Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated June 23, 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.


June 4 – Deborah and Barak

Bible Lesson: Judges 4:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 4:9 (KJV) - "And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Before there were kings in Israel, there were Judges to lead the people and rule over legal disputes that arose. Deborah was such a judge, but more importantly, she was also a prophet who received revelations from God. One such revelation was a call to the arms for the Israelites to rise up against their oppressor King Jabin of Jazor - the Canaanite king. God told her to send for Barak to lead an Israelite army to defeat King Jabin's army, lead by its commander Sisera (Judges 4:3).

She told Barak that the Lord had commanded him to gather an army of 10,000 warriors to go against Sisera and his army (Judges 4:6). This would be no easy task since Sisera's army was supported by 900 iron chariots which provided a formidable advantage in battle.

Barak was not anxious to accept this challenge and presented what appears to be an obstacle to Deborah. He said he would go but only if she went with him. The Bible doesn't say precisely what his objective was for making this stipulation. Maybe he thought this requirement would discourage Deborah and then perhaps she would call the whole thing off. On the other hand, maybe he thought her presence while he assembled the army in Kedesh or her presence in the proximity of the battle would insure victory since she was one of God's prophets.

We don't know exactly why Barak asked her to go with him, but we do know she was not deterred by the challenge and agreed to go. However, she responded to Barak's requirement that she go with a prophecy that because he was requiring her to go, the glory of the victory over Sisera would go to a woman and not to him. This future development would, of course, cause him to lose face.

As it turned out, Barak's army did defeat Sisera's army as the Lord had promised, but Sisera himself was killed by a woman named Jael. So the honor for killing the dreaded enemy commander went to a woman and not to Barak (Judges 4:22). From that time on, Israel became stronger and stronger against King Jabin until they finally destroyed him (Judges 4:24).

All through the Bible are examples of the spiritual and physical leadership by men. But in this case, the leadership by the two women - Deborah and Jael -are showcased as contrasted to the reluctance by Barak.

We can find this type comparison in many churches today. For whatever the reason, men too often are willing to encourage women to lead committees and other church functions rather than accepting the job themselves. Quite often, we find the women are willing to accept the responsibility, just as was the case with Deborah and Jael.

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 Judges 4:1-10.

The key verse: Judges 4:9 NLT - "Very well," she replied, "I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the LORD's victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh."

June 11 – Gideon
Alternate Title – Gideon's Call

Bible Lesson: Judges 6:11-18 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 6:12 KJV - "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The story of Gideon involves faith and lack of faith, the human need for motivation and assurance, God's sovereign control of world's events, and how we should have confidence in the power of God to win victories for us.

About 20 years ago, a longtime member of my church said to me, in a rhetorical fashion, "Why do they say we have to give God the credit for everything? I was the one who worked and graduated from school and I was the one who worked and used my capability to become a success." I have never forgotten what he said to me even after all these years because it was such a shocking statement to be made in church just before worship service.

It was as though he did not even consider it was God who he had to thank for his life, his intelligence, and his abilities. Part of worshiping God is to understand He is in control of the events in this world and how we function in it. As we go through life, we should understand it is our faith and confidence in God which should be what we rely on and not just our confidence in ourselves. It's alright to have confidence in our capabilities as long as that confidence is anchored in our faith in God for it is God who is the source of our capabilities.

"If God is with us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31 KJV)," is not just a catchy verse - it is reality. Moses had to learn this lesson before he went to Pharaoh on the Lord's behalf, because Moses did not see himself as capable or worthy of the challenge before him (Exodus 3:11). Because God was with him (Exodus 3:12), the Israelites were released from bondage by the Egyptians.

David was another unlikely candidate God chose to use for his purposes. God saw in him what others did not. Because God was with him, he went from tending sheep to becoming perhaps the most celebrated king of Israel. The baby Jesus came to earth in the lineage of King David. When God is with us, we should not be afraid to go into the future with confidence. If God is with us, who can be against us?

In our reference Scripture for today, Gideon was about to also learn this lesson because God had chosen him to be the instrument of His power to defeat the Midianites and release the Israelites from their oppression. As in the case of Moses, Gideon did not see himself as being a likely candidate to lead the force to defeat the Midianites (Judges 6:15). But God told him (through His angel) that He would be with him (Judges 6:16).

Still, Gideon could not accept what the Angel told him on face value. He wanted a sign to verify what the Angel said (Judges 6:17). He would eventually ask for two more signs (Judges 6:36-37, 39). This showed a lack of faith and he needed additional motivation in order for him to accept this significant responsibility. God responded with the signs to help with Gideon's uncertainty and reluctance. In other words, his faith was not sufficient and he needed additional motivation and assurance before he would do what God wanted of him.

There are a lot of potentially good leaders and workers in the church who are reluctant and uncertain about taking on new responsibilities just as was the case with Gideon. There are other members who need encouragement in whatever church duty or community activity in which they already function. What motivates one person may not be what motivates another person. Some people are motivated by fulfilling a need while others are motivated by praise. As brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, we should make it a point to motivate them at every step through encouragement. Paul told the Thessalonians, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..." (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

How do we go about motivating and encouraging each other? Praise for a good job they are doing at church or in the community would help. Sometimes, just attending a function is all the encouragement they need to get motivated to do even better. As an example, your attending Sunday School may mean more to the Sunday School teacher than mere words. Maybe you don't really want to get up early enough to make it to Sunday School. Just remember you are not only going for yourself, you are going to encourage and motivate those who are sacrificing their time as teachers.

It would have been ideal for Gideon to take on this huge responsibility out of faith alone. But in reality, he was like most of us are today ... we sometimes need to be motivated and encouraged by others in order to reach our full potential in the service of 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 Judges 6:11-18.

The key verse: Judges 6:12 NLT - "The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!"

June 18 – Jephthah
Alternate Title – Jephthah's Answer and Vow

Bible Lesson: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 11:9 KJV - "And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jephthah was the son of Gilead by a prostitute (Judges 11:1). Gilead had three other sons by his wife and they did not want Jephthah—their half brother—to share in their father's inheritance. Jephthah was forced to flee from his brothers and live in another land, away from them (Judges 11:3). Therefore, through no fault of his own, he suffered a second-rate existence in the eyes of his brothers.

The story could have ended there, but it didn't. Jephthah became a great warrior and the elders of Gilead sought him out to lead them in the battle against their attackers—the Ammonites (Judges 11:5). Even though he was an outcast, they were more than willing to put all that to the side and try to convince him to help in their time of need.

This is similar to the way some people relate to God, except He is no outcast. Even though He is worthy of their full attention, praise, and gratitude every day, the fact is, when they don't need Him, they go about their lives as if He doesn't exist. Mostly, the only time they go to church is for a funeral; they don't read His word and don't testify about His goodness. You couldn't pay them to go to church on a regular basis, and giving their money to help the church is not in their budget. But, when extreme adversity arises in which there appears to be no solution, they find themselves praying to God for their deliverance because He is the only one who has control over the events in the world.

If God had a human temperament, no doubt He would tell such people to "get lost" when they pray to Him in times of great adversity. But He is not like that. God doesn't have to be bribed to help us, like was the case with Jephthah when he had to be promised he would be the ruler of the people before he agreed to help. Jephthah found himself trying to bribe God in the form of a vow; promising to sacrifice the first thing which came our of his house if God gave him the victory. Not only was this not necessary, but it sealed the fate of his only child—his daughter.

Regardless of the status a person has with human society, God demonstrated, in the case of Jephthah, He can use anyone as an instrument of His will. We should not let the fact of our heritage interfere with our desire and determination to do great things in the name of the Lord. Each and every one of us was created by Him and we should act like a child of God. Another thing we should learn from Jephthah is to not make hasty vows to God which we may not want to or be able to keep. Ecclesiastes 5:5 says, "It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

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 Judges 11:4-11, 29-31.

The key verse: Judges 11:9 NLT - "Jephthah said to the elders, "Let me get this straight. If I come with you and if the LORD gives me victory over the Ammonites, will you really make me ruler over all the people?"

June 25 – Samson
Alternate Title – Samson's Call

Bible Lesson: Judges 13:1-7, 24, 25 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 13:5 KJV - "For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The reference Scripture concerns the birth of Samson—perhaps the most famous of the Israelite Judges. He would eventually judge Israel for 20 years (Judges 15:20). Samson is one of the most well-known biblical personalities and many remember him as a man with great physical strength. His strength had one vulnerability (an Achilles' heel): his hair should not be cut.

The Israelites had done evil in the eyes of the Lord and had been handed over to the Philistines who oppressed them for 40 years (Judges 13:1). God decided to rescue the Israelites from the oppression, starting with—a yet to be born—Samson (Judges 13:5). God's angel announced to the wife of a man named Manoah that she would give birth to a son, even though, heretofore, she had not been able to become pregnant (Judges 13:3-4).

The announcement and instructions given to the wife explained that the son will be dedicated to God (Judges 13:7). In Samson's case, this meant he would be dedicated to accomplish God's purposes. When we study the life of Samson, we will find he was no saint and didn't spend a lot of time worshipping God. What we will find is the Lord used him, as imperfect as he was, as a rescuer for Israel even though perhaps this was not Samson's personal objective.

There are other important cases in the Bible where God decreed that a childless and barren woman would give birth to a son who would serve His purpose. Two examples of this are Sarah and Elizabeth. Sarah was Abraham's wife, and even though she was 90 years old and barren, was blessed by God to give birth to a son. Through her son, Abraham would be the father of nations and she would be the mother of nations (Genesis 17:16). Likewise, Elizabeth (wife of Zechariah) was childless and barren (Luke 1:7). But God decreed she will give birth to a son who would be great in the eyes of the Lord (Luke 1:15). Her son was John the Baptist—the forerunner of Jesus (Luke 1:17).

God put us here on earth for a reason. How we individually fit into that purpose is one of the most important questions we will have to answer in our lifetime. From the story of Samson, and the other examples above, it should be clear that God can use us for His purpose regardless of our age or how we fit into society. As Christians, we should remain vigilant and open to all situations where we can be used by the Lord to fulfill His purpose.

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 Judges 13:1-7, 24, 25.

The key verse: Judges 13:5 NLT - "You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines."

July 2 – Moses
Alternate Title – Moses and The Burning Bush

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

Key verses: Exodus 3: 9-10 KJV - "Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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It's hard to imagine the Oscar winning movie "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, is over 60 years old. Even though it was first shown back in 1956, it is still broadcasted on TV from time to time and is still available for purchase. When one watches this movie, it is apparent how God's use of Moses dramatically changed the future of the Israelites and revealed the laws by which the people should live.

We can safely say that Moses was one of the most important central figures in the Old Testament. The Lord interacted with Moses and acted through him to achieve many of his desires. God's calling of Moses started at the burning bush - which exhibited fire but did not burn up (Exodus 3:2).

He instructed Moses to go to Egypt and lead the people of Israel out of captivity. Moses did not think he was capable or worthy of such a task (Exodus 3:10). In reality, Moses would discover his abilities were not the issue. When God declared that He would be with him (Exodus 3:12), the worthiness of Moses, in actuality, was of little concern. For if God is with us, who can ever be against us (Romans 8:31).

It was fortunate for Moses that God spoke directly to him in order to address his concerns and insecurities. This is because Moses did not appear to be personally ready to accept this enormous task on faith alone (Exodus 3:11). As in the story of Gideon, Moses needed some assurances from God before carrying out His instructions.

God may not speak to us in the physical manner of which He used to speak to Moses, but He does speak to us all the time through His word and through the Holy Spirit. It is our choice whether or not to live our life as God wants us to. The life of Moses teaches us when we do what God wants, all things are possible through Him.

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 3:1-12.

The key verses: Exodus 3:9-10 NLT - "Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt."

July 9 – Isaiah
Alternate Title – Isaiah In The Temple

Bible Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 (KJV)

Key verse: Isaiah 6:8 KJV - "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Isaiah is one of the most celebrated prophets in the Bible and some of his poetic Scripture is not only inspiring, but also insightful and meaningful; Isaiah 40:31 and 6:8 as examples. He prophesied not only about the Israel nation and other nations, but also about the coming of Christ. When it comes to the impact of his words on us, the Book of Isaiah also contains much which apply to Christians on a personal level.

In his vision, Isaiah felt unworthy to be in the presence of the Lord because he had sinned and lived among those who had also sinned (Isaiah 6:5). The key verse (Isaiah 6:8) depicts Isaiah's voluntary and spontaneous commitment to a lifetime of ministry after he was cleansed of guilt and forgiven of his sins through the grace of God (Isaiah 6:7). When it comes to doing the Lord's work, five words contained in that 6:8 verse exemplifies the correct attitude to which we should aspire: "Here am I; send me."

When we become Christians and are saved and "born again" spiritually, we are cleansed of guilt and forgiven of our sins through the grace of God—just as was Isaiah in his vision. Then, through the sacrifice of Christ, we are presented faultless to His glory (Jude 1:24 KJV). Because we love God, we should show our gratitude for this forgiveness and salvation by using our gifts and abilities for His service. Our attitude should be: "Here am I; send me."

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 Isaiah 6:1-8 .

The key verse: Isaiah 6:8 NLT - Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me."

July 16 – Jeremiah
Alternate Title – Jeremiah's Call and Commission

Bible Lesson: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Jeremiah 1:8 KJV - "Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jeremiah is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament—becoming a prophet at one of the youngest ages of all the prophets. He is believed to have been a teenager when he was called to the ministry. In fact, Jeremiah used his young age as a possible reason for him not accepting God's calling (Jeremiah 1:6) which, of course, was not sufficient of an excuse since God knew him even before he was born and has set him asside to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5).

There are some people who seem to be experts at avoiding responsibility. They are able to quickly think of all manner of reasons why they shouldn't be in charge of a project, task or undertaking. A friend of mine told me once, the reason he went to so many meetings wasn't that he was so dedicated, but rather so that he could personally insure he wouldn't be assigned some major task in his absence.

Our previous study of Gideon revealed some of reasons why he considered himself as a bad choice for leading an attack on the Midianites (Judges 6:15). Even Moses cited several reasons why he was not a good choice to oppose Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of bondage (Exodus 3:11, 4:10, 4:13).

Perhaps these excuses would have been better taken if presented to ordinary people ... but not to God. This is because the Lord is in control of what will or will not happen. He already knows our strengths and shortcomings and no excuse will be a surprise to Him.

As it was with Gideon (Judges 6:16), and Moses (Exodus 3:12), God declared to Jeremiah He would be with him (Jeremiah 1:8). If the Lord is with you, there is no one you need fear (Romans 8:31). When God says He will be with you, no further discussion is needed about whether or not you are "up to the task." The NLT version of Ezekiel 12:25 says, "For I am the LORD! If I say it, it will happen."

Wouldn't it be great if the next time we have an opportunity to be of service to God through some ministry, event, or activity, we took a positive attitude? Rather that searching for reasons why we are not the best choice, let us search for reasons why we are definitely the best choice and declare we would be honored to be of service to the Lord in this new capacity.

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 Isaiah 6:1-8 .

The key verse: Jeremiah 1:8 NLT - "And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

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