Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated August 10, 2020)

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


The lesson segments include a synopsis of the lesson and a link to AudioBible.com 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 Real.com 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.


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August 2 – Faith and Wisdom

Bible Lesson: James 1:1-11 (KJV)


Key verse:
James 1:5 (KJV) - "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In the dictionary, one of the definitions of word professional is, "a person competent or skilled in a particular activity." Isn't that what we want to be in Christianity? We want to be competent and skilled in our religion. Then, others may be prompted to see that aspect of us and to say, "there goes a real Christian."

We can consider a professional Christian is one who strives to be the best Christian a person can be. We love and trust God above others, love our neighbor as ourself, and care for the underprivileged. We practice these tenants constantly.

What does all this talk about professional have to do with our lesson? Looking at professional sports will answer that question. Regardless if it is professional golf, baseball, basketball, football, or any other professional sport, they all have one thing in common - practice. Not just ordinary practice, but the type which will leave them better prepared for the competition with the right mental attitude and greater endurance.

Even though reading the Bible is part our training, mostly Christians undergo on-the-job training. The challenges of life makes us stronger if we face these troubles knowing God is with us. That is why in our lesson text James counsels us to look at troubles as an opportunity for great joy (James 1:2) ... to grow as a Christian.

With this attitude, our endurance in facing our adversary Satan will be greater (James 1:3). Just as a professional athlete practices in order to be perfectly prepared, so should we (James 1:4).

However, as hard as we might try, we will at times be faced with situations in life in which we don't know what to do or what to say. That is why we need godly wisdom to keep us on track. If we don't have enough wisdom, James said to ask God for it (James 1:5).

We should not try to face the troubles and difficulties of life alone ... without God. If we want God's help, we should not divide our faith in Him with that of the world. James said this about doing so:

"But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord." (James 1:6-7)

Faith and wisdom go hand-in-hand to help us face the challenges of life. Through faith in the Lord we can gain wisdom. Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."


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 James 1:1-11.

The key verse: James 1:5 (NLT) - "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."







August 9 – Hearing and Doing the Word

Alternate Title – Hearing and Doing

Bible Lesson: James 1:19-27 (KJV)


Key verse:
James 1:22 (KJV) - "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. "

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

"The proof is in the pudding" is a well-known phrase but the original phrase (which it came from) is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." Our lesson for today can perhaps be summarized similarly as "The proof of the Christian is in the living."

It is admirable to know the Bible, to have read the Bible, and to be able to freely quote Scripture from the Bible. James is telling us if we are satisfied with just knowing or hearing the word, we are deceiving ourselves.

The Lord wants us to not only know the word but more importantly to live by the word (James 1:22). In Matthew 4:4 (KJV) we find these words from Christ:

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Having a GPS unit in the car is a good thing to keep us from getting lost but it is up to us to follow the instructions. If we insist on going the wrong way we will never get to our destination.

We could say our "GPS" in the life we live is the Biblethe word of GodHis instructions. Our destination is Heaven where we will live for an eternity with the Lord. It is said, "We are all on the highway to Heaven, but some of us are going the wrong way." Each of us should ask ourselves: Am I following God's instructions?

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 James 1:1-11.

The key verse: James 1:22 (NLT) - "But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves."







August 16 – Faith Without Works Is Dead

Alternate Title – Living Faith

Bible Lesson: James 2:14-26 (KJV)


Key verse:
James 2:26 (KJV) - "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

At some point in our lifetime, all of us have deceived ourselves into believing some false accounting or assumption. We convinced ourselves that we were right about something ... only to discover later that we were wrong.

In the lesson for today, we will see it is possible for us to deceive ourselves into believing we are living right and that the faith we have is the faith we need to be saved.

James said for us to not just be hearers of the word of God but doers of the word:

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22 NIV).

We must learn that it's not enough to just go to church, sing the hymns, and listen to the sermon. We must also apply the Bible to our everyday living.

What good is it if we have the instructions but then don't follow them. James asked, "What good is it to say you have faith but to not show it by your actions?" (James 2:14).

When we truly come to realize how much the Lord has done (and is doing) for us, we will develop a repentant heart and true love for the Lord. Then we will want to do right because of our love and appreciation for the Lord and not just the fear of being disciplined or exposed for doing wrong.

In the lesson for today, one measurement of our faith is in the level of confidence we have in the Lord and our willingness to do as He has commanded because of love. The fruit of our faith and thereby the proof of our faith is in our behavior; how we live and how we love and help others.

In the Kings James Version of our reference Scripture, the key words are faith and works. The key thought is: a person having the right kind of faith will result in good works by that person. We call this kind of faith living faith. The kind of faith that does not produce good works is a dead faith (James 2:26).

The word "works" means anything we do, our actions; our behavior.

What are some examples of good works?

Although good works are important, we cannot be justified (or saved) by works alone. Salvation is gained by the grace of God through faith.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8 NASB

Faith incorporates our unfailing belief and complete confidence in the testimony of God; meaning that what is said in the gospels is true even though we have no visual or physical proof. We believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior and through this belief of faith, we are saved by the grace of God.

Not only that, but our faith in Jesus as our Lord should produce godly behavior. This behavior includes good deeds. It is not enough to just believe in Jesus because even the demons do that (Mark 1:24).

If we truly love God we will have living faith. This will result in us living right and performing good deeds to help others because of the Love we have for the Lord.

To emphasize why faith and action work together (James 2:22), James gave three examples.

Self-examination is the ultimate aim of this lesson. We should be inspired to examine ourselves to determine if good works come from our faith and if our faith is rooted in the confidence and love we have for the 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 James 2:14-26.

The key verses: James 2:26 (NLT) - "Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works."







August 23 – Taming the Tongue

Alternate Title – Taming the Tongue

Bible Lesson: James 3:1-12 (KJV)


Key verse:
James 3:5 (KJV) - "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! "

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

We associate the tongue with speaking words because it is an integral part in controlling our speech. In our reference text, James uses the tongue to symbolize speech driven by thoughts and intentions.

Probably all of us have experienced saying something that caused serious problems with a friend or acquaintance. In such a case, perhaps what we said couldn't be taken back. It's like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube; once it is out ... it is out!

We will find in life that words can hurt greatly, irrespective of the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." In reality, the damage and pain from words can last much longer than the time it takes bones to heal.

Some children go into adulthood suffering from the effects of hurtful words directed at them in their childhood. Words can hurt for a long time ... even a lifetime.

Fortunately, encouraging and loving words can have the opporsite effect as hurtful words. But when hurtful and encouraging words find a home in the same mouth, James says this is not right (James 3:10). What a person says is a reflection of what's in the heart. We don't expect evil to come out of a good and decent person.

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart". (Luke 6:45 NASB).

There is a saying: "We should all have a filter between our brain and our mouth!" That is a way of saying we should think about the consequences of what we would like to say before we actually say it. This is very important in the case of one who teaches in the church.

Such a teacher has an opportunity to say things which are incorrect and influence a student in a misleading way. Voicing an opinion rather than facts, backed up with Scripture, can cause a student to propagate an incorrect statement or idea as if it is a fact.

James warns that teachers (biblical teachers) will be judged by a higher standard. Therefore, a person should consider very carefully the prospect of becoming a teacher in the church (James 3:1).

Teachers in church are expected to know what is right. This is an important statement because it also means when they sin, pleading ignorance is less of an excuse. It also means they have a greater ability to affect their students in a negative manner.

Outside the church some of our laws carry a stricter punishment for school teachers who influence a student to do wrong because they represent an authority figure. The same reasoning can also apply within the church. Those in leadership (like teachers) must be careful what they say in class or even outside class.

Politicians know the importance of being able to give a great speech. With that gift, history has shown that great populations of people have been swayed to do something or agree with something which is detestable.

James said the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire (James 3:5). Nazi Germany is an example of how one person (Hitler) with one tongue influenced many people to condone detestable wrongs.

Hitler's leadership is credited with starting World War II when Germany invaded Poland. As a result, millions of people died during the conflict which largely resulted from the intentions behind one tongue.

James said, "the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8 NIV). But, as Christians, we are expected to "tame our tongue". We must do our best to avoid hateful speech and spreading gossip. Paul said in Colossians 3:8 NIV:

"But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips."

When Jesus was on the cross, He could have done a variety of things such as cursing those who put Him there. Instead, He said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 33:34 KJV).

As Christians, we are challenged to bless those who curse us (Luke 6:28). We have an opportunity to control our behavior starting with controlling our tongue (James 3:2). We are challenged to use that tongue to reply to hate and fear with love and hope. Let us all use our tongue to do exactly that.


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 James 3:1-12.

The key verses: James 3:5 (NLT) - "In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire."







August 30 – Two Kinds of Wisdom

Bible Lesson: James 3:13-18 and James 5:7-12 (KJV)


Key verse:
James 3:17 (KJV) - "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In this lesson, we will discuss the aspects of two types of wisdom. One type is of a godly nature and the other type is false wisdom of a worldly nature.

We can define wisdom as the quality of having knowledge, insight, and good judgment. This definition fits godly wisdom very well because the good judgment of a true Christian will bring about the peace-loving, merciful, and humble attitude that produces the fruit of good works. This attitude is exactly what our key verse proclaims:

"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere." James 3:17 NLT

But those of the world who are burdened with a nature of jealousy and selfishness may seek to impress others with false wisdom. They often are the ones who will aspire to succeed at any cost in the worldly environment even at the expense of others. James writes of this type of person in our reference text:

"For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." James 3:15-16

In comparing the godly wisdom and false worldly wisdom, we can readily discern that godly wisdom is the way for Christians. This world would be a better place to live if everyone sought to have the wisdom from above and not the unspiritual type which produces disorder and evil of every kind.

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 James 3:13-18 and James 5:7-12

The key verse: James 3:17 (NLT) - "But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere."







September 6 – Biased Love

Bible Lesson: Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24A, 28 (KJV)


Key verse:
Genesis 37:11 (KJV) - "And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Jealousy and envy among siblings have been around for a very long time. If nothing is done to correct these conditions in the family, hatred may be the result. It takes a special parent to realize when one of their children is suffering from jealousy or envy of another.

When I was a child I was jealous and envious of my older brother. He was always succeeding at some task while I was just trying to stay afloat in school. Someone was always congratulating him on his latest accomplishment while all I could do was to stand by and look and feel left out.

He was the one who could recite the names of the books in the Bible in reverse order when he was in elementary school. He was the valedictorian of his high school class; the one who was an Eagle Scout; the one who won the State science fair and also the county spelling bee. He was the one who graduated from high school at 15.

I should have been his greatest supporter, but instead, I was probably his enemy at heart; wishing for him to fail at something ... anything.

When a person has experienced the pain and hurt of jealousy and envy of a sibling, the story of Joseph becomes clearly in focus. If a parent makes it obvious that one sibling is preferred or celebrated over the other, problems can be amplified.

Then, if the celebrated sibling tends to rub it in (so to speak) as Joseph did by telling of his dreams in which the others would bow to him, this just may be the last straw. And so it was in Joseph's brothers' case. First, they thought of killing him but later decided to sell him to some passing traders.

They did not realize this situation was all a part of God's plan, for He had a wondrous future in store for Joseph and the other Israelites. This future would display God's power and character and be the seed from which our religion would grow.

One of the hardest jobs for a parent is to make all the children feel supported and celebrated regardless of the successes or failures of one or the other. Biased love of a patent can cause a disastrous result.


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 Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24A, 28

The key verse: Genesis 37:11 (NLT) - "But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant."








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