Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated July 27, 2017)

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July 2 – Moses
Alternate Title – Moses and The Burning Bush

Bible Lesson: Exodus 3:1-12 (KJV)

Key verses: Exodus 3: 9-10 KJV - "Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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It's hard to imagine the Oscar winning movie "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, is over 60 years old. Even though it was first shown back in 1956, it is still broadcasted on TV from time to time and is still available for purchase. When one watches this movie, it is apparent how God's use of Moses dramatically changed the future of the Israelites and revealed the laws by which the people should live.

We can safely say that Moses was one of the most important central figures in the Old Testament. The Lord interacted with Moses and acted through him to achieve many of his desires. God's calling of Moses started at the burning bush - which exhibited fire but did not burn up (Exodus 3:2).

He instructed Moses to go to Egypt and lead the people of Israel out of captivity. Moses did not think he was capable or worthy of such a task (Exodus 3:10). In reality, Moses would discover his abilities were not the issue. When God declared that He would be with him (Exodus 3:12), the worthiness of Moses, in actuality, was of little concern. For if God is with us, who can ever be against us (Romans 8:31).

It was fortunate for Moses that God spoke directly to him in order to address his concerns and insecurities. This is because Moses did not appear to be personally ready to accept this enormous task on faith alone (Exodus 3:11). As in the story of Gideon, Moses needed some assurances from God before carrying out His instructions.

God may not speak to us in the physical manner of which He used to speak to Moses, but He does speak to us all the time through His word and through the Holy Spirit. It is our choice whether or not to live our life as God wants us to. The life of Moses teaches us when we do what God wants, all things are possible through 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 of Exodus 3:1-12.

The key verses: Exodus 3:9-10 NLT - "Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt."

July 9 – Isaiah
Alternate Title – Isaiah In The Temple

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

Key verse: Isaiah 6:8 KJV - "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Isaiah is one of the most celebrated prophets in the Bible and some of his poetic Scripture is not only inspiring, but also insightful and meaningful; Isaiah 40:31 and 6:8 as examples. He prophesied not only about the Israel nation and other nations, but also about the coming of Christ. When it comes to the impact of his words on us, the Book of Isaiah also contains much which apply to Christians on a personal level.

In his vision, Isaiah felt unworthy to be in the presence of the Lord because he had sinned and lived among those who had also sinned (Isaiah 6:5). The key verse (Isaiah 6:8) depicts Isaiah's voluntary and spontaneous commitment to a lifetime of ministry after he was cleansed of guilt and forgiven of his sins through the grace of God (Isaiah 6:7). When it comes to doing the Lord's work, five words contained in that 6:8 verse exemplifies the correct attitude to which we should aspire: "Here am I; send me."

When we become Christians and are saved and "born again" spiritually, we are cleansed of guilt and forgiven of our sins through the grace of God—just as was Isaiah in his vision. Then, through the sacrifice of Christ, we are presented faultless to His glory (Jude 1:24 KJV). Because we love God, we should show our gratitude for this forgiveness and salvation by using our gifts and abilities for His service. Our attitude should be: "Here am I; send me."

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 Isaiah 6:1-8 .

The key verse: Isaiah 6:8 NLT - Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me."

July 16 – Jeremiah
Alternate Title – Jeremiah's Call and Commission

Bible Lesson: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Jeremiah 1:8 KJV - "Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jeremiah is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament—becoming a prophet at one of the youngest ages of all the prophets. He is believed to have been a teenager when he was called to the ministry. In fact, Jeremiah used his young age as a possible reason for him not accepting God's calling (Jeremiah 1:6) which, of course, was not sufficient of an excuse since God knew him even before he was born and has set him aside to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5).

There are some people who seem to be experts at avoiding responsibility. They are able to quickly think of all manner of reasons why they shouldn't be in charge of a project, task or undertaking. A friend of mine told me once, the reason he went to so many meetings wasn't that he was so dedicated, but rather so that he could personally insure he wouldn't be assigned some major task in his absence.

Our previous study of Gideon revealed some of reasons why he considered himself as a bad choice for leading an attack on the Midianites (Judges 6:15). Even Moses cited several reasons why he was not a good choice to oppose Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of bondage (Exodus 3:11, 4:10, 4:13).

Perhaps these excuses would have been better taken if presented to ordinary people ... but not to God. This is because the Lord is in control of what will or will not happen. He already knows our strengths and shortcomings and no excuse will be a surprise to Him.

As it was with Gideon (Judges 6:16), and Moses (Exodus 3:12), God declared to Jeremiah He would be with him (Jeremiah 1:8). If the Lord is with you, there is no one you need fear (Romans 8:31). When God says He will be with you, no further discussion is needed about whether or not you are "up to the task." The NLT version of Ezekiel 12:25 says, "For I am the LORD! If I say it, it will happen."

Wouldn't it be great if the next time we have an opportunity to be of service to God through some ministry, event, or activity, we took a positive attitude? Rather that searching for reasons why we are not the best choice, let us search for reasons why we are definitely the best choice and declare we would be honored to be of service to the Lord in this new capacity.

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 Isaiah 6:1-8 .

The key verse: Jeremiah 1:8 NLT - "And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

July 23 – Ezekiel
Alternate Title – The Call of Ezekiel

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 3:1-11 (KJV)

Key verses: Ezekiel 3:10-11 KJV - "Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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From the opening verses of the Book of Ezekiel, it is clear that Ezekiel was a priest (Ezekiel 1:3) who was included in the Israelite exiles from Judah who had been carried off to Babylon (Ezekiel 1:1). Therefore, at the time of his calling to be a prophet, Judah's territory was already in extreme jeopardy even though the main city of Jerusalem had not yet been destroyed.

Not only had Judah's territory been devastated by the Assyrian armies, it was subsequently now under the oppression of the Babylonians who had risen to power over the region. The people had disobeyed God and did many things not pleasing to Him. As a result, they were suffering from his judgment, as had been prophesied by Isaiah and other prophets.

Still, there was more judgment in store for them, and Ezekiel was commissioned by God to deliver that message to the exiles. The amount of judgment was great; symbolized by the fact that all of it would not fit on one side of the scroll. Both sides were used (Ezekiel 2:10).

First, God wanted Ezekiel to internalize all of the judgment so that he totally understood the contents and its importance (Ezekiel 3:1). This is similar to what any good teacher would do before presenting a subject to students. If the teacher doesn't totally understand the subject (and its importance), how can that teacher inspire others to correctly understand it and appreciate its value.

Ezekiel was commissioned to tell the people what God wanted them to know. In some respects, we are in a similar position as he was. It is our responsibility to internalize God's word so that we may correctly convey it to others. If we don't understand His word, how can we defend it from those who would seek to distort the Scriptures for their own benefit or just out of ignorance?

As an example, is someone chose to justify their actions of vengeance by quoting from the Bible, "Eye for eye and tooth for tooth," we must be able to counter this with Scripture about loving our enemies and forgiving them. In this case we would perhaps quote words from Jesus in Matthew 5:38-39 NIV and 5:43-44. But in order to do this, we must know and understand God's word ourselves just as Ezekiel needed to understand what God wanted him to convey to the people.

In fact, it was obviously important to God for Ezekiel to thoroughly understand and believe the words of judgment (Ezekiel 3:10-11). When a person believes in what he is saying, he is able to steadfastly present his case even to those who would oppose or ignore his message. God told Ezekiel to be prepared for this type of opposition because the people were so rebellious and stubborn (Ezekiel 3:7).

God said He would make him just as stubborn in presenting the judgment as they would be in opposing it (Ezekiel 3:8-9).

In studying this and other Sunday school lessons, we have an opportunity to take in and understand the word of God. Then we can correctly spread His word with confidence, as Ezekiel was prepared to do in today's lesson.

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 Ezekiel 3:1-10 .

The key verses: Ezekiel 3:10-11 NLT - "Then he added, "Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, This is what the Sovereign LORD says!' Do this whether they listen to you or not."

July 30 – Amos
Alternate Title – The Call of Amos

Bible Lesson: Amos 7:10-17 (KJV)

Key verses: Amos 7:14-15 KJV - "Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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In 931 BC, Israel split into two lesser kingdoms—the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The temple was located in the city of Jerusalem in Judah. This was the only place God had sanctioned for proper worship and giving sacrifices. King Jeroboam I of the northern kingdom didn't want his subjects to go to the southern kingdom to worship for fear they may declare allegiance to King Rehoboam of the southern kingdom (1 Kings 12:26-27).

Because of his fear, Jeroboam had two shrines created where he said the people in the northern kingdom could go to worship—at Dan and at Bethel. In these shrines he placed golden calf idols to represent God. This was a clear violation of covenant law (no graven images) such as had been done by the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 32:8) when Moses was away from them. God had been so fiercely angry with those who were worshiping the idol god (Exodus 32:10) that He wanted to destroy them. Jeroboam went even further by going against God's wishes by appointing priests who were not from the tribe of Levi.

Amos traveled from the southern kingdom to Bethel in the northern kingdom—the location of one of the shrines—to deliver God's dire warning to Israel. Amos' prophecy came during the reign of King Jeroboam II, which was over 170 years after the shrines had been established. He first communicated a dire warning to the surrounding nations because of their sins. He then delivered a dire warning to Israel itself because of those who worshiped idols and because of the rich and powerful who oppressed the poor.

God's message was the pagan shrines will be ruined, and the dynasty of King Jeroboam will come to an end (Amos 7:9). The priest at Bethel (Amaziah) told Amos to leave and go back to Judah to earn his living as a prophet. Amos responded by saying he was not a professional prophet (Amos 7:14) but was a shepherd who had been called away from his flock by God to prophesy to the people of Israel. He was just doing what God had told him to do. To priest Amaziah he also gave a dire prophecy of what would happen to him (Amos 7:17).

Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—a baptist minister—at times used the Bible as a reference. Such a reference was made in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"1 when he said, "Was not Amos an extremist for justice? He then quoted Amos 5:24 NASB : "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." This is a familiar statement used by Dr. King on many occasions. In the case of the letter, he was referring to those who had called him an extremist. He was explaining the "extremist" label associated with him was a good thing and not a bad thing, if we consider others who were called extremist such as Jesus, Amos, and Paul.

Amos spoke for social justice for those classes in the Israelite society that were oppressed and marginalized by the rich and powerful. One such reference is Amos 4:1 where he calls attention to "you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy." He declared they will be led away with hooks in their noses (Amos 4:2). This was a reference to them being carried into exile.

Amos was a willing prophet who did what God told him to. His themes were social justice, God's omnipotent power, and God's judgment.

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 Amos 7:10-17 .

The key verses: Amos 7:14-15 NLT - "But Amos replied, "I'm not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I'm just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD called me away from my flock and told me, 'Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.' "

1 Quote from "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

August 6 – Called to Witness
Alternate Title – Called To Serve

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

Key verse: Acts 6:3 KJV - "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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During the time in history associated with the Scripture for today, the church was increasing in spirituality and vitality, and also in numbers. The 12 Apostles had taken on the responsibility of not only teaching the word, but also in the daily distribution of food to needy widows. But, there was discontent coming from the greek-speaking Jews in Jerusalem (the Hellenists) who complained that their widows were being neglected (Acts 6:1). This discontent threatened to undermine church growth and something needed to be done.

The Apostles decided it was time to give up the responsibility of the distribution of food and to assign this task to others (Acts 6:3). By doing so, they would be better able to concentrate on teaching the word and prayer. They suggested to the community of believers the prospect of turning over the food distribution to seven men the community would select (Acts 6:4).

The men should be respected, Spirit-filled, and wise. Having the community to buy into the idea and select the seven men was a very tactful approach as opposed to the Apostles just declaring this was the new approach and then selecting the men themselves. The way it was done involved the whole community of believers and thereby reduced any notion of favoritism.

The modern-day church has an approach which is even more inclusive of member responsibilities. We have those who serve in the capacity of deacons, financial officers, and a multitude of ministries which perform specialized activities to help the church function and prosper. By this approach, the church leaders are able to utilize the talents and spiritual gifts of the individual members to help in church operation and growth.

There is strength in numbers if the work of the church is divided by the membership. A parallel could be made to the process of building a house. The best method of house construction involves those who are adept in parts of the construction. Electricians do the electrical work, carpenters the woodwork, and plumbers the plumbing work. In church, everyone has an opportunity to serve. Whether it is ushering, technology, choir, missionary work, or other such ministries, each member can utilize their gifts and strengths to help the church prosper.

In our reference Scripture, Stephen is introduced as one of the seven men chosen to distribute the food. He is especially important because of his strength of faith and witness. He was falsely arrested and stoned to death for his Christian beliefs. One of witnesses who agreed with the stoning was Saul (Acts 8:1). This Saul was himself later converted to the Christian faith and became one of the most celebrated Apostles. He wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else. His name of Saul was changed to Paul.

This demonstrates that anyone, regardless of their background, can be used in the church. I have heard numerous pastors testify how the Lord changed them and brought them out of an environment of frivolity to preach the gospel. To become a dedicated servant in the church, you don't have to start out as a "Stephen," you could also start out as a "Saul."

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 Acts 6:1-8 .

The key verses: Acts 6:3 NLT - "And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility."

August 13 – Called to Break Down Barriers

Bible Lesson: Acts 8:26-39 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 8:35 KJV - "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Philip was one of the seven men chosen by the body of believers to be given the responsibility for food distribution to those in need. As was discussed in the lesson for last week (concerning Stephen), the seven men chosen for this responsibility were well respected by the community of believers and also "full of the Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3)."

Philip was credited as being one of the first to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ outside the Judaism community. He would ultimately be known as Philip the Evangelist (Acts 21:8). Among other places, Philip preached in Samaria - the capital city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Acts 8:5-6). Because of his preaching, and healing of the sick and lame (Acts 8:6-7) there were many new converts (Acts 8:12).

The lesson for today concerns one particular evangelistic opportunity given to Philip concerning an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27). This person had great authority under the queen of Ethiopia.

Philip was lead to be in a position to meet this man by the angel of the Lord (Acts 8:26) and was moved by the Holy Spirit to discuss the meaning of a passage of Scripture (Acts 8:29) the Ethiopian was reading (Acts 8:30-31). [The scripture he was reading was Isaiah 53:7-8]. Philip took that opportunity to tell him about the Good News of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:35).

As a result, this Ethiopian was moved to be baptized (Acts 8:36).

Many of us would be greatly pleased if we could be the catalyst to lead someone to accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. But, in order to accomplish this goal, we must be ready when the opportunity arises.

That means, we must ourselves understand the word of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ. If given the opportunity to inspire someone to join with us as a believer, what would we say? We can take from our lesson story of today that all of us should be clear in our mind why we are Christians and what we would say to help convince someone else to join our faith.

The Oxford Dictionary defines an evangelist as "A person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching." Using that definition, we should all consider ourselves as evangelists. We probably will not be one who stands on the corner preaching, or one who preaches sermons to a congregation, but we should use appropriate opportunities given to us to explain or reveal the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. By doing so, perhaps we could be the catalyst to lead someone to accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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 Acts 8:26-39 .

The key verse: Acts 8:35 NLT - "So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus."

August 13 – Called to Preach
Alternate Title – Called To Proclaim Christ

Bible Lesson: Acts 9:10-20 (KJV)

Key verse: Acts 9:10 KJV - "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The reference Scripture refers to a man named Saul. He was raised in a Jewish home and was trained in the Jewish laws and customs. He was zealous to honor God in everything he did (Acts 22:3). His problem was that he obviously did not believe Jesus was the true Jewish Messiah (Acts 22:4). In fact, he had traveled to Damascus to arrest Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem to be punished (Acts: 22:5).

Remembering back to the story of Jonah, we know that he was not willing to go to Nineveh to deliver God's message. So God used a radical method to convince him: he was swallowed by a great fish and remained in it's stomach for three days.

Saul needed to be convinced that Jesus was the true Messiah. Once he was convinced of that fact, there is no doubt he would continue to honor God but would do so by honoring Him through His Son Jesus. Like with Jonah, the Lord used a radical means to convince him that He was the Messiah: He spoke to him on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:4) and then took away his eyesight (Acts 9:9).

In light of Saul's past, it would have been difficult for an ordinary person to see the potential in him to be one of the most outspoken and loyal followers of the Lord. But, ordinary people don't have the ability of the Lord to look inside a person to see that person's potential. As an example, it was difficult for Ananias—a disciple of Christ—to think Saul had really changed from his anti-Christian reputation; therefore he was wary of him (Acts 9:13-14).

But Ananias had faith in the Lord's judgment and was obedient to his desires. Therefore, he did as he was instructed when, in a vision, he was told to go to Saul in Damascus to be the instrument to restore his sight (Acts 9:17). He could have refused to go out of fear that Saul would arrest him and perhaps he would lose his life like what had happen to Steven.

Our reference Scripture speaks of a man called Saul, but we know him best as Paul, an apostle of Christ. He was converted from being a persecutor of Christians to being a believer and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through his writings, he did more to shape Christianity than perhaps anyone else, other than Jesus. He wrote more of the New Testament than any other single person.

There are many lessons in this short selection of Scripture: to have faith in the Lord's judgment; that all things are possible through the Lord; for us to be obedient to the Lord. Regardless of our past, God may call upon us one day to do something for him which we do not now think we are capable or even initially had a desire to do. However, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can confidently take on new responsibilities in the church. After all, we will probably not know what our calling is ... until we are called.

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 Acts 8:26-39 .

The key verse: Acts 9:10 NLT - "Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied."

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