Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated February 22, 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.


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 us all.

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 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.

When someone says something to us designed to hurt us or embarrass us in front of others, how should we respond? As we grow older in years and grow in Christ, we will discover the Christian value of restraint and discipline, because it is not our place to retaliate or hurt others; even if they hurt us first. Vengeance is mine, the Lord said (Romans 12:19).

All manner of insults were directed at Jesus during His time of crucifixion, but He did not take revenge on them or retaliate. He is our model. How should we respond to insults? "Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28)." That is how the Lord wants us to respond to insults. Above all, we should strive to not be the one who initiates insults or gossip, because we know it does not take much to cause great harm (James 3:5).

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."

February 18 – Faithful Disciples
Alternate Title – Faithful Followers

Bible Lesson: Acts 9:36-43 (KJV)

Key verse: James 9:40 KJV - "But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The disciple Tabitha was a person who was well-known for doing good and helping the poor (Acts 9:36). When she died, they sent for Peter; one of the most prominent apostles of Christ, who was in Lydda at that time, only 12 miles away. This was after Peter had performed a miracle on a man in Lydda, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. Through Peter, this man was healed by the Lord (Acts 9:34).

The Scripture does not explain why they sent for Peter. It could be they thought he might be able to bring her back to life, or perhaps they just wanted a prominent Christian leader to be present at her burial to honor her. We also do not know how the two men travelled to Lydda who were sent to get Peter. If they rode donkeys, it would take much less time than if they walked.

When Peter entered the room where the body was, he prayed to the Lord, and afterwards said, "Tabitha, get up." (Acts 9:40). She came back to life, not because of Peter's power, but because of the power of God working through him ... because of his faith.

The friends of Tabitha, no doubt, cared a great deal for her because of the Christian life she had lived. What we do while living will determine, in large part, how we are thought of after death. How we treat others will contribute greatly to how they treat us, especially in a time of need.

Faith is the key element in this lesson. The Lord has infinite and incalculable power and control over all things. It is our faith in Him which can result in miracles ... not faith in ourselves. Peter did not resurrect Tabitha ... God did. But it was Peter's faith in God which made it possible as a result of his prayers.

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 9:36-43

The key verse: Acts 9:40 NLT - "But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, "Get up, Tabitha." And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! "

February 25 – The Good Fight of Faith

Bible Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:11-21 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 Timothy 6:12 KJV - "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Paul was a mentor to Timothy who, at times, was his traveling companion. He gave Timothy some important assignments where a trusted evangelist was needed. Our reference Scripture is contained in a letter from Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:1-2). In this letter are words of instruction, wisdom, and encouragement.

Our lesson contains two basic principles that Paul is conveying to Timothy. First, he warns Timothy to be on guard for those who are false teachers who are in it for the wrong reasons (1 Timothy 6:5) or those who have not learned the right things to preach (1 Timothy 6:4).

Secondly, Paul warns Timothy to stay away from the dangers of worldly distraction and temptation because he is a man of God (1 Timothy 6:11). He must live so others cannot find fault with him (1 Timothy 6:14). By doing so, he is fighting the good fight of faith in which the reward is eternal life with our Lord (1 Timothy 6:12).

This lesson has a good application to Christianity today. There are ministers who have become contaminated with the prospect of fame and fortune. There are church members who are prevented from focusing on a godly mission because of worldly pursuits and weaknesses.

When we are faced with the attraction of worldly desires, we could all use a friend and mentor like Paul to help us over the difficult times. We will not remain faultless, because we are all sinners, but we do have a traveling companion who seeks to instruct and advise us. That companion is the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers. God doesn't intend for us to fight the good fight of faith alone. That is why we must pray for and accept the advice and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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 1 Timothy 6:11-21

The key verse: 1 Timothy 6:12 NLT - "Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses."

March 4 – The Lord Will Provide
Alternate Title – God Will Provide

Bible Lesson: Genesis 22:1-3, 6-14 (KJV)

Key verse: Genesis 22:8 KJV - "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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This lesson exemplifies how faith and trust in God should lead to our obedience to His will, and confidence in his wisdom. As a result, we can be assured that He will be faithful to us just as we have been to Him. The Lord fulfilled a promise to Abraham by allowing him to miraculously have a son even though he and his wife were very old. He was 100 years old and she was 90. But then one day, God tested Abraham's obedience by telling him to sacrifice his only son—his miracle son—as a burnt offering (the body will be burned up).

Abraham proceeded to obey God, but after he had bound his son Isaac and laid him on the wood, God stopped him before he could kill his son (Genesis 22:12). Instead of his son, God provided a ram for the sacrifice (Genesis 22:13). The ram was killed and and the body consumed by fire as a burnt offering. Abraham named this place Yahweh-Yireh which means, "The Lord will provide (Genesis 22:14)." He had proved his faith in God's wisdom by following God's instruction to sacrifice his only son that he loved so much.

The land of Moriah (Genesis 22:2), where the ram was provided to Abraham, has great religious significance. It was not only on Mount Moriah where the ram was provided by God, but also where the Lord later appeared to David (2 Chronicles 3:1).

In the future, this was the area where the Temple was built, destroyed, and then rebuilt. It is called the Temple Mount and is sacred property in Jerusalem today, not only to the Jews but also for the Christians and Muslims (for different reasons). The only thing which remains of the Temple Mount is the west retaining wall, and the Western Wall is where many people from all over the world come to pray.

Sometimes we can pray and pray about something and nothing seems to be happening. Even if God intends to grant our request, it may seem to us He is not moving fast enough. We have put Him on our time schedule. We have forgotten He knows best. We have forgotten the old saying, "He may not come when you want Him to, but He's always on time."

When it was first revealed to Sarah that she would give birth to a son, she laughed privately to herself at even the prospect of an old woman like her giving birth (Genesis 18:12). By God waiting until she was well beyond her child-bearing years, for her to give birth, it went from an ordinary birth to a miracle. It demonstrated there is nothing God cannot do. It demonstrated He will provide and that we should never lose patience waiting on Him. We should never try to put God on our timetable.

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 22:1-3, 6-14

The key verse: Genesis 22:8 - "God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son," Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.

March 11 – There is No God Like You

Bible Lesson: 2 Chronicles 6:12-21 (KJV)

Key verse: 2 Chronicles 6:15 KJV - "Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Solomon, the king of all Israel, stood on a bronze platform in the Temple's courtyard in front of the entire community of Israel. Before he offered a prayer of dedication for the new temple, he knelt and lifted his hands toward heaven (2 chronicles 6:13). He said, "O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. (2 chronicles 6:14)"

We are fortunate to have such a loving and forgiving God, who saw our needs long ago. He sent His Son to be a sacrifice for our sins and to usher in a new covenant between Himself and all those who believed in His Son. Christians don't have a physical central temple as the Jews had during Solomon's time. What we have is a living Church comprised of all believers.

The cornerstone of our church is Jesus Christ, who was rejected by the people during His ministry on earth (1 Peter 2:7-8). The body of believers, who make up our Church, is a temple of God because His presence indwells all believers. The Holy Spirit is His presence, which lives within all Christians.

As compared to Solomon's day, we now have technology which allows the leader of our country—our president—to address the whole nation on national TV at any time desired. Wouldn't it be something for Christians to behold one day, if a president knelt (as King Solomon did) before the people, out of humility and reverence to God, and prayed on our behalf? Well ... that's not in his job description, some people might say. Well ... that type of thing is not allowed by law anymore, others might say.

On every piece of currency we use in our country is printed, "In God We Trust," but a new law would be required to post these words in our schools. Out of caution, our political leaders are seldom heard repeating these words before a secular public forum.

This is how we have come to treat the one and only true God, the creator of all in existence. There is no other God like Him. He has remained faithful to us—forgiving us of our sins—even though we surely deserve His wrath and punishment for our sinfulness, and for relegating worship of him subject to our laws.

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 2 Chronicles 6:12-21

The key verse: 2 Chronicles 6:15 NLT - "You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today."

March 18 – The People Gave Thanks to God

Bible Lesson: 2 Chronicles 7:1-9 (KJV)

Key verse: 2 Chronicles 7:3 KJV - "And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Being grateful to God for all He has done for us is essential to worship, and is a fundamental building block of joyful living. People who are always dissatisfied; grumbling about one thing or another, and not grateful to God for what He has done for them, are likely to be unhappy.

In our lifetime, we may never see fire sent from God come down and consume a burnt offering as was the case of the Israelites in our lesson. Seeing this was a demonstration of the power and presence of God, and prompted them to fall down and worship Him (2 Chronicles 7:3).

However, even without something physical for which to celebrate (such as the Temple), all of us have so much to be thankful for due to the power of God. When we look in the mirror, we are seeing a miracle. Science has revealed some of the miracles going on inside all of us. God has given us a heart which beats 35 million times a year - circulating 5.6 liters of blood three times every minute through a network of blood vessels totaling 60,000 miles.

We don't have to see fire coming from above to have cause to be grateful for the life we have been given and the miracles which go on inside our body every minute of every day. Considering that each of us is a walking miracle, when we wake up we should be prompted to thank God for us being allowed to see a new day, because it is He who is responsible.

But for us, God has gone a step further; He has put part of Himself inside each of us believers. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and is there to help guide our life ... if we invite Him to. That makes each believer's body also a temple because God is there.

In our lesson, the Israelites had assembled for a joyous celebration of the new Temple and they did so with sincere gratitude to God. Their grand celebration went on for a total of two weeks and included the Levites with musical instruments and the Priests blowing their trumpets (2 Chronicles 7:6). Two weeks may seem like a long time, but all of us should celebrate the God-given life we have every day—a lifelong celebration.

Just knowing God cares for us and has given us the Holy Spirit to help guide our life can change our perception of what happens to us on a daily basis. Rather than living a life of uneasiness, waiting for an unpredictable event to shake our resolve, we can face life with confidence that we are under God's control. Maybe we didn't see that unexpected event coming, but He did.

Therefore we confidently thank Him for each day because we know He is in control and He loves us. Therefore we say, as the Israelites did, "He is good! His faithful love endures forever!" (2 Chronicles 7:3)

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 2 Chronicles 7:1-9

The key verse: 2 Chronicles 7:3 NLT - "When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the LORD filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying, "He is good! His faithful love endures forever!"."

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