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

Sunday School classes start at 9:30 AM every Sunday.

The lesson segments include a synopsis of the lesson and a link to where the reference Scripture will be played in audio and displayed on the screen.  If your computer cannot play the file, download a free copy of RealPlayer at the site. Also in each lesson segment will be a link to the New Living Translation version of the reference Scripture. This version is easier to understand than some of the other translations.


September 3 – The Rainbow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Genesis 8:20-22 ; Genesis 9:8-17.

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

September 10 – Circumcision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Genesis 17:1-14 .

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

September 17 – Sabbath Observance

Bible Lesson: Exodus 31:12-18 (KJV)

Key verses: Exodus 31:13b KJV, Exodus 31:14a KJV - "Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you."

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

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy," is one of the Ten Commandments taught to countless children in Sunday school. Going to church has become part of applying the Sabbath principles for most Christians. It is the day when we come together to honor and worship the Lord—our "day of worship and rest." Many of us, if not most of us, consider Sunday as our Sabbath.

Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27 KJV)" That means the Sabbath was given to mankind as a benefit as opposed to something which required work or drudgery. It is a time to forget about the worldly worries and physical toil, and focus on the goodness of God.

Under the old covenant—the Mosaic Covenant—God commanded the Israelites to observe the Sabbath as a day of rest and a time to remember what He had done for them. The Sabbath was given to them as a holy day; a sacred day dedicated to Him and not to physical work.

If we refer to the online version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, we will find a broad definition of the Sabbath: "The seventh day of the week observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening as a day of rest and worship by Jews and some Christians."1 Also we find in the same definition:  "Sunday observed among Christians as a day of rest and worship."

From this definition, it would appear the Sabbath could be Saturday or Sunday, depending on your religious preference. But we will find the Bible is not as broad-minded as to what day the Sabbath is.

The Bible does not say that Sunday is the Sabbath. So, in general, do Christians adhere to Sabbath observance on the day of the week which the Bible refers to as the Sabbath; the one referred to in the 10 Commandments given to the 12 tribes of Israel? The short answer is no (except for some specific groups such as Seventh Day Adventist).

Nine of the 10 commandments have to do with the nature of God and sin, while the Sabbath commandment had to do with work and rest. Christians (for the most part) have designated Sunday as our day of rest. It is a day in which we can reflect on God and His goodness.

We are followers of Christ—the Son of God—who was raised from the dead on Sunday and we honor that day as holy. By the sacrifice of God through Jesus Christ, we are under a new covenant, with our sins being forgiven forever by the grace of God.

Jesus pronounced at the Last Supper, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood..." (Luke 22:20). Under that New Covenant, we justify Sunday as the holy day which most represents our faith.

Most Christians observe and apply the Sabbath principles to Sunday, which we treat as our holy day of rest. This is done in honor of our Lord and Savior's resurrection from the dead on Sunday. The crucifixion and resurrection ushered in the new covenant with God, and is most fundamental to our faith.

Historically, Christian Sunday worship was encouraged by the Roman government in the 4th century AD. Roman Emperor Constantine 1, decreed the "day of the sun" (the first day of the week) as the universal day of rest. Constantine became a great patron of the Christian faith and designated Christianity as the official State religion, and Sunday was chosen for the day of Christian worship.

The Roman Empire then supported the building of churches, and the rights of Christians were defended. Some historians contend that Constantine's interest in Christianity was initiated by a vision he had of a flaming cross. Regardless of the reason for his conversion, we know that the Lord can use some unlikely people to advance His desires. A perfect example of this was when the Lord caused Paul to go from being a persecutor of Christians to one of the greatest Christian leaders.

Unfortunately, there are some people who do not observe any day in honor of the Lord. Every day off from work is dedicated to themselves. They do not believe in going to church or observing any day as a holy day. To them, churches are full of hypocrites and a waste of their time and money. Rather than giving money to further the kingdom of the Lord on earth, they spend that money on worldly things they desire and enjoy.

There is a commercial which comes on TV late at night where a bankruptcy attorney makes the statement that perhaps the reason we are up that late is because we are worrying about our bills and can't rest. He goes on to say for us to turn our financial problems over to him and then get some rest. It should occur to us that the only true rest we can get is when we learn to have faith in the Lord. On our day of rest, we should not only be thankful to God for all He has done for us, but we should learn to trust Him with our problems so we can truly rest. Jesus said, in Matthew 11:28 NIV, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Since our Owner—God—has given us a day off, we don't have the excuse of not having time to study His word, and focus on how He has blessed us. In fact, regardless of what is going on in our life, it is doubtful that any of us can truly claim we have absolutely no time to devote to God and the study of His word each and every day. But, when we learn more facts about the Bible, we must not forget that having a good relationship with the Lord is more important than just being able to recite facts.

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 31:12-18

The key verses: Exodus 31:13b, 14a NLT - "'Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. You must keep the Sabbath day, for it is a holy day for you."

1 The Hebrew calendar defines a day as being from sunset to sunset as opposed to from midnight to midnight. From Friday sunset to Saturday sunset is often loosely referred to as Saturday the seventh day - the Jewish Sabbath (called Sabbat).

September 24 – Spirit-Filled Heart

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 36:22-32 (KJV)

Key verse: Ezekiel 36:26 KJV - "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh."

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

Because the Israelites continued to disobey God and worship idols, He caused them to be defeated and exiled to foreign lands. This was fulfillment of prophecy made by Ezekiel and other prophets which predicted the fall of Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem. Even though they had been warned through prophecy of the dire consequences of their sinfulness, they did not repent and therefore received punishment.

However, because of the defeat and exile of the Israelites, God was concerned about the honor of His holy name. Other nations might say He was unable to keep His people safe on His own land (Ezekiel 36:20). He, therefore, decided to bring His people back to their land so other nations could see that He was truly in control of events (Ezekiel 36:22).

God stressed the people did not deserve the favor He would show them. But for the sake of His Holy name, they would be allowed to return to their land. By doing this, He would reveal His holiness through them for the other nations to witness. "Then the nations will know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 36:23)"

If a husband and wife divorce because one or the other did not do as they should, it would be counterproductive to put them back together if attitudes and actions of both remained the same.
God wanted the Israelites to behave better than before, once they were back in the land which He had promised their ancestors. Therefore He promised to clean them of their spiritual filth (Ezekiel 36:25) and give them a more responsive heart. He promised to place His Spirit within their new heart so they will be obedient (Ezekiel 36:27).

Likewise, our spirit and attitude must change if we want to be a better Christian. By becoming a more obedient Christian, we will be a better husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, and friend because we will be controlled by the Spirit of God. To empower us to be more like the Lord wants us to be, He has indwelled the Holy Spirit in each believer. "We are not fully equipped to live as God desires until we embrace the existence of the Holy Spirit within us, and until we yield to His influence. By doing so, we will be better prepared for the challenges of the world, and to do God's work." 1 .

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 Ezekiel 36:22-32

The key verse: Ezekiel 36:26 NLT - "And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart."

1 Quoted from "The Book of the Holy Spirit" page 44.

October 1 – God's Covenant with Abraham

Bible Lesson: Genesis 15:6-1 (KJV) ; Genesis 15:17-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Genesis 15:18 KJV - "In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:"

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

In our discussion of God's covenant with Abraham, we will first look at some of Abraham's past. We believe he was born around 2000 BC into a family in which there was idol worship (Joshua 24:2). The Lord spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father's family and his native land, and move to a land which He will reveal to him (Genesis 12:1). God promised to bless him and make him into a great nation and that he would be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).

Abraham was obedient to God, and started on his journey at age 75. He took his wife, his nephew Lot , and all his wealth including livestock and the people of his household (Genesis 12:5). Obviously, his intent was to move and not just to make a quick trip to see if the new land was where he wanted to go. This demonstrated true faith in God's judgment.

God counted Abraham as righteous because of his faith and confidence in Him (Genesis 15:6). Paul said, it is through faith that God makes us right in His sight (Romans 1:17). Paul quoted Scripture when he said, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." (Romans 4:3).

We will not be able to obtain righteousness by being sin free, for we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). But, we can be righteous by remaining faithful to the Lord. Faith was the key to God making a covenant with Abraham and faith is the key to the new covenant through Jesus Christ. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: " (Ephesians 2:8 KJV). The story of God's covenant with Abraham demonstrates how important faith is to obtaining the favor of the Lord. We are saved through faith.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Genesis 8:20-22 ; Genesis 9:8-17.

The key verse: Genesis 15:18 NLT - "So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, "I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River--"

October 8 – God's Covenant with Israel

Bible Lesson: Exodus 19:16-25 (KJV)

Key verse: Exodus 19:17 KJV - "And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. "

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

The Israelites spent hundreds of years under Egyptian bondage before God rescued them and set them free. During this time, they did not have the advantage of having the Bible to guide and instruct them. Today, we can learn about God and what He wants from us by studying the Bible, but they did not have this advantage because the Bible, as we know it, had not been written.

Imagine generation after generation, for over 400 years , lived among the Egyptian people who did not know God (Exodus 12:41). Instead, the Egyptians worshiped many idol Gods. What little knowledge the Israelites had of the true God was infected and influence by the wrong things they learned from the Egyptians, over the hundreds of years they remained in captivity. It's no wonder that they quickly took up idol worship of the golden calf while Moses was away on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.

After their rescue, they were led to go to the sacred Mountain (Mount Sinai). That is where He would reveal to them His covenant and give them His ten commandments. If they would obey Him and keep the covenant, they would become His own special people—His holy nation (Exodus 19:5-6). The people agreed to the covenant conditions (Exodus 19:8) and God gave Moses instructions on what to do next.

God had already shown them His unlimited power through the plagues which forced the Egyptians to give them freedom, and by parting the Red Sea. Now it was time to reveal Himself to the people in a way which will ensure them trusting Moses. The way the Lord decided to accomplish this was to make it so that the people could hear Him as he spoke with Moses (Exodus 19:9).

This step was done in a way which emphasized the holiness of God. The people had to be prepared (consecrated for worship). They were to wash their clothes as part of the preparation. Limits would be set on how close they could get to the mountain while God was there. This certainly emphasized that holiness is set apart from humankind. To violate the limit would result in death of the violator (Exodus 19:21).

Events happened to signal that God was approaching. These events were fearsome and frightening. Thunder, lightning, and a very loud trumpet blast occurred (Exodus 19:16). Obviously, this was to be no ordinary meeting and, as a result, the people would come to realize the all-powerful God was approaching; one that should be worshiped and feared.

The Israelites made great preparations for the Lord to arrive on the third day. We have a lifetime to prepare to meet the Lord, but quite often we waste too much time doing the exact opposite. The problem is we don't know what our lifetime will be. It could be additional decades, or only additional seconds when the Lord calls for us or when the day of judgment arrives. No one but the Father knows the day the world will be called into judgment (Mark 13:32).

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 19:16-25 .

The key verse: Exodus 19:17 NLT - "Moses led them out from the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain."

October 15 – Obeying God's Law

Bible Lesson: Exodus 20:18-26 (KJV)

Key verse: Exodus 20:24b KJV - "In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee."

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

The synopsis for this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, September 21, 2017.

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 19:16-25 .

The key verse: Exodus 20:24b NLT - "Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. "

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