Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated October 29, 2020)

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.


November 1 – Loving by Serving

Alternate Title – Serving Love

Bible Lesson: John 13:1-15, 34-35 (KJV)

Key verse:
John 13:15 (KJV) - "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Jesus' hour had come. It was time for Him to prepare to give His life so that we could have salvation through His blood. In the past when His life was in jeopardy, no one took Him because His hour had not come:

So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
(John 7:30 NASB)

These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. (John 8:20 ESV)

Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew His hour had come and it was time to leave this world and return to the Father (John 13:1). He said, "The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified" (John 12:23 KJV). His whole life and ministry had lead up to this point.

It was time to prepare the disciples for what would come. The setting of the reference text was at the last supper Jesus would have with His disciples before He would be betrayed by Judas and then crucified.

He did something to His disciples which demonstrated how important humility and love were. He washed their feet. He was the most important one in the room but He did what was normally expected of the least important one.

He didn't just say for them to not be proud ...He showed them. This was akin to Him telling a parable to make a point except He acted it out in a dramatic way. This would be something they would never forget and would help mold their lives.

Jesus came to the world not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). As a member of the body of Christ, we are to humble ourselves so we can help others. If we always are focusing on what pleases us and bragging about ourselves, how can we help others?

His disciples had been arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom (Luke 22:24). Washing their feet showed them that their importance was secondary to their love and desire to serve others. This attitude focused on the cravings of the world; pride in our achievements and our own self-worth. The Bible warns us to avoid this type of thinking:

"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world" (1 John 2:15-16 NLT).

You may have an opportunity to see this type of thinking in action if your church is like another I have attended. It amazed me to see the deacons serving the congregation at a fellowship meal. It didn't matter to them what their secular position was ... from a college calculus instructor to a manager and even a judge, they still served those of us who had no position of authority.

In the Body of Christ, the first must be last and a servant to all (Mark 9:35). "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)" is one of the Beatitudes and means meekness and humility is valued more than arrogance and pride.

If we want to please God, our life must be dedicated to first advancing His kingdom and not our own importance. It is He that we must love and give thanks, for it is He that made us and not we ourselves.

All our success and human value we owe to Him. Therefore, we should approach life with humility and not pride. Even though Jesus came to earth as the long-awaited Messiah, He demonstrated, by washing His disciple's feet, that they (and we) should not focus on self-importance.

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 13:1-15, 34-35

The key verse: John 13:15 (NLT) - "I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you."

November 8 – Abiding Love

Alternate Title – Obey God and Love One Another

Bible Lesson: John 15:4-17 (KJV)

Key verse:
John 15:5 (KJV) - "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

In the reference Scripture, we are led to understand our dependence on Jesus and His teachings is paramount. He is the vine and we are the branches. Therefore, our spiritual nurishment and spiritual life depend on Him.

Just as with any plant, we must remain connected to the source of nurishment if we are to live and produce fruit. We remain connected to Christ through the Holy Spirit and the word of God. We have an internal committment to live as He desires us to.

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 15:4-17

The key verse: John 15:5 (NLT) - "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."

November 15 – Confident Love

Alternate Title – Know That God Loves You!

Bible Lesson: 1 John 3:11-24 (KJV)

Key verse:
1 John 3:24 (KJV) - And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Much of the Ten Commandments as well as much of Jesus' ministry on earth is based on our love for God and our love for each other. Jesus affirmed this in Matthew 22:37-40 when an expert in religious law asked Him which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses:

Jesus replied, "You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."

John said to love one another is a message that has been preached from the beginning (1 John 3:11). Imagine what the world would look like if everyone truly loved each other as God wants us to.

Violence would disappear along with hunger, poverty, and hatred. As a society, we have struggled to find a solution for these urgent and enduring problems even though the answer is in three words from Jesus: love one another.

Not only is loving one another a message, but it is also a commandment that is interwoven in obeying God and modeled after Christ.

Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan to emphasize that our neighborwho we should lovecould be anyone (Luke 10:27). We are even instructed to love our enemies and to do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27-28).

This type of love is an interpersonal relationship modeled after the love of Christ. It is not the romantic and emotional love between man and womanwhich may come and gobut a love that lives on a higher plane.

While speaking to the Disciples at the Last Supper, the Lord gave a commandment revealing how they should love one another. He said their love toward each other should be as He loved them.

John 13:34 NIV - "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Even though these words were told to His special disciples, we are also His disciples and are supposed to model our life after the example of Christ. Let us also remember that the love of Christ is intertwined with the love of God; they are from the same source. With this in mind, let us describe the love of God through Jesus Christ.

His love is sacrificial - He died on the cross to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did not sin but He took our place to atone for our sins, like the sacrificial lamb. By doing so, He had to suffer unimaginable pain at the hands of unbelievers.

He said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13 NLT). We may never be called upon to lay down our life for our friends, but we should welcome an opportunity to endure some sacrifice for their spiritual well-being.

His love is one of forgiveness - Paul said, "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32 NASB).

His love is unconditional - "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8 NLT).

"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).

His love is eternal - Paul said, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).

In other words, the Lord loves us for all eternity. Our love for others should not "come and go" but should exist on a higher and lasting plane.

The example of Cain and Abel (1 John 3:12) demonstrates the contrast between those who have the loving spirit of Christ as opposed to those who have hate in their heart. Out of faith, Abel offered God a substantial sacrifice that pleased the Lord, but the Lord was not pleased with Cain's offering.

Rather than trying to give a better sacrifice, Cain let jealousy and envy invade his spirit. This led him to hate Abel, not because of anything Abel had done to him personally but because he had failed where his brother had succeeded.

Cain let jealousy and envy develop into hate. The hatred in his heart drove him to kill his own brother, Abel.

If we let anger and hatred rule our spirit, we are giving in to the desires of Satan and opposing the wishes of God. On the other hand, if we let our life be controlled by the Holy Spirit, we will have love for one another and not hatred.

Through the influence of the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves supporting the successes of our brothers and sisters rather than hating or envying them because of their success. We will find ourselves becoming more forgiving and more compassionate.

It was jealousy and envy that moved Saul to hate David and to want him dead. It was jealousy and envy which moved the brothers of Joseph to conspire to kill him. We can also fall to such weaknesses if we don't seek the guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit that indwells all believers.

The Holy Spirit can help us remain in fellowship with the Lord because He can help us defeat our greatest sinful temptations. We were never meant to face the sinful world alone. That is why the Holy Spirit was sent to us.

In our reference Scripture, it is said, "And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us." (1 John 3:24b)

"That concept can be difficult to comprehend and embrace, but it is one each Christian must understand. If we do not call upon the Holy Spirit for help, we are left trying to live out our life, disregarding the close association with God which He has graciously provided.

"It's like a carpenter pondering on how to cut a board in half, and disregarding the saw near his fingertips, provided to him for that purpose."*

Having a loving spirit toward everyone, including those who have been mean and unfair to us, is not an easy task. It is not something we will accomplish overnight. It might take a lifetime.

But we must continue to confidently remind ourselves that this is what God wants us to do. He has shown us what He is willing to do for us ... now it is our turn to show Him what we are willing to do for 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 Bible Version of 1 John 3:11-24

The key verse: 1 John 3:24 (NLT) - "Those who obey God's commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us."

*Quoted from The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful living (Page 99)

November 22 – Sharing Love

Alternate Title – Responsive Love!

Alternate Title #2 – Love Means Sharing

Bible Lesson: Acts 4:32-5:11 (KJV)

Key verse:
Acts 4:32 (KJV) - "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

The reference Scripture is from a time when the Christian church was in its early development. It was akin to a movement rather than an established organizational body as we have today. Since the time of the early church, the number of believers has grown to over two billion people worldwide that identify as Christian.

Our reference Scripture is placed in a time when doctrine, ideals, rules, and regulations of the new church were only in the early stages. In many respects, the Apostles were involved in this development. They preached from the power of the resurrection of Christ and the reality of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit.

The accepted thinking was that no member should go in need while the body of Christians had resources to help. They shared what they had so no one was needy.

Acts 4:34-35 "There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need."

But there was a man named Ananias who, along with his wife Sapphira, sold some property and were dishonest with revealing how much money they had received from the sale. They gave a portion of the money to the Apostles under the guise what they had given was the full amount.

Peter told them they had lied to God.

Acts 5:3-4 "'Then Peter said, 'Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.

'The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren't lying to us but to God!'"

They both died (separately) in the presence of Peter after hearing they had lied to God (Acts 4:5,10). Their sin was not in withholding the money, because it was theirs to do with what they pleased. Their sin was deceptionlying about donating all of the proceeds from the sale.

This is akin to claiming we are tithing our income to the church when we are not. Most likely no one knows we are lying except God. Some churches give special recognition to those who tithe. To accept such recognition when we are knowingly undeserving is like lying to God.

As could be expected, the sudden deaths of Ananias and his wife, due to the deception, caused great fear in the community (Acts 5:11). This was a good thing for the community as a whole because it would encourage everyone to be truthful and honest in their giving and dealings with the new church. They may be able to fool man with false devoutness, but not the Holy Spirit.

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 Acts 4:32-5:11

The key verse: Acts 4:32 (NLT) - "All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had."

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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, and 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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