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


March 3 – Called to Humility and Hospitality

Alternate Title #1 – Called to Serve

Alternate Title #2 – Jesus Taught How to Serve

Bible Lesson:
Luke 14:7-14 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 14:11 (KJV) - "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

The setting for this Scripture is when Jesus had gone to the house of the leader of the Pharisees for a dinner (Luke 14:1). There is no doubt that some, if not most of the guests were also Pharisees. The Pharisee sect believed in strict observance to the written law (law of Moses) and insisted that their oral laws (passed down from generation to generation) should also be observed.

Although there were some isolated examples (like Nicodemus), the Pharisees were generally not fond of Jesus because of who He claimed to be and because of the authority He claimed to have. He was a threat to their power and position in the Jewish community. While Jesus recognized the position of authority of the Pharisees (Matt 23:2), He had a real problem with them because of their lack of compassion, and because of their hypocrisy (Matt 23:3-4).

As He did so many times in the Bible, Jesus took the occasion of the dinner to be used as a teaching moment. The Pharisees and other guests took this occasion as an opportunity to observed Jesus first-hand—"...the Pharisees and the people were watching Him closely" (Luke 14:1).

When Jesus saw some of the guests maneuvering to sit in seats of honor near the head of the table (Luke 14:7), He decided to speak on the subject of pride and humility. He used a real-life situation to convey a Spiritual truth; this being done in the form of a parable about a wedding feast.

In His parable, He cautioned the people not to assume they are so important that they should automatically go to a place at the table which had high importance, because you may be asked to move to a place of lower importance. This would be embarrassing (Luke 14:8-9). When we exhibit pride, self-centeredness, or arrogance, those conditions may cloud our judgment and hinder us from doing God's work or achieving Christian goals.

In many cases, when a person embellishes their own importance by bragging about their achievements, many of the people listening to them may end up just not liking the person, regardless of how successful he (or she) is. That's an important factor to consider when you are a Christian. How can we hope to lead someone to the Lord if we are always talking about ourself?

To a certain degree, all Christians are salespeople. But we are not selling ourselves. We are selling the idea that believing in Jesus and following His teachings is the best thing a person can do. When we act in a godly manner, we are being a good salesperson, not only for those outside the church but also for our fellow believers. Our actions should be kind, generous and compassionate.

We can make a positive impact on people more by doing good and showing humility as opposed to being arrogant, pompous, and self-righteous. This applies to our actions toward non-believers, those who are our enemies and also to those who are our friends..

Everyone is on our list of prospective clients. This is like when Jesus said that all types people should be on the list of the invited guests to the wedding feast (Luke 14:12-14). This has a broader application in that all people are on the list of those invited to be saved and to spend eternity with our 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 14:7-14.

The key verses: Luke 14:11 (NLT) - "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

March 10, 2019 – A Costly Call

Alternate Title #1 – Called to Sacrifice

Alternate Title #2 – Giving Up Things to Follow Jesus

Bible Lesson:
Mark 1:16-20 (KJV); Luke 14:25-33 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 14:27 (KJV) - "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

A disciple is one who follows the doctrine of another and who seeks to imitate the one who is followed. In our reference text, Jesus gave a description of what a person has to consider if he (or she) wants to be His disciple. In our lesson for today, we will find that being a disciple of Christ calls for great sacrifice. We will have an opportunity for self-examination to determine if we are true followers of Christ and also if we consider ourselves to be His disciples.

First of all, we know Jesus sacrificed His home in Heaven to come to earth to be our Savior. He then gave His earthly life on the cross and endured terrible torture so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have salvation through His blood. He did these unselfish things for our benefit.

In order to be a Christian or a Christian disciple, we must also learn to make unselfish sacrifices. But to do so is very difficult for some of us especially when we are asked to sacrifice our time, money, and other resources in the service of Christ.

There are some who consider going to church worship services as all which is needed in order to fulfill our obligation to Christ. On the contrary, Going to church is a privilege we should look forward to and not one we consider a drudgery. It gives us an opportunity to praise and glorify God in association with other believers. We should look forward to doing this because of all He has done for us. It gives us a platform from which we can help the Kingdom of God prosper and grow.

To exercise this privilege in the early church could have resulted in torture and death. Even today, in some cultures, Christians are subject to persecution and even death just because of their religion.

The terms "Christian" and "Christian disciple" are related but not exactly the same. A Christian is one who has declared Christ as his Lord and Savior and who identifies as belonging the Christian faith. We, as Christians, belong to Christ and seek to be students and followers of His doctrine. Unfortunately, today "Christian" is more of a description of belief as opposed to a description of behavior. When a person professes to be a Christian, it should mean more about how they act as opposed to what type of church they are a part.

All disciples of Christ are also Christians, but all Christians are not necessarily disciples. In the text for today, Jesus explains some of the requirements if we want to be His disciple.

To be a disciple of Christ we must put Him first far above all others. By comparison, other people and other things don't matter. This is what is meant by hating everyone else (Luke 14:26). It is not meant we should actually hate anyone but our devotion to Christ should not compete with our devotion to anyone or anything else. In other words, on a scale of one to ten, our devotion to others compared to our devotion to Christ is a negative number; a number so low as to be below the lowest number on the scale.

Jesus said, "And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:27 NIV). Metaphorically, we could consider this statement as one in which we should expect to make serious sacrifices in order to be a disciple of Christ. While this is true, we also have to consider the context of this statement during the time Jesus was on earth. Those who were going to be crucified were made to carry their cross (at least the horizontal beam) to the site of their crucifixion. In this context, the statement would indicate that we have to be willing to give up everything important to us, including our life, for the sake of Christ. We have to be willing to give up everything we own (Luke 14:33).

The question is, are we ready to give that type devotion to Him to become His disciple? A related question is, "How many people do we know (including ourselves) who we believe meet Jesus' requirements to be His disciple?" Jesus said, if you want to be His disciple, you should examine yourself to determine if you can make the sacrifices needed. You would do this just as one might determine the cost before constructing a building to see if he (or she) can afford it (Luke 14:28-29).

In other words, Jesus was explaining there was much more to being His disciple than just accepting the invitation. Likewise, there is much more to being a Christian than just saying we are one. It's somewhat like when a minister accepts the invitation to be the pastor of a church, he (or she) will soon find there is more to the job than just having the respected title. Being a pastor is serious business as a study by Duke Divinity revealed.

Our reference Scripture recounts the time when Jesus called His first disciples. Considering all which would be required of them, still they dropped what they were doing and joined Jesus' ministry. First were Simon and his brother Andrew. Next was James and John. They left their homes, families, and jobs to become disciples of Christ. Considering that all Christians are called to sacrifice in some respect, this lesson distills down to one personal question: "How much an I willing to sacrifice for the sake of Christ?"

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 Mark 1:16-20; Luke 14:26-33

The key verse: Luke 14:27 (NLT) - "And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple."

March 17 – Calling the Lost

Alternate Title 1 – Called to Return

Alternate Title 2 – Our Forgiving Father

Bible Lesson:
Luke 15:11-24 (KJV)

Key verses:
Luke 15:22, 24 (KJV) - "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet ... For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Today's lesson is about one of Jesus' most well-known parables: the parable of the prodigal son. We will learn about the value of forgiveness from both the perspective of that which we seek and also from that which we are called upon to give. Interwoven in the narrative of the lesson text are the most basic of Christian values: hope, faith, trust, and love.

The prodigal son asked to receive in advance all the money the father was planning to leave him as an inheritance. The Scripture points out this was the younger son (Luke 15:12) implying he was someone who perhaps had not yet achieved the wisdom associated with age and experience. This son obviously wanted to have a good time away from the critical eyes of his father and family and so he headed for a city far away (Luke 15:13). If cars had been in existence back then, we could visualize the son burning rubber with his sports car as he started out for the big city and lots of fun.

After he had spent all his money on having a good time (Luke 15:13 NIV), he discovered that his foolish behavior had left him with no real way to survive. He found a very low-end job feeding pigs—an animal which the Jewish people considered unclean. He was so desperate that he considered eating what he was feeding the pigs (Luke 15:16).

He then made the big decision of our lesson: to go back home to his father and ask for forgiveness (Luke 15:18 NIV). He thought perhaps his father may let him be one of the hired servants. That would surely be better than how he was then living. But he knew the only thing he truly deserved was a rebuke by his father.

His father would be justified in saying it was too late for him to come back. He could say the son he had already been given his inheritance and now he was on his own. He didn't deserve mercy or grace but as he got closer to home he got more than he had hoped for. He was not only welcomed back by his father (Luke 15:20 NIV) but he was welcomed with a great celebration (Luke 15:23).

The father ordered the servants to place the finest robe in the house on his son. He told them to get sandals for his feet and a ring for his finger; he said to be quick about it. These items and the urgency of the order signified the restoration of the son to his place in the family. He was to be no servant or slave for they would not wear a fine robe or ring. In addition, the father said to place the robe on his son; not just give it to him but to place it on him, signifying his importance. - Luke 15:22, 24 (NLT)

One of the underlining principles in Jesus' parable concerns the high price we can be made to pay when we go against the wisdom and wishes of our heavenly Father. He sometimes allows us to do the foolish and sinful things we desire which many times will result in us learning a lesson we won't soon forget.

Clearly, this parable applies to many more aspects of our life than spending money foolishly. We can also misspend our time, focus, and attention and make all sorts of sinful mistakes in our life.

Someone once remarked that some of us choose to learn lessons the hard way by enrolling in what is called the School of Experience. We can safely say a lot can be learned from the "school of experience" but sometimes we will find the tuition is very high—the price we are made to pay for learning a lesson the hard way. We can say that the prodigal son learned his lesson from the school of experience.

King David had enrolled in this school also when he gave in to his sinful desire to have another man's wife: Bathsheba. He got what he wanted but had to pay a very high price. His first son with Bathsheba died and later one of his favorite sons, Absolom, led an insurrection against him.

Like what happened to David, God could allow us to date someone who we know is bad for us, or He could allow us to throw away all our money in a casino, shopping mall, or a bar. We can be allowed to live pridefully in order to impress others. A person in this category lives in a house he cannot afford, drives a car which is too expensive, and lavishly spends money on any and everything.

This type of foolish behavior has left many people penniless or in divorce court. Sure, we learned a lesson in the end, but the lesson came at a high price, just as with the prodigal son.

Believers have a comforting consideration, even when we are experiencing difficult times. We have been promised that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28). From the miracles which saved us from disaster to the lessons we chose to learn the hard way, all things work together for our good. We must vigilantly remind ourselves of this fact because it is easily overlooked when we are in the midst of trying times.

In the parable of the prodigal son, we should note that the father and family are not shown as going to the son to beg him to come back. Going back to the father with humility was a decision the son had to make on his own. He had to want to go back. On the other hand, the son had to have faith that his father loved him and would not reject his plea to come back home. He had to know his father has a compassionate and forgiving nature.

We are fortunate that God is so forgiving and compassionate. He is always willing to forgive us of our sins and welcome us back even though we have acted sinfully. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins and to usher in a new covenant (John 3:16 KJV) with all humanity.

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 15:11-24.

The key verses: Luke 15:22, 24 (NLT) - "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet ... for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began."

March 24 – Calling to Salvation

Alternate Title #1 – Called to Repent

Alternate Title #2 – We Need to Seek Jesus

Bible Lesson:
Luke 19:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 19:10 (KJV) - "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

As was the lesson of last week, today's lesson is also about confession and asking for forgiveness. Regardless of how many sins and how often a person has sinned, the Lord is always willing to forgive. Jesus demonstrated this with Zacchaeus who stood up in front of the people and pledged to repent and make amends for his wrongdoings (Luke 19:8). Jesus accepted his act of repentance and declared, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10 NIV).

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. The Bible does not define the title "chief tax collector," but we can safely conclude that being one meant the person was a major tax collector and thereby interacted with many who had to pay taxes.

Tax collectors were able to charge above what was actually required by the government. Zacchaeus was rich indicating he was good at his profession including, no doubt, unfairly extracting extra money from the people.

Imagine the hatred people today would have if the IRS sent out tax collectors, such as Zacchaeus, to collect the taxes from people and they would not stop at what was legal but would require additional amounts with no explanation. Even though that is not the case today, not many people have a favorable view of the IRS.

As Jesus was entering Jericho, he saw Zacchaeus perched in a sycamore fig tree—there so that he could get a better view of Jesus. Jesus could have taken that opportunity to chastise Zacchaeus for his hated profession. He could have denounced him as a true villain among the people. He could have embarrassed the tax collector in front of some of the people he had probably cheated. But instead, Jesus called him by name and invited himself to Zacchaeus' house that day (Luke 19:5).

Jesus gave His life on the cross for all of us, regardless of our sinfulness, so that we can receive forgiveness through His sacrifice and by the grace of God. Some people may think it's too late in their life to turn to Jesus but the story of Zacchaeus and also the parable of the prodigal son tell us it is never too late.

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 19:1-10.

The key verse: Luke 19:10 (NLT) - "For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."

March 31 – Called to Discipleship

Alternate Title #1 – Called to Follow

Alternate Title #2 – Serving Jesus

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 4:12-22 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 4:19 (KJV) - "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

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

Our lesson today is about the start of Jesus' ministry and the call of his first disciples. The first two were Simon (called Peter) and Andrew. Jesus called out to them and said, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to be fishers of men (Matt 4:19)." They at once left their work and followed Him.

A little farther up the shore He saw James and John, and called for them to come also. Like Peter and Andrew, they immediately left their work and followed Him (Matt 4:22).

Essentially, these first disciples demonstrated what it means to give up everything to follow Jesus. It also gives us insight into the purpose-driven nature of a disciple. Not only would they be trained to draw others to Christ, but they would continue Jesus' ministry after He ascended to Heaven.

In general, we can say a disciple is one who adopts the doctrine of another and seeks to follow that doctrine as a lifestyle. Discipleship is, therefore, a continuing process and a life-long pursuit just as it was with the original disciples. Using this general definition, many of us will call ourselves disciples of Christ.

However, Jesus personally set the bar very high for us to achieve if we desire to be called His disciple. In Luke 14 we find these requirements directly from Him:

If we meet these requirements, we are true disciples. However, many of us will gloss over these requirements which came from Jesus. We will say that His words were just guidelines and not absolute rules. However, the cost of discipleship is in fact very high; a price many of us are not willing to bear today.

But we should be encouraged when the Lord gives us a new day because we have another opportunity to work toward the goal of being the type disciple Jesus wants us to be.

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 Matthew 4:12-22.

The key verse: Matthew 4:19 (NLT) - "Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" "

April 7 – Call and Mission

Alternate Title #1 – Called to Mission

Alternate Title #2 – Telling Others About Jesus

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 10:1-15 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 10:1 (KJV) - "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The synopsis for this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, March 18, 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 Matthew 10:1-15.

The key verse: Matthew 10:1 (NLT) - "Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness."

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