Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated December 3, 2022)

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December 4, 2022 – Spiritual Blessings in Jesus Christ

Lesson Printed Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 KJV


Devotional Reading:
Psalm 33:8-12 KJV


Keep in Mind the Key Verses: Ephesians 1:5-6 (KJV) - "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."


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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

The book of Ephesians reminds us of who we are and the heavenly blessings we received now that Christ is our Lord and Savior. Why is it important that we accept Jesus as our Lord? Romans 10:9 tells us that accepting Jesus as our Lord is a necessary step to being saved:

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Therefore, we must accept Jesus as our Lord if we want to be saved. This verse links Jesus being Lord to His resurrection which means His resurrection is also linked to our salvation. We, therefore, accept that through Christ we are saved.

In Ephesians, Paul tells us that when we are saved, we belong to our Lord Jesus. Paul says it in a different way. He said we are adopted into God's family through Jesus Christ :

"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."
(Ephesians 1:5 NLT)

The adoption into God's family through Christ is another Spiritual blessing that we receive in Christ. Our salvation in Christ is not something that was a spur-of-the-moment decision. God had planned it this way even before He made the world.

"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes." (Ephesians 1:4 NLT)

We achieve being holy and without fault in God's eyes through Christ for it was He who redeemed us and paid the price for our sins. We did not achieve this righteousness on our own; we did not and could not earn salvation. Salvation through God's grace is a Spiritual blessing in Christ.

God's plan for humanity is for us to be blameless but to be so only through the blood of Christ who was sacrificed on the cross for our transgressions. This forgiveness of our sins is obviously another Spiritual blessing.

By being blameless, we are Saints and acceptable in God's sight and presence. To be a saint and blameless is another one of the Spiritual blessings in Christ.

The Holy Spirit is given to all that are saved. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers in Christ and this is the seal of our salvation. To receive the Holy Spirit is another Spiritual blessing.

"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:12-14 NIV)."

Receiving the Holy Spirit to indwell us is one of the greatest Spiritual blessings. It means God is always with 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 Ephesians 1:3-14 NLT

Keep in Mind the Key Verses: Ephesians 1:5-6 (NLT) - "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son."






December 11, 2022 – One in Jesus Christ

Lesson Printed Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 KJV


Devotional Reading:
Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV


Keep in Mind the Key Verse: Ephesians 2:21 (KJV) - "In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:"


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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Ephesians was a letter Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus. This church was comprised mostly of Gentile Christians (as oposed to Jewish Christians). During Paul's time, Ephesus was the captital and port city of the Roman province of Asia. It was the forth largest city in the Roman Empire with possibly a half million inhabitants.

If we could go back in time by almost 2,000 years we would find, in general, that the Jews did not like the Gentiles and had an aversion to associating with them.

To suggest that the two groups combine in worship or to associate with each other back in that day would be shocking and scandalous. But this is exactly what is suggested in Ephesians.

In his letter, Paul addressed the Gentiles directly and reminds them to remember how it was before Christ. Then, not only were they not a part of the Jews and the Jewish religion and the covenants between the Jews and God, but they were also living apart from Christ and the Christian religion.

It was like they were living on the outside looking in and did not have a path to God (Ephesians 2:12).

But now, they were united with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:13) who provided a unified path to God for both Jews and Gentiles. He ended the system of laws with its commandments (Ephesians 2:15). And he eliminated the requirement of physical circumcision.

In Christianity, there is a "spiritual circumcism" as explained by Paul in Colossians:

When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. Colossians 2:11-12 NLT

The Lord guided the Apostles in knowing that the Gentiles had a "place at the table" of Christianity.

When we think about Jesus' parable, "The Good Samaritan", it is a Gentile rendering help to a Jew. The theme of this parable is that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. Our neighbor is everyone including Jew and Gentile.

In Acts 10:11, the apostle Peter sees something like a large sheet being let down by its corners, and on that sheet were all types of animals, reptiles and birds. The voice in the vision told him, "Get up Peter; kill and eat them."

Peter refused to eat what was considered as unclean by the Jewish people. But the voice spoke again and said: "Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean" Acts 10:15. The vision was repeated three times so there was no doubt of the vision. Then the sheet was pulled up into heaven.

With this vision as a backdrop, some men came to his door and requested that Peter go with them to a Gentile's house; the house of a Roman officer named Cornelius.

The Holy Spirit spoke to Peter and told him to go with the men without hesitation for He had sent them. Peter now understood the meaning of the vision: God wanted him to not think of anyone as impure or unclean. If this realization was good enough for the Holy Spirit it should be good enough for them all.

This event opened a door for Peter to understand that peace was available to both Jews and Gentiles through a common salvation; through Jesus Christ.

When Peter arrived at Cornelius' house, this is what he said: He said to them: 'You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. Acts 10:28 NIV.

Our lesson for today has shown that the Jews and Gentiles both have the same path to God; through Jesus Christ. We are joined together in Him as His church.

"Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death."
Ephesians 2:16 NLT

Today we have made much progress in this area and it would be difficult for us to imagine the level of enmity and hostility that the Jews had for the Gentiles back in Paul's day.


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 Ephesians 2:11-22 NLT

Keep in Mind the Key Verse: Ephesians 2:21 (NLT) - "We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord."





December 18, 2022 – Unity in the Body of Christ

Lesson Printed Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 KJV


Devotional Reading:
Romans 12:3-8 KJV


Keep in Mind the Key Verses: Ephesians 4:4-5 (KJV) - "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism."


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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Ephesians is a book that focuses on unity, gratitude, and enabling-grace. This book helps us understand who we are in Christ. In other words, what are we called and created to be and where are we in that calling.


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 Ephesians 4:1-16 NLT

Keep in Mind the Key Verses: Ephesians 4:4-5 (NLT) - "For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism."






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For other versions (NIV, New Living Translation, etc.) of the Bible in audio and visual formats, visit the World Wide Study Bible page of Christian Classics Eternal Library site. Also visit the New Living Translation web site.

Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Standard Lesson Commentary, Precepts for Living, Commentary by David Guzik, and gotquestions.org. 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." The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.



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