Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated July 1, 2022)

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July 3, 2022 – The Creating Word Becomes Flesh

Alternate Title – The Word Becomes Flesh

Alternate Title #2 – John Tells How Jesus Came into the World

Bible Lesson: John 1:1-14 KJV


The key verse:
John 1:3 (KJV) - "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

The reference Scripture for today comes from the poetic words of the Apostle John in chapter one of his Gospel. John described Jesus using two titles: "The Word" and "The Light".

Both titles are profound and mean that Jesus' existence on earth was no ordinary life. Although He came to earth in the form of a flesh and blood person, He shares in the essence and divinity of God. That is what is meant by, "The Word was God". Jesus is God.

John said that the Word became flesh and came into the world and lived with us. Jesus is the One that he was speaking of and the One that John the Baptist announced that was coming:

"God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light." John 1:6-8 NLT

If we could go back to the very beginning of all that exists we would discover that Jesus was there with God. He was with God and He is God:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1-2 NIV

To understand how Jesus (the Word and the Light) could be God and also be "with" God we have to understand what is meant by the Trinity. Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity but it can be a difficult doctrine to understand. However, to fully understand our relationship to God we must understand what the Trinity means.

A brief description of the Trinity is: we believe there is but one God but He exists simultaneously in three Holy Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All Three have distinct functions in the Scripture but each is fully God.

This doesn't mean that we have three Gods. We have only one God but He exists simultaneously in the form of Three Persons.

In the beginning, not only did Jesus exist as God, He was also "with God" which supports our belief in the Trinity. Jesus was there with God the Father. Again, we refer to John 1:1-2:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1-2 NIV

Genesis 1:1 tells us that God created the heavens and the earth but John explained that Jesus was instrumental in the Creation of all that exists:

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3 KJV

We know that Jesus is our Savior but John's gospel also helps us understand how important Jesus is to our creation and the creation of the world. He was there at the beginning of time and was used by God as an instrument of creation.

John also referred to Jesus as "The Light." This is a key theme in John's Gospel. To understand the meaning of "light" we must begin with its opposite: darkness. Darkness not only encompasses spiritual ignorance and all that which is negative but more importantly, it also includes that which is evil.

Using this description of darkness, we can correctly say that Darkness wanted to destroy Jesus (the Light) but it failed:

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 NIV

Jesus brought light and within that light was new life.

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
John 1:4 KJV

This new lifethis eternal lifewas given in the form of the rebirth into the salvation that Jesus brought with Him for all of humanity. The New Covenant promised new and eternal life for all those who believed in Jesus.

"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

This new life defeated the evil darkness in that all sins were forgiven by the grace of God through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. Satan could no longer use sin to defeat believers because all sin was forgiven.

Everything that spiritual darkness represents is the opposite of God's nature. In Galatians 5:22-23 the fruits of the Holy Spirit are listed. Not only are these fruits of the Spirit but they also apply to the nature of God in general.

As far as Christians are concerned, these fruits should be the same that all believers desire to exhibit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (See Galatians 5:22-23).

In summary, Jesus is God who came to earth in the flesh to die on the cross as a sacrifice to usher in the New Covenant. Through this Covenant, all sins are forgiven by the grace of God and all believers will have everlasting life.

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 John 1:1-14 NLT

The key verse: John 1:3 (NLT) - "God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him."





July 10, 2022 – The Word Heals

Alternate Title – Jesus Heals a Little Boy

Bible Lesson: John 4:46-54 KJV


The key verse:
John 4:53 (KJV) - "So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Our lesson reference Scripture begins at a time when Jesus had spent two days in Samaria (John 4:40). Many Jews opted to not go through Samaria (where most Samaritans lived) even if it was the shortest route because Jews and Samaritans did not associate with each other in general. This had gone on for hundreds of years.

The Jews did not consider the Samaritans as true Jews. The two groups did not agree on where they should worship, who to marry and in some important ways, how to worship.

The Jews worshipped God in the Temple located in Jerusalem (in the Southern Kingdom) whereas the Samaritans worshipped on Mount Gerizim (in the Northern Kingdom) in a temple they had built themselves, but the Jews burned it around 128 B.C.

Needless to say, the Jews and Samaritans were more like enemies than they were loving kinfolks and as a result they despised each other.

Considering the negative Samaritans' relationship to the Jews we should not be surprised that Jesus did not hesitate traveling through Samaria. There was a good probability that there were people he would come into contact with who needed to hear what He had to say; surely there were souls that needed saving. We should remember what Jesus said about coming to the earth:

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost." Luke 19:10 NLT

While in Samaria, he carried on a conversation with a Samaritan woman who He had asked for a drink of water. During the conversation Jesus revealed that He knew some aspects of her life that were very sinful. This amazed the woman that this total stranger could somehow know about the sinful life she had led.

Most importantly, during the conversation, He revealed to her that He was the Messiah (John 4:25-26). After she ran back to her village and told others about her conversation, many more heard and believed Jesus' message.

This goes to show that God can use anyone to achieve His goals and to spread His word. In Samaria He used a sinful woman to bring other souls to Him.
(John 4:41-42).

After His 2-day stay in Samaria, where He was able to touch many souls, He left and headed to Galilee which was His home country and where He had grown up. There, an important officiala noblemansought Jesus for Him to heal his dying son in Capernaum before it was too late (Luke 4:47 KJV).

Jesus responded to the request to heal the dying son first with some criticism He suggested that it took miracles to get some people to believe in Him:

"So Jesus said to him, 'Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.'” (John 4:48).

But after the man continued to plead for his son, Jesus healed the son from where He was without traveling to Capernaum. He told the man to go back home because his son will live. (John 4:50).

Later, some of the man's servants told him that his son had suddenly recovered. The man and his servants determined the son had recovered right at the time that Jesus had said his son would live.

By contrast, in Samaria, there had not been a parade of miracles by Jesus or even a single miracle to attract people to Jesus in order to hear His message. They listened to Him and believed out of faith.

Christianity relies a lot on faith. We do not require God to perform a miracle for us before we will believe.

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 John 4:46-54 NLT

The key verse: John 4:53 (NLT) - "Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." And he and his entire household believed in Jesus."




July 17, 2022 – The Word Resurrects the Dead

Alternate Title – The Word Saves

Alternate Title #2 – Jesus Raised Lazarus from the Dead

Bible Lesson: John 11:17-27, 38-44 KJV


The key verses:
John 11:25-26 (KJV) - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

The lesson for today shows how God used the death of one man to help facilitate His plan of our redemption and salvation. It is a remarkable story of Jesus' confidence in His destiny.

This lesson is about the death of Lazarus and his resurrection to life by Jesus. This story is only covered in the Bible in the Book of John.

Jesus loved Lazarus and his two sistersMary and Martha and they loved Him. They lived in Bethany which was only a couple of miles from Jerusalem. Both Bethany and Jerusalem were part of the region called Judea.

Mary was the one who later poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet:

"This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord's feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick." John 11:2 NLT

Lazarus had become deathly ill and his sisters sent word to Jesus. The strong implication here is that they expected Jesus to rush to Lazarus' bedside and heal him, thus saving their brother's life.

Perhaps they had not considered that Jesus could also heal Lazarus from afar. He had healed others over a distance. The Centurion's servant (Matthew 8:13), the Capernaum Official's son (John 4:49-50), and the Gentile woman's demon-possessed daughter (Mark 7:29-30) are three examples.

But Jesus chose not to immediately heal Lazarus from afar or even go to him immediately to heal him in person. He had greater plans to unfold.

Rather than rushing to the side of his friend that He loved, Jesus stayed where He was for another 2 days. Then He said to His disciples "Let's go into Judea again" (John 11:7 KJV).

By the time Jesus finally arrived in Bethany of Judea, Lazarus had died and already been in the grave for 4 days (John 11:17 KJV). His intent was to bring Lazarus back to life for the glory of God that the Son of God might be glorified (John 11:4 KJV).

The first thing recorded that both sisters said to Jesus when He arrived in Bethany was that their brother, Lazarus, would not have died if Christ had arrived before his death:

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. John 11:21 NLT

When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:32. NLT

Neither one of the sisters knew what Jesus had come to do; to bring Lazarus back to life. They did not understand that the resurrection of Lazarus was a part of God's plan.

Some of the people who were standing nearby had also had a negative comments about Jesus:

But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” John 11:37 NLT

They did not know what Jesus had come to do. If they had known, they should have been smiling and joyful because they were about to witness one of the greatest miracles ever performed.

Jesus didn't see any smiles or hear any cheers that He had arrived. All he saw and heard were people crying and wailing. He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled.

Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled. (John 11:33 NASB).

Jesus wept (John 11:35 KJV).

Perhaps He wept because of the great sympathetic compassion that He felt for Martha and Mary and others who were in obvious emotional pain while mourning over His friend.

Maybe He wept because of the death and suffering His friend had experienced and the 4 days in the tomb he had endured.

We don't know exactly why He wept but we do know that we are fortunate to have Jesus to watch over us.

When He walked the earth as a human He has seen what we go through when we are sad and sorrowful. He has personally come face-to-face with the misery and agony that death brings. He has experienced the shedding of tears.

The stage was set; the impossible was about to take place. His next actions would fit into a larger plan; one that is for the greater good.

He went to Lazarus' grave site and prayed to God:

"...And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me."
(John 11:41 KJV)

He said this prayer out loud for the benefit of those standing by so that they would believe that God had sent Him:

"And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." John 11:42 KJV

Then He commanded Lazarus by name in a loud voice to come forth.

"And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth'". John 11:43 KJV

He spoke in a loud voice so that all could hear what He said so that they would believe in Him.

And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!" John 11:44.

The report of this miracle increased Jesus' notoriety and the number of people that believed in Him. When this report reached the Pharisees and chief priests they called a meeting of the high council.

The power of such a man who could perform such a miracle made Jesus a perceived threat to the Jewish leadership. From that point on, they plotted to kill Jesus. John 11:53.

This and other factors set into motion a sequence of events that would lead to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in only a few days. This sacrificial death of Christ is a part of God's plan to usher in the New Covenant between us and God.

Therefore the miracle of Lazarus' resurrection by Jesus played an important role in God's plan for our redemption and salvation through the blood of Jesus.


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 John 11:17-27, 38-44 NLT

The key verses: John 11:25-26 (NLT) - "Jesus told her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?'"






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