Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated February 14, 2019)

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

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


February 3 – Renounce Everything for Christ
Alternate Title – Press On In Christ

Bible Lesson:
Philippians 3:7-14 (KJV)

Key verses:
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) - "... Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Paul said in Romans 3:23 KJV, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We all fall short of God's glorious standard. On our own, we will never be perfect as long as we are humans.

Even with all Paul had suffered and done for the purpose of Christ, he did not count himself as one who had reached perfection or righteousness (Phil 3:12). His words reflect a desire to look forward to a new day in which he could do even more for the cause of Christ (Phil 3:13).

That says to us, we should not focus on our past accomplishments and failures, but take each new day as a gift from God in which we may continue to press on in the race against sin and for the sake of Christ.

We will never reach perfection through our own efforts. We must rely on the grace of God for our salvation through our faith in Jesus Christ (Phil 3:9). This was promised to us in John 3:16 KJV: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

If we press on in the Christian race and not give up, we will receive our heavenly prize (Phil 3:9). Through our faith in Christ, our sins will be washed away and we will be made acceptable to God; presented faultless before His Glory (Jude 1:24 KJV).

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New American Standard Bible Version of Philippians 3:7-14.

The key verses: Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) - "... Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

February 10 – Pondering God's Steadfast Love
Alternate Title – Our Loving God

Bible Lesson:
Psalm 48:1-3, 9-14 (KJV)

Key verse:
Psalm 48:14 (KJV) - "For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Unless otherwise noted, all pop-up references come from The New Living Translation Bible, courtesy of

Authorship of Psalm 48 is attributed to the descendants of Korah, who himself was one of a group of 250 who challenged the right of Moses and Aaron to the priesthood. The history of Korah and how he died while making this challenge is an interesting one. For a good explanation of what happened, go to this link for "Got Questions."

Psalm 48 is a psalm of praise of God and magnifies His worthiness (Psalm 48:1 and Psalm 48:9-10). Mount Zion is the Hebrew name for the mountain where the Temple was located.

During ancient Jewish history, the Temple was the Jewish national sanctuary where sacrifices were made and important religious events took place. There was only one Jewish temple and It was located in the city of Jerusalem. It was a sacred place in which the Jews believed God's Presence existed. Today, we realize God can't be put in a specific physical location for He is everywhere.

The first temple was built by King Solomon but was destroyed by the Babylonian Empire in 586 B.C. The second temple was constructed on the same physical location (called Temple Mount) of the first one. It was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 A.D. as predicted by Jesus (Matthew 24:1-3). Today, the Jews do not have a temple. One of the few remnants of the old Temple Mount is called the Western Wall which is considered sacred and is where many journey to pray or just to see this historic site.

Christians have church buildings to go to for group worship. We have no physical temple building. However, since God's Holy Spirit indwells all believers, we constitute the living temple and are all living stones (1 Peter 2:5) which God is building into His spiritual temple. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT, "Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?"

We may complain about some aspect of how our church operates, but each of us is in control of our own part of the living temple. When we don't do right, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We can't blame it on our parents, church members or even our pastor ... it is our responsibility and ours alone. If everyone worshiped God, as He deserves, in our own part of the temple, just think what great things we could do in His name as a church.

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 Psalm 48:1-3, 9-14

The key verse: Psalm 48:14(NLT) - "For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die."

February 17 – Praising God's Mighty Works
Alternate Title – Our Mighty God

Bible Lesson:
Psalm 66:1-9, 16-20 (KJV)

Key verse:
Psalm 66:1 (KJV) - "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Unless otherwise noted, all pop-up references come from The New Living Translation Bible, courtesy of

The guiding principle of this lesson is how our praise and worship of God should be active and not passive or dormant. We will learn the importance of our grateful testimony as part of our praise of God.

But, also in this lesson, we will be reminded that in addition to pleasing Him through the words from our mouth, we should especially please Him with our inward thoughts; that is to say - where our heart is (Psalm 19:14 KJV). This is evident in what God told Samuel: "People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

In the reference text, we are invited to hear how God has blessed the psalmist individually: "Let me tell you what He has done for me" (Psalm 66:16 NIV). This is a personal declaration and testimony which is intended to help lead others to God.

All of us who love God should have a story—a personal testimony—of how God has impacted our life. This could be how He has saved us from some terrible situation or how He has brought us safely through tough times. Or this could be the gratitude we have for the salvation He has given us through the sacrifice of His son on the cross. We should not hold this testimony internal but should tell others about it. By doing so, we can be the instrument that helps lead others to God.

Also included in the psalmist's testimony is a warning to not cherish sin (Psalm 66:18 NIV). If we willfully commit sin—especially the same sin—over and over, God may not listen to our prayers. The psalmist declares with confidence that his (or her) prayer was heard by God: "But God surely listened and has heard my prayer" (Psalm 66:19-20 NIV).

In the spotlight is the intention of the psalmist to encourage us to take an active role in praising God (Psalm 66:1-3 KJV). We are directed to actively do something in the worship and praise of Him, and not just remain passive. These three verses denote action, and exclaim that all of nature—all the world— owes God praise and should join in to praise His name, glory, and power.

In the King James Version of Psalm 66:1 (KJV), we start with "Make a joyful noise," while in NIV version of Psalm 66:1 (NIV) we start with "Shout for joy." Both statements indicate the same action on our part; to verbally praise God.

In Psalm 66:2 we start with "Sing," and in Psalm 66:3 we begin with, "Say." These are also words of action. All three verses encourage us to actively participate in the praise of the Lord.

[NOTE: The meaning of the word "terrible" in Psalm 66:3 (KJV) is to be interpreted as "awesome" or "mighty" in reference to our Lord.]

Today, we may find that when we sing a song of praise or a song of gratitude, we are just reading words out of the hymnal and paying little attention to what the words are saying to us. This is taking a passive role. But, to understand the message of the words and to sing the song with meaning is taking an active role.

As an example, some of us who the Lord has brought through tough times, use the song, "He's Sweet, I Know" (by A. Jackson) as our personal testimony. It reminds us personally of God's faithfulness to us and the impact of His grace and mercy on our life. It reminds us how grateful we should be for Christ our Savior.

In addition to God's impact on our individual lives, the psalmist also reminds us of the awesome deeds God has done for all of humanity (Psalm 66:5 NIV).

Psalm 66:6 reminds us how God used His great power (in Exodus) to part the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross on dry land and escape the enemy. Just as He saved them from certain disaster, we should praise Him greatly because, as it was with the Israelites, our very lives are also in His hands (Psalm 66:9).

"Let loose" is a phrase which suggests releasing inhibition and restraint. Using that definition, the psalmist is telling us to let loose and praise the Lord. Joyously praise him with singing and with words of testimony. Even in prayer, we should learn to let loose and praise God with words of adoration (Psalm 66:3).

The psalmist projects a sense of excitement and anticipation in worship and in gratitude to God. We would expect no less behavior in heaven, so we might as well start practicing now (Revelation 19:5-6 NIV).

Just as King David "let loose" and danced before the Lord as the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem, we should not be ashamed to express ourselves in worship (2 Samuel 6:14-15). Jesus said, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).

We don't want to be like David's wife, Michal, who was critical of David for his show of joy in dancing to the Lord (2 Samuel 6:16). Her contempt for his actions didn't make David ashamed of celebrating what the Lord had done for him (2 Samuel 6:21). He was ready to celebrate to even a greater extent (2 Samuel 6:22). He was taking an active role in praising God.

Worship is more than just showing up for Sunday services. Worship is more than singing a song of praise or reading Scripture. Worship is a lifestyle; how we live every day of our life. It is how we express our love and gratitude to God during all times and during all circumstances. The lesson for today reminds us to praise our mighty God for His mighty works in our life and throughout the history of humankind.

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 Psalm 66:1-9, 16-20

The key verse: Psalm 66:1 (NLT) - "Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!"

February 24 – Living with God's Loving Assurance
Alternate Title – Our Rescuing God

Bible Lesson:
Psalm 91:1-8, 11-16 (KJV)

Key verse:
Psalm 91:15 (KJV) - "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

(Unless otherwise noted, all pop-up references come from The New Living Translation Bible, courtesy of

This synopsis is written from the perspective of a special subject: "The Secret Place."

The text for the lesson today tells of the Lord's faithfulness and protection for those who love Him. Most Bible versions of Psalm 91:1 say those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest. But an intriguing statement of this is found in the King James Version: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1 KJV).

The use of the word, "secret" is one which implies that everyone does not have use of this special place and everyone cannot enter this place. No...that is not the case. God has made it available to all or us, but those who do not believe in God or who do not trust and obey Him cannot understand or enter the Secret Place.

This is like the salvation and eternal life God has offered to all of humanity; given by His grace and through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. It is available to all, but we must first declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior and believe He was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9).

In the secret place, we are assured that God watches over us and protects us. The psalmist declares the Lord alone is his place of refuge and safety (Psalm 91:2). This is not a physical location but instead is a spiritual and mental refuge. It is a place where we can find protection from thoughts of danger and peril (Psalm 91:5-6).

To enter this place of refuge, we must be convinced God is in control of our life and whatever happens to us is His will. Those of us who love and trust God have the key to this place because we know God is looking out for us and His will is always for our good (Romans 8:28). There we will find peace and are able to handle adversity and hard times because we know that we are under God's protection (Psalm 91:4 KJV).

There was a man whose beloved daughter unexpectedly died and he and his wife had to make the funeral arrangements in a city which was not their home. In addition, it fell upon him to deliver the eulogy; something he had never done before. But both of them were in God's special place refuge—the secret place—and knew the Holy Spirit was with them and this was all God's will. Otherwise, it is very possible they would have been too heartbroken to accomplish all that was needed. They felt as though God was with them every step of the way. They were not alone.

We are grateful to God for both the secret place of refuge and the salvation He has made available to us. He has promised, "When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them." (Psalm 91:15).

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 91:1-8, 11-16

The key verse: Psalm 91:15 (NLT) - "When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them."

March 3 – Called to Serve

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

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

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Luke 14:7-14.

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

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Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Standard Lesson Commentary, and Commentary by David Guzik. Frederick L. Marsh is the commentary author of the information contained in this page. He is the author of the book: "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful living." Any opinions expressed or writings on this page are his responsibility.

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