Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated September 19, 2020)

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.


September 6 – Love for One Another

Alternate Title – Biased Love

Alternate Title #2 – A Father's Love

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

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

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the hardest jobs for a parent is to make all the children feel supported and celebrated regardless of the successes or failures of one or the other. Being proud of a child for his/her successes is natural, but biased love of a patent for one sibling over another can cause disastrous results.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24A, 28

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

September 13 – God Rewards Obedience

Alternate Title – Obedient Love

Alternate Title #2 – God Blessed Joseph

Bible Lesson: Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52 (KJV)

Key verses:
Genesis 41:39-40 (KJV) - "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Joseph had reason to be bitter. He had been sold into slavery by his brothers when he was 17 (Genesis 37:2) and was later thrown into prison because of a lie by Potiphar's wife. He found himself existing in the Egyptian culture which did not recognize the God of the Hebrews as the only true god. They had many false gods.

Because of his circumstances, Joseph could have rejected obedience and loyalty to the Lord but there is no evidence that he did. He was a prophet in that God revealed to him events of the future based upon dreams. Joseph knew that only God could reveal the meaning of dreams (Genesis 40:8).

When Pharoah asked Joseph to interpret his dreams, Joseph said

"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, 'but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.'" Genesis 41:16 NIV

Joseph had learned that the true credit for interpreting dreams should be given to God. Only God has that power. This displays the wisdom and knowledge the Lord had given him since he had been sold into slavery by his brothers.

Before that event in his life, there is no indication that Joseph consulted God to reveal the meaning of the dreams he personally had. The way he told the dreams to his brothers only made them extremely angry with him. (Genesis 39:5-8).

Largely because the Lord revealed the meaning of Pharoah's dreams through Joseph, God blessed him to be second only to Pharaoh in control of Egypt when he was only 30 years old (Genesis 41:46). Without God's help, it is doubtful this position of authority given to Joseph would have occurred.

Even though it may not always be in the form of dreams or visions, like in the case of Joseph, God still speaks to us today. He speaks to us through His testimonywhich is the Bible. When we apply the Bible to our everyday living we can be assured of a future in Heaven with the Lord.

Conversely, through His word, He also tells us when we are doing wrong. What's so tragic is even though we know we are doing wrong, there are times when we disregard this knowledge and continue disobeying the Lord.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52

The key verses: Genesis 41:39-40 (NLT) - "Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours."

September 20 – Love Versus Guilt

Alternate Title – Victorious Love

Alternate Title #2 – Joseph and His Brothers

Bible Lesson: Genesis 42:6-25A (KJV) .

Key verse:
Genesis 42:22 (KJV) - "And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required"

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

We can define vengeance as "punishment inflicted or retribution exacted in response to an injury or wrong treatment." The lesson for today displays vengeance held back in favor of love and mercy. Many of us would not have blamed Joseph for wanting his brothers punished because they had sold him into slavery and also contemplated killing him.

In Luke 17:3 we are told to rebuke the one who has sinned against us and if there is repentance, we should forgive them. But what should we do if the person doesn't admit they are wrong and doesn't repent? What if they believe they did no wrong?

In Matthew 6th chapter, Jesus taught why we should forgive those who have done something wrong against us. Specifically, if we want God to forgive us of our sins against Him, we must forgive others who have sinned against us (who have done wrong to us).

Matthew 6:12 KJV: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors"

Matthew 6:14-15 KJV: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

So if we want God to forgive our sins against Him and His commands, we must forgive those who have done something wrong to us.

Jesus demonstrated what it means to forgive instead of taking vengeance. While nailed to the cross, He said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34 KJV). He didn't say to forgive them if they are sorry. Many or most were not sorry.

In our lesson text, we will see what it means to replace vengeance with mercy and to respond with love instead of retaliation. Paul said it is not up to us to take revenge; God has reserved this for Himself:

"Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:19 ESV

However, we must admit, if given an opportunity, it would be difficult to resist retaliating against someone who has hurt us or treated us wrongly. It's no wonder that some of the most popular movies today have a plot that centers on payback, retaliation, or vengeance.

But the Bible teaches us to not retaliate against someone who has wronged us and not to carry a grudge. In other words, we should have a forgiving heart even toward people who have hurt us.

But what if we tell the person what they did was wrong and they still are not sorry and offer no apology or change in their behavior? Perhaps we never took the opportunity (or never had the opportunity) to tell them they have hurt us. In such cases, should we not forgive them and carry a grudge from that point on? Since it is our responsibility to forgive themif we expect God to forgive usthe answer is for us to forgive them.

In our lesson, Joseph had the authority to cause his brothers great harm; to punish them for what they had done to him years before. But in this lesson we will find that Joseph had a forgiving heart. That's what the Lord wants us to have.

Let's look at some examples of what the Bible says about hate, vengeance, and retaliation.

Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:43-44 (KJV):

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."

Proverbs 20:22 (NIV) has these words on revenge:

"Do not say, 'I'll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you."

In Leviticus 19:18 (NIV), we find these words on revenge:

"Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."

The Bible is clear on revenge and returning hate for hate. Revenge, retaliation, and payback is God's business. Forgiveness is our responsibility if we expect to be forgiven by God.

To love our enemies means to not resort to being an enemy in return; not to return hate with hate and insult for insult but to return hate with love.

An example of the concept of loving our enemies is expressed in the following quote:

"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."

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. made this statement from the porch of his house after it had been bombed with his wife and child inside. This happened in Montgomery, Alabama during the bus boycott. With his conciliatory words, an angry crowd at his house, that was bent on revenge, was subdued.

In the story of Joseph, his brothers had contemplated killing him (Genesis 37:18) but instead settled on selling him into slavery (Genesis 37:28). Ironically, this act of jealousy and hatred became the avenue God used to bless Joseph and his family.

This brought life to the dream he remembered that he had years before. That dream signified that his brothers would one day bow to him (Genesis 37:6-8). It is very possible that Joseph then realized what had happened to him was part of God's plan.

In our lesson text, Joseph was presented with an opportunity for payback against his brothers. Out of revenge, Joseph could have stayed with the narrative that they were spies (Genesis 42:9). No doubt he could have had them sold as slaves, or put to death. In other words, he could have treated them with the same callousness as they had done to him.

In this case, they wouldn't have even known it was Joseph taking revenge. He had spoken to them through an interpreter, was dressed as an Egyptian, had an Egyptian name, and had an Egyptian wife. For all the brothers knew, the man they were bowing down to was a high-ranking Egyptian official and not their brother Joseph.

They told him they were part of a family of 12 sons except the youngest was with their father and one other was dead (Genesis 42:13).

He put them all in prison for three days but the Bible doesn't explain why. Maybe he needed more time to consider what he wanted to do with them and what his plan of action should be? Would it be a godly plan or simply one of worldly revenge?

We can see that his plan of action was evolving. He first told them to send one brother back to get the youngest while the rest remained in prison (Genesis 42:16). But after the three days they spent in prison, the plan was for one brother to stay in prison while the rest went back for the youngest brother (Benjamin).

We are fortunate when we have the luxury of time to decide what we should say or do in response to the hurtful actions of another. Oftentimes we react instantaneously with poorly chosen words and out of anger. But, if we have time to consider our response and we still react with poorly chosen words and out of anger, we need to ask God for more help from the Holy Spirit to control our actions and reactions.

Nevertheless, after the 3-day experience in prison, perhaps the brothers were more willing to agree to Joseph's demands ... whatever they might be. They were still at his mercy.

Fortunately for them, they did not realize he could understand their conversations in their native language. Because of this, he became aware that the eldest brother, Reuben, had tried to convince the others to not treat Joseph harshly back when he was sold into slavery.

They believed their present desperate situation was because of their former treatment of their brother, Joseph (Genesis 42:21). They had a guilty conscience.

He overheard Reuben reminding the other brothers that he had told them to leave Joseph alone (Genesis 42:22). The brothers responded to this reminder with anguish and remorse about what they had done to Joseph.

Hearing the conversation among the brothers drove Joseph to tears and he had to turn away from them (Genesis 42:46). Obviously, he still loved his brothers and was encouraged by the conversation he had overheard. It showed they had a repentant heart for what they had done to Joseph.

Over the years, Joseph had been blessed with wisdom. He was not the same teenager who had angered his brothers with his dream showing them bowing down to him.

He could have immediately said to them that he was Joseph, their brother, and that they were bowing down to him just as his dream had portrayed years ago. But he didn't do that.

He could have said that he was Joseph their brother who they had sold into slavery and now he was going to sell them into slavery in return. But he didn't do that either.

Instead, he sent them back with the grain they had come for. But he also told them that he feared God. This should have been a comforting declaration to the brothers and an indication that perhaps they could trust the word of this "Egyptian official."

After having time to consider what he would do with his brothers, love and mercy were victorious over hate and vengeance. If Joseph did not have a forgiving heart, his decision could have easily been one of pure revenge.

The question is, how did Joseph end up feeling about his ordeal of being sold into slavery and thrown into prison? We will discover in the lesson for next week that he believed it was God's plan:

"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (Genesis 45:5-7 NASB)

In the future, when someone says something to us meant to hurt or embarrass us, we should remember the lesson for today. Our responsibility is forgiveness; even if we believe they are not sorry. We do not want to take a chance on losing God's forgiveness because we refused to forgive others.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Genesis 42:6-25A

The key verse: Genesis 42:22 (NLT) - "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy?" Reuben asked. "But you wouldn't listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!"

September 27 – Revealed Love

Alternate Title – Revealed Love

Alternate Title #2 – God's Plan Revealed

Bible Lesson: Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15 (KJV)

Key verse:
Genesis 45:5 (KJV) - "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

In the lesson for today, Joseph had decided to reveal to his brothers who he was. While doing so, he also provided complete forgiveness to his brothers.

He said for them to not be distressed because he believed it was God who was behind him being sent to Egypt and he was sent for an important purpose (Genesis 45:5 NIV):

"And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you."

This statement meant he did not hold a grudge against them and would not retaliate even though he had the power to do so.

He told them that God sent him there to save their lives through a great deliverance (Genesis 45:7 NIV):

"But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."

He gave credit to God for the blessing of his position of authority and resource (Genesis 45:8 NIV):

"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt."

God had a plan for Josephan incredible planthat would result in him going from a slave and prisoner to a position of high authority, second to only Pharaoh. The Lord has a plan for each of us also. We will go from the position of a lowly sinner to a member of His Kingdom of Heaven. It will be a great deliverance.

The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15

The key verse: Genesis 45:5 (NLT) - "But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives."

October 4 – Love and Devotion to Others

Alternate Title – Love that Intercedes

Alternate Title #2 – Love That Helps Friends

Bible Lesson: 1 Samuel 19:1-7 (KJV)

Key verse:
1 Samuel 19:4 (KJV) - "And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to theeward very good."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Background Review: God had decided that David would be the next king of Israel and He sent Samuel to anoint David.

When Samuel anointed David, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (1 Samuel 16:13). In contrast, the Lord sent a tormenting spirit to fill king Saul with depression and fear (1 Samuel 16:14).

David was brought into Saul's presence as a harp player to help calm Saul of his tormenting spirit (1 Samuel 16:23). Saul liked David so much that he became a member of his staff (1 Samuel 16:21).

Armed with only a slingshot, David gained much providence when he killed their enemya giant named Goliath. Saul was impressed favorably with David and he made him a commander in his army (1 Samuel 18:5).

However, Saul's opinion of David changed dramatically when he started viewing David as a competitor for the admiration and adoration of the people. In particular, he became very angry when the women sang this song as the victorious Israelite army returned:

This was their song: "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!" (1 Samuel 18:7).

Saul now viewed David as a competitor for his position as king (1 Samuel 18:8). This incident made Saul very jealous of David and one day he tried to kill him with a spear (1 Samuel 18:11).

In the meantime, David and JonathanSaul's sonhad become very close friends:

"And Jonathan made a special vow to be David's friend, and he sealed the pact by giving him his robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt." (1 Samuel 18:3-4).

Lesson Synopsis
: Even though David's presence on the battlefield had brought glory and victory to the army of Israel, Saulthe king of Israelwas jealous and fearful. He wanted David killed (1 Samuel 19:1-2).

This is similar to the jealousy that Joseph's brothers had toward him (that we studied last month). Some of the brothers had such a jealous rage that they wanted to kill him (Genesis 37:18). But Reuben talked them out of killing Joseph (Genesis 37:21).

In the case of David, it was Jonathanthe son of king Saulwho talked the king out of killing David by pointing to many good things David had done while he had done nothing to harm Saul (1 Samuel 19:4). This appeased Saul and he relented in his effort to have David killed (at lease temporarily).

Because of his good friend Jonathan, David was then out of danger (1 Samuel 19:6). Unfortunately we will find that, in the future, the tormenting spirit will come upon Saul again and he will renew his efforts to kill David (1 Samuel 19:9).

What does this all have to do with our lesson title?

First, it shows the advantages of having good friends who will stand up for us when others are bent on causing problems for us like spreading disparaging gossip.

Secondly, the way we live will affect the opinion our friends have for us. We play roles in both sides; the side where we need a friend to speak up for us, and the side when we will speak up for a friend.

Finally, what kind of friend does the Lord want us to be? He answered this question in Mark 12:31 NIV:

"The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

A good friend is one that will be there for you in a time of need. That friend is ready to offer good and godly advice but will also stand ready to do something helpful for you. This also describes how we should be towards our friends.

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 Samuel 19:1-7

The key verse: Genesis 45:5 (NLT) - "The next morning Jonathan spoke with his father about David, saying many good things about him. "The king must not sin against his servant David," Jonathan said. "He's never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could."

October 11 – Love Your Enemies

Alternate Title – Love For Enemies

Bible Lesson: Luke 6:27-36 (KJV)

Key verses:
Luke 6:27-28 (KJV) - "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Our reference Scripture says to love our enemies ... which on the surface seems like an impossible mission. Also, some of us might say we have no enemies. Neither assumption is accurate.

The dictionary gives this definition for enemy:

"A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary."

An enemy is therefore one who doesn't like us for any of a variety of reasons and would do us harm physically or verbally if given the opportunity.

When we associate with or identify with certain people or organizations we may have enemies by no fault of our own. If you identify as an American, you automatically have enemies who hate you. If you identify as a Democrat or as a Republican, you have enemies. If you identify as a Christian, you have enemies. If you believe in something as innocuous as climate change due to pollutants, you will have enemies.

If you are African American, or Caucasian, you have enemies. If you are a policeman, you have enemies. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, an enemy who doesn't even know you may choose to rob or kill you.

The fact is, there are people who plot against us without even knowing us on a personal basis or what we stand for. We could go on and on but the point is clearwe all have enemies or can be faced with enemy-like behavior at any time.

To love our enemies doesn't necessarily mean we want to be around them all the time or share a bowl of ice cream with them. It means we don't wish them any harm and instead wish them a change in their life that would bring them closer to the Lord.

We even can have enemies in our church family. Offering an olive branch to someone we consider an enemy in our church is all it might take to change the relationship with that person. It might mean simply speaking to him/her when they would otherwise walk right pass us without saying a word.

There were two members of my church who had a relationship problem. One member showed wisdom, understanding, and humility by asking the other member if he would like to go fishing with him one day since they both liked to fish. Surprisingly, he said yes and the relationship became a friendly one after that first fishing trip.

Luke 6:30 has caused a great amount of discussion and some controversy. However, if we remember that as believers all we do should work toward the glory and will of God then we should give to anyone who asks of us to help us fulfill our quest. Our life should be dedicated to Him and not ourselves.

With this in mind, if another believer should ask for something from us that is in the will of God and serves his glory, then Luke 6:30 determines our response. If it is asked of us to help with vacation Bible school, we should give of our time. If donations are needed for a mission trip or activity, we should give of our money.

For God's glory, we should give whenever we can to help others who have an honest need or help others advance the kingdom of God on earth.

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 Luke 6:27-36

The key verses: Luke 6:27-28 (NLT) - "But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you."

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