation participated in the fast.

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 Daniel 1:8-21

The key verse: Daniel 1:8 NLT - "But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods."

January 14 – A Bold Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 3:28 KJV - "Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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King Nebuchadnezzar had a great golden statue built, and issued a decree that all the people should bow down and worship the golden statue when certain musical instruments are heard (Daniel 3:5). Anyone who did not worship the golden statue in this way would be thrown into a furnace to be killed (Daniel 3:6). The Bible does not specify who the statue represented. It could have been one of the Babylonian idol gods, such as Bel, who Nebuchadnezzar worshiped, or it could have been himself the statue represented.

In any case, the three Jewish exiles—Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego—refused to bow down and worship the idol god (Daniel 3:12). Even when they were brought before the King, they continued to disobey the decree and boldly stated faith in God to rescue them from the punishment (Daniel 3:17). They went a step further and said, even if God did not decide to save them, they vowed to never serve the King's gods or bow down to his gold statue (Daniel 3:18).

The King went into a rage and ordered them thrown into the blazing hot furnace. He was so furious with the Jews that he ordered the furnace heated to seven times hotter than normal (Daniel 3:19).

It's safe to say that Nebuchadnezzar was subsequently convinced of God's power (Daniel 3:28) when Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego emerged from the blazing furnace unharmed (Daniel 3:27). The furnace was so hot that the men who had forced them into the furnace were themselves killed by the heat (Daniel 3:22).

Even with this amazing and miraculous display of God's power, the Bible does not say that the king was ever converted to worshiping only God. It appears he believed in God's power but not as the one and only true God; only as one of the gods.

The King wanted loyalty to himself and what he believed in. He wanted his word obeyed and had no tolerance for anyone who did not do as he said. We are fortunate to live in a country where this is not allowed. Otherwise many of us would surely be "thrown into the blazing furnace" as punishment. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego boldly spoke up for their faith in God and were prepared to suffer the consequences. They were on God's side; not the King's side or even their own side of self-preservation.

No doubt, Satan would be in favor or punishing or killing all those who lived according to their faith in the Lord. Not having such a option Today in our country, he is relegated to using a more subtle approach, by attacking us from within. He is orchestrating struggle of ourself against ourself. He has the power to make doing wrong far more pleasurable to the flesh than doing right. He uses our own worldly desires to fight the battle for him.

He is banking on the hope we will not fight for our faith as did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He wants us to say, "This one time is okay. I will bow down to the gold statue this one time to satisfy the king within me." But, we have to boldly be on God's side and not do as the king desires; not bow down to the gold statue and dishonor 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 of Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28

The key verse: Daniel 3:28 NLT - "Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king's command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God."

January 21 – A Prayer for an Obedient Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 9:4-8, 15-19 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 9:19 KJV - "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Daniel's intercessory prayer was on behalf of his people, as opposed to being only for his needs. If we study Daniel's method of prayer, there are lessons we can learn which will help us when we pray for ourselves or for others; including those who are unable or unwilling to pray for themselves.

If we follow Daniel's example, we will use God's Word in the basis for our prayers (Daniel 9:2). We will approach God with humility, and confidence in His power to help us (Daniel 9:4). We will admit our unworthiness and state why we need His grace or mercy—telling Him if there is a specific need for which we are praying (Daniel 9:5). We will declare our confidence in God's faithfulness to us, even though we are sinners (Daniel 9:9).

Some people may ask, why do we need to pray? After all, God already knows our problems and needs. He already knows what we want Him to do for us. He knows our thoughts. All that is true, but we should learn to look at prayer as a form of worship; exalting His name and showing recognition of His sovereignty over us. God wants us to come to Him when we are in need, and especially when we are in desperate need of help.

By praying to Him, we are acknowledging His supreme power over the events in our life or, for that matter, in the world. When we pray to Him, we are acknowledging we can't deal with all problems alone. We need His help. Even with prayer, we can't expect God to solve every one of our problems to our satisfaction. He is more interested in us learning to face the problems of life with His help that fixing every difficulty we have.

To this end, God has given us two Holy resources to help with our prayers to Him and to bridge the gap between us sinners, and Him—who is holy. We have Jesus, who intercedes between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34). We also have the Holy Spirit who indwells us on a real-time basis, and can take our attempts at prayer and adjust them to be more acceptable and inclusive of our needs (Romans 8:26-27).

Prayer makes a difference to God even though He already knows our thoughts and desires. The angel Gabriel conveyed to Daniel that the moment he began praying, a command was given (Daniel 9:23). We can interpret this as prayer being a catalyst and not just a benign exercise.

If we want to be obedient to God, we must pray. We must pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us be obedient. We should ask for the Holy Spirit to help us avoid or overcome temptation during our moments of weakness. The battle we have rages within our self and is amplified by our weakness for worldly desires. We have a responsibility and privilege to pray for others, as Daniel did. Rather than just complaining about the people in our government, our church, or our community, pray for them.

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 Daniel 9:4-8, 15-19

The key verse: Daniel 9:19 NLT - "O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name."

January 28 – A Strong Faith

Bible Lesson: Daniel 10:10-19 (KJV)

Key verse: Daniel 10:19 KJV - "And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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We can only imagine the multitude of thoughts going through Daniel's mind while he was experiencing the vision. We know, at one point, he was overcome by the power of the vision, leaving him feeling weak and causing him to faint (Daniel 10:8-9). No doubt, he was encouraged when the Lord's representative said "Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed...," Daniel 10:19, NIV. In that same verse he was told to, "...Be strong now; be strong."

At the end of verse 19, Daniel responded with, "...I was strengthened and said 'Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength." He was able to deal with this overpowering event as a result of the encouraging words spoken to him.

Daniel was sincere in his prayers to God on behalf of his people. He humbled himself by not eating rich food or drinking wine during a three-week period (Daniel 10:2-3). God took note of his submissive actions and sent His representative to deliver a response to Daniel's prayer (Daniel 10:12).

Just like Daniel, we too can be encouraged and strengthened by God. He has given us the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16) to guide and encourage us, just as He did for the early church (Acts 9:31). But God does not force the Holy Spirit's guidance on us. We must invite Him to take charge of our life.

We want God to take note of our requests just as he did with Daniel. God wants to know we have faith in Him and that we believe He is directing our path. One way to show God we have a strong faith in Him is to not be quick to be discouraged when things don't go our way.

Our faith in Him is a source of encouragement because we know He is in control. If we wake up in the morning feeling depressed, just look in the mirror and you will see that you are still alive. That beats the alternative and provides a reason for a smile.

Another way to show God we are serious about our need for His help, and our faith in Him, is to do without something we enjoy, or a habitual sin we are practicing. An example of such a sin is an illicit affair.

In "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful Living," the author directs us to work at getting rid of a sin or a relationship which can be defined as a sinful root. Growing out of this sinful root are other sins. Our example of an illicit affair could be a person's main sinful root. Sprouting from this root are the sins of lying, deception, and adultery. Pull this sinful plant up by its root and all of sprouts go with it.

One of the reasons why we should attend church is so we can receive and give encouragement during a time of need. There, we are reminded that God cares about us and what happens in our life. Also, through the encouraging words of a Christian friend, we can gain strength during difficult times, knowing someone truly cares about us.

All of us need encouragement to stay on the right path and to persevere, especially when we are weakened from our struggles with one thing or another. It is our duty as Christians to encourage one another during the bad times and also during the good times. It is true that "A friend in (a time of) need is a friend indeed."

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 Daniel 10:10-19

The key verse: Daniel 10:19 NLT - "Don't be afraid," he said, "for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!" As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, "Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me."

February 4 – Faith Without Works Is Dead
Alternate Title – Faith That Works

Bible Lesson: James 2:14-26 (KJV)

Key verse: James 2:17 KJV - "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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When we face God on our day of judgment, do we want to hear Him say our faith is dead and useless? Hearing such would not be good, considering our salvation is largely based on faith. Our defense could be, "But Lord, I have declared I believe there is but one God ... I believe in You." He could then respond with, "So what? Even the demons believe this" (James 2:19).

We cannot have true faith without exhibiting good works (good deeds), just like a human body cannot be alive without breath (James 2:26). Therefore the faith we have is not a saving faith (true faith which leads to salvation) if our actions do not back up our faith.

An example of our actions not backing up our faith comes from the 25th chapter of Matthew. When we refuse to help our fellowman, it is the same, Jesus said, as refusing to help Him. He said, in Matthew 25:45, "When you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me." He revealed what will happen to such people, in Matthew 25:46: "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life." This means, one of the by-products of our faith should be compassionate Christian behavior.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, it is more than reciting words ... it means we truly accept Him as our Lord, meaning we strive to do as He has instructed us. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, "Not everyone who calls out to me, Lord! Lord! will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter."

For the people who don't do the will of God, He will declare, "I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws" (Matt 7:23). This statement gives instructions for us to do something - to do the will of God in heaven. It gives us an active roll and not one of a bystander.

The type faith which does not exhibit good works cannot save us (James 2:14) and neither can good works by itself save us. We cannot earn salvation through only our works, regardless of how much we try. Since salvation is a gift from God through the sacrifice of Jesus, if we could gain salvation only by our works, Jesus' sacrifice on the cross would not have been necessary. On the other hand, faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

Good works receives encouragement by, and is a companion of, a "saving faith." In other words, true faith encourages us to do more good. Conversely, faith is encouraged by good works since we know it is our faith which drives our actions. Saving faith and good works are companions that work together (James 2:22).

Our lesson today teaches us that a Christian who claims salvation has a life which includes saving faith AND good works. We are not perfect and most likely will not be working to help someone else every minute of our life. But, we should always be ready to help someone or participate in some worthy cause when the opportunity presents itself.

We should all be in the habit of asking God to give us the opportunity to help someone and to advance His kingdom on earth. When a person crosses our path who is in need of our help, what will we do? What should we do? If we have Saving Faith, the Holy Spirit will guide our actions.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of James 2:14-26

The key verse: James 2:17 NLT - "So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless."

February 11 – A Disciplined Faith
Alternate Title – Faith and How We Speak

Bible Lesson: James 3:1-12 (KJV)

Key verse: James 3:8 KJV - "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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What we say, how we say it, and who hears it all go together to determine what message is perceived. The right thing said the wrong way, or to someone who has a preconceived opinion of us can destroy our intent. Communication is of crucial importance in general church operations and also interpersonal relationships. This makes our lesson for today very important for all of us.

The actions and words of human beings are affected by a complex mix of memory, deduction, and temperament, all of which can be altered by how we physically feel on any given day. If we are sad, agitated, or physically hurting or tired, our mental powers are affected.

Additionally, when we communicate with someone, what we say is influenced by our opinion of the person with whom we are speaking and our preconceived opinion of the subject or person about which we are speaking.

Our tongue can cause gossip, loss of friendships, loss of respect, and loss of credibility. We can say things out of haste and with no forethought which could offend someone or cause someone to lose respect for us.

As an example, hearing a pastor or deacon curse or gossip can cause a lasting lost of respect for that person. Lashing out at someone hastily can result in us saying something we sorely regret. If we said what we thought all the time, we could easily find ourselves without any friends, and we could lose our credibility.

Politics is a good example of a profession in which what is said and how it is said are extremely important. In recent times, we have all seen the unfortunate results and controversy stemming from something a politician has said or written.

How do we help prevent ourselves from saying the wrong thing which goes against our faith and Christian ideals? How can we avoid furthering gossip or unnecessarily hurting people with what we say? The ideal way is for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that whatever we do and whatever we say is affected by a holy presence. Unfortunately, we are not perfect in that respect, and will make mistakes in our actions and what we say (James 3:2).

Like any undertaking, we must practice the correct way to become good at it. We know what we say can't be put back into our mouths, so we must practice saying the right thing and in the right way. Once, when I started a new job, the supervisor gave me the advice to not write procedures just to be understood, but to write them so they can't be misunderstood.

The Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers, can be called upon for guidance in what we say. The Holy Spirit will not force us to use His guidance; we must ask for and invite Him to guide us. We also must filter what we think from what we say. In other words, we must think about the consequences of what we are about to say before we say it.

This lesson from James is a discussion of the dangers of a loose tongue. Therefore, we must develop discipline in what we say. The more we practice it and rely on the Holy Spirit's guidance, the easier it will be to avoid conflict or hurting someone's faith. We represent the Christian faith and what we say and do matters to ourselves and to others. Above all, it matters to God.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of James 3:1-12

The key verse: James 3:8 NLT - "but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison."

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