Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated April 24, 2019)

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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.







April 7 – Call and Mission
Alternate Title #1 – Called to Mission
Alternate Title #2 – Telling Others About Jesus


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 10:1-15 (KJV)


Key verse:
Matthew 10:1 (KJV) - "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Jesus proclaimed His 12 closest disciples to be His apostles (Matt 10:14). The word apostle means in this context one who is sent out as a messenger and representative. Jesus sent His apostles out to spread the "good news" about Him and what He represented to humanity. Paul was also sent out as an apostle (1 Corinthians 9:1-5) but his calling came after the ascension of Christ. Paul proclaimed his apostleship in his New Testament writings (example - Romans 1:1 KJV).

Jesus equipped His apostles with the powers needed to perform the task before them. In Matthew 10:1 (NIV) we find these words: "Jesus called his twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness."

Today, believers have a similar opportunity as did the apostles. Whatever ministry the Holy Spirit moves us to be a part, we will be equipped to perform the task before us. However the equipping may not be instantaneous.

If we are called to be a Bible teacher (example - Sunday School teacher), that doesn't mean we will instantly be a master speaker and have great insight into the Scriptures, although this is possible for some. It does mean we have the potential to excel in this role as we pursue it. This is called a spiritual gift; all of which can be used to glorify God.

[NOTE: There are many websites which can help determine our spiritual gifts (based on answers to survey questions) but many of these sites will offer products for sale related to the results of the survey.]

These gifts are not often what we consider natural talents (such as the ability to sing) but are instead tools to be used and developed in the service of God (such as evangelism, teaching, mercy, giving, etc). All believers have at least one spiritual gift which can be used to help each other (1 Corinthians 12:7) and to advance God's kingdom on earth.1 It is the Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11).

Jesus first sent the apostles to the Jews and specifically told them to not go to the Gentiles (Matt 10:5). In fact, Jesus said His mission was to the Jews (Matt 15:24). There are some who wonder why this was the case. Clearly, this was God's decision just as it was His decision to adopt the Jewish people as His special people through whom He revealed Himself and His character to the world.

The baby Jesus was born into a Jewish family, was raised in the Jewish customs and preached and taught in the Jewish synagogues and the Jewish Temple. He had Jewish disciples and it was the Jewish people who had the Scriptures which prophesied the coming of the Messiah.

They had been waiting for hundreds of years for His arrival. We cannot profess to know God's thoughts or His decision processes. However, if we consider His involvement with the Israelites for hundreds of years and the miracles He performed to ensure their survival, it should not be very surprising that the Jewish people would be given the initial invitation to follow Jesus, the Messiah.

Even though He began with the Jews first, He planned to reach all of the world, bringing salvation to us all (1 John 2:2). In fact, Paul was called to spread the gospel to the Gentiles. He even referred to himself as the Apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13 KJV).

Jesus conveyed a message to the Apostles which is frequently taught in churches today. That message is we are to have faith that God will provide for our needs. Jesus told the Apostles to take the minimum (Matt 10:9-10) on the journey to spread the gospel. He told them to take no money or extra clothing.

Those who receive the disciples with hospitality and who are willing to receive their words would be blessed (Matt 10:13). But those who rejected the message of the disciples could not expect a blessing any more than those who lived in Sodam and Gomorrah (Matt10:15). Those who today accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior can expect eternal salvation, but those who reject Him can expect judgment instead.

The Holy Spirit has called all believers to a mission and equipped us with the ability to perform that mission through the spiritual gifts He has given us. But it is up to us to accept the challenge and develop our gifts in the service of our 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 Matthew 10:1-15.

The key verse: Matthew 10:1 (NLT) - "Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness."

1 The Book of the Holy Spirit, page 45.












April 14 – Called to Remember
Alternate Title – Honoring Jesus


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 26:1-13 (KJV)


Key verse:
Matthew 26:13 (KJV) - "Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

In our lesson today Jesus told His disciples of His upcoming crucifixion (Matt 26:2). At the same time, there was a meeting going on among the leading priests and elders to determine the best way to capture and kill Him (Matt 26:3-4).

Although they meant great harm to Jesus, they were unaware their actions unwittingly would lead to the fulfillment of His destiny on earth and would spark the beginning of a religion which has already lasted 2000 years.

Perhaps the best way to carry out their desire to harm Jesus and His mission would have been for the leading priests and elders to befriend and honor Him, in an effort to avoid His arrest and subsequent sacrificial death on the cross.

But as always, it was the will of God which controlled the events. As it turned out, these men who professed religious strength and purity found themselves plotting the death of a man who was innocent of any crime.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jesus attended a dinner given in His honor (John 12:2) in Bethany. A woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus. The disciples criticized this act honoring Jesus by saying the perfume could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor (Matt 26:8). In fact, Judas Iscariot said the perfume was worth a year's wages (John 12:6).

No one is mentioned as proclaiming this act as one of an honoring sacrifice, except Jesus. He said, "I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed." (Matt 26:13). Isn't that what we are doing today 2000 years later?

About six years ago a church in Chattanooga, Tennessee sought to honor the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross by constructing three giant crosses on their property next to Interstate 75. This project cost the Crossing Church $700,000. One cross is 125 feet tall and the two other crosses are 100 feet tall.

As in the case of our lesson today, some people have criticized the project as wasteful. These people said the money could have better been used for charitable purposes. To a Christian, the cross is a symbol of God's love for us. The sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross and His resurrection is the primary basis for our religion. The three giant crosses represent a reminder to all believers that Christ died for us.

If our purpose on earth is to glorify God and advance His kingdom on earth we should not have a problem with a church building a monument to Jesus' sacrifice in plain view for all to see. Their statement concerning the crosses seeks to honor Him as the "hope of humanity."

Think how honored we feel when someone goes an extra mile to honor us. Perhaps we are taken to an expensive restaurant for our birthday. We might give (or receive) an expensive gift and flowers for an anniversary or Valentine's Day. The lesson today is about honoring Jesus. He honored us by giving the most important gift of our life—the gift of salvation and eternal life through His sacrifice on the cross. What are we willing to do to honor Him?


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 26:1-13.

The key verse: Matthew 26:13 (NLT) - "I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed."










April 21 – Called to Proclaim the Resurrection
Alternate Title #1 – Called to Believe the Resurrection
Alternate Title #2 – Believe Jesus' Resurrection


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 28:1-15 (KJV)


Key verse:
Matthew 28:10 (KJV) - "Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

Today is Easter; the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is perhaps the most important and sacred of all Christian tenets. It is the avenue we must follow to be Saved. Paul said in Roman 10:9 KJV: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

To not believe in the Resurrection is to deny the prophecy which came from Christ Himself: "Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke 9:22 KJV).

We believe in the Trinity; that there is but one God but He exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Therefore Jesus is God and to believe He did not know exactly what would happen is to doubt God.

Satan is the one who propagates the notion we should doubt God and not trust Him. It was Satan who did so in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:3-5) and is he who continues to do so today.

Through faith, we trust God's word and trust in the Resurrection, for without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We have faith that we are Saved and will be forgiven of all our sins by the grace of God through the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.

Because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us, our future home is in Heaven with Him. To believe otherwise would be to deny the Resurrection and the promise of our eternal life as it is said in John 3:16 KJV: "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."


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 28:1-15.

The key verse: Matthew 28:10 (NLT) - Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there."









April 28 – Call and Commissioning
Alternate Title – Called to Make Disciples


Bible Lesson:
Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV) and Acts 1:6-8 (KJV)


Key verses:
Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) - "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

During the 40 days after His crucifixion, the risen Christ met with His apostles several times (Acts 1:3). The meeting described in the lesson text for today is neither the first nor the last but is one of the most important because it was in this meeting that Jesus gave the Apostles the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). This commission authorized and commanded them to go out into the world seeking converts and teaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

They were instructed to teach all people about Jesus and what He requires. They are told to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19). The Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ was to be offered to the whole world.

In our April 7th lesson, Jesus first sent the Apostles to the Jews and specifically told them to not go to the Gentiles (Matt 10:5-6). In fact, Jesus said His mission was to the Jews (Matt 15:24) but even so, He planned to offer salvation to us all. In 1 John, we are told Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was to atone for the sins of all the world and not just for the Jews (1 John 2:2).

This new commission gave them specific instructions to go into a new direction; one which was directed to all the people. In fact, Paul was called to spread the gospel to the Gentiles and much of the New Testament is written by Paul concerning His mission to them. He even referred to himself as the Apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13 KJV).

Jesus did not want the disciples to leave Jerusalem (to begin their mission to all nations) until the Holy Spirit had come upon them (Acts 1:8). On the day of Pentecost, the believers were meeting together when they all were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). All believers today are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit. In effect, part of the living God is in each believer and therefore our bodies comprise the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Two thousand years after the Apostles began the work Jesus commanded of them, there are hundreds of thousands of Christian churches. Just as our bodies comprise the temple of the Holy Spirit, these individual church congregations represent the Body of Christ, for there is but one church of which we are all a part.

"For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all."
Ephesians 4:4-6

We may have different responsibilities and roles in supporting our church congregation, but we are supposed to all work together for the benefit of the one body (1 Corinthians 12:27) of which Jesus is the head. This body is not a physical structure or even a single group of people who meet inside that physical structure. This body is all of Christian humanity.

Our role is not to make our church congregation the best in the city. Our role is not to glorify ourselves and our importance. Our role is to glorify God and advance His kingdom on earth. We should ask, "What is our congregation doing for the benefit of the Body of Christ?" A more personal question is, "What am I doing to benefit the Body of Christ?"

The church can benefit us all in our daily walk with Christ We can become better people—better husbands, better wives, better neighbors ... better Christians. But our lesson today points out it is not just about how the church can benefit us but how we can benefit the church to ensure it continues to prosper and to seek out new converts.

Just as the Disciples were called to spread the gospel and to teach others about Christ, so are we. We can start this mission by simply living as a Christian example to others and by inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.


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 28:16-20 and Acts 1:6-8

The key verses: Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT) - Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."








May 5 – Called to Righteousness
Alternate Title – Jesus Makes us Righteous


Bible Lesson:
Romans 3:21-31 (KJV)


Key verses:
Romans 3:24-25a (KJV) - "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

By giving the Israelites His laws and commandments, God revealed to them how sinful they were. By studying His laws and commandments, we too will understand we cannot live sin-free on our own. We will all sin (Romans 3:23).

Even if we should manage to live even one day without directly having a sinful thought or action, we should also realize it is also a sin to know something which we should be doing but have chosen to not do it (James 4:17). Who did we neglect to help? Did we not pray enough or help the poor enough?

With these facts in mind, will any of us be able to achieve a state of righteousness on our own which is high enough for us to be in God's presence? The answer is no we can't do this on our own. Then how can we ever hope to exist in Heaven where God surely is?

The answer is we can obtain the righteousness needed through faith and belief in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22 NIV). He is the way and the only way (John 14:6 NIV). It is God who made it this way for He loved the world so much that He gave his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins so we could have eternal life in Heaven (John 3:16 KJV; 1 John 2:2 NIV).

It is through faith and belief in Jesus Christ that we are made righteous and fit to be presented to God. But faith in Jesus involves repentance and changing our minds about sin (to abhor sin). Then our sins may be forgiven and removed—blotted out (Acts 3:19 ESV).

However, if we do the opposite and willfully sin, we are doing the opposite of what God wants. The consequence of this is clear in Hebrews 10:26 NLT: "Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins."

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 Romans 3:21-31.

The key verses: Romans 3:24-25a (NLT) - Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. "








May 12 – Called to Live in the Spirit
Alternate Title – God's Spirit Lives in You


Bible Lesson:
Romans 8:1-14 (KJV)


Key verses:
Romans 8:1 (KJV) - "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Reftagger.com)

This lesson is about choices. Do we choose to let the flesh (worldly pursuits) influence our thoughts and actions or do we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us? God has given us freedom of choice and so our actions are our own doing. Regardless of what someone else has said to us or tempted us with, in the end, we are responsible for our own actions.

The apostle Paul—who wrote the reference Scripture—first was a persecutor of Christians but then became an ardent supporter and leader in the Christian movement. He was a Jew, a Pharisee, and a Roman citizen but when Jesus came to him as a bright light on the road to Damascus, his life changed. Afterward, he wrote more books in the New Testament than anyone else. He made a choice and that choice was to follow Christ.

After Christ's ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell all believers (Acts 2:38) as the Spirit of Christ. He is a representative of Christ and is available to guide our thoughts and actions. In that respect, the Holy Spirit relates to believers on a personal and individual basis.

The Holy Spirit empowers all believers to seek righteousness. But we have to choose to allow Him to guide us. We know that God loves those who pursue righteousness (Proverbs 15:9 NIV) but if we instead choose to be guided by the desires of the flesh our sinful nature will be hostile to God (Romans 8:7). "That is why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God." (Romans 8:8).

The Bible tells us that no one is without sin (1 John 1:8 KJV); none is righteous (Romans 3:10). Yet the pursuit of righteousness through the empowering Holy Spirit should be the lifelong pursuit of all Christians.

By allowing our life to be guided by the Holy Spirit, we have peace of mind because we can look forward to the eternal life we have been promised. Even though we are guilty of sin, there is no ultimate penalty; no condemnation (Romans 8:1). And we know that even though our body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10, 11).


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 Romans 8:1-14.

The key verse: Romans 8:1 (NLT) - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."







For access to all chapters of the King James Version Bible in audio and visual formats, visit the Audio-Bible.com web site.

For other versions (NIV, New Living Translation, etc.) of the Bible in audio and visual formats, visit the World Wide Study Bible page of Christian Classics Eternal Library site. Also visit the New Living Translation web site.

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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