Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated June 24, 2019)

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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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June 2 – Jesus Institutes the New Covenant

Alternate Title – The Lord's Supper and New Covenant (Promise)


Bible Lesson:
Mark 14:17-25 (KJV) and Hebrews 8:6, 7, 10-12 (KJV)


Key verse:
Hebrews 8:6 (KJV) - "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better
promises.
"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

The death of God's Son on the cross was a holy sacrifice for the sins of the world. "He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world" (1 John 2:2). Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper the day before His crucifixion which we celebrate today in remembrance and gratitude for what He did for us on the cross.

This sacrifice ushered in the new covenant prophesied in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah about 600 years before Christ (Jer 31:33-34 NIV). The quote in our reference text (Hebrews 8:10-12 NIV) is based on the prophecy from Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV) about the coming of a new covenant:

33 "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days," says the LORD. "I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, 'You should know the LORD.' For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already," says the LORD. "And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."

As a result of the new covenant, the Holy Spirit indwells all believers and will guide us in the ways of Christ. But we have to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us. He will not dominate our lives and force us to live godly against our will. He will not force us to be Christlike.

We are still subject to the lure of the world and freedom of choice. That is why we need spiritual rejuvenation on a regular basis to strengthen our resolve and to keep from yielding to temptation. That is why we need to study the pages of God's word and participate in Bible study and self-examination. The Lord's Supper observance reminds us of what Jesus Christ did for us. We owe Him our gratitude for all eternity.


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 Mark 14:17-25 and Hebrews 8:6-7, 10-12

The key verse: Hebrews 8:6 (NLT) - But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises."






June 9 – Jesus Seals the New Covenant
Alternate Title – Jesus Fulfills the New Covenant


Bible Lesson:
Mark 15:6-15, 25-26, 33-39 (KJV)


Key verses:
Mark 15:39 (KJV) - "And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Jesus was crucifiedkilled because of His ministry and what it and He stood for. The Jewish leaders who wanted Him killed were envious of who He said He was (Mark 15:10 KJV) and upset because He would not bow down to their authority as others would.

No doubt they thought with Him out of the way, things would go back to normal. How did that thinking work out for them? In reality, they only contributed to the fulfillment of prophecy and Jesus got what God's will commanded: His sacrifice on the cross was made to atone for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).

But the story didn't end there. Jesus was resurrected on the third day just as He promised (Mark 8:31). The new covenant was initiated as the prophecy from Jeremiah predicted 600 years before the coming of Christ to earth (Jeremiah 31:31, 33, 34). Thus Christianity was born out of the new covenant and 2000 years later we who are studying this lesson are here because of God's new covenant promise.

Through the new covenant, God's promise in John 3:16 cements our faith: "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."

By crucifying Jesus they made Him larger than life itself and the New Covenant was sealed by His death and resurrection. His accusers did not understand that Jesus is an eternal deity who cannot be done away with by their hands. They did not understand no one has the power to defeat God's will.

If it is His will for the Israelites to be freed from Egyptian bondage, Pharaoh and his army will not be able to stop it. Regardless of how tall and strong the walls were at Jericho, this did not stop God's will to have the walls collapse. In fact, all of Satan's army can not stop God's will. We lean on this infallible truth whether our concern is about world politics or our own personal challenges.


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 Mark 15:6-15, 25-26, 33-39.

The key verse: Mark 15:39 (NLT) - "When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, "This man truly was the Son of God!"






June 16 – The New Covenant's Sacrifice
Alternate Title – Jesus' Sacrifice Brings Forgiveness


Bible Lesson:
Hebrews 9:11-22 (KJV)


Key verse:
Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) - "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

In order to understand the significance of the new covenant and the significance of Jesus being the sacrificial Lamb whose death ushered in the new covenant, we must review two background subjects: "The Old Covenant" and "The Day of Atonement."


Background - The Old Covenant Sacrifices

Under the old covenant, a system was set up to atone for the sins of the people by requiring them to make blood sacrifices. Animals were sacrificed for temporary forgiveness of human sins. "...without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22).

This was not a process for the faint of heart because the person bringing the animal to be sacrificed must personally inflict death upon it usually by cutting the throat with a sharp knife. The animal, which had done no wrong, died in place of the person who had sinned.

This was not a do-it-yourself process. A priest was needed to guide the offerer through the process and to effect the transformation of the offering for its intended purpose. A priest effectively stood in the gap between the people and God. He was a mediator between God and the people.

There were provisions in the Temple to carry out the function of sacrifices. It was set up for the killing of animals and draining the blood, etc. It was also set up for the complete burning of animals (in the case of a burnt offering) and for cooking meat so it could be eaten. For more information on the specifics of the various kinds of sacrifices, you are invited to read an article by Associate Professor William K. Gilders linked here.

The process of sin sacrifices had to be completed periodically because it provided only temporary atonement for sins and certainly not for future sins. In other words, it was a temporary fix. It is kind of like the need for us to periodically do so many things to continue to live. We must eat, sleep, breathe, drink, and other things over and over until the day we die.

This system of sacrifices served a dual purpose. Not only did it atone for sins, but part of the animal, grain, and drink offerings provided food and drink for the priests. Only a relatively small part of the sacrifices was completely destroyed by fire. Also, the Temple sacrifices led to the creation of a business. Vendors were available to sell the sacrificial animals to those who didn't want to bring the animals for the sometimes long pilgrimage to Jerusalem.


Background - The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

On the Day of Atonement (the tenth day of the seventh month) a special animal sacrifice was given by the high priest to atone for his own sins and the sins of all the people. To make this special sacrifice, the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies—the innermost and most sacred area of the ancient tabernacle of Moses and the temple of Jerusalem. It was here that the priest was said to be in God's presence.

Only the high priest could enter this sacred area and then only on this one day of the year. This area was separated from the rest of the Tabernacle or Temple by a thick and tall veil (about 60 feet tall in the Temple). The veil is considered a separation of the Holy God from the sinful people.


The New Covenant's Sacrifice - Jesus Christ

Under the old covenant, an animal was sacrificed for the sins of the person offering the animal. In other words, the animal died in place of the offerer. In this same manner, Jesus died in our place for our sins.

His death on the cross provided a perfect blood sacrifice for all of humanity (1 John 2:2) because it was done with Holy blood—the blood of Jesus, the Son of God (Hebrews 9:12). Jesus did not present His blood in the man-made Temple, but in Tabernacle of Heaven (Hebrews 9:11). He offered His own blood to God:

But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. (Hebrews 10:12)

In this respect, the sacrifice Jesus made was Holy and perfect, and does not have to be repeated ever again. We know that all our sins are forgiven (both past and future) by the grace of God when we declare Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is a benefit of the new covenant.

When Christ died on the cross the veil which separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple was split from top to bottom (Mark 15:37-39 NIV). The veil had signified God was separated from man by sin but now we can freely go to God through Christ who serves as our permanent High Priest (Hebrews 10:19-20): our permanent mediator and go-between.

With the above facts and other logic, we could spend a lot of time explaining, to our satisfaction and in terms we understand, why the new covenant is now in place. But in reality, this sequence of events, even though for our own benefit, is God's plan. We don't get to vote on it for approval. All we can do is to praise God for His kindness to us.

Six hundred years before the birth of Christ, God announced through his prophet Jeremiah that a new covenant would be established (Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34). This was God's decision and not a proposal for discussion. This was God's plan for our redemption.

Our reference Scripture describes the new covenant as a kind of will. As with all wills, its contents are only put into effect when the person who made it dies. In our case, Christ had to die in order for the new covenant to be put into effect (Hebrews 9:16, 17).

When Jesus knew He would die on the cross for our sins, He prayed to God the Father and then accepted His suffering and death on the cross as God's will when He declared, "Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done" (Luke 22:42 ESV).

As a result of God's plan—the new covenant, Jesus serves as our Superior High Priest because He stands in the gap between us and God (Hebrews 4:14, 15, 16). In fact, He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). This is the new waythe new covenantdeclared by God. It is for our benefit and it is perfect because everything God does is perfect.

Think how pleased God would be if we all did as Jesus did and declared to Him: "Not my will, but yours, be done".


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 Hebrews 9:11-22.

The key verse: Hebrews 9:22 (NLT) - "In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness."






June 23 – Hearts United in Love
Alternate Title – Continue to Live for Jesus


Bible Lesson:
Colossians 2:1-15 (KJV)


Key verses:
Colossians 2:6-7 (KJV) - "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Paul's mission was to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13 KJV) and many of the new churches were either started by him or benefited from his leadership and understanding. Colossians 1:27 indicates the church at Colossae was probably comprised of Gentiles.

Colossians 2:1 indicates the strong likelihood that Paul never went to Colossae and furthermore the letter to the Colossians is believed to have been written by Paul while he was in jail for preaching about Jesus Christ. In fact Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians are called the "Prison Letters" because they were believed to be all written by Paul while he was in jail.

Most of us have been familiar with Christ since early in our lives. We understand who He is and for years have celebrated His birthday on earth (Christmas) and His death on the cross and resurrection (Good Friday and Easter respectively). However, in the first century, many of the people were not thoroughly familiar with Christ and what He stood for.

As a result of the newness of the early church, the believers were subject to be exposed to various teaching interpretations of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:4). Paul wanted them to have complete confidence in their understanding of God's plan for them through Jesus (Col 2:2). Paul warned them to not fall victim to "empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense based on human thinking which did not come from Christ" (Col 2:8). This is how the false teachers communicated their message.

He wanted them to love each other and be united in their understanding and not believe anything which detracted from Christ's preeminence in their life. Christ should be the foundation of what they believe.

Paul said, "I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself." Colossians 2:2b NLT.

There is not some spiritual elite class of people who have a secret understanding of the Good News. Christ alone is sufficient for our spiritual understanding. God's plan for us is anchored in Christ and is straightforward to all: accept Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will be saved.

Today when we visit a different Christian church than our own, we expect to hear a common theme about Christ. Perhaps the choir has a different singing style and the pastor a different speaking style, but we don't expect there to be a fundamental difference in the subject of Christ and what He stands for. If we hear something in the church which is fundamentally opposed two what we have been taught all our life, we must investigate further.

In many respects, Christians are unified into one church. However, we have to be vigilant and alert so that we do not become a victim of (as Paul said), "empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense based on human thinking which did not come from Christ" (Col 2:8).

When we accept Christ as our Lord (Col 2:6 NIV), we will want to strive to do as Christ would have us do (Col 2:6-7). This is not only what we should desire, but it is also our responsibility as Christians. Our actions define who we truly are as we are reminded of in Matthew 7:21 when Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

We have an advantage over the early Christians. Probably all of us have a Bible and some of us have several Bibles. Unfortunately, even if we are completely surrounded by Bibles, some of us may still fall victim to wrong interpretations of the Scripture.

Some people wrongly interpret parts of the Bible with no malice intended. They just don't take time to refer to a Study Bible or to reliable commentary. They just interpret the Bible themselves, sometimes taking a verse out of context. When this wrong information is passed on to others real damage can occur.

On the other hand, there are some who interpret the Bible wrongly to justify their own prejudices and actions. An example is when a person uses the "eye for an eye" verse (Exodus 21:23-24) to justify vengeance, retribution, or violence against someone; while not even considering Jesus' countering statement in Matthew 5:38-39.

During the Civil War era, quotations from the Bible were used to support slavery by those who saw nothing wrong with capturing African men, women, and children from their homes and selling them to the highest bidder like animals. These Africans had done no wrong to those who took them and didn't deserve such treatment.

We should not forget that many Christians knew slavery was wrong and that is why the slaves were ultimately freed. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who fought against their brothers for the freedom of slaves. But we owe a much greater debt of gratitude to God who, in His wisdom and compassion, did not allow slavery to continue.

Sunday School teachers, Bible Study teaches, preachers, and all those who teach others about the Bible have a huge responsibility. We must be careful to not mislead or influence someone with incorrect teachings. We must also be careful to not conflict with the teaching of Christ for He is our standard and not we ourselves.

Paul's concern about the Colossians is a valid concern about us today. We should not blindly accept everything which is told to us concerning the Bible. Just because the person speaking has charisma and a voice of authority doesn't make what is being said correct. It is our responsibility to use every resource available to determine if what we hear others say about the Lord's word is true.

The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit was given to all believers to help us discern what is right and what is wrong ... what is true and what is false. When it is the Holy Spirit that guides our thoughts and actions, we can continue to Live for 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 Colossians 2:1-15.

The key verses: Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) - "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness."






June 30 – Jesus Teaches About Right Attitudes
Alternate Title – Right Attitudes


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV)


Key verses:
Matthew 5:12 (KJV) - "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

The lesson for today teaches about a part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. This part refers to the blessings of Jesuscalled "the Beatitudes." It concerns God's favor to us depending on which admirable trait we exhibit in our lifestylethe way we live and what is important to us.

For example, one blessing is: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 5:7 NIV. We should show mercy to others if we expect God to show mercy to us. This is very similar to how we should be toward forgiveness. We must learn to forgive others if we expect to be forgiven by God (Matt 6:14-15).

Jesus' words are not ordinary statements because of who He is. He is a direct connection to Heaven and speaks as God the Son. The Beatitudes and the rest of the Sermon on the Mount teach us how to live a godly life.

Through the Beatitudes, we can get a clearer understanding of what is important to God and what should be important to us. In essence, to aspire to live by the Beatitudes should help us be more in line with what God wants of us if we are serious about living a godly life.

We will now review the rest of the Beatitudes. You may substitute the word "happy" for "blessed" to give a slightly different perspective, as is done in some commentaries.

Our worldly culture today doesn't celebrate many of the Beatitudes. Instead, many people are ready to take offense if someone doesn't act toward them exactly as they should. Most of our movies contain violence, hate, and vengeance. The games many of our young people play are full of killing and violence and war. Those who feel mistreated are subject to commit mass murder. All of this would change if we all lived by the Beatitudes.

The one place we are supposed to be able to go where the Beatitudes are celebrated is church. All of us should work toward making that a reality. When we enter the church doors, we should leave our prejudices, anger, hostility, and pride outside.


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 Matthew 5:1-12.

The key verse: Matthew 5:12 (NLT) - "Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way."






July 7 – Jesus Teaches About Fulfilling the Law

Alternate Title #1 – Fulfilling the Law

Alternate Title #2 – Letting Your Light Shine


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 5:13-20 (KJV)


Key verse:
Matthew 5:16 (KJV) - "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

LESSON SYNOPSIS
The reference Scripture for today is part of the Sermon on the Mount. The total sermon was perhaps the greatest of Jesus' sermons. Even though his primary audience appeared to be His disciples (Matthew 5:1-2) a crowd of followers also benefited from His teaching (Matt 7:28-29).

In the segment of the sermon which we are studying today, three topics are discussed. First He said to those he was teaching that they were the salt of the earth and had a responsibility to remain that way so their effectiveness would not be lost (Matt 5:13).

Secondly, He said they were the Light of the World (Matt 5:14) and had a responsibility to be a beacon of understanding so others can see clearly what God wants them to know about Christ (Matt 5:15).

Thirdly, He declared that He did not come to destroy the Old Testament law and prophecies, but to fulfill them (Matt 5:17). In what ways was the fulfillment accomplished:

He was the Messiah which the prophecies pointed to (Jeremiah 31:31, 33, 34). The Old Testament sacrificial system was used on a Holy scale with the Son of God being the sacrificial Lamb who gave His blood on the cross. Thus the sacrificial system was brought to completionfulfillment.

In the sacrificial system, an animal stood in our place and gave its life to atone for the sins of the offerer. But, on the Holy scale, Jesus stood in the place for all of us and atoned for our past, present, and future sins. The New Covenant was initiated and all our sins were forgiven by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus.


OTHER DETAILS (SALT AND LIGHT)

SALT
Salt is an important substance today in cooking as well as tons of it being used every year to keep our roadways from freezing. Back during the time of the Sermon on the Mount, salt was arguably just as important and valuable. It provided the primary means to preserve meat since there was no refrigeration as is common today. It was also used to give a pleasant taste to cooked food.

Salt was one of the most important trade items and was even sometimes used as currency by the Roman Legions. To say someone was the salt of the earth could easily have a dual meaning. First, the disciples were important and valuable because they were tasked with spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Secondly, it could mean they were "fundamentally good" which is a primary description of what is meant today about a person who is said to be the salt of the earth.

Jesus pointed out that regardless of how important their task was, they must remain vigilant and not lose their purpose and effectiveness. In that case, it would be like salt losing its flavor and purpose (Matt 5:13). When that happens, the salt might as well be thrown out because it is worthless.

LIGHT
When we use a light, in general, it is used so we can see something better. A world without light would be impossible to live in. Imagine the chaos if no one could see what they were doing. As an example, without light for the surgeon there would be little, if any, chance for a successful operation

Our light in the lesson is a metaphor for the godly good in us and in our lifestyle. The more good we do, the brighter our light becomes. Our light should shine so brightly that others can live a more godly life by using us as an example.

It's not sufficient that we have a light that shines. We must let our light shine unhindered so that others can benefit by seeing our godly ways. By others benefitting, we bring glory to God because we are helping the church fulfill its mission on earth. We must not hide our light.

As an example, it is not enough that we understand God's word, we should share that understanding with others. We must not hide our light from view.

All believers are given a spiritual giftsomething we will be good at which will benefit others in their walk with Christ. We should not hide that gift but display it for all to see and use. If we have a gift of encouragement, what good is it if we never use it to encourage someone. We must not hide our light.

What is the good in having great faith and wisdom if we do not use that power to help someone through tough times or to help them make a life-changing decision? We must not hide our light.


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 Matthew 5:13-20.

The key verse: Matthew 5:16 (NLT) - " In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."





July 14 – Jesus Teaches Us to Love One Another

Alternate Title – Love One Another

Bible Lesson: Matthew 5:21-32 (KJV)


Key verses:
Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV) - "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)


The synopsis for this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, June 27, 2019.


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 Matthew 5:21-32.

The key verse: Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT) - "So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God."





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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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