Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated June 14, 2021)

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June 6 – Why Do You Worry?

Alternate Title – Freed from Worry

Alternate Title #2 – Jesus Said, "Do Not Worry"

Bible Lesson: Matthew 6:25-34 KJV


The key verses:
Matthew 6:32-33 (KJV) - " (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Trusting God to guide our life is on the opposite end of the spectrum from where we find worrying. It's alright to be concerned about something, but worrying is to give way to anxiety and allow our mind to dwell on the troubles rather than trusting the Lord.

To worry means to live in fear that something bad will happen while, at the same time, anxiety and anxiousness build. Oftentimes, we worry about things we have no control over which detracts from our ability to trust God.

To center our life on worrying is to turn our back on the promises of God. As a believer, we know that we should put our total confidence in God to make the correct decision and judgment for us. When we do so, we become unafraid of what the outcome may be because God is in control. We can then focus on Romans 8:28

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 NIV

Loving and trusting God means to trust His word in the Bible to direct our path. Doing what the Lord wants us to do is all a part of trust.

This brings to mind one important caveat for all of this: Trusting the Lord does not mean everything that happens will be as we wanted. It will be as He wants it and by the way, He is the one we live for.

As problems come up we should use our God-given wisdom to make whatever decisions that we need to make. But then we should place the outcome in the hands of God. Trusting Him means we will accept His decisions and have confidence in his wisdom.

Our reference Scripture tells us that God takes care of the needs of His simplest of creatures so therefore He must also be looking after us (Matthew 6:31-32 NIV). This is reminiscent of the song: "His Eye is on the Sparrow" (and I know He watches me).

In other words, He knows our needs and we should trust Him to provide for them, especially when we focus on putting Him first in our life (Matthew 6:33 NIV).

Even though our prayers tell the Lord the things that we are concerned with, they don't tell Him anything He doesn't already know. We worship Him through our prayers about our needs because we are acknowledging that He is the only One who can change anything He so desires.

In Job 13:15, while Job was in terrible pain and had lost his children and his wealth, he held on to trust in God. The only thing seemingly left was for him to die. But he said even if God decided he would die he would still trust Him. He said, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." (Job 13:15 KJV).

Our lesson for today reminds us to focus on God's provisions and His faithfulness to us rather than constantly worrying about our problems. Expressing gratitude to Him for all He has done (and will do) for us will give us hope rather than despair.


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 6:25-34 NLT


The key verses: Matthew 6:32-33 (NLT) - "These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."






June 13 – Why Are You Afraid?

Alternate Title – Delivered from Fear

Alternate Title #2 – Have No Fear!

Bible Lesson: Matthew 8:23-27 KJV


The key verse:
Matthew 8:26 (KJV) - " And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Our reference Scripture demonstrates the confidence we should have in the Lord to rescue us from our difficulties in life. Some of us may be struggling & suffering through a terrible storm in our life right now and we are calling on the Lord for His help.

Why do we call upon Him? Because no storm is too great for Him. When the storm was raging in our Scripture and the Disciples were fearful for their lives, who did they go to? Even though many of them were experienced fishermen, they were terrified and went to Jesus who, to their surprise, was not bothered in the least by the storm.

In fact, He was sleeping right through the turmoil. This reminds me of a personal experience. When I was away in college, I had such a terrible toothache that I desperately asked the on-campus dentist to remove every tooth on that side of my face! Even though I was absolutely serious, he calmly said, "Before we do that, let me take a look." I can still remember his calming and confident demeanor.

When he looked, he saw a cavity toward the back of one of my teeth. A little piece of cotton and a drop of novocaine stopped my pain immediately. It was no big deal for him.

As a child, I am sure that many of us can remember how safe we felt when we were in a store or walking down the sidewalk while holding our mother's hand. That child-like faith is how safe the disciples should have felt with Jesus in the boat with him.

Jesus was unhappy with their lack of faith (Matthew 8:26). We can imagine this was even more of an issue since they were his disciples and had witnessed him perform miracle after miracle. If they were going to have faith in anyone it should have been Christ.

The next time a storm comes into our life we should do as Jesus expected His disciples to be. We should focus on putting ourselves in the hands of Jesus. We should pray that regardless of what that day brings, we will be confident that it is the will of the Lord.

Every day we should start the day off by praying that we will be in the hands of the Lord for that day and under His protection. And we should focus on not just saying the words but on truly believing in what the words mean.


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 8:23-27 NLT


The key verse: Matthew 8:26 (NLT) - "Jesus responded, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm."






June 20 – Healed by Faith

Alternate Title – Jesus Heals by Faith

Bible Lesson: Matthew 9:18-26 KJV


The key verse:
Matthew 9:22 (KJV) - "But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In our lesson Scripture, Matthew has combined two miracles performed by Christ in the span of only nine verses. In these verses, two desperate people sought out Jesus to solve their problem.

The other two synoptic gospelsMark and Lukecontain other details of these two miracles which we will use as a supplement. Mark uses 22 verses to tell this story, while Luke tells the accounting in 16 verses.

A Jewish synagogue leader named Jairus wanted Jesus to heal his daughter who was dying (Luke 8:41-42 KJV). The man was desperate.

As Jesus left with the man to go to his daughter, a crowd of people pressed around Jesus. As this happened, the narrative of the second miracle is inserted: concerning the woman with an issue of blood. She was in that crowd.

This woman had an issue of blood which had lasted for 12 years meaning her menstruation had not ended in all those years. She had exhausted her money and tried various treatments to no avail (Luke 8:43 KJV). She was desperate. This woman had heard about Jesus (Mark 5:27) and in Him she still had hope.

Through faith, she believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus' clothes she would be healed. This possibly could mean touching one of the four tassels of His garment specified in the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 22:12 NIV).

She was not the only one who believed that just toughing Jesus or his clothing could heal them. In Mark 6:56 we find the following:

"And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed." Mark 6:56 NIV

How did the issue of blood affect her living? She was considered ceremonially and socially unclean by Mosaic Law.

She could not worship in the Temple, and anyone or anything she touched (or that touched her) would also be considered unclean. In the Mosaic Laws we can cite Leviticus 15:19 NIV:

"When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening."

In the case of this woman, her flow of blood had lasted 12 years. This means she was ceremonially and socially unclean for that whole time:12 years.

We can only imagine the isolation she must have felt and experienced, having to be careful who or what she touched.

We can also imagine that people around her would probably avoid her like we have seen people avoid someone with COVID-19.

But here, she was inside of a dense crowd, and no doubt touched many people as she moved through the crowd to get to Jesus. She was willing to defile Christ and everyone else.

She knew what she was doing and she knew the consequences of what she was doing. But she was desperate.

Jesus knew someone had touched Him and healing power had flowed from Him. He turned around, and when he saw her He said, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment (Matt 9:22 NLT).

So you see her faith in Jesus was rewarded by Him calling her by a name of endearment - "daughter." He was not angry with her and if anything, He was pleased with her because of her level of faith in Him. Her faith was far more valuable than the money she had spent on doctors for 12 years.

When she touched Jesus, the interpretation of the Mosaic Law of that day meant He should also be unclean. But Jesus was like no other. Ordinary rules don't apply.

He was master of defilement and later that day He would demonstrate that He was also master of life and death. God cannot be defiled; He is pure Holiness. Jesus is God.

Instead of Him becoming unclean at her touch, she became cured at His touch; cured of that which had made her unclean for 12 years.

We are defiled by sin (Isaiah 64:6 NIV) but our sins are forgiven through Christ by the grace of God. When we place our sins on Jesus' shoulders He doesn't become a sinner at our touch ... we become clean at His touch.

Many of the Jews of Jesus' time on earth believed or considered the Gentiles to be unclean. Our lesson for today demonstrates that all of humanity (Jews and Gentiles) can become clean through Jesus Christ. Salvation is available to all people who have faith in Him.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV

The woman's story is a part of a larger story on faith; the one that began with a mission of faith to save the synagogue leader's daughter.

During His ministry on earth, Jesus promoted the importance of faith. In this case, He could have just kept walking and not said anything to the woman who had an issue of blood. She would have been healed and He would not have been delayed.

But He took this opportunity to promote faith. He singled her out and said, "Your faith has made you well."

What are some of the reasons why the woman didn't just ask Him to heal her?

We know today that we should never be too fearful or embarrassed to ask the Lord for help with anything that is bothering us. We are just as important to Him as is the richest person on earth.

What can we learn from the way she acted when we ourselves go to the Lord to ask for help? We should exercise our faith and truly have confidence He will help us.

As the narrative of the text switches back to original story, word had arrived from the synagogue leader's home that his daughter had died.

He fell down and begged Jesus to bring her back to life. He was desperate (Matt 9:18 NASB).

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed" (Luke 8:50 NIV).

How many of us have enough faith to do that today? If the doctors said that our loved one was dead would we have faith enough to fall down and beg God to bring him/her back to life?

When they reached Jairus' house, those at the house that were weeping and wailing were told to leave. This weeping and wailing were showing a lack of faith that the girl would be brought back to life.

Jesus took the girl by her hand and she stood up -- alive (Matt 8:25 KJV)! Mosaic Law deemed anyone touching a corpse would be defiled and unclean (Numbers 19:11). But Christ is no ordinary person. Just as with the woman who had an issue of blood, He is God and cannot be defiled.

Thus, Jesus demonstrated that He was also the master of life and death. He took death away from the girl and gave her life. "The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside" (Matt 9:26 NASB).

These two stories of faith should tell us that we should also be promoters of faith just like Jesus; not only for ourselves but also for those around us.

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 9:18-26 NLT

The key verse: Matthew 9:22 (NLT) - "Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, 'Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.' And the woman was healed at that moment."






June 27 – Why Do You Doubt?

Alternate Title – Rescued from Doubt

Alternate Title #2 – Don't Doubt Jesus


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 14:22-33 KJV


The key verse:
Matthew 14:31 (KJV) - "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

There came a time when Jesus sent His disciples away in a boat because He desired to be alone to pray to the Father. Late in the night a strong wind developed and the disciples were fighting heavy waves (Matthew 14:24).

Then something miraculous happened: they saw Jesus walking on the water headed toward their boat. At first, they were afraid, but when they realized it was Him, Peter asked Jesus if he could also walk on the water (Matt 14:28).

Christ gave him permission and he got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward the Lord until he started to sink.

When Peter started to sink, it was not because Jesus was any less powerful; not because the water had changed; and not because Peter's physical characteristics had changed. He began to sink because doubt and fear were contaminating his faith. At that moment, he began to doubt that he could truly walk on water.

Our minds are logical in nature. We have a tendency to believe that which makes sense to us. However, Jesus promoted faith, not logic, as the foundation of miracles and our discipleship to Him. The fact is, we could say with confidence that it is the very nature of a miracle to defy logic.

In general, when we think of a miracle, we think in terms of something happening which is good that no logic could explain. The dictionary defines a miracle as an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.

A miracle is something from the divine power of the Lord which happens that defies all odds and doesn't make sense in the logical world: A person is brought back to life; a woman's 12-year illness is suddenly cured by a simple touch; Five thousand people are fed with five loaves of bread and two fish.

These are just some of Jesus' miracles that defy logic but only make sense to those of us who have a strong faith in the Lord. This is a faith that overcomes doubt.

The lesson for today emphasizes just how important faith is. When we need something to happen which is of utmost importance to us we must believe and have faith that the Lord not only can make it happen but will make it happen.


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 14:22-33 NLT

The key verse: Matthew 14:31 (NLT) - "Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. "You have so little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?"





July 4 – An Attitude of Gratitude

Alternate Title – Be Thankful to God


Bible Lesson:
Leviticus 13:45-46 ; Luke 17:11-19 KJV


The key verse:
Luke 17:15 (KJV) - "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

The lesson for today is about gratitude to the Lord for what he has done for us. We should start each day off with an attitude of gratitude to the Lord for He is the One responsible for every good thing we have (James 1:17 NASB). He is the one who has allowed us to see this new day and for that alone we should be grateful.

In the Scripture text, there is an example of someone having the right attitude of gratitude. In the text, ten men who had Leprosy were all healed by Jesus but only one came back to Jesus and showed praise to God.

Our reference Scripture starts in Leviticus with some background on just how undesirable it was to have Leprosy. A person with this disease was isolated from the general public and had a bleak future since there was no common cure at the time.

The lepers had to live in an area of isolation outside the camp. They had to wear torn clothes and their head must be bare. In addition, the person with this disease had to cover their mouth and call out, "Unclean, Unclean!" when around other people (Leviticus 13:45 KJV).

This was a serious skin disease that was considered to be contagious. It was marked by skin lesions and other symptoms which if untreated could lead to disfigurement, lack of nerve sensation, loss of hair or hair color, and blindness.

Leprosy is still around today. According to the World Health Organization, there were over 200,000 new cases of leprosy diagnosed across the globe in 2019 with India being the hardest hit. Antibiotics can slow the effects and kill the bacteria, but in some cases, the damaged areas will remain so even after treatment.

Leprosy is obviously a condition to be avoided at all costs. During the period of history of our reference Scripture, one can only imagine the extreme level of gratitude someone should show to anyone who cured them of the disease.

It was the priests who had the responsibility of examining a person to determine if they had Leprosy. If the person did have the condition, it was the priest who pronounced that person "unclean."

Likewise, it was also the priest who would pronounce the person healed of the disease if that should occur. The ten lepers were on their way to see the priest when Jesus' healing power took hold and they were all cured. But only one of the ten came back to thank Jesus and to praise the Lord for this miracle (Luke 17:15).

Jesus made note of this when He asked the man, "...Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" In other words, Jesus questioned why the other nine men who had also been healed did not come back to express gratitude as the Samaritan had.

There is an important lesson in this for all of us. We don't want the Lord making note of the times when we don't express gratitude for the blessings He gives us. We would much rather for Him to know that we appreciate all He does for us because we are truly grateful and we want Him to continue to bless us.

Not only should we tell the Lord how much we appreciate what He does for us, but we should also testify to others how much we are grateful for all He does (and has done) for us. This is not only to express our gratitude and to remind us how we have been blessed, but it is also to give glory to the Lord.

Our testimony can be viewed as being akin to positive advertising. From a personal perspective, I chose a particular doctor to perform my hip replacement based on the success reported by some of his patients. Testimony is often used to help us when we look for something to buy online. It is called customer reviews.

Therefore we can see that gratitude (to the Lord) is an action word. It moves us to speak, write, or act in a way that pleases the Lord. Pleasing God through our actions is one of the best ways to show Him how grateful and thankful we are for all He does for us and it also shows that we do not take his blessings for granted.

Our attitude of gratitude is expressed in the verses below:

"Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:14-15 NLT


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 Leviticus 13:45-46 ; Luke 17:11-19 NLT

The key verse: Luke 17:15 (NLT) - "One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, 'Praise God!'"






July 11 – The Power of the Gospel

Alternate Title – Do Not Be Ashamed of God's Word


Bible Lesson:
Romans 1:8-17 KJV


The key verse:
Romans 1:16 (KJV) - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

The synopsis of this lesson will be posted on or before Monday, June 21, 2021

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 Romans 1:8-17 NLT

The key verse: Romans 1:16 (NLT) - "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile."




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