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Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated August 15, 2018)

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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.







August 5 – God's Justice


Bible Lesson:
Romans 2:1-12 (KJV)


Key verses:
Romans 2:10-11 (KJV) - "But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. "



What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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


The first verse of our text admonishes us to not judge others for sins which we ourselves also commit (Romans 2:1). To do so will make us subject to God's judgment (Romans 2:3). To accuse others of a particular sin means we know it is wrong and we have no excuse for committing the same sin. We would be hypocrites if we did so. We should work on our own sinful nature before criticizing others for their sins (Matthew 7:5); especially the same sins we ourselves commit.

From the Berean Study Bible, we find these words from Matthew 7:1-2: "Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Here, Jesus is speaking to the hypocrites (Matt 7:5) who are also guilty of sin but have put themselves on a righteous pedestal above others.

But that does not mean we are not able to point out right from wrong or determine false teaching. Not being judgmental doesn't mean we should accept all standards of morality, regardless of how low and sinful they are. But, our discernment should not be based on our subjective opinion but based on the truth - the Word of God.

Physically, it is easier to point the finger at someone in front of us as opposed to turning the finger to point at ourself. In application of this to life, it is true we sometimes find it easier to condemn someone else's shortcomings (point the finger at them) rather than discussing our own problems (point the finger at ourself). We have a tendency to judge others rather than judge ourselves.

God alone is the Judge of all people (Hebrews 12:23) and does not show favoritism (Romans 2:12). His justice is pure and correct because He knows our heart and all about us (1 John 3:19-20 NIV). On the other hand, when we judge, our judgment is often based on our subjective opinion, likes, or dislikes. We don't know the person's inner thoughts or intentions, so justice by our standards is woefully lacking when compared to God's judgment or justice.


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 Romans 2:1-12

The key verses: Romans 2:10-11 (NLT)- "But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good--for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism."









August 12 – Giving Justly


Bible Lesson:
2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (KJV)


Key verse:
2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) - "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."



What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Today's lesson is as much about why we give as it is about what we give. This applies to all forms of giving: giving of our time, money, and resources. Jesus is our model, and He gave us more than we could conceive of giving. He left His heavenly home to live with us knowing He would eventually have to suffer a torturous beating and death on the cross. During His stay on earth, He did not live in a fine mansion as He deserved, but lived by simple means (Luke 9:58).

But He had a reason and purpose for making this sacrifice for us: to usher in a new covenant between us and God. Through this covenant, all our sins are forgiven by the grace of God because of Jesus' sacrificial death for our sins. He lived and died as He did so we might be rich; obtaining the most valuable gift there is - salvation and eternal life (2 Corinthians 8:9). So, we know why and what He did for us.

Now, it is our turn to give. What and why are we willing to give? In our lesson, Paul wanted the Christians in Corinth to give in support of the poor Christians in Jerusalem. Jesus once told the host of a banquet, "Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you" (Luke 14:13-14).

What this means is we should go out of our way to help those less fortunate than us. The Lord has told us how we should help others in need:"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40 NIV). Not only should we give our money and time for worthy causes but we should also have a giving heart; meaning we actually should want to give and feel good about it (2 Cor 8:11).

By having a giving and compassionate heart, we can expect a blessing in return. In Luke 6:38 NIV, we find these words: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." Giving is a part of worship and is a duty for all Christians, but it should also be a pleasure and privilege, for all we have and ever will have comes from 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 of 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

The key verse: 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)- "You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich."










August 19 – Loving and Just Behavior
Alternate Title – Practicing Real Love


Bible Lesson:
Romans 12:9-21 (KJV)


Key verse:
Romans 12:9 (KJV) - "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."



What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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


We begin this lesson discussion with the last verse in our reference text - Romans 12:21 NIV: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." The "evil" we are referring to is sinful conduct, actions, intents, or thoughts which are contrary to a godly nature. Murder, theft, idolatry, or even telling a lie are all evil. Some evil conduct is directed toward individuals - like murder - while other evil conduct is directly against God - like idolatry. But all these ungodly actions are sinful and go against the commandments of God. All sin is evil.

We don't like to think of ourselves as doing anything evil, but at some point, we are all guilty of actions which are evil, because we are all sinners. Paul said, "We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). However, Paul counsels us to hold on to the good while hating what is evil (Romans 12:9). That means for us to hold on to and amplify the good within ourselves, but also to search for the good in others and embrace it.

Embracing the good in others is the opposite of gossiping about the past and present faults and failings of our fellow Christians. When a gossiper hears about something sinful a fellow church member is accused of doing 15 or 20 years ago, they can't help but spread that "juicy" news to those who would listen. Gossiping is evil just like any other sin. Paul put gossip in the same neighborhood as hate and envy (Romans 1:29 NIV).

Our weapon against evil is love. Not just any love, but the love of the Lord and the desire to do His will. The desire to do His will is the root from which all other love grows. Jesus said, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30 KJV).

Loving our neighbors is the second greatest commandment (Mark 12:31), but even it grows from our desire to obey the Lord and be guided by the Holy Spirit. Remember, we are to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and spirit. That means doing what He wants us to do and not doing the things He wants us to avoid.

By loving our neighbors, we can defeat our own evil thoughts or desires against them while, at the same time, counteracting their unfair or ungodly behavior toward us. In any case, we should not seek to take revenge. Revenge is God's to take. He dictates the revenge and how it will be accomplished (Romans 12:19). We are, however, free to initiate kindness and compassion toward our enemies (Romans 12:20) and friends.

When we opt to not "get even" with someone for something they unfairly did or said to us, we are overcoming evil with good.

Our model is Jesus Christ. Evil actions put Him on the cross, but His love for us kept Him there without any thought of retaliating against those responsible. In fact, He said, "Father forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34). As a result of His sacrifice, in the face of evil, we can now all be forgiven of our sins through the grace of God. Good overcame evil..

Good overcame evil:

We could go on and on citing cases where good overcame evil, but the most important case is our own self. If we really loved each other, as Paul said we should do, we would try harder to overcome the evil in our life; our sinful practices and thoughts. We would hold tightly to our own good and the good in others (Romans 12:9). This is how we should relate to all people if possible; even those who persecute us (Romans12:14). But, for our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, we should especially be compassionate and encouraging (Romans 12:13).

Following Paul's instructions, we should avoid being pretentious, proud, and stand-offish. Especially in our church, we should be kindly affectionate (Romans 12:10), or at least friendly toward each other without gossiping about each other behind their back. We should go out of our way to speak a friendly word to someone in church who would otherwise walk right pass us and ignore our presence.

We should not be "bench warmers," as they say about some football players. Instead, we should involve ourselves in the arena of action, and pitch in to help the church function and thrive (Romans 12:11). Whether or not our contribution is small or large is not as important as the fact that we do contribute bodily, financially, and compassionately.

In summary, Paul gave us a lot of instruction in the few words of the reference text, and it may seem like an enormous mission for some of us to do all of them. For some, to do all he has said might seem like biting off more than we can handle .... like trying to eat an elephant. But someone once said, the best way to eat an elephant is by just one bite at a time.

Using this metaphor, we can all begin by picking one part of Paul's instructions—one we are weak in—and starting our improvement there. Only you and God know your greatest sins, and thereby your greatest weaknesses. It may take the rest of your life, but don't give up taking those bites as long as your "elephant" is still there.


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 Romans 12:9-21

The key verses: Romans 12:9 (NLT)- "Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good."












August 26 – Practicing Justice
Alternate Title – Living Like Christ


Bible Lesson:
Colossians 3:5-17 (KJV)


Key verse:
Colossians 3:12 (KJV) - "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; "



What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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


The new testament was written about 2,000 years ago and parts of the old testament were written about 3,500 years ago, but we are still suffering from the same problems of those times: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, anger, rage, lying, and malicious behavior. Obviously, these problems are a part of the natural human state regardless of how many advances we, as a people, have made in almost every other part of the human existence.

We are able to build tall skyscrapers, advanced airplanes, advanced automobiles, and provide advanced medical treatment for diseases which we would have died from in the past. With the grace of God, we have been able to make many advancements. But God has not taken away the moral challenges of the past. He has left the control of these innate temptations to the individual person. We can walk on the moon and send spacecraft to the distant planets but, as a people, we cannot eliminate these temptations. Paul's counsel from 2000 years ago is still valid today (Colossians 3:5). We cannot buy or build morality.

Christ came to earth and lived as a human who was faced with the same moral temptations we are. But He did not fall to temptation. As Christians, Jesus Christ is our model of how we should live. We are His representatives (Colossians 3:17). The act of overcoming temptation is a means of molding and refining us, to seek to live as Christ did. It is a means of prompting us to rely on the Lord for help because we can't overcome all problems alone. For this purpose, He has sent a helper - the Holy Spirit - to indwell each of us and to be available to guide our behavior.


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 Colossians 3:5-17

The key verses: Colossians 3:12 (NLT)- "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."










September 2 – God Creates Heavens and Earth


Bible Lesson:
Genesis 1:1-13 (KJV)


Key verses:
Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV) - "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."



What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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


Genesis is the first book of the Bible and, in many ways, it sets the tone and foundation for the rest of the Bible. It tells us that God alone made the earth and the whole universe. He took nothing and made it into something (Genesis 1:2). He took disorder and made it into order. He made a world to put Humankind in - a world which could provide Humankind with all that was needed. In other words, He prepared a place for us to live in and worship Him.

He created life. The first life on earth was that of vegetation (Genesis 1:12) which provides a basis for food for the living creatures He planned for the earth. This life came from God, as does all life. Today, we know what has life but we have never seen life and cannot create it. We can only see the results of it, but not life itself.

It's good to know where we came from and that our existence is not by chance. We are here for a reason. God created the heavens and the earth and put us here as the stewards of the earth (Genesis 1:26). We do not own anything—all is owned by God. He put us here so we can worship and praise Him for all He has done for us. All our prayers should include gratitude for all He has done for us; including the creation of all in existence.


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 Genesis 1:1-13

The key verses: Romans 2:10-11 (NLT)- "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. "











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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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