Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated November 23, 2017)

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 5 – Faithful God, Unfaithful People
Alternate Title – Be Faithful People

Bible Lesson: Numbers 25:10-13 (KJV) ; 1 Samuel 2:30-36 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 Samuel 2:35 KJV - "And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The key to this lesson is in 1 Samuel 2:30: "...But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me." (NLT). In the culture of the United States today, the leadership has systematically minimized God's influence. We have taken Him out of the government and out of the schools, and some people would even like for us to take "In God We Trust" off of our currency.

It's like we have sought to put God in a box and limit His influence to only within the confines of church operations. Even then we are still subject to complain about the sermon being too long and interfering with us watching the football game.

But we cannot limit God, for He is sovereign. We may be able to change a law on our books, but we can't stop or limit God any more than we can stop the forces of nature. Recently, we have seen that even if we know a hurricane is coming, we can't stop it. Even though we saw the fires in California moving at an alarming rate, we couldn't stop the destruction of thousands of homes.

If Phinehas lived today and used a spear to kill a man because he was involved with a female idol worshipper, he probably would be convicted of murder and thrown into jail. Certainly, he would not be treated as a hero and given the priesthood for himself and his descendents, as God decided. Today, as a nation, we don't seek God's declarations in such matters. Even if we did seek His decision, it is doubtful we could agree on the one who would speak for the Lord.

However, the story of Phinehas does remind us of one thing: it is God who owns all life. He can give it or take it away with or without our agreement. The recent tragedies should have taught us that we are not in control ... God is. If we want Him to show favor to us, our focus should be on honoring Him through living a godly life and doing the things which pleases 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 of Numbers 25:10-13 ; 1 Samuel 2:30-36.

The key verse: 1 Samuel 2:35 NLT - "Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire. I will establish his family, and they will be priests to my anointed kings forever."

November 12 – Promise of a New Covenant
Alternate Title – God's Great Promise

Bible Lesson: Jeremiah 31:27-34 (KJV)

Key verse: Jeremiah 31:33 KJV - "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem and became a prophet about 627 BC. This was well before the destruction of the city and Temple in 586 BC. Before the destruction, he delivered God's warning to the people to repent and change their sinful practices or they would suffer the covenant curses (Deuteronomy 28:45). They would be conquered and exiled.

The Israelites were guilty primarily of worshipping idols, and Jeremiah warned them that idolatry would bring destruction (Jeremiah 10:1-20). But they did not repent, and Jerusalem was destroyed and the people sent into exile. Jeremiah remained with the remnant of the Israelites left in Jerusalem. It was during this time that he prophesied about a hopeful future and the promise of a new covenant.

Reading the printed reference Scripture gives the impression God is giving the Israelites (as a people) another chance to do right. He would, it appears, essentially wipe the slate clean. In other words, the descendents would not suffer His wrath because of those who came before (Jeremiah 31:30). The Israelites of the future would be able to benefit from the new covenant and would not be judged because of the sins of their ancestors.

The new covenant was realized in the coming of Jesus Christ—His death and resurrection, which would occur hundreds of years after Jeremiah. He promised to place His instructions deep within them (Jeremiah 31:33). We know that the Holy Spirit provides us this advantage—the opportunity to have God's guidance within us on a personal and real-time basis.

Christians of today live under the new covenant promised in Jeremiah's prophecy. We have faith that all sins are forgiven and forgotten as it said in Jeremiah 31:34, "...And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."

God does not force us to take advantage of the new covenant. Through our own efforts, we must be Saved (Romans 10:9). We must personally invite the Holy Spirit to guide our life if we want to live as God desires. In the end, we will be brought into His glorious presence without a single fault, as if we have done no wrong (Jude 1:24).

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 of Jeremiah 31:27-34

The key verse: Jeremiah 31:33 NLT - "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," 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."

November 19 – Mediator of the New Covenant
Alternate Title – God Has Brought Us to Him

Bible Lesson: Hebrews 12:14, 15, 18-29 (KJV)

Key verse: Hebrews 12:28-29 KJV - "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Savior, Lord, Wonderful Counselor, Emmanuel, etc. are a few of the titles and names we associate with Jesus in our life. He is also our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and is therefore our "go between" in our relationship with God the Father. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He sacrificed Himself on the cross to usher in the everlasting New Covenant between us and God - one in which all our sins are forgiven through His blood and by the grace of God.

Jesus continues to be our High Priest in heaven and is our compassionate mediator, because He can sympathize with our weaknesses and temptations, having been tempted as we are (Hebrews 4:14). Because He sits at the right hand of God, we can go to the throne of grace with confidence through His name. This path will not die, because He does not die (Hebrews 7:23-24). He will always live to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).

Jesus is therefore "... the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people..." (Hebrews 12:24). Through Him, we can be holy in the presence of God. Through Him we can pray to, and commune with God. That's why we repeat "in Jesus' name" in our prayers.

God Himself has given us Jesus as our path to salvation and as our "friend in high places." When the day of judgement comes, we will certainly appreciate and welcome all the help and support we can find, because we want to survive when God "shakes up" the earth and the heavens (Hebrews 12:26) on that 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 of Hebrews 12:14, 15, 18-29

The key verse: Hebrews 12:28-29 NLT - "Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire."

November 26 – Remembering the Covenant
Alternate Title – What Jesus Did for Us

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 (KJV)

Key verse: 1 Corinthians 11:25 KJV - "After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The Lord's Supper (or Communion) is a sacred ceremony we observe, to proclaim that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is a sacred ceremony in which we should only participate if we know and believe it's significance (1 Corinthians 11:27). It is routinely given in Christian churches, but we should not ever take it lightly, for doing so diminishes its holy value. The ceremony requires we eat bread and drink wine, commemorating the night Jesus and the disciples did the same on the eve of His crucifixion.

We receive it under the same proclamation Jesus made the night before He died on the cross. He proclaimed that the bread signified His body, which was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 11:24). The wine signified the new covenant between God and his people, confirmed by the blood of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:25).

When we receive Communion, we are not only proclaiming the new covenant, because of His death and resurrection, we are also confirming our faith in His future return (1 Corinthians 11:26). We are remembering what Jesus did for us, and how we can claim salvation through His sacrifice. We are celebrating the love He has for us, as His own words proclaims: "No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).

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 of 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

The key verse: 1 Corinthians 11:25 NLT - "After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."

December 3 – Faith in Jesus

Bible Lesson: Acts 3:11-21 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 3:16 KJV - "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Faith is the basis of our religion. Through faith, we believe in God, and through faith we believe what is written in the Bible. We cannot verify the existence of God with our own eyes, because we have never seen Him, face to face. The same is true about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Without faith, Christian churches would be empty, or nonexistent. Without faith, prayer would be meaningless. Because we worship through faith, we are called "believers" and "people of faith."

Our reference Scripture concerns a particular trip Peter and John made to the Temple. During this trip, they encountered a man who had been lame since birth (Acts 3:2). Peter healed the man of his infirmity, but not through his own power (Acts 3:12). He was healed by the power of God through Jesus' name (Acts 3:13). Without faith in Jesus, Peter would not have been able to heal the lame man.

On an occasion, Jesus told the disciples how important faith is. When the disciples could not heal a boy who suffered from seizures (Matt 17:15-16), Jesus healed him (Matt 17:18). Later, the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn't heal the boy (Matt 17:19), and Jesus told them they didn't have enough faith (Matt 17:20).

Our Christian life is based on faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible, which embraces God's declaration of what He wants us to know. Our faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross is the foundation of Christianity. We believe our faith in Jesus is our only path to salvation and eternal life (John 14:6).

When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, we believe in the unseen, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). We were not at the cross when He was crucified and we were not at the tomb to confirm He was raised from the dead by God. Yet, we believe all these things.

Because of his faith in Jesus, Peter healed the lame man. Because of our faith in Jesus, we proclaim Him as our Lord and Savior, and look forward to spending eternity with 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 of Acts 3:11-21

The key verse: Acts 3:16 NLT - "Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed--and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus' name has healed him before your very eyes."

December 10 – Faith to Discern

Bible Lesson: Acts 13:1-12 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 13:12 KJV - "Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Discern means to perceive or recognize something. But, for the purposes of our lesson, we will tailor the definition to be: When a person can distinguish godly ideals and instructions, as compared to sinful ideals or instructions. An example would be when a person can discern right from wrong, or when a Christian can discern the voice of the Holy Spirit as compared to that of Satan or satanic forces.

While Paul and Barnabas were in Paphos, the Roman proconsul, Sergius Paulus, sent for them because he wanted to hear the word of God (Acts 13:7). This posed a threat to Elymas the sorcerer, who wanted the proconsul to listen to his advice and not that of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:8).

The power of the Holy Spirit moved Paul to confront the sorcerer by accusing him of distorting the true ways of the Lord (Acts 13:10). The Lord confirmed this accusation by making the sorcerer blind (Acts 13:11). Seeing the power of God move against the sorcerer prompted the proconsul to become a believer (Acts 13:12). In this instance, the proconsul's decision was influence not only by Paul's teachings, but also by tangible and visible evidence of the Lord's power and judgment against the sorcerer. By comparison, we do not always have such tangible evidence to help with our decisions.

When we pray and ask for God's help in making choices in our life, how do we discern if the answer we think we are receiving is coming from Him and not from Satan, or even our own prejudices? Each day, we are confronted with decisions which can be very small or even large enough to be considered life-changing. Should you leave the church you are now attending and go to a different church? Should you speak up when the church leadership is taking the church in a direction of which you do not approve? Should you avoid someone at church who has offended you? Can you substitute going to church with having your own church service at home? For such questions as these, do we have the faith to discern the correct godly action to take?

God's Word—the Holy Bible—is a gift to us so we can know how He wants us to live. It is a way for God to speak to us through our study. Even though we study the Bible and attend church services and Bible Study classes, making the right decisions and doing the right thing all the time is a huge task. In fact, it is an impossible task, because we will all sin (Romans 3:23) at times and will make the wrong choice or take the wrong action.

The Holy Spirit's presence within all believers is another gift from God to help us make the right decisions, from small to large (1 Corinthians 2:13). We can pray and ask the Lord to tell us what to do, and invite the Holy Spirit to guide us. But, when we think He is speaking to us, is it Him we are hearing and feeling, or is it Satan or even our own personal prejudices directing us?

At times, it may be convenient to conclude that a particular decision is being directed by God. That way we can justify our actions without feeling we are in the wrong. When a terrorist kills innocent people while saying, "God is good," he is really operating by his own distorted viewpoint.

How can we prepare ourselves to have the faith to discern what God truly wants us to do, and to actually carry out those desires? One thing we should do is to study the Bible faithfully because that is the primary way the Lord speaks to us. We should pray every day and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide our life and help us make the right decisions. We should ask ourselves if our proposed action or decision will make us more Christlike. This type of preparation and conditioning enhances our faith to discern what the Lord wants us to do.

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 of Acts 13:1-12

The key verse: Acts 13:12 NLT - "When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord."

December 17 – Faith to Persevere

Bible Lesson: Acts 14:8-11, 19-23 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 14:21-22 KJV - "And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

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

The Lord created us to be active participants in His service (Ephesians 2:10). But, when we become active in such pursuits, we become a target of Satan and his forces, who do not want us to succeed (1 Peter 5:8).

For those of us who choose to be active in the service of our Lord, at times we will need faith to persevere and rise higher than those who relish the prospect of our failure. This is the position in which Paul found himself while in the town of Lystra. Even though his actions were godly, by healing a man through the power of the Lord (Acts 14:10), there were those who convinced the people to turn against him (Acts 14:19).

The people stoned him and left him for dead, but through the grace of God he survived and had the faith to persevere. Paul didn't let that near-death experience deter him from resuming his ministry. He didn't give up or give in, and went on to win over a large number of disciples for Christ (Acts 14:21-22).

When Jesus was crucified, He did not blame the people for their actions: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34 KJV). His struggle was not against people but against the forces of evil which did not want Him to succeed. Paul said our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of evil (Eph 6:12).

In our godly service to the Lord, we may be faced with those who oppose us through misguided purposes. We must remember our struggle is against an evil entity who has had thousands of years to perfect his technique. Even though the people opposing may be able to speak with a persuasive tongue, as long as we are guided by the Holy Spirit, we have the Lord on our side. We must be patient and have the faith to persevere. By doing so, we can be assured that, in the end, the Lord's way will prevail; just like in the case of Paul in Lystra.

By returning to Lystra—the town in which he was stoned—to preach the gospel, Paul was using himself as an example of perseverance and courage (Acts 14:21). In the future, we may have to do as Paul, by not giving in to unfounded criticism. Our example may encourage others to stand up for what is right; stand up for the Lord's way.

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 of Acts 14:8-11, 19-23

The key verse: Acts 14:21-22 NLT - "After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God."

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