Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated July 13, 2020)

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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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July 5 – Wisdom's Vindication

Alternate Title – Vindicating Wisdom

Alternate Title #2 – Godly Wisdom

Bible Lesson: Matthew 11:7-19 (KJV)


Key verse:
Matthew 11:19 (KJV) - "The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. "

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Today's lesson gives us some insight into Jesus' thoughts about John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10, 14-15). John's mission was to prepare the people for the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah (Matt 3:11) who we know is Jesus. John's father, Zechariah, had been told of his son's mission before John was born (Luke 1:17).

The Bible doesn't give any details about the personal relationship John had with Jesus ... if there was one. Even though they were cousins (because their mothers were cousins) there is no documentation that they grew up interacting with each other.

We can safely speculate that they must have at least known about each other because of their reputations and kinship. When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John was reluctant to do so because he considered Jesus to be his spiritual superior (Matt 3:13-14) but he did so anyway at the urging of Jesus (Matt 3:15).

When He came up out of the water after baptism, John was there to see the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus and to hear the voice of God proclaim Jesus was His son. In fact, the Kingdom of Heaventhat John preached so much abouthad arrived through the person of Jesus Christ and through Him is the only way to God (John 14:6).

A new covenant between God and the people would be established with Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. That is why He represented the door (gate) to the kingdom of God; the way the people must go to be saved (John 10:9).

Something this important to John might help explain why he wanted assurances that Jesus was the One he had been preaching about in the wilderness; the true Messiah (Matt 11:2-3).

By becoming a believer in Christ and gaining the salvation He represented, we can become a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. John's role and his life-long mission was to prepare the people for the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven.

His message was for them to repent of their sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matt 3:1-2). This was also the message that Jesus preached (Matt 4:17).


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 Matthew 11:7-19.

The key verse: Proverbs 2:6 (NLT) - "The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, 'He's a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!' But wisdom is shown to be right by its results."







July 12 – The Boy Jesus

Bible Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b (KJV) ; Luke 2:39-52 (KJV)


Key verse:
Luke 2:40 (KJV) - "And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is a time for every activity under heaven. Our lesson for today teaches about such a time in the life of the boy Jesus. The occasion was after the Passover festival in Jerusalem that He and His parents had attended.

He was 12 years old and decided on His own to seek discourse with the religious teachers in the Temple instead of remaining with His parents as the traveled back to Nazareth. This is the only accounting in the Gospels of Jesus in His childhood.

The Bible indicates He had not asked permission from His parents to do this ... He did it on His own. It was the evening of the day His parents and others in His group has started the trip back to Nazareth before they realized He was not present (Luke 2:43-44).

So they traveled all the way back to Jerusalem to look for Him (Luke 2:45) and finally found Him in the Temple compound having discourse with the religious teachers. His parents expressed bewilderment and concern for causing them to have to search for Him (Luke 2:48).

His response was more of an explanation rather than an apology.

Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" (Luke 2:49 NIV).

The Father he was speaking of was not Joseph but His heavenly Father. The religious teachers of which he was among were amazed at His understanding and questions (Luke 2:47). This shows he was aware of His special status in life and His special calling.

The point is that Jesus knew it was time for this move in His life and He acted on it. As Solomon said: There is a time for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

How do we respond when our time comes for action? Do we act or do we put it off until some time in the future?

If we have studied the Bible and have the Holy Spirit within us, we know when it is time to stop doing something which is sinfully wrong or time to help a neighbor in need or time to fulfill a purpose in our church.

Maybe there is something we would rather avoid but the Holy Spirit urges us to commit ourselves. We should do what God wants us to do because our purpose is to please Him. Remember that later in life Jesus made the following statement when he knew what His Father in heaven wanted Him to do:

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42 NIV).

If instead of going to the cross and suffering unimaginable pain for our sins, He had made excuses and didn't act, we would not have the salvation we now enjoy through God's grace.


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 Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b ; Luke 2:39-52.

The key verse: Luke 2:40 (NLT) - "There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was on him."







July 19 – The Wisdom of Jesus

Bible Lesson: Mark 6:1-6 (KJV)


Key verses:
Mark 6:2-3 (KJV) - "And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In the first five chapters of Mark, we find Jesus teaching (Mark 4:1), healing (Mark 2:11-12), and even bringing back to life the daughter of the leader of a synagogue (Mark 5:41-42). There are occasions where large crowds would gather around Him (Mark 3:7) because the news about His miracles had spread far and wide. He had 12 disciples who traveled with Him.

Because of these facts, Jesus had notoriety in places outside His home village. However when He returned to the village of His childhood homeNazarethHe was not received well during Sabbath when He went to the synagogue to teach. Many were amazed at His wisdom (Mark 6:2). However, they demonstrated a large degree of unbelief when they said:

"Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him."
Mark 6:3 NIV

They found it difficult to accept that the child that some had watched grow up in that area could leave town as a carpenter and return as a Rabbi with such power even though He had no formal training. Their response to Him was rejection.

How does this story relate to us? When we undertake a worthy mission, especially one in the church, we should take the Lord's example and not be deterred by unfair criticism. After being rejected in His own hometown He simply continued to teach in other villages (Mark 6:6). He did not give up on His mission.

Satan would enjoy seeing us give up on ourselves and then give up on the Lord over the negative words or actions of others. During the bus boycott of 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, it would have been easy for Martin Luther King to give up and quit after all the negative comments and threats he received.

But even after his house was bombed with his wife and child in it he did not quit. From the porch of his house after the bombing, he said this to the angry crowd intent on revenge for the attack on his family:

"We must love our enemies. I want you to love our enemies. Be good to them. This is what we must live by: We must return hate with love."

 

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 6:1-6.

The key verses: Mark 6:2-3 (NLT) - "The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, 'Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?' Then they scoffed, 'He's just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us. They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him."







July 26 – Wisdom: The Way, Truth, and Life

Alternate Title – Wisdom to Follow

Bible Lesson: John 14:1-14 (KJV)


Key verses:
John 14:6 (KJV) - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Our lesson Scripture is situated at the time of what we refer to as the Last Supper. This was the meal eaten by Jesus and his disciples the night before His crucifixion.

He had just given them some troublesome news:

    1. He would be going away but they could not go with Him
    2. One of them would betray Him that night
    3. Peter would deny he even knew Him three times before the rooster crows the next morning

With the backdrop of disturbing news, Jesus told them, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1 KJV). This is also a message to us; regardless of how troubling the circumstances appear, do not let this get the better of us because we have put our faith in the hands of Jesus Christ.

He told His disciples He was going to prepare a place for them and that they know the way. Thomas said they had no idea what the way is (John 14:5). In response, Jesus said one of the most important statements in the Bible. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6).

Jesus was not talking about a physical road or path. He was saying the only way to the Father is a Spiritual path and He is that path. Jesus has prepared a place for us. By sacrificing Himself on the cross He has activated the path for us to follow. Now that the place is prepared and the path has been created, the rest is up to us.

Our responsibility is to believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Through Him, we can have eternal life in Heaven. Through Him we know the truth of His death and resurrection; His selfless act which provides salvation to us. (Romans 10:9)

From today's lesson, as believers, we can be assured that regardless of the troubling circumstances which may be surrounding us, we should not be troubled. God is with us and in us (1 John 4:15).

For that reason alone we should not be troubled but should feel safe because God's will is being done, and His wisdom is boundless. Therefore, when trouble comes knocking at our door, it's time to put into action the confidence in the Lord that we preach so often.


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of John 14:1-14.

The key verses: John 14:6 (NLT) - "Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."







August 2 – Faith and Wisdom

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


Key verses:
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 verses: 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 verses:
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 verses: 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."








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