Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated November 12, 2019)

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 3 – Self-Examination

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Is Tested

Alternate Title #2 – Know That Jesus Lives in You

Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:1-11 (KJV)

Key verse:
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV) - "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Paul had a foundational connection to the church at Corinth. He had spent a significant amount of time there teaching the word of God (Acts 18:11) and establishing the church.

In our reference Scripture, Paul's relationship with this church was being challenged by his critics who questioned his authority as an apostle. Additionally, there were false teachers who were spreading doctrine which conflicted with Paul's teaching.

He was at a disadvantage in that the false teachers and his critics had a frequent presence in Corinth while he was elsewhere spreading the gospel. They had challenged Paul's authority and leadership with him not being there to defend himself. One of the purposes of 2nd Corinthians was for Paul to defend himself and challenge what was wrong in the Church.

While the Corinthians did not have Bibles as we do today, they did have Paul who eventually wrote about half the New Testament. He was, therefore, an invaluable resource to Christian truth and correct teaching.

But his relationship with those in the church at Corinth had been strained due to his critics and also due to false teaching. As with any important relationship (like with a friend or a spouse), when there is a problem or conflict, we must learn to examine ourselves and our personal actions as a starting place to restoring the relationship. Paul wanted them to examine and test themselves to determine if they were true Christians living in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

He tried to explain that he cared more about them following correct teaching and living right than promoting his authority (2 Corinthians 13:7). This is similar to us being happy that a person made the right decision even if our efforts and logic had failed to convince them to make that decision.

Paul told them that Christ lives in them (2 Corinthians 13:5). This is an important message to believers today because we know God indwells all believers in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the most valuable gifts of our Christian existence for He enables and empowers us to live a godly life.

False teaching was a threat to Christians in Paul's day as it is also today. Imagine a student going to a history class where the instructor taught based on his/her faulty understanding of historical events. This is akin to a false teacher. The student may study the faulty instruction faithfully and get all A's in the class but could then leave with incorrect knowledge.

As an example, suppose the student was taught and, as a result, believed the great fire of Rome was started by a little kid playing with matches. That extreme example points to why correct teaching is so important, especially in Christianity. In reality, we know the great fire of Rome occurred in 64 AD when there was no such thing as matches.

Let us consider a few examples of false teaching: It is false doctrine to deny the virgin birth of Christ, to deny the deity of Christ, or to deny that God resurrected Jesus after the Crucifixion. Another example of false teaching is one that integrates a requirement that Christian men must be circumcised (as was required of the Israelites.)

Correct teaching along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit forms the basis for how we should live as Christians. As a result, we know that we should love God with all our heart, and to also love our neighbors as we do ourselves. If we faithfully study the Word and receive correct instruction, we know what behavior is right in the eyes of God and what actions are sinful.

To examine ourselves, we must use as our basis correct Christian doctrine. We can't do that properly if we are victims of false teaching. Also, it is all too easy to deceive ourselves into believing we are better than we really are or have more faith than we really have. We have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us determine what is right and what is wrong in our life.

Unfortunately, self-examination is a difficult thing to accomplish. We are generally subjective when it comes to judging our own behavior. It is all too easy to rationalize our actions as not too bad or not too far from what is right. We are apt to give ourselves some "slack" and keep using the fact that we all sin as a "get out of jail free" card (from the game Monopoly).

A lie here or a lie there isn't too bad we might say. As another example, we could judge ourselves as being better off due to an illicit affair, and find ourselves rationalizing the affair was sent by God to improved us in one way or another. In reality, God is not going to instruct us to sin or to lead us into temptation. That's Satan's work.

A test of faith can be done in a variety of ways. One way to test our faith is for us to give up something sinful which we do on a regular basis and trust God to bring us safely through the withdrawal process. Habitual gossiping, lying, or participating in an illicit affair all qualify.

Another test of faith is when we ask God for something we really want and God's answer is no. We pass the test when we keep on trusting Him to lead us down the right path even if it is not the path we want and what we have asked Him for.

We are fortunate today to have a complete Bible and reliable commentary to which we can refer. This is our foundation for true doctrine. Using this foundation, we can go through a process of self-examination to determine if our faith is real or empty.

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 2 Corinthians 13:1-11.

The key verse: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) - "Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith."

November 10 – Be Examples of Faith

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Sets an Example

Alternate Title #2 – Be a Good Example

Bible Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 (KJV)

Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 (KJV) - "So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out..."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
There are many reasons why some people don't go to church. For some, the reason is simply unbelief; there is no faith in the existence of God and Heaven. Some others would rather spend their time off from work and their money on doing something rather than going to church. So they just don't go.

Believers should earnestly be concerned about these people. We can do our best to lead them to Christ if we have the opportunity and we can also pray for them. But their reasons reflect a personal decision which is outside of our control.

But there is another reason why some people don't see much value in church or Christianity which should bother us because the reason is "us". There are some people who do not go to church because of the attitudes and actions of those who are in the church. Our behavior can present a stumbling block to those who might otherwise go to church or might at least try to live by what the Bible teaches.

There was a young man who was brought up in the church and continued to go as an adult. Then one day he took his girlfriend to his church and one of the deacons made a pass at her and eventually started dating the young man's girlfriend. He became so distraught at this turn of events that he stopped going to any church from that time on. He didn't care if the problem was the deacon or the girlfriend but he blamed the church and "church people" for losing his girlfriend.

When we call ourselves believers, we have a responsibility to project a good impression of what a child of God should be like. Just as our behavior as high school students is a reflection on our upbringing, our behavior as believers is a reflection on our faith.

If we are always fair in our dealings with others, and project a generous, forgiving, and compassionate nature, others will take note—inside and outside the church. When we let it be known that our good behavior is because of our faith, we are blessing the Lord's kingdom on earth. We are projecting a Christian nature worthy of being imitated.

In Thessalonians 1:6, Paul commended the Thessalonians for imitating him and his companions. He said, "You became imitators of us and of the Lord." Since Paul and his companions were setting the example of what it should look like to be faithful followers of Christ, those who imitated them were logically also imitators of Christ. It is our goal to be Christlike in our life and to put away our old self and put on our new self (Ephesians 4:24) ... a "self" grounded in the Love of our Lord.

This lesson teaches us to seek to be an example of a good Christian so we can be proud of those who imitate us. At the same time, we do not want our unchristian behavior to be the reason for someone losing faith in the church. We do not want to be a stumbling block for others in the faith; especially the weak or new Christians (Matthew 18:6).

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 Thessalonians 1:2-10.

The key verse: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 (NLT) - "As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia. And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God..."

November 17 – Live Holy Lives

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Is Focused

Alternate Title #2 – Be Holy Like God

Bible Lesson: 1 Peter 1:13-25 (KJV)

Key verses:
1 Peter 1:14-15 (KJV) - "As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
This lesson is about holiness ... which is the nature of God. Specifically, it is about God's desire for us to live a holy life even in the midst of suffering. The lesson is one of encouragement and expectation of the joy which salvation will bring believers in the end even though we must suffer through some pain in the present.

During Peter's time, the believers suffered through the pain of persecution and ridicule directed at them by unbelievers. As a result, they often met in secrecy. There were no church buildings as we have today. They primarily met in homes.

Christianity was a new religion which had practices that were foreign to many. It was not even made legal until 313 A.D. (by the Edit of Milan). Peter's letter encouraged the Christians to persevere in their unchristian world.

Our text for today reminds us to keep our faith even while we are suffering. But, what is suffering? To suffer can be described as a condition caused by physical, emotional, or spiritual distress. One dictionary defines it with a single word: pain.

We can all identify with physical pain which all of us have experienced many times. We all have had an injury or medical condition which caused pain. The same is true for emotional pain. We all have experienced emotional sufferingdespair, depression, grief, heartbreak, anguish, etc.

Spiritual suffering results when we are persecuted or ridiculed because of our religious beliefs or if our spiritual needs go unfulfilled or otherwise are violated. The spiritual needs of Christians include faith, hope, worship, and love. When true Christians go without these needs, they will spiritually suffer.

Finally, when we do or say something which we know is wrong we can suffer guilt or remorse sometimes for days, weeks or years. An example is a case where words are spoken out of anger or in error which humiliates, demeans, or otherwise needlessly hurts someone. This goes against the nature of true Christians and will cause them to suffer spiritually

The members of the early church were persecuted in a way that demoralized them and sought to deny them their spiritual needs. Peter's letter was meant to encourage them to persevere under this type of persecution.

As the Christian church began to grow, Peter's words of encouragement became even more important because Christians would eventually be made to suffer horrible physical and emotional pain because of their faith. Many would have to follow in Jesus' footsteps by being ridiculed, tortured, and crucified.

We are fortunate that we do not have this degree of faith-based persecution in the United States. But Peter's words of encouragement can also be applied to the types of suffering we do experience.

When we suffer from despair, depression, grief, heartbreak, and anguish, the hope of eternal life without pain provides a source of relief and encouragement as expressed by Peter's writings.

Peter's words tell us to not lose hope and to continue to lean on our faith during difficult times. Why? Because in the end, we will receive great joy because there is a reward waiting for us in Heaven.

The lesson text begins, in most Bible versions, with the adverb "therefore (or wherefore)" (1 Peter 1:13 NIV). This denotes something which is a result of, or a consequence of undoubted truth. In our case, the first 12 verses of 1 Peter 1 constitute the undoubted truth which then leads up to our reference Scripture for today.

Simply stated, those 12 verses can be summarized: "You have been chosen by God to receive a priceless inheritance which is held in Heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4). God is protecting you until you receive this salvation (1 Peter 1:5). Even though we may have to endure trials and suffering for a while on this earth, Peter tells us to be truly glad because in the end, we will experience wonderful joy because of the reward which awaits us." (1 Peter 1:6).

This hopeful and fervent instruction is for believers to remain holy during difficult times. Knowing that we have a reward being held for us in Heaven, the text in verse 13 says, "therefore...".

Therefore (as a result of), knowing the reward which awaits us, let us keep our minds clear and alert so we may live accordingly (1 Peter 1:13 NIV). We must live a holy and obedient life focused on the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:14-15).

To live holy and sin-free is, and should always be, the goal of true Christians. However, because none of us is without sin (1 John 1:8), the sacrifice of Jesus on the crossas payment for our sins—is our only path to holiness, and salvation (John 14:6 ESV).

God indeed paid a great ransom for this path to be available to us. The ransom He paid was more valuable than gold or silver (1 Peter 1:18). He paid with the precious blood of His Son (1 Peter 1:19) as He had planned to do from the beginning of time (1 Peter 1:20.)

The Bible reveals to us how to get on the path to salvation: "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 NIV.

Someone once said, all believers are on the highway to Heaven but some of us are going the wrong way! The "wrong way" is when we have not separated ourselves from the sinful pursuits of our past and act no differently than we did before we declared Jesus is our Lord.

It's not easy to stay on the path and live a holy life but Peter challenges those reading his words to do exactly that because it is worth the reward we will receive.

He challenges us to live by God's desires in everything we do (1 Peter 1:15) and put our faith and hope in God through Christ who He raised from the dead and gave Him glory (1 Peter 1:21). Because we are from God and are liken to being His children, we should seek to be holy because He is Holy (1 Peter 1:16).

To help us live a holy Christian life, God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers (John 14:16-17). When we welcome the influence of the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, we are enabled to do all the Lord wants us to do and to understand all He wants us to know.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be better able to understand how grateful we should be to the Lord for all He has done for us. When we learn to live a life of gratitude to God we can learn to be truly glad, as Peter revealed (1 Peter 1:6). Then we will be better equipped to remain faithful during suffering.

To strive to live a holy life, we must understand what holy means. The word often used to define holy is "apartness." This word means to be separated and confined to the nature of God and apart from that which is sinful and impure.

Holy conduct always conforms to God's desires and is absent of conflict with His nature. Therefore, He alone defines what is holy and what is a sin. When God told Moses the ground on which he stood was holy (Exodus 3:5), that meant it was set apart for God's use.

The obstacle to holiness in us is sin. One of the simplest and most straightforward definitions of sin is: "Anything which is done that goes against God's desires."

When we do something He doesn't want us to do, we are sinning. And when we don't do something He wants us to do we are also sinning (James 4:17 NASB). Peter calls upon believers to separate themselves from the sinful nature of the world and to live a holy, sin-free life (1 Peter 1:14-15).

Conclusion: When we are experiencing hardship and difficulty in our life, we must rely on our faith in the Lord and live holy while remaining focused on our rewardHis promise of eternal salvation. This is Peter's message in the lesson for today.

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 Peter 1:13-25.

The key verse: 1 Peter 1:14-15 (NLT) - "So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy."

November 24 – Stick to Your Faith

Alternate Title #1 – Faith That Escapes Corruption

Alternate Title #2 – Godly Examples

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

Key verses:
2 Peter 1:4 (KJV) - "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
As Christians, we stand by our faith in who Jesus Christ is, what he stands for, and on His promises. He came to earth to transform us and to usher in a new covenant with God through His sacrifice on the cross.

Jesus provided us with the example of His life on earth as the model of how we should live. By coming to know Christ we have received all we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3-4).

With help from the Holy Spirit, it is up to us to grow in our knowledge of God and of Christ and to, thereby, grow in faith. Peter tells us to grow in this knowledge by seeking to live by the virtues of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. (2 Peter 1:5-7.)

By living as Peter instructs us to, we can become more productive and useful in our knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8). We should remember how He gave his earthly life to cleanse us from our sins (2 Peter 1:9) and provide a path for our salvation. We will understand the virtues listed above are characteristics of Christ and should also be our characteristics since we are to model our lives after Him.

Otherwise, we can become shortsighted and find that we are focusing only on ourselves. Our faith will be corrupted because we cannot focus on the Lord if we are self-centered and are focusing only on our pleasures and desires (1 John 2:15).

Peter's letters provide a reminder of how we should live and also encourages the reader to remain faithful, even under persecution or hardship. He wrote in 2nd Peter 1:15 (NLT) these words: "So I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone." Two thousand years later, we are studying his letters which help achieve Peter's desire that we remember his instruction and encouragement after he is gone.

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 2 Peter 1:1-15.

The key verse: 1 Peter 1:14-15 (NLT) - "And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires."

December 1 – David Worships God in Jerusalem

Alternate Title – David's Worship

Bible Lesson: 1 Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-15, 25-29a (KJV)

Key verses:
1 Chronicles 15:28 (KJV) - "Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The Ark of the Covenant was perhaps the most sacred and holy of items in the possession of the Israelites. It was built to God's exacting instructions and the two stone tablets on which God wrote the Ten Commandments (1 Kings 8:9) were placed inside.

It had preceded the army of Israel when it went into battle and was kept in a special room of the Tabernacle and later in a special room of the Temple. In both cases, the room was called the Holy of Holies.

Among other things, the Ark represented a place where God could meet man. The Lord told Moses to meet him there (Exodus 25:22) so that He could provide the rest of His commands.

The first time they had tried to bring the Ark to Jerusalem was a failure and ended with God striking Uzzah dead when he touched the Ark to steady it when the oxen stumbled (1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Also, the Lord had killed 70 men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark (1 Samuel 6:19).

Even though David was the king of all Israel, he respected the holy importance of Ark and the danger it presented if not handled properly. It was obvious that the Ark must be treated with reverence so David planned exhaustingly to ensure the second move would be okay.

There is no longer a Jewish temple and no one knows where the Ark of the Covenant is. So what does all of this mean to us?

We can learn from David that worship should not only be reverent and sacred, but also joyous. Worship is a celebration of what God has done for us and should demonstrate our gratefulness to Him for his mercy and grace.

We should also remember that all believers have part of God spiritually living inside us as the Holy Spirit. That is why we say that the Holy Spirit indwells us. That means we represent the temple of God and must treat that temple with the utmost respect because there are consequences to doing otherwise (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

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 Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-15, 25-29a.

The key verse: 1 Chronicles 15:28 (NLT) - "So all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD's Covenant with shouts of joy, the blowing of rams' horns and trumpets, the crashing of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres."

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