Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated April 6, 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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April 5 – God's Just Servant

Alternate Title – A Just Servant

Alternate Title #2 – God's Servant Jesus

Bible Lesson: Isaiah 42:1-9 (KJV)


Key verse:
Isaiah 42:1 (KJV) - "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. "

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:
Our reference text is about the coming of God's Just Servant who is the Messiah Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote the prophecy about the Just Servant hundreds of years before Jesus would come to earth. His prophecy was written before Judah would fall to the Babylonians due to disobedience to God.

After Babylon's conquest of Judah and in the resulting exile, Isaiah's prophesy must have been comforting to them to know God planned to bring a remnant of them home and to raise up a Messiah. Much of Chapter 42 is about the nature of the Messiah's character as revealed to Isaiah.

The first verse (Isaiah 42:1 NASB) tells us in no uncertain terms how pleased God was with the coming Messiah: "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations."

We can only imagine the encouragement the Israelites must have felt to look forward to the coming of the Messiah who would delight "God's soul". He would also bring justice throughout the earth (Isaiah 42:3-4)

It is obvious that God has full and complete confidence in the Servant described in Isaiah 42:6 NIV: "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles".

When Jesus came to earth, He took on the role of a servant sent to reconcile humanity to God. Who could better assume such a role than God Himself and that is who Jesus is—God the Son. Jesus provided the only sacrifice which could cleanse all humanity of sin for all time. He sacrificed Himself.

On April 12, 2020, we will celebrate Easter—the day we honor and thank God for the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This selfless act provided the means for our personal salvation through the grace of God. We are assured we will also be raised from the dead because we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and believe in our heart He was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9).


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 Isaiah 42:1-9.

The key verse: Isaiah 42:1 (NLT) - "Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations."








April 12 – A Resurrection Hope

Alternate Title – A Resurrected Savior

Alternate Title #2 – Jesus Rose from the Dead

Bible Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 20-23, 42-45 (KJV)


Key verses:
1 Corinthians 15:19, 20 (KJV) - "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:

This Easter Sunday morning we celebrate the most important event in Christianity. This day we celebrate the Good News of the resurrection from the dead of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A savior is one who saves someone from danger or destruction. In our case, Jesus provided the ultimate salvation through His sacrifice on the cross. He saves us from eternal punishment due to our sins against God. Therefore, those who are "saved" are saved from this eternal punishment.

Jesus came to earth with a mission to die on the cross so as to usher in a new covenant with God. One in which we are forgiven of all our sins by God's grace if we believe in and accept God's Son Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV).

"That if you confess 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 KJV)

Because of this Scripture, we have gained salvation. One day, all of us who are saved will also be resurrected and spend eternity with our Lord. We will escape the eternal punishment. However, we cannot spend eternity with our Lord if there is no resurrection.

Paul said in 1 Corrinthians 15:2, "By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain." This gospel is so imortant that it should always be remembered. In fact, the Scriptures say this gospel is of "first importance" meaning it is of the greatest importance (1 Cor 15:3).

The resurrection of Christ is the first fruits of the dead (1 Cor 15:20). If there is no resurrection, then our faith in the risen Christ is in vain; our resurrection preaching is in vain; our faith is also in vain (1 Cor 15:14). We must believe in the resurrection for if we do not, then our faith collapses and is sown in corruption (1 Cor 15:42). We are not saved if we don't believe in the resurrection.

If we do not believe in the risen Christ, then we are also saying Christ was not God and He is dead. If we do not believe Christ was raised from the dead, then we also believe there is no possibility for us to be raised from the dead and therefore we will die in our sins and have no salvation.

Paul emphasized that the gospel of the Good News is not something he and others have made up. It is not simply their opinion similar to a sermon which came from the imagination of a preacher. The Good News is a fact that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and then was raised from the dead on the third day and appeared to Cephas (Peter) and then to the other twelve. (1 Cor 15:3-5)

Afterwards, He appeared to more than 500 of His brothers and sisters (1 Cor 15:6). Then He appeared to His half brother, James (1 Cor 15:7). James had seen Jesus as they grew up together, and also when He was tortured and killed, and then buried. But afterwards he had seen him alive again. This only increased his devotion and the devotion of others.

Paul then made reference to himself. He had been a doubter and had sought to persecute the followers of Jesus. But he then had a personal encounter with the risen savior Jesus in a vision while he was on the road to Damascus. He went from persecutor of Christians to someone willing to die for the Savior. He spent the rest of his life preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul put forth statement after statement which supported the fact that Jesus was killed, then buried, and then was raised from the dead on the third day. These facts comprise the primary foundation of our religion.

All of us are sinners and deserve only death (Romans 6:23). But today we affirm that Jesus really did live, He really did die, He really was buried, and He really did rise from the dead on the third day. Therefore, we are saved and will live for eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 20-23, 42-45.

The key verses: 1 Corinthians 15:19, 20 (NLT) - "And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died."







April 19 – Injustice Will Be Punished

Alternate Title – An Executed Scoundrel

Alternate Title #2 – An Evil Plan Backfires

Bible Lesson: Esther 7:1-10 (KJV)


Key verse:
Esther 7:10 (KJV) - "So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson: To better understand our lesson for today, the background explanation below should be read. Also, look for text that has a strong indication of God at work in the background. Some are indicated by being in bold print.

Background:

The book of Esther does not mention God's name in any chapter. However several events took place which resulted in tens of thousands of Jews being saved from execution. As a result, the book of Esther is the central story commemorated each year during the Jewish Festival of Purim.

Even though God is not specifically mentioned in Esther the impression is that He is at work in the background, controlling the events and the outcome. Esther probably had no idea that she would become Queen in the future just as many of us have no idea how God will use us to accomplish His will.

The story of Esther begins over a hundred years after the Babylonian exile of the Israelites (Jews) from their land. Later, the Babylonians themselves were defeated by the Persians which left the Jews under Persian control. The Persian king at this time was Xerxes.

As a result of a Persian decree in 538 BC, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem but Esther's family decided to stay in the Persian territory. When her mother and father died her cousin Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his daughter (Esther 2:7).

At one of the King's grand banquets, he called for his Queen Vashti to come with her crown on her head so he could display her beauty to the other men. She refused to come which infuriated him. This ended with him issuing a decree that she was no longer allowed to be in the King's presence and that he would choose someone else to be his queen.

To accomplish this, beautiful young virgins were sought in the empire for the king to pick from to be his queen (Esther 2:2 NIV). As it turned out, Esther was chosen to be his queen. She still had not revealed she was a Jew because Mordecai had told her not to do so (Esther 2:10 NIV).

Around this time, Mordecai overheard two royal guards plotting to kill the king. Mordecai was able to get word to Queen Esther of the plot and she passed it on to the King. The plot was revealed and the two guards were executed. Mordecai got the credit for saving the King's life. All of this was recorded in the historical record (called annals) in presence of the King (Esther 2:23 NIV).

Haman was an official who had a position that made him more powerful (next to the King) than anyone else in the Persian Empire. The King commanded all royal officials at the King's gate to kneel and pay honor to Haman. Even though Mordecai had many opportunities to do so, he would not kneel or pay Haman honor (Esther 3:2 NIV).

Haman did not like Mordecai the Jew because he refused to bow down to him when he passed by. This fact infuriated Haman to the point he not only wanted Mordecai killed but also all the Jews living under the control of King Xerxes.

By telling falsehoods and distorting the truth(Esther 3:8), Haman was successful in convincing the King to issue a decree which ordered the killing of all the Jews under the King's control. This included young and old, women and children ... all Jews. The property of the Jews would be given to those who killed them (Esther 3:13 NIV).

The date of the execution of all the Jews was determined by lots (what we might call dice). The word for dice is pur (or Purim). This is where the name of the festival came from (The Festival of Purim) in which the story of Esther is commemorated each year in the Jewish community.

When he heard of the decree against the Jews, Mordecai urgently sent a message to queen Esther and asked if she would beg the King for mercy on her people (Esther 4:8 NIV).

Esther responded that going to the king without him first sending for her is an action in which the punishment could be death under the law (Esther 4:11). Therefore she was understandably afraid to go.

Mordecai responded by saying if she doesn't take action, she may be killed along with the other Jews when the decree is carried out (Esther 4:13). He said the deliverance of Jews will come from somewhere else is she refuses to act, but in that case, she and her relatives will be dead.

He said that perhaps she had been made Queen for this one task (Esther 4:14). The implication in Mordecai's response to Esther is that she may have become queen because God chose to use her to save His people. But in any case, Mordecai was confident God would use some way to save them. The same is true for us today. God is faithful to those who love Him.

Esther decided to go to the king to ask for mercy on her people. She said, "If I must die, I must die" (Esther 4:16). She did not allow fear to overcome what she was in a position to do. When we allow fear to overcome our faith we may miss out on the blessing of obedience.

She planned to reveal to the King that she was a Jew and the decree (to kill all Jews) would apply to her as well.

For us, Esther's story magnifies our belief that God's chosen people—those who have given their lives to Him as our Savior—are always under His watchful eye.

For Mordecai, Haman planned a special execution where he would be impaled on a tall sharpen pole (Esther 4:14). His wife, Zeresh, and his friends suggested Haman ask the king to have Mordecai impaled on the pole.

Little did they realize that the King had been reminded of how Mordecai had saved his life by exposing a plot to kill the King. This was done the night before Esther's banquet in which both the King and Haman would be present. This is another part of Esther's story in which God was surely working behind the scenes. (Read Esther Chapter 6 for more information).


The Lesson for Today Begins Here

She gave two banquets in which the King and Haman would be present. At the first banquet she told the King she had a request and would tell him all about if the King and Haman would attend another banquet she had planned for the next day (Esther 5:8).

At the second banquet, Esther revealed that she was Jewish and that the decree which Haman had convinced the King to issue would result in her death along with her family and all the other Jews. She asked that her life and the lives of her people be spared.

The King was enraged that she and her people would be killed and then asked who would do such a thing (Esther 7:5). She revealed it was Haman (Esther 7:6). So the king had Haman impaled on the same pole Haman had set up for Mordecai. In the end, the Jews were saved from annihilation.

Haman is a perfect example of someone that allowed pride to distort their behavior. It is said, "Pride comes before destruction." This is what happened to Haman. His pride caused him to desire to have innocent people killed just because one of their race did not bow down to him.

We don't have to have a high status such as Queen or King for God to use us to accomplish His plans. In this case, He used a queen. But in other cases He may use someone in a different position such as school teacher, garbage collector, cashier at McDonald's, or even the President of a country. God can use us in whatever position in which He leads us to be.

The Holy Spirit can inspire and equip us to do whatever God needs us to do. The one thing we have to contribute on our own is faith that the Holy Spirit will guide and protect us as we seek to be obedient to God.


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 Esther 7:1-9.

The key verse: Esther 7:10 (NLT) - "So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai, and the king's anger subsided."










April 26 – The Lord Loves Justice

Alternate Title – A Justice-Loving God

Bible Lesson: Isaiah 61:8-11 (KJV); Isaiah 62:2-4 (KJV)


Key verse:
Isaiah 61:8 (KJV) - "For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."

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


What shall we learn from this lesson:
When we think of justice, one of the first things that come to mind is the idea of right and wrong. Our justice system in this country considers correcting what is wrong to be right. This usually involves a decision of judgment. The decision tells what punishment or action should be levied counteract what is decided to be wrong.

In the case of our lesson for today, we must think in terms of our thoughts and attitudes more so than punishment for wrongs. The thoughts and attitudes of people come before physical actions. Therefore, if we do what God expects of us, we can become "just" in our behavior and avoid doing wrong.

We know that the Lord loves justice (Isaiah 61:8) and if He loves justice, so should we (Isaiah 1:17). And we know that He hates robbery and wrongdoing and therefore so should we. But these are considerations for the heart and soul, for our inner desires drive our actions.

Our innermost desire should be to become acceptable by God. This is explained in Isaiah 61:10 where the Lord will clothe us in salvation and righteousness. We will be acceptable in His presence (Rev. 3:4). Through Jesus Christ we can become acceptable in the LORD's presence for our clothes will not be soiled by evil (Rev 3:5).


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 Isaiah 61:8-11; 62:2-4.

The key verse: Isaiah 61:8 (NLT) - "For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them."







May 3 – A Vision of Restoration

Alternate Title – Prophesying Restoration

Alternate Title #2 – God Has Your Back

Bible Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20 (KJV)


Key verse:
Zephaniah 3:19 (KJV) - "Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame."

(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, April 9, 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 Zephaniah 3:14-20.

The key verse: Zephaniah 3:19 (NLT) - "And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed."











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