Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated January 20, 2020)

Sunday School classes start at 9:30 AM every Sunday.


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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January 5 – A Place for the Ark

Alternate Title – Solomon Summons the Ark

Alternate Title #2 – Solomon Honors God

Bible Lesson: 1 Kings 8:1-13 (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Kings 8:13 (KJV) - "I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The Ark of the Lord's Covenant was the most important religious item in the hands of the Israelites. Not only did it represent the presence of God with them but also His covenant with His people Israel. It contained the two stone tablets on which God had written the Ten Commandments given to the people at Mt. Sinai.

When David first conceived building the Temple, it was having a permanent place for the Ark to be housed which was the primary driving force behind this desire. The Temple would not be considered complete without the Ark being placed into the special roomThe Most Holy Place prepared for it. Therefore, moving the Ark into this special room of the Temple was done with great fanfare and with great care.

Solomon followed all the commandments concerning moving the Ark. In the past, the first time King David had tried to bring it to Jerusalem ended with disaster when they were not careful to abide by the commandments. That time God struck 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).

This time, moving the Ark went well. "King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed sheep and oxen before the Ark in such numbers that no one could keep count!" (1 Kings 8:5).

After the Priests carried the Ark into the Most Holy Place, a great cloud filled the Temple indicating the glorious presence of the Lord was there (1 Kings 8:10-11). However, anything built with human hands will not last forever.

The temple built by Solomon is gone but God's promises live on, for He is eternal. Solomon realized this when he said that God in His fullness does not live in a place constructed with human hands (1 Chronicles 8:27).

The Temple was not the single dwelling place of God in His fullness. He exists in Heaven and on earth. In fact, He exists spiritually in every believer who has received the Holy Spirit. We are therefore also a temple of GodHe indwells us. The place where God exists is not limited to a single location; He exists in all of creation.


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 Kings 8:1-13.

The key verse: 1 Kings 8:13 (NLT) - "Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever!"







January 12 – Solomon's Speech

Alternate Title – Solomon Speaks to the People

Bible Lesson: 1 Kings 8:14-21 (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Kings 8:15 (KJV) - "And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, "

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
This lesson has one primary emphasis ... that God keeps His promises. Just as God kept His promise to Davidthat his son will become king and will build the Temple (1 Kings 8:19-20)we can be confident the Lord will keep His promises to us.

Our Christian religion is built on God's promise that we will inherit eternal life if we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ and make Him our Lord and Savior (John 3:16). If we truly believe in this and other promises of God, we can live a joyful and peaceful life because we know God is looking out for us and is controlling our future (Romans 8:28).

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 Kings 8:14-21.

The key verse: 1 Kings 8:13 (NLT) - "Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David. For he told my father,"







January 19 – Solomon's Dedication Prayer

Alternate Title – Solomon Seeks God's Blessing


Bible Lesson: 1 Kings 8:22-30, 52-53 (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Kings 8:30 (KJV) - "And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Our reference Scripture starts after the permanent Temple had been built and the Ark of the Covenant placed inside it (1 Kings 8:6). This fulfilled David's desire for a permanent structure in which the Ark would reside even though God didn't allow him to build it. Instead, the Lord wanted his son and future king, Solomon, to be the one to build it.

Specifically, the Ark was placed in the inner sanctuary in a room called The Most Holy Place (or Holy of Holies). After the Ark was in place, God's presence was made known by a thick cloud that filled the building (1 Kings 8:10-11). The Scripture for today centers around the Temple dedication prayer given by King Solomon.

Prayer is how we communicate with God using our voice or using our private thoughts. When we pray we should do so with utmost reverence and humility. We should take on a subordinate and submissive attitude to God, as Solomon did.

Some of us may find our prayers are mostly about what we want and not what God wants. We may find ourselves giving God a long laundry list of things we want for ourselves and for others.

It's alright to ask God for personal blessings and blessings for others, but we should not fail to include praise and gratitude for all He has done for us. We should ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to make us more like the Lord wants us to be.

God wants obedience, gratitude, and praise from us. Being grateful to Him for all He has done for us is a form of worship because through faith we are acknowledging God is in control and it is He we want to please and not the other way around. Therefore, when we pray to God, we should want to express our love and adoration for Him and a desire to do what pleases Him.

Even though Solomon was King and used to people doing what he commanded, he understood he was but a servant under God (1 Kings 8:28) just as his father, David, was also a servant under God (1 Kings 8:24).

The Bible says he stood and lifted his hands toward heaven (1 Kings 8:22) in preparation to pray to God. If we look at verse 54 (1 Kings 8:54) we will find at some point in his praying he must have fallen to his knees (1 Kings 8:54) as further reverence to the Lord. We can only imagine the great impact of his falling to his knees must have had on those present.

This public prayer demonstrates to us four important elements of his prayer which went beyond asking for personal benefit or the benefit of others. First, it demonstrated to the people that the King was a God-fearing man who was willing to kneel and pray to God in public.

Likewise, both we and our leaders should demonstrate to others that we are also God-fearing.

Second, the prayer showed gratitude by acknowledging it was God's faithfulness to His covenant with Solomon's father David which resulted in the construction of the magnificent Temple of which was being dedicated that day. Solomon said, "You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today" (1 Kings 8:24).

Likewise, our prayers should show gratitude and adoration to God for all He has done for us.

Thirdly, the prayer served as a reminder to the people there at the ceremony to act faithfully to God's covenant so they could receive the Lord's blessings in the future (1 Kings 8:23,25).

Likewise, our prayers should remind us of our responsibilities to God.

To act otherwise could result in consequences. An example of such consequences is in 1 Kings 8:46: "If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?—you might become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to their land far away or near."

The warning in the verse above also comes with instructions on what to do when the warning becomes reality (1 Kings 8:46,47,48,49,50).

This instruction alludes to the fourth important element of prayerasking for forgiveness.

Solomon prayed the following
:

"If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their enemies and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors—toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name—then hear their prayers and their petition from heaven where you live, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you. Forgive all the offenses they have committed against you..." (1 kings 8:48-50 NLT)

Why is this so important? The importance lies in Solomon's use of the Temple as a kind of conduit for their prayers to God in Heaven. The Temple was considered the meeting place between God and the sinful people. Today, many Jews still face the direction of where the Temple used to be when they pray.

They do not use the animal sacrificial system anymore to atone for their sins because there is no longer a Temple in which to make such sacrifices. Instead, Jews believe that forgiveness of sin is obtained through repentance, prayer, and good deeds.

But why is this important to Christians? The importance is that we have the ultimate conduit to Godthe ultimate meeting place between us and Godthe ultimate way to forgiveness. The answer for us is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He represents the Holy Temple for us and our means to obtain forgiveness.

His representative is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) who indwells all believers (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV). Therefore we are all part of the Temple of God through the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV).

When we pray to God we pray in the name of Jesus, for He has said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Through Him, as our Temple, we are allowed to approach God's throne and He has promised forgiveness and eternal life.

Conclusion:
In addition to asking God for blessings, Solomon's prayer demonstrates four important elements of worship and praise:


Reflection on this lesson

In our country, it is rare to find a national governmental leader who publicly prays to God on his or her knees, as Solomon did. Even though we added "under God" to our pledge of allegiance in 1954 and made "In God We Trust" our national motto in 1956, reverence to God is hardly mentioned by our political leaders.

There is a historical explanation of how "In God We Trust" was placed on every piece of government-issued currency. But some of us may choose to believe the real reason is simply that it was God's will and His reminder to us whom we should worship.

Some who rely on a worldly understanding may think the Lord can be legislated out of the school system, the government, and even the worldwhich all belong to Him. But when we walk into a school, or government office and look at the money in our pocket and see "In God We Trust," let that fact be a testimony to us that God is still in control.

They may have thought they had gotten rid of His name in public places, but His name follows them everywhere they go for it is written on the money they carry.


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 Kings 8:22-30, 52-53.

The key verse: 1 Kings 8:30 (NLT) - "May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive."






January 26 – Solomon's Blessing

Alternate Title – Solomon Anticipates Praise

Alternate Title #2 – Solomon Remembers God's Faithfulness

Bible Lesson: 1 Kings 8:54-61 (KJV)


Key verses:
1 Kings 8:57-58 (KJV) - "The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. "

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
As we said in the discussion for last week, Solomon started the Temple dedication prayer in the standing position (1 Kings 8:22) but sometime during the prayer he went to his knees as indicated in verse 54 (1 Kings 8:54). We can only imagine the positive impact on the people there when Solomon went to his knees during the prayer.

The Bible tells us of many occasions where key men in the Bible prayed on their knees. Examples are Jesus (Luke 22:41), Paul (Acts 20:36), and Daniel (Daniel 6:10). There is no requirement for us to be on our knees for God to hear our prayer, but it does show reverence and submissiveness to the Lord. And if Jesus did it then it must be a good thing.

In our reference text, Solomon spoke of the faithfulness God had shown in keeping His promises to the people of Israel. One example is 1 Kings 8:56. This fact gives us ample reason to study the Bible. If we don't know what has been promised to us, how can we look forward to those promises being kept?

If we don't know that we have been promised eternal life with the Lord if we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, how would we even know that we should live as a believer? Using Solomon's prayer as an example, when we pray, we should include acknowledgment of how God has blessed us in the past.

Doing so is not meant to remind God of what He has done for us ... He already knows. But thanking God for the past blessings He has given us not only praises Him but also reminds us to continue to live by being faithful to His desires.


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 Kings 8:54-61.

The key verse: 1 Kings 8:57-58 (NLT) - "May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors."







February 2 – Single-Minded Obedience

Alternate Title – Jesus Gives Us Power Over the Devil

Bible Lesson: Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV)


Key verses:
Matthew 4:10 (KJV) - "Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' " "

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
We all will face sinful temptations to do something disobedient to God. Sometimes it will be small and other times much greater. Some of us are at a point in our life where we have one major temptation which stands out as the greatest of them all. How will we handle temptation?

In our reference Scripture, we saw how Jesus resisted and did not fall victim to the temptations thrown at Him by Satan. He did this even though He was in a human body which was subject to the same shortcomings as the bodies we have.

The question remains, "How will we handle the temptation to sin which Satan will throw at us?

Will we rely on one excuse or another why we give in to sin or use the old rationalization that we are just human and will sin? Jesus proved He could resist the lure of doing what Satan wanted Him to do. He is our model and what Christians should aspire to be like.

Satan represents a single-minded evil force that wants us to sin against God. As Jesus demonstrated to us, we should desire to have the force of single-minded obedience to God's desires. This puts us into spiritual warfare with Satan and his demons. The devil is our enemy and the lure of worldly pleasure is his weapon.

The Lord will allow the devil to tempt us, just as He did with His Son Jesus. In this respect, our character is being tested and we are being prepared for the battle with Satan which will last for the rest of life on earth. But we must remember that it is not God who is tempting us. He will never tempt us to sin (James 1:13).

The "evil one" will often come at us in disguise, even when we are in the house of worship. He may even resort to quoting Scripture to prompt us to lower our defenses. In the reference text for today (Matthew 4:6), Satan quoted Psalms 91:11-12 in an attempt to lure Jesus into doing what he wanted.

God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear and He will always give us a way out of sinful temptation. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT, we find these words:

"The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure."

This is a power which God has given us over the Devil's attempt to defeat us. Another power God has given us is the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. He is there to help us live a holy life and resist the temptation to sin. Using these powers and our weaponthe word of Godeach day we go out into battle against Satan in a war which we have gratefully already won through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.


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 4:1-11.

The key verse: Matthew 4:10 (NLT) - "Get out of here, Satan," Jesus told him. "For the Scriptures say, 'You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'"







February 9 – Piety That Honors God

Alternate Title – God-Honoring Piety

Alternate Title #2 – Be Humble for God

Bible Lesson: Matthew 6:1-8 (KJV)


Key verses:
Matthew 6:1 (KJV) - "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The synopsis of this lesson will be posted on or before Thursday, January 16, 2020.


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 6:1-8.

The key verse: Matthew 6:1 (NLT) - "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven."






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