Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated December 14, 2018)

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December 2 – Love and Obey God

Bible Lesson:
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (KJV)

Key verse:
Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV) - "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

In our lesson for today, the Israelites were close to the time when they would cross the River Jordan and go into the land God promised Abraham's descendants would receive (Genesis 6:10). In the reference text, Moses was in the process of counseling them to have the right attitude; one of obedience to, and love for God. He said for them to take a great effort to remind themselves and their children of the Lord's commands (Genesis 6:7). They should commit themselves wholeheartedly to the commands (Genesis 6:6).

At this time, their level of commitment to God was extremely important because the Israelites were about to go up against a fearsome opponent in order to take ownership of their land—the land which the Lord had promised them (Genesis 7:17-18). In other words, they had to fight for the land but would have the advantage of God being on their side.

This was not the time to disobey God or show lack of faith in Him. Moses cautioned the people to do not "test" the Lord (Genesis 6:16) as they did when they complained at Massah about the lack of water (Exodus 17:2). They were cautioned to continue to obey God even after the battles are over and they have control of the land. (Deut 8:20).

The way the Israelites were instructed to relate to the Lord is our model for our relationship to Him today. We are to love and obey Him wholeheartedly (Deut 6:5). We are to be forever grateful to God for our success in life and not claim our achievements as solely accomplished by our own strength (Genesis 8:17-18).

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 of Deuteronomy 6:1-9

The key verse: Deuteronomy 6:5 (NLT) - "And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength."

December 9 – Love and Serve God

Bible Lesson:
Joshua 24:1-3A, 13-15, 21-24 (KJV)

Key verse:
Joshua 24:15 (KJV) - "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Who Was Joshua?

Before we can completely understand the importance of the lesson for today, we should discuss briefly who Joshua was. He was one of the twelve spies initially sent into the land of Canaan to explore it and report back. All the spies reported the land was indeed bountiful (Numbers 13:27), but was protected by a powerful people (Numbers 13:28).

Only two of the spies - Joshua and Caleb - had enough faith in God to believe the Lord would give them victory regardless of the odds (Numbers 14:9). As a result of their faithfulness, the Lord vowed that those two would be the only ones 20 years old and older who would enter the promised land (Numbers 14:30). The rest would die in the wilderness they would be made to travel through (Numbers 14:29) for 40 years.

Joshua was singled out by God to succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites (Numbers 27:23). It was he who led the people into the land of Canaan to possess it (Joshua 1:1-2). The Lord promised His faithfulness to Joshua (Joshua 1:5). When they were poised to cross the Jordan River, the Lord promised a miracle which would make Joshua a great leader in the eyes of the Israelites (Joshua 3:7). The first miracle was that the Jordan River stopped flowing and allowed the people to cross over on dry land (Joshua 3:16) just as they had crossed on dry land at the Red Sea.

The second miracle God performed for them while under Joshua's leadership was at Jericho. The fortified city of Jericho, with its massive walls, stood in their way to advance through Canaan. Under the Lord's instruction, they marched around the city once each day for six days. But on the seventh day, they marched around the city for seven times and after a great shout by the people, the walls fell and the Israelites rushed in and captured the city (Joshua 6:20).

Joshua's Final Words to Israel

As a result of our review of Joshua's past, we know his words mattered. He was the God-appointed leader of Israel (Numbers 27:23) and one who had led the Israelites into the land of Canaan to possess it. God had performed miracles for him just as He had done for Moses.

Joshua was nearing the end of his life (Joshua 23:2) and had decided it was time to address all the tribes of Israel about their dedication to the Lord. He called together all twelve tribes, including their elders, leaders, judges, and officers (Joshua 24:1). He spoke to the people as God's spokesman (in the first person). He recounted the fatefulness of the Lord to them from the days of Abraham all the way through the conquest of the nations of Canaan (Joshua 24:1-13). God had given them victory over their enemies and they had received the land He had promised them - the land of Canaan (Joshua 24:13).

He wanted the people to declare their faithfulness to the Lord. To do otherwise could mean great disaster for them in the future. Just as God gave them the good things He promised, He can also bring destruction if they disobey Him (Joshua 23:15). If they break the covenant and start worshiping idol Gods, they could be removed from the good land He had given to them (Joshua 23:16).

At Mt. Sinai, Moses asked the people, "Who is on the Lord's side?" (Exodus 32:26 KJV). In effect, Joshua was asking the people the same thing. He conveyed to the Israelites it was time to declare their allegiance to God. If they didn't want to, he challenged them to choose on that day whom they wanted to serve (Joshua 24:15). The people responded, "We will serve the Lord our God and obey Him" (Joshua 24:24).

Joshua's message is just as valid to us on this day as it was over 3,400 years ago. We cannot serve two masters. We must either be on the Lord's side and serve Him or on the side of the worldly idols of today. If we prefer to play golf or go fishing rather than going to church; if we prefer to watch football rather than listening to a sermon at church; if we rather lie and cheat than worship Jesus; then we deserve whatever outcome will be.

When faced with the decision whether or not to be on the Lord's side, may you be led to respond as Joshua did, "...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

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 of Joshua 24:1-3A, 13-15, 21-24

The key verse: Joshua 24:15 (NLT) - "But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD."

December 16, 2018 – Love and Worship God

Bible Lesson:
Psalm 103:1-17A, 21-22 (KJV)

Key verse:
Psalm 103:12 (KJV) - "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Background - The Book of Psalms

From a general perspective, the Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 sacred songs and poems written over a span of about 900 to 1,000 years. Seventy-three of the psalms are attributed to David. The remaining Psalms were written by other authors.

The reference Scripture used in our lesson is from Psalm 103 which was written by David. It is said to be a praise Psalm meant to glorify God. Many of the Psalms were meant to praise the Lord either by singing or reciting the words. We can, therefore, praise God through with our voice.

The Book of Psalms is also Biblical Scripture and should be treated as such (2 Timothy 3:16). The subjects are varied and include praise of God, wisdom, laments, gratitude and celebration for God's mighty acts. Psalm 90 is thought to be the oldest and was written by Moses. The compilation of the Psalms into one book is thought to have occurred shortly after the captivity by Babylon ended (around 537 BC).

Lesson Discussion

The first verse of Psalm 103 is used as the beginning of a celebrated hymn of the church, "Bless the Lord." This hymn is used in numerous hymnals and could easily provide the tone and spirit of the lesson for today. A version by Andrae Crouch on YouTube exemplifies how we should love and praise God. It begins with the first verse of our reference text- Psalm 103:1 KJV:

"Bless the LORD, O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name."

When we use the word, "bless," often times it refers to something for which we are grateful to God. Example statements are, "The Lord has blessed me with good health and prosperity," or "God has blessed us with three children." In these cases, the Lord has given something to us or bestowed something on us—the nature of which is very positive and desirable.

But, what does it mean for us to bless the Lord? It does not mean we are conferring or bestowing something on God, for He is sovereign and infinite, and we are not. Mostly all of us have heard or have said, "I didn't know what to give you because you already have everything." What can we give to the Lord who already has everything?

One of the definitions listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary for "bless" is to praise and glorify. The example used in the dictionary is, "Bless His holy name." This is the definition which applies to our lesson for today. To praise and glorify God is part of worshiping Him.

In our reference text, to "bless the Lord, oh my soul" means for us to praise, glorify, and worship God; not just by what we say, but by what we do, and to do it all the way to our spiritual core—our soul.

Although the context is not exactly the same as our relationship with the Lord, think how blessed parents feel when they have children who do the things they want them to do. Think how blessed Christian parents feel when their children worship God and grow up to be respectful, kind, and considerate.

By praising and worshiping God for who He is and for all He has done, we are blessing His holy name. We are giving Him what He deserves, desires, and requires of us; doing what He put us on earth to do.

This attitude should control our actions, not only during worship service but afterward also. In fact, we should praise and worship the Lord at all times; the good times and the rough times.

Besides praising the Lord for who He is, there are real and tangible benefits (Psalm 103:2 KJV) we receive from Him for which He deserves our praise and eternal gratitude. These are practical and rational benefits. He has given us life and a means to survive: air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat. The sun shines because of Him. Without either of these real benefits, we could not survive.

But God has given us something which is so much more. He has given us forgiveness and salvation through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus (John 3:16 KJV). He has redeemed us from a sinful existence (Psalm 103:3-4).

The words in Psalm 103:12 reminds "saved" Christians that our sins are completely forgiven and removed from us as far as the east is from the west. How far is the east from the west? David Guzik commentary said it well. He said, given the shape of the Earth is round, if we start out traveling east we will continue to travel east forever—around and around. In this respect, east never meets west, "and this is how far God has removed our sins from us!"

This Psalm celebrates God's love for us (Psalm 103:11 NIV), His compassion (Psalm 103:13), and His mercy (Psalm 103:10 NIV). This is so important to remember because He is the One and the only One who has ultimate control over what happens to us. We are literally at His mercy.

The New Living Translation Bible puts the reality of God's control in a somewhat colloquial, but interesting interpretation: "We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall." (Proverbs 16:33). In other words, regardless of our actions or the actions of others, God remains in control of the outcome. That is why we should be so grateful that we can trust Him to have mercy and compassion on us (Psalm 103:8-10) as compared to the punishment we deserve as sinners (Romans 3:23).

From the lesson for today, we can conclude the following:

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 of Psalm 103:1-17A, 21-22

The key verse: Psalm 103:12 (NLT) - "He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west."

December 23 – Jesus: God's Loving Promise
Alternate Title – Love God for the Gift of Jesus

Bible Lesson:
Luke 1:26-31 (KJV); Luke 2:22, 25-35 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 2:30-31 (KJV) - "For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

At Christmas, we give gifts to each other, but the greatest gift for a Christian is one which came from God. "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). This familiar Bible verse emphasizes that the birth of Jesus is God's extraordinary gift to humankind for which we should be eterally grateful.

Not only do we celebrate the birth of the Baby, but the ministry that followed, the death on the cross, and the promise of our salvation. All of this began with the gift of Jesus. At Christmas, we rejoice over the birth of Christ—the Messiah—foretold by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before the birth (Isaiah 9:6 NIV). God gave the gift of His Son to us out of love and we should respond to the gift with love for Him.

The reference text tells of a young virgin named Mary who would be the mother of Jesus. The angel Gabriel told her she had found favor with God (Luke 1:30). He said she would conceive and give birth to a son, and that she should call Him Jesus (Luke 1:31). She did give birth to Jesus—the Holy Child—and because of this miracle, she will be forever enshrined in history.

We can only imagine the myriad of emotions Mary endured from the birth to the death of her son on the cross. Along the way, there were those who gave her encouragement and confirmation of her Son's Holy importance. First was the angel Gabriel who told her to not be afraid and who told her of the holy importance that her future Son will have (Luke 1:30 NIV and Luke 1:32 NIV).

The second was her cousin Elizabeth who immediately recognized the holy importance of the baby Mary will give birth to. She said to Mary, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1:42 NIV).

After the birth of Jesus, the text describes the encouraging words and confirmation of the holy nature of the child offered by a man called Simeon. The Holy Spirit drew him to Joseph and Mary when they entered the Temple court along with the child. They were there to offer the required sacrifice for their firstborn son (Luke 2:27 NIV).

The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Child (Luke 2:26 NIV). He took the baby Jesus in his arms and confirmed this was the One for whom he had been waiting (Luke 2:29 NIV).

He said to Mary that the Child is destined to move the hearts of many in Israel (Luke 2:34 NIV). But he also gave an ominous prediction to Mary that a sword would pierce her soul (Luke 2:35 NIV). This was in reference to the agony Mary would have to bear. It is difficult to imagine more agony for a mother than to witness her son being crucified and killed on a cross.

Through Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Simeon, God sent words of affirmation and comfort to Mary, and thereby to all of humankind. But, long before then, God sent words of affirmation to us through Isaiah about the coming of the birth Jesus the Christ. In Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) we find these words:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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 of Luke 1:26-31; Luke 2:22, 25-35

The key verse: Luke 2:30-31(NLT) - "I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people."

December 30 – Modeling God's Love
Alternate Title – Love God and Serve Others

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 25:31-46 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 25:40 (KJV) - "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

We believe and trust God through faith because we have never seen Him with our eyes. One day all of us who are saved will be judged to be so, and afterward will spend eternity with Him (Matthew 25:34 NIV). Those who are judged to not be saved will spend eternity in punishment (Matthew 25:45-46). We believe all of this through faith.

But faith has a companion; which is works. James said faith without works is a "dead faith" because it indicates an unchanged and untransformed life (James 2:26). This is what our lesson is about today. If we are truly saved, then our actions should indicate that fact. We should be compassionate and loving to the poor and disadvantage.

In the reference text, Jesus emphasized that we will be judged by if we helped those in need. To help the needy with monetary contributions to organizations (set up for that purpose) is a good way to get started, but in the end, we should be driven to directly help those in need. Serving food or volunteering at a homeless shelter is one method which comes to mind.

For sure, doing such volunteer work will most likely take us out of our comfort zone, but in order to truly understand the needs of others, we should not remain at a distance on the sidelines. In order for the needy to truly understand there are those who genuinely care, they need to actually see them at work.

Former president Jimmy Carter is an example of someone who believes in helping and serving others. He has not only used his financial resources to help others but has also used his time and energy to help build houses for the needy (Habitat for Humanity) while also taking time to teach a Sunday school class. At his age, many of us would be tempted to relax and get out of the arena of work and service. But even though he has a respected status in the world and is well beyond retirement age, he still has not forgotten to Love God while serving others.

From a different perspective, someone once said, those who most need our help and compassion may be sitting right next to us in church. Life can be very stressful and full of painful experiences. Whether it is depression, a medical issue, a financial problem, or incidents which have caused us to lose confidence in their fellow Christians, sometimes many of us can be the ones who are in the greatest need of help.

When you smile while shaking someone's hand; when you send someone an unexpected card of hope and compassion; when you tell them that you appreciate what they do in the church; it may mean the world to them. Your actions could help repair their faith in humanity and faith in God. And this goes for those who are in the pews or in the pulpit. Isn't this what Jesus would want us to do?

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 of Matthew 25:31-46

The key verse: Matthew 25:40 (NLT) - "And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!.'"

January 6, 2019 – Hold Fast to God's Love
Alternate Title – Walk in Love

Bible Lesson:
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (KJV); 2 John 1:4-11 (KJV)

Key verse:
2 John 1: 6 (KJV) - "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

We view the Bible as a rock-solid book of instruction on what we should or should not do as Christians. Even with our personal study of the Bible, we will need additional help from Bible study classes and explanations heard through sermons. It may seem to many of us that the more we study the Bible, the more we need to study it. This is because Bible study is a lifelong process needed to understand and remind us of what God wants us to know.

But, what if Christians had no New Testament to which they could consult for answers to their questions and concerns? What if there were competing philosophies coming from various speakers about the teachings of Christianity? What if the government sought to suppress the belief in Christianity and punish those for their beliefs? This was the state of affairs for the early church of which John and Paul were a part.

Paul and the others whose writings appear in the New Testament had to not only teach the true word but also had to contend with false teachers or those who did not accept the reality that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh (2 John 1:7). The teaching of Christ is the basis for the truth and it was this basis which inspired the New Testament writers.

John said anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God (2 John 1:9). He said for us to avoid people like that and don't encourage them (2 John 1:10-11). Today, we have the Bible and other trusted resources which help us know the truth about the teaching of Christ. We also have the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers. He is our guide and comforter and will help us know the truth; what is right and what is wrong.

Paul wanted the members of the Thessalonian church to pray for his success and the success of the others who preached the truth (2 Thessalonians 3:1). He asked them to also pray for their protection from their enemies (2 Thess 3:2). He obviously believed in the power of prayer because there are numerous examples in the Bible of him asking for the prayers of others. Two examples are 2 Corinthians 1:11 and Colossians 4:3.

The teaching of Christ is one of love and has been so from the beginning (2 John 1:5-6). It was Jesus who preached that the love of God and the love of our neighbor were the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39). Paul wanted the Thessalonian Christians to have a full understanding and expression of the love of God (2 Thess 3:5). This emphasizes we should not only love God, but we should love others as God loves us. In other words, we should walk in 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 of 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 John 1:4-11

The key verse: 2 John 1:6 (NLT) - "Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. "

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Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Standard Lesson Commentary, and Commentary by David Guzik. Frederick L. Marsh is the commentary author of the information contained in this page. He is the author of the book: "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful living." The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

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