Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated May 23, 2024)

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May 19, 2024 – The Spirit Creates One Body
Principle Topic – 1-2 Corinthians

Focus Verses (KJV)- 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 KJV

Focus Verses (NLT)- 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 NLT

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(The Key Verse -

(In King James Version): "But now are they many members, yet but one body." 1 Corinthians 12:20, KJV

(In New Living Translation): "Yes, there are many parts, but only one body." 1 Corinthians 12:20, NLT



What shall we learn from this lesson:

Corinth was a busy port city during Paul's time. Paul knew the city well, having spent a year and a half there (Acts 18:11-12). It is believed by some sources that Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans while in Corinth.

The beauty of this lesson is its acceptance of the Mosaic Law (Romans 10:5 NLT) as God's standard of our behavior while, at the same time, recognizing that faith in Jesus Christ is the only direct path to being made right with God (Romans 10:9-10 NLT).

But how can we contact Jesus so that He is close to us as He was to the Apostles? Then we can build up our faith in Him.

How can we achieve such faith? This kind of faith is not a fantasy or "pie in the sky" ... it is freely available to those who want it. So now we have the rules for how to act as God commanded and also how to use our faith in Jesus to attain righteousness in a direct way.

We don't have to travel to heaven to bring Christ down to earth or travel down to the place of the dead to bring Christ back to life. No, this is not an impossible mission. He is already here for those who have faith in Him and faith in who He is (Romans 10:8 KJV).

All believers have Christ in their heart because His representative, the Holy Spirit, indwells all believers and is with us all the time (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV). It is our faith in Him that gives us salvation (Romans 10:9 KJV).

In fact, since Jesus ascended to Heaven after the resurrection our faith in Him has to be even greater since there is no physical existence to rely on.

We find the following in Romans 10:14 NASB:

"How then are they to call on Him in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?"

In the quote above, it appears that the process of salvation starts with "the preacher," and guess who the preacher is in the context of this Scripture. Each of us believers represents "the preacher" in that we spread the Good News about Christ when given the opportunity.

Now, here is the key part of the whole lesson:

We spread it not only with words but also with our living example.

So every day that we live we have an opportunity to spread the news about Jesus either verbally or otherwise. The "otherwise" part is key to this lesson. When people look at us and how we act and interact with each other, we want them to say, "I want to be like him or like her:

The "otherwise" part is demonstrated through our living. We can live in such a way as to set an example of who Jesus is and how we should live by our actions.

We are doing this in Sunday school as we have discourse with other members and friends. By the same token, we are doing it in our church service; we are doing it on the job. Our yard man was doing it when he invited my wife and I to his church. My doctor was doing it when he prayed with us before surgery.

Paul, metaphorically, compared the operation of the human body to the operation of the church. The body has many parts just like the church has many members. God has arranged the body parts and functions to be where He wanted them to be and to do what He thinks best.

Even though there are many parts in the Body of Christ - the church - each has a function and at least one spiritual gift. God has arranged these functions and gifts to how He wanted them so that the church will function as God intended.

Here, Scripture extends the illustration of the church as the body of Christ. We can imagine parts of the body trying to quit because they cannot be some different member with a function that is more glamorous.

Everyone cannot be a charismatic speaker or someone full of wisdom. Everyone cannot be pretty or handsome or the pastor of a church.

All the football players cannot be the quarterback who gets more glory and attention.

Would you consider being able to juggle ten oranges at the same time as quite an accomplishment? Yes it is! But is it a Spiritual gift or just a talent? There is no way that juggling oranges is going to help someone spiritually so it is just a talent.

The Holy Spirit provides you with a spiritual gift.
All believers are given a spiritual gift (or gifts) which can be used to help each other, and advance God’s kingdom on earth.

These gifts are given to individuals but their purpose is to build up the whole church. It is God through the the Holy Spirit who decides which gift each of us will receive.

The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts, which may or may not be what we consider a talent. You may have the talent of singing or dancing, but your spiritual gift may be encouraging others, or teaching the Word.

It could be anything which helps you love and honor God or helps others love and honor God because of you.

Our gift may not be the pastor position of a particular church but perhaps the gift may be teaching the word and inspiring others as a pastor is known to do.

Just as a pastor may be called by God to minister to a group of believers, you may also be called upon to use whatever spiritual gift you have received to teach and help members understand Scripture. The Holy Spirit will enable and help us use your gift. You are not alone.

You will not fail in using the gift because it is a declared blessing from God. He is never going to ask you to do something you are not capable of doing .

How can you proceed to use your gift? One way is through joining and participating in the activities of a church.

There are ministries most churches have in which the members can use their spiritual gifts to help those inside and outside their congregation.

As an example, if you have the spiritual gift of teaching the Holy Word, you could join the Sunday school (or Christian education) ministry as a teacher, or participate in the Bible study classes.

Your gift may be one of wisdom, leadership, faith, mercy, service, being a pastor, evangelism, hospitality, missionary, or any one of many other gifts the Holy Spirit could bless you with. You were given that gift for a reason; to use it to help each other and to glorify God.

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 26, 2024 – New Birth Brings Freedom
Principle Topic – Galatians

Focus Verses (KJV)- Galatians 4:8-20 KJV

Focus Verses (NLT)- Galatians 4:8-20 NLT

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(The Key Verse -

(In King James Version): "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?" Galatians 4:9, KJV

(In New Living Translation): "So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?" Galatians 4:9, NLT



What shall we learn from this lesson:

Christianity, in Paul's time, had spread well beyond Jerusalem and in the region of Galacia there were both Jewis Christians and non-Jewis Christians. The covenant people of God were mainly in one ethic group, Israel, and they stood apart by their practices as detailed in the Torah.

The meaning of “Torah” is often primarily defined as the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), also called the Law (or the Pentateuch, in Christianity). These are the books traditionally ascribed to Moses, the recipient of the original revelation from God on Mount Sinai. It contains the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Many of the Jewish Christians believed the non-Jewish members should adhere to the Torah to be considered as a true part of God's family. This would include the observance of the Sabbath, circumcision of the males, eating kosher, and other such requirements.

This sparked a huge debate and Paul's letter to the Galatians was the result. Paul contended that in order to be made right with God could never be accomplished by obeying the Torah but only by faith in Jesus who did for us what we could have never done on our own.

 

 

 


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



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