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June 11 lesson: Gideon’s Call

May 15, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Gideon’s Call Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 1: Called to be Strong Sunday school lesson for the week of June 11, 2017 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Judges 6:11-18 Purpose: To recognize that God is with us even we doubt or feel abandoned. In today’s Adult Bible Lesson, I invite you to consider engaging in a kinesthetic learning activity (learning by doing). Kinesthetic Activity: Invite one person to be Gideon, one the angel, and ...

June 4 lesson: Deborah and Barak

May 15, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Deborah and Barak Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 1: Called to be Strong Sunday school lesson for the week of June 4, 2017 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Judges 4:1-10 Purpose: To consider how we can accomplish great things when we work together to carry out any mission God gives us. Judges 4:8-10 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah....

May 21 lesson: God’s Love for Ninevah

May 15, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Love for Ninevah Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 3: God’s Pervasive and Sustaining Love Sunday school lesson for the week of May 21, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jonah 3 Background Scripture: Nahum 1-3 As we are aware, communities today are wrecked with separation and violence. What can bring people together to live in wholeness and peace? The scripture lesson points out that when the people of Nineveh repented, God brought peace ...

May 28 lesson: God’s Pervasive Love

May 15, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Pervasive Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 3: God’s Pervasive and Sustaining Love Sunday school lesson for the week of May 28, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jonah 4 In reading Jonah, Chapter 4, we get the impression that Jonah was a jerk. He was ornery and unwilling to serve God in the lives of the Ninevites. While everybody else on board the ship was struggling to survive, Jonah complacently slept. And now he is unhappy and ...

May 14 lesson: God’s Love Preserved Jonah

May 01, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Love Preserved Jonah Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 3: God’s Pervasive and Sustaining Love Sunday school lesson for the week of May 14, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jonah 2 Last week, we saw Jonah resist a call from God to go and preach in Nineveh. In fact, he boarded a ship and fled in the opposite direction. But God sent a frightening storm to trouble the ship, which was the vehicle of Jonah’s attempted escape. However, Jonah ...

May 7 lesson: God’s Sustaining Love

May 01, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Sustaining Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 3: God’s Pervasive and Sustaining Love Sunday school lesson for the week of May 7, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jonah 1:7-17 Background Scripture: Jonah 1 The book of Jonah has always been somewhat controversial. Many readers have been inclined to write off the story of Jonah as fictitious. The value and beauty of the book have often been obscured by the fish story, which so many have ...

April 23 lesson: God’s Reconciling Love

April 17, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Reconciling Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 2: God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 23, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39 Background Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 8:31-39 Paul says, “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1). Our salvation features justification, peace, and hope. All these are ours ...

April 30 lesson: God’s Preserving Love

April 17, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Preserving Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 2: God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 30, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: John 10:1-15 The prevailing image of this week’s scripture lesson is of shepherds and sheep. Throughout the Old Testament, this metaphor was used to describe God’s relationship to God’s people. In this lesson, Jesus uses the same rich imagery to explain who he is and ...

April 16 lesson: God’s Love as Victory Over Death

April 03, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Love as Victory Over Death Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 2: God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 16, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: John 20:1-10; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 8-9 Background Scripture: 19:38-42; John 20:1-10; 1 Peter 1:3-9 Someone told about a friend who was caught in an elevator in New York City during a power failure. He was caught along with several other people, all strangers to ...

April 9 lesson: God’s Saving Love in Christ

April 03, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Saving Love in Christ Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 2: God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 9, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: John 3:1-16 Life has many important questions. What am I going to do with my life? Who will I marry? Where will I live? Where will I go to school? But perhaps it was Nicodemus who asked life’s most important question: “how can anyone be born after having grown ...

April 2 lesson: God as Our Shepherd

March 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God as Our Shepherd Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 2: God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 2, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Psalm 23 The Old Testament is almost a distant memory in the hearts and minds of modern humankind. Those sacred stories that meant so much to our fore parents are becoming more and more lost to us. How many of the commandments actually command us? Yet in the midst of ...

March 26 lesson: God’s Love Restores

March 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Love Restores Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 1: God’s Eternal, Preserving, Renewing Love Sunday school lesson for the week of March 26, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Joel 2:12-13, 18-19, 28-32 In seeking to understand the context of today’s lesson, a brief visit to Joel 1:1-11 seems in order. Every generation tends to think that its troubles are the worst the world has ever seen. Therefore, the prophet Joel paints the calamity of ...

March 12 lesson: God’s Overflowing Love

March 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Overflowing Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 1: God’s Eternal, Preserving, Renewing Love Sunday school lesson for the week of March 12, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 The speaker described his former life. He said he did a lot of things of which he was ashamed. He rebelled and drank obsessively. On a number of occasions he was rude to his mama. He was self-centered and deeply depressed. He was really, really ...

March 19 lesson: God’s Love Manifested

March 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Love Manifested Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 1: God’s Eternal, Preserving, Renewing Love Sunday school lesson for the week of March 19, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: John 15: 1-17 One of the unique features of John’s Gospel is its unusually long Last Supper scene. While the other gospel writers devote less than a chapter to the setting of Jesus’ Passover meal with his disciples, John devotes five of his chapters to that occasion. ...

February 26 lesson: Christ Creates Holy Living

February 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Christ Creates Holy Living Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 3: The Birthing of a New Community Sunday school lesson for the week of February 26, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Galatians 5:18-6:10 We conclude this unique study of God’s cycle of creation with the creating work of Christ through the Holy Spirit birthing the people who will live holy lives in the Church and in the world. After all, Jesus was sent by the ...

March 5 lesson: The Source of all Love

February 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version The Source of all Love Spring Quarter: God Loves Us Unit 1: God’s Eternal, Preserving, Renewing Love Sunday school lesson for the week of March 5, 2017 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 John 4:7-19 The theme of the Third Quarter is “God Loves Us.” I cannot think of a greater theme to get to the heart of God. During this spring quarter we will explore the multiple facets of God’s constant love for humanity from selected passages in both the Old and ...

February 12 lesson: New Birth Brings Freedom

February 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version New Birth Brings Freedom Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 3: The Birthing of a New Community Sunday school lesson for the week of February 12, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Galatians 4:8-20 Background Scripture: Galatians 4 Once again Paul is in pain like unto childbirth with the churches of Galatia. His language can be heard as harsh criticism, however, in verse 19 the tone is one of a loving parent to a wayward ...

February 19 lesson: Freedom in Christ

February 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Freedom in Christ Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 3: The Birthing of a New Community Sunday school lesson for the week of February 19, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Galatians 5: 1-17 The first verse of today’s scripture is truly the theme of the Book of Galatians. A good question to ask is: What constitutes the “bottom line” in Christ? Don’t answer quickly – ponder deeply and long! Is it formulas of creed or ...

February 5 lesson: Re-created to Live in Harmony

January 23, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Re-created to Live in Harmony Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 3: The Birthing of a New Community Sunday school lesson for the week of February 5, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Galatians 3:26-4:7 The third unit of the Winter Quarter completes the cycle of creation with Paul’s description of the life of the Church as evidence of God’s on-going creative work in giving birth to the Church. As in all births this one is ...

January 29 lesson: All Creation Praises God

January 23, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version All Creation Praises God Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 2: Praise from and for God’s Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of January 29, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Psalm 148 There are many tasks given the Church, but sadly, lay people seldom list the praise of God in worship as number one. Although all the others that can be listed are important, nothing is more important than the gathering of the people ...

January 15 lesson: Praise God the Provider

January 09, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God the Provider Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 2: Praise from and for God’s Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of January 15, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Psalm 65: 1-2; 5; 9-13 Background Scripture: Psalm 65; 67: 6-7 We love music of many varieties – classical and bluegrass, easy listening and hymns. Many other genres can touch both heart and mind. The Psalms are indeed “Songs of the Heart,” and ...

January 22 lesson: Praise God the Creator

January 09, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God the Creator Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 2: Praise from and for God’s Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of January 22, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Psalm 104: 1-4; 24-30 Background Scripture: Psalm 104 We begin this lesson with a confession: We’re glad the scripture for this lesson is limited! However, please do read all of Psalm 104. The fullness and richness of its sweep will inspire and ...

December 25 lesson: God’s Promised Savior is Born

December 19, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Promised Savior is Born Winter Quarter: Creation: A Divine Cycle Unit 1: The Savior Has Been Born Sunday school lesson for the week of December 25, 2016 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Luke 2: 8-20 Background Scripture: Luke 2: 1-21 Merry Christmas! We trust you and your class can share that wonderful greeting this morning. Sometimes, churches cancel Sunday school on Christmas morning. We understand the practicality of doing so, ...

January 1 lesson: Praising God the Creator

December 19, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Praising God the Creator Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 1: Praise from and for God’s Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of January 1, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Psalm 33: 1-9 Background Scripture: Psalm 33 We begin a New Year and a new unit today. May this be a blessed (happy) year for God’s good creation – and all who live in it. That is our prayer for this New Year! This unit focuses on five Psalms. ...

January 8 lesson: All Creation Overflows with Praise

December 19, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version All Creation Overflows with Praise Winter Quarter: Creation – A Divine Cycle Unit 1: Praise from and for God’s Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of January 8, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Psalm 96: 1-6, 10-13 Background Scripture: Psalm 96 In beginning of this lesson, we need to accept some insights from scholars like Walter Bruggeman. He reminds us the context of Psalm 96 is the occasion when David brought the Ark of ...

December 11 lesson: The Affirmation of the Promise

December 05, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Affirmation of the Promise Winter Quarter: Creation: A Divine Cycle Unit 1: The Savior Has Been Born Sunday school lesson for the week of December 11, 2016  By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Luke 1:39-56 As soon as Mary can get ready, she leaves on a trip south to one of the towns outside Jerusalem, where her cousin Elizabeth lives with her husband Zechariah. We know the town is near Jerusalem because Zechariah serves as a priest at ...

December 18 lesson: God Promised Zechariah a Son

December 05, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version God Promised Zechariah a Son Winter Quarter: Creation: A Divine Cycle Unit 1: The Savior Has Been Born Sunday school lesson for the week of December 18, 2016  By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Luke 1:8-20 Background Scripture: Luke 1:1-23; 57-66 At the outset, we must state our bewilderment at the sequence of the studies in Luke chosen by the editorial committee of the Universal Lesson Series! We began with the annunciation by Gabriel to ...

December 4 lesson: God Promises a Savior

November 21, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version God Promises a Savior Winter Quarter: Creation: A Divine Cycle Unit 1: The Savior Has Been Born Sunday school lesson for the week of December 4, 2016  By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Luke 1:26-38 Beginnings are always exciting and filled with expectations! This new quarter is no different. The journey begins at a very familiar place, but will take us on an unusual route to our destination. Let us trust God for the result! We begin with...

November 27 lesson: Alpha and Omega

November 21, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Alpha and Omega Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 3: Alpha and Omega Sunday school lesson for the week of November 27, 2016  By Rev. Earnestine Campbell  Lesson scripture: Revelation 22:12-21 Background scripture: Revelation 22:8-21 Key Verse: I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 22:13) Purpose: To exalt Christ as the alpha and omega of God’s creation Hearing the Word The Adult Bible ...

November 13 lesson: I See a New Jerusalem

November 07, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version I See a New Jerusalem Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 3: Alpha and Omega Sunday school lesson for the week of November 13, 2016 By Rev. Earnestine Campbell Lesson scripture: Revelation 21:9-14, 22-27 Background scripture: Revelation 21:9-27 Purpose: To embrace the hope experienced in the vision of the New Jerusalem Hearing the Word As we prepare to hear the Word, let’s identify some of the characters that we will engage in this lesson. We ...

November 20 lesson: Life and Healing

November 07, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Life and Healing Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 3: Alpha and Omega Sunday school lesson for the week of November 20, 2016 By Rev. Earnestine Campbell Lesson scripture: Revelation 22:1-7 Purpose: Encountering God’s gift of abundant life and healing, present and future Hearing the Word The text takes us to the final chapter of the Book of Revelation. Let’s identify the characters in this text: we see the angel as the guide and speaker, John...

November 6 lesson: Everything is Brand New

October 17, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Everything is Brand New Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 3: Alpha and Omega Sunday school lesson for the week of November 6, 2016 By Rev Earnestine Campbell Lesson scripture: Revelation 21:1-8 Purpose: To live in the light of Revelation’s promise of renewal of all creation Background The author of the Book of Revelation is predominantly attributed to the Apostle John of the sons of Zebedee. Some scholars indicate the date of its writing ...

October 23 lesson: The High Priest Forever

October 17, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The High Priest Forever Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 2: The Sovereignty of Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of October 23, 2016 By Rev. Earnestine Campbell Lesson scripture: Hebrews 7:1-3, 19b-28 Background scripture: Hebrews 7 In this text, the author of Hebrews continues to develop the story of God speaking to his people to live in his order. The writer develops Melchizedek as God’s orderly Priest, a King. The author writes to ...

October 30 lesson: Pioneer and Perfecter of Our Faith

October 17, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Pioneer and Perfecter of Our Faith Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 2: The Sovereignty of Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of October 30, 2016 By Rev. Earnestine Campbell Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-13 (NRSV) Purpose: To affirm ways that God in Jesus Christ is with us in our journey of faith Introduction The last two Sunday school lessons concluded with Melchizedek, a king of the Most High God, and Jesus as the salvific and eternal ...

October 16 lesson: The Great High Priest

October 03, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Great High Priest Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 2: The Sovereignty of Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of October 16, 2016 By Rev. Earnestine Campbell Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:10 (NRSV) In this text, the author of Hebrews continues to tell the story of God speaking to his people who are living in a transformational era, from old sacrificial rituals and high priests to the transformation to the superior High Priest. The High ...

October 9 lesson: Builder of the House

October 03, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Builder of the House Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 2: The Sovereignty of Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of October 9, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Hebrews 3:1-6 Background Scripture: Hebrews 3:1-6; Matthew 7:19-29 Purpose: To discover the ways we can be part of God’s house, built by Jesus Christ  Key Verse: But [Jesus] deserves greater glory than Moses in the same way that the builder of the house deserves more ...

October 2 lesson: The Imprint of God

September 19, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Imprint of God Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 1: The Sovereignty of Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of October 2, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Hebrew 1:1-9 (NIV) Background Scripture: Hebrews 1 In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the...

September 25 lesson: Everlasting Covenant

September 19, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Everlasting Covenant Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 1: The Sovereignty of God Sunday school lesson for the week of September 25, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Background Scripture: Isaiah 61 The Suffering Servant in the Old and New Testaments This week the Sunday school lesson introduces Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 as the focus of the lesson. Over the past several weeks we have read passages from Isaiah and ...

September 11 lesson: The Mountain of God

September 06, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Mountain of God Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 1: The Sovereignty of God Sunday school lesson for the week of September 11, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-10a Background Scripture: Isaiah 25 Greetings and blessings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The lesson this week entitled “The Mountain of God” emerges from First Isaiah (25:6-10a). I must admit, as a preacher, this is an excellent ...

September 18 lesson: Foundations of the Earth

September 06, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Foundations of the Earth Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 1: The Sovereignty of God Sunday school lesson for the week of September 18, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31 Background Scripture: Isaiah 40 God is doing a new thing! Blessings and peace be upon you, brothers and sisters in Christ. I have sought to be transparent with you; I am a preacher at heart. When I engage the Book of Isaiah, it brings forth an urge ...

August 21 lesson: God Prunes and Crafts

August 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version God Prunes and Crafts Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 3: Life on God’s Terms Sunday school lesson for the week of August 21, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 11:11-36 Background Scripture: Romans 11:11-36 Introduction: During the Passover meal in an orthodox Jewish home, an empty chair will be placed at the table. It is for the prophet Elijah. In the ritual, the youngest child will be sent to open the front door. ...

August 28 lesson: Love Fulfills the Law

August 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Love Fulfills the Law Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 3: Life on God’s Terms Sunday school lesson for the week of August 28, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 12:1-2; 13:8-10 Background Scripture: Romans 12:1-2; 13:8-10 Introduction: Design of the place of worship in many United Methodist churches will have the Lord’s Table and an altar. On the table will be a cross and two candles (symbols of the divinity and ...

September 4 lesson: The Peaceful Kingdom

August 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Peaceful Kingdom Fall Quarter: The Sovereignty of God Unit 1: The Sovereignty of God Sunday school lesson for the week of September 4, 2016 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-9 The writer of the Adult Bible Studies Sunday School Lesson suggests we begin with an overview of the book of Isaiah. A common understanding divides Isaiah into three major sections: chapters 1-39; chapters 40-55; and chapters 55-66. Today we focus on text ...

August 14 lesson: Living under God’s mercy

August 01, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Living under God’s mercy Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 3: Life on God’s Terms Sunday school lesson for the week of August 14, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 9:6-18 Background Scripture: Romans 9:6-29 Introduction: Some adults reflect on childhood games played during recess in elementary school. The painful process of choosing team members one at a time was the sole responsibility of elected leaders. To be chosen...

August 7 lesson: Safe in God’s love

August 01, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Safe in God’s love Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 3: Life on God’s Terms Sunday school lesson for the week of August 7, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 8:28-39 Background Scripture: Romans 8:28-39 Introduction: In the Old Testament is the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 30:25). Joseph was loved more dearly by his father than all of the other children. This relationship created an atmosphere ...

July 24 lesson: Not without hope

July 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Not without hope Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 2: A World Gone Wrong Sunday school lesson for the week of July 24, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 Background Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 Introduction: On Dec. 2, 1942, at 2:20 p.m., Enrico Fermi began the first controlled nuclear reaction in his lab at the University of Chicago. The experiment lasted for 28 minutes. Afterward, Arthur Compton, a colleague of ...

July 31 lesson: Death becomes life

July 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Death becomes life Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 3: Life on God’s Terms Sunday school lesson for the week of July 31, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 6:1-4, 6:12-14, 6:17-23 Background Scripture: Romans 6 Introduction: Spanish explorers of America were convinced that they had discovered the end of the world. Spain celebrated their achievement by minting coins. Each coin had the words, “Neplus Ultra” – no more ...

July 10 lesson: We’re all under sin’s power

July 05, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version We’re all under sin’s power Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 2: A World Gone Wrong Sunday school lesson for the week of July 10, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 3:9-20 Background Scripture: Psalm 136:1-9; 136:26; Romans 3:9-20 Introduction: Purchase of a new appliance brings an inevitable question by a salesperson. “Do you wish to purchase a long-term service contract? There is only a one-year warranty?” Beyond 365 ...

July 17 lesson: God sets things right

July 05, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version God sets things right Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 2: A World Gone Wrong Sunday school lesson for the week of July 17, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 3:21-31 Background Scripture: Psalm 148; Romans 3:21-31 Introduction: A minister had purchased a white robe for Easter. As he stood behind the pulpit, his adoring spouse, seated in the second pew, was heard to whisper, “Doesn’t he look like an angel with wings.” ...

July 3 lesson: Ignoring God’s Truth Within Us

June 13, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Ignoring God’s Truth Within Us Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 2: A World Gone Wrong Sunday school lesson for the week of July 3, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 2:17-29 Background Scripture: Psalm 104; Romans 2:14-29 Introduction: A sacred site for many in South Georgia is Saint Simons Island. It is along the bank of a coastal waterway. When there is time of personal meditation during youth camps at Epworth By The...

June 19 lesson: Assurance and Joy for the Faithful

June 13, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Assurance and Joy for the Faithful Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 1: Judgment and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of June 19, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Zephaniah 3:9-14 Background Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2:3; Zephaniah 3:9-20 Introduction: A powerful teaching sermon on Christian perfection concluded with a question, “Will any present who are perfect please stand?” There was no movement in the pews. “Does...

June 26 lesson: Ignoring God’s Plain Truth

June 13, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Ignoring God’s Plain Truth Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 2: A World Gone Wrong Sunday school lesson for the week of June 26, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Romans 1:18-23: 1:28-32 Background Scripture: Psalm 8; Romans 1:18-32 Introduction: A member of a choir, with a foghorn voice, was ruining all anthems. The senior minister was requested to convey the message that the person’s gifts might be used in another arena. “...

June 12 lesson: The Consequences of Disobedience

June 06, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Consequences of Disobedience Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 1: Judgment and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of June 12, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Zephaniah 3:6-8 Background Scripture: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3; Zephaniah 3:1-8 Introduction:  In a class of 5-year-olds, one was using crayons. “Van, what is your drawing?” asked the teacher. “I am painting a picture of God,” he responded. “But God is a spirit, ...

June 5 lesson: The Day of the Lord

May 23, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Day of the Lord Summer Quarter: Toward a New Creation Unit 1: Judgment and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of June 5, 2016 By Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr. Lesson Scripture: Zephaniah 1:4-6; 1:14-16; 2:3-4 Background Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2:3 Introduction: During the westward migration on the American frontier, the Methodist circuit rider was an accompanying companion. Approaching a homesteader plowing new land, the visiting horseman said:...

May 29 lesson: Joyous Faith

May 23, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Joyous Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 3: The Fullness of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of May 29, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 The story before us today has Jesus passing through Jericho, a city not far from Jerusalem, the place where Jesus will fulfill his mission by submitting to death on the cross. The story here involves a number of themes that Luke has emphasized in his gospel – including Jesus ...

May 22 lesson: Childlike Faith

May 16, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Childlike Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 3: The Fullness of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of May 22, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 18: 15-17; Mark 10:16 It is essential to see that this story of Jesus receiving the children has often been misinterpreted. Frequently, it has been misinterpreted as a call for Christians to be satisfied with simplistic faith. But hopefully, as we proceed, it will become clear that ...

May 15 lesson: Humble Faith

May 02, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Humble Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 3: The Fullness of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of May 15, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 18-9-14 She exclaimed rather excitedly, “God hears and answers every prayer. He gives a yes, a no, or a maybe.” But according to our scripture lesson, there is a time when God turns a deaf ear. There are some prayers that God will neither hear nor respond to. In his familiar parable of...

May 8 lesson: Grateful Faith

May 02, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Grateful Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 3: The Fullness of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of May 8, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19 The key focus of this lesson is how people respond to Jesus. While the disciples are still struggling to understand Jesus, a rather unexpected person becomes the model for how to respond to the coming of the Kingdom in the person of Jesus  In reality, the story before us ...

April 24 lesson: A Family Reunion

April 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version A Family Reunion Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 2: The Gift of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of April 24, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32 The parable before us today is perhaps the most loved story in all the Bible. Labelled, “The parable of the prodigal son,” it is really about the benevolence of a loving and forgiving Father.  At any rate, this parable is the third in a row concerning lost things. Jesus told...

May 1 lesson: Increased Faith

April 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Increased Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 3: The Fullness of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of May 1, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 17: 1-10 Our lesson scripture today, Luke 17:1-10, contains four parts, and each part concerns some aspect of discipleship. As you know, discipleship is a topic Jesus highlights as he draws closer to Jerusalem. The four parts of the passage can be listed as follows:              ...

April 10 lesson: A Reversal of Shame

April 04, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version A Reversal of Shame Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 2: The Gift of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of April 10, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 7:36-50 Just as the authority of Jesus was the crucial issue in healing the centurion’s servant in last week’s lesson, so the authority of Jesus is the key issue in today’s lesson. But this time the question is not who has the authority to heal and teach, but who has the authority ...

April 17 lesson: A Sound Mind

April 04, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version A Sound Mind Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 2: The Gift of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of April 17, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 8:26-36 Though Jesus had interacted with Gentiles previously, this exorcism story today is his first experience in Gentile territory. Luke informs us that Jesus went to the other side of the lake (8:22) and that is opposite Galilee (8:26). We are also told of a herd of pigs, a food that ...

April 3 lesson: Renewed Health

March 21, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Renewed Health Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 2: The Gift of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of April 3, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 7:1-10 “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (key verse Luke 7:9). These words of Jesus make all of us sit up and take notice. For there is not any of us who does not long for a greater faith. Who was this fortunate person about whom Jesus spoke in our scripture ...

March 27 lesson: Resurrection Faith

March 21, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Resurrection Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 1: Tests of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of March 27, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Mark 16:1-8 One of the songs that young people sing attests to the reality of this glorious Easter morning.  Listen!  “Every morning is Easter morning, from now on! Every day is Resurrection Day, the past is over and gone! Goodbye guilt, goodbye fear, good riddance! Hello life, hello sun! ...

March 13 lesson: Simple Faith

March 07, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Simple Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 1: Tests of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of March 13, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Mark 10:17-31 The biblical story before us today is familiar but full of surprises. It challenges our ideas both of how to please God and of how we can tell that a person is blessed.  This story of the rich young ruler takes place while Jesus is “setting out on a journey” from Galilee to ...

March 20 lesson: Struggling Faith

March 07, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Struggling Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 1: Tests of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of March 20, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Mark 14:26-31, 66-72 As a young minister, I attended Pastors’ School when it was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. One year the preacher for the occasion was Dr. Hoover Rupert, who at the time was pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I will always remember ...

Feb. 21 lesson: Day of Atonement

February 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Day of Atonement Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 3: Holy Days Sunday school lesson for the week of February 21, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Leviticus 16:11-19 Background scripture: Leviticus 16; Leviticus 23:26-32; Numbers 29:7-11; Hebrews 7:26-28; 9:24; 10:4-18 In the study this week, we are facing the difficult tasks of understanding ancient Jewish customs of sacrifice for sins and searching for relevance ...

Feb. 28 lesson: Feast of Booths

February 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Feast of Booths Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 3: Holy Days Sunday school lesson for the week of February 28, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Leviticus 23: 33-43 Background scripture: Numbers 29: 12-40; Deuteronomy 16: 13-17; I Corinthians 15:20-29; Revelation 14:1-5 As we conclude the Winter Quarter, with its emphasis upon Sacred Gift and Holy Gatherings, and the final unit, highlighting Holy Days, we arrive ...

March 6 lesson: Powerful Faith

February 15, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Powerful Faith Spring Quarter: The Gift of Faith Unit 1: Tests of Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of March 6, 2016 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Mark 9:14-29 During the spring quarter, faith will be the theme of the lessons. The lesson series itself is called “The Gift of Faith” as it is seen in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. Our studies will center on three units: “Tests of Faith” (Mark); “Restorative Faith” (Luke); and “Fullness of Faith...

Feb. 14 lesson: Feast of Weeks

February 01, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Feast of Weeks Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 3: Holy Days Sunday school lesson for the week of February 14, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Leviticus 23:15-22; Numbers 28:26-31; Acts 2:1-36 We continue our studies of the celebrations of Jewish Holy Days by focusing on the second pilgrimage celebration, the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost. The name is derived from the method of counting the Sabbaths from Passover....

Feb. 7 lesson: Passover

February 01, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version Passover Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 3: Holy Days Sunday school lesson for the week of February 7, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Exodus 12:1-14 Background scripture: Numbers 28: 16-25 and Mark 14: 12-26 In this final unit of the Winter Quarter, we will be walking with Jesus through the major festivals and celebrations of the Hebrew faith to discover their meaning for Him and for us. Never forget, God sent ...

Jan. 24 lesson: A wedding in Cana

January 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version. A wedding in Cana Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral Sunday school lesson for the week of January 24, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: John 2:1-12 The scriptures for the next two lessons are from the Gospel of John. John is very different from the three synoptic gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke. To run the risk of over-simplifying, John is more theological. All the gospels interpret ...

Jan. 31 lesson: The death of a friend

January 18, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version. The death of a friend Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral Sunday school lesson for the week of January 31, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: John 11:38-44 Background scripture: John 11:1-44 The second lesson from the Gospel of John describes another sign pointing to the glorification of Jesus. Remember, by glorification John means the death and resurrection of Jesus. Calling Lazarus out...

Jan. 10 lesson: The Most Beautiful Bride

January 04, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version The Most Beautiful Bride Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral Sunday school lesson for the week of January 10, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Song of Solomon 6: 4-12 Background Scripture: Song of Solomon; John 10: 1-11 A disclaimer must be stated at the beginning of this lesson: we are not ignorant of the joys and ecstasies of romantic, physical love. However, this lesson is difficult ...

Jan. 17 lesson: An Unfaithful Bride

January 04, 2016
Click here for a print-friendly version An Unfaithful Bride Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral Sunday school lesson for the week of January 10, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Hosea 1 Background Scripture: Hosea 1-3 Every prophet (and every preacher!) speaks in the context of current events, with the eternal purposes of God in mind. One of Sam’s professors at Seminary often said, “Preach with the newspaper in one hand and ...

Dec. 27 lesson: A Generous Gift

December 21, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version A Generous Gift Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 1: What We Bring to God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 27, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Matthew 23:1-12; Mark 12:38-44    This last Sunday of the year and the last Sunday in this unit is a good time to take stock and understand where we are and what we have been doing. Remember the title of the quarter’s study, “Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings,” ...

Jan. 3 lesson: A Bride Worth Waiting For

December 21, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version A Bride Worth Waiting For Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral Sunday school lesson for the week of January 3, 2016 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Genesis 29: 15-30 Background Scripture: Genesis 28-30 Every lesson has both primary and background scripture for study. Never has the background scripture been more important than this week’s excursion through the twists and turns of Jacob’s ...

Dec. 13 lesson: Acceptable Offerings

December 07, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Acceptable Offerings Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 1: What We Bring to God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 13, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Leviticus 22:17-25, 31-33 The Book of Leviticus is not one we Christians read! In fact, Sam cannot recall any sermon he preached from the book in 42 years served in the Conference – except, of course, the passage Jesus used in the summary of the Law – “...

Dec. 20 lesson: Dedication of Firstborn

December 07, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Dedication of Firstborn Winter Quarter: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Unit 1: What We Bring to God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 20, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Exodus 13: 13-15; Luke 2: 22-32 Background Scripture: Exodus 13: 11-16; Leviticus 12; Numbers 3: 5-13; Luke 2: 21-39 Jesus is born into a Jewish family that faithfully observes the rituals of their faith. Today, we look back at the origins of those ...

Dec. 6 lesson: Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings

November 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings Winter Quarter Unit 1: What We Bring to God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 6, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson scripture: Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17 The theme of the lessons we begin today is different! The focus is on holy celebrations in the Jewish tradition and their meaning for Christians today. Jesus participated in these Jewish traditions and gave us all the true meaning of them that adds rich ...

Nov. 22 lesson: The mission of spreading the Gospel in Thessalonica, Berea and Athens

November 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version The mission of spreading the Gospel in Thessalonica, Berea and Athens Sunday school lesson for the week of November 22, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 17:1-4, 10-12, 22-25, 28 I have often shared my understanding of leadership and teamwork as such: the best teams recognize that all persons have value and aid in the success of the mission, vision, and goals. In order to reach our goals, we need everyone’s gifts at the table of God. ...

Nov. 29 lesson: Teaching God’s Word

November 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Teaching God’s Word Sunday school lesson for the week of November 29, 2015 By Dr. Charlene Black Lesson scripture: Acts 18: 1-28 The Book of Acts is an account of work of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost Jesus tells all who are gathered there, not just the apostles, that when, not if, they are empowered by the Holy Spirit they are, “To be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.” It is a command, not a ...

Nov. 15 lesson: From Derbe to Phillipii

November 02, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version From Derbe to Phillipii Sunday school lesson for the week of November 15, 2015 By Dr. Charlene Black Lesson scripture: Acts 16: 1-15   Prompted by the Holy spirit to “offer them Christ,” Paul began his second missionary journey which will lead to the spread of Christianity to Europe and ultimately to the entire western world. Paul’s journey was a model for many missionaries including two South Georgians. Bishop Arthur J. Moore, a native of Waycross, ...

Nov. 8 lesson: God makes no distinction

November 02, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version God makes no distinction Sunday school lesson for the week of November 8, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 15: 1-12 So why do you now tempt God by placing on the necks of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we had the strength to bear? Acts 15:10 NRSV This morning God allowed me to visit a dear friend whose life is full of love and light. She is resting peacefully in a hospice facility surrounded by the love and care of...

Nov. 1 lesson: Trusting God to answer prayer

October 26, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Trusting God to answer prayer Sunday school lesson for the week of November 1, 2015 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson scripture: Acts 12:1-11 Years ago, my cousin was told that she would never have children. She was deeply disappointed and mourned the news for a long time. Several years later she caught the flu. After a few days, the fever and aches subsided, but a new symptom developed – severe nausea that lasted most of the day. This symptom lasted for weeks....

Oct. 25 lesson: What if we disagree?

October 19, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version What if we disagree? Sunday school lesson for the week of October 25, 2015 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson scripture: Acts 11:1-18 In 1995, Dr. Roy W. Trueblood published a work entitled “Partners in Ministry.” The “Partners in Ministry” program was designed to teach the skills needed to work as a team so that we, clergy and laity together, could become more focused on the work of Great Commission. In the “Partners in Ministry” program, all team members ...

Oct. 18 lesson: Peter takes a risk

October 12, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version Peter takes a risk Sunday school lesson for the week of October 18, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 10:24-38 In the book “Hearing God’s Call,” author Ben Campbell Johnson writes the following about the call of God in our lives: “God has always called human beings to share in the divine mission in the world – and he still does. God calls women and men to ordained ministry in the church, and he calls other followers of Christ to ...

Oct. 11 lesson: Saul earns credibility

October 05, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Saul earns credibility Sunday school lesson for the week of October 11, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 9:19b-31 This week I had the unique opportunity to visit a local church and join them in the community. This small but faithful congregation made their regular visit to the local nursing home. It was a joy to meet the residents, hear the pastor share, and sing with the members of the church the old songs of Zion. The most beautiful...

Oct. 4 lesson: The Spirit is not for sale

September 21, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version.  The Spirit is not for sale Sunday school lesson for the week of October 4, 2015 By Dr. Edwin M. “Buddy” Cooper, Jr. Lesson scripture: Acts 8:9-24 Have you ever watched the Olympics and wished you could run, jump, and compete at such a level? A wish is a prayer without commitment or discipline. When we see someone on the podium, receiving a gold medal, we try to imagine how that feels. The celebrity of winning is a strong wine to the human spirit. ...

Sept. 27 lesson: Remembering God’s Faithfulness

September 21, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Remembering God’s Faithfulness   Sunday school lesson for the week of September 27, 2015 By Dr. Edwin M. “Buddy” Cooper, Jr. Lesson scripture: Acts 7:2-4, 8-10, 17, 33-34, 44-47, 53, 57 This chapter that has been selectively chosen is the chapter containing the account of Stephen’s martyrdom. In this chosen text what has been separated out from the seventh chapter is an account of the faithfulness of God from the time of Abraham’s call to Solomon’s ...

Sept. 13 lesson: Sharing All Things

September 08, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sharing All Things  Sunday school lesson for the week of September 13, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 4:32-5:11 The Resurrected Christ and Power of the Holy Spirit  All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power, the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at...

Sept. 20 lesson: Witnessing to the Truth

September 08, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Witnessing to the Truth Sunday school lesson for the week of September 20, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 5:27-29, 33-42 God is in control The purpose of today’s lesson is to recognize that God’s truth prevails. To see more clearly God’s truth, we will revisit the background text to remind the reader of the overall story. I invite you to respond to the primary question that drives our lesson today. As we read the book of Acts, who...

Sept. 6 lesson: Praying for One Another

August 26, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Praying for One Another  Sunday school lesson for the week of September 6, 2015 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson scripture: Acts 4:23-31 As we reflect on Acts 4:23-31, the primary themes are the Holy Spirit, chronic resistance, and community of believers praying for courage. The book of Acts, a continuation of Luke, describes Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and community of believers post-resurrection with the spreading of the gospel throughout the world. Luke ...

Aug. 23 lesson: God demands justice

August 17, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. God demands justice Sunday school lesson for the week of August 23, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Zechariah 7:8-14 About Zechariah The name Zechariah means the “Lord has remembered.” Along with Haggai and Malachi, Zechariah was one of only three post-exilic prophets.  With a message similar to Haggai, his contemporary, Zechariah wrote to the remnant returned from Babylon (Ezra 6:14). The prophet was seeking to encourage the returned ...

Aug. 30 lesson: Return to a just God

August 17, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Return to a just God Sunday school lesson for the week of August 30, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Malachi 3:1-10 About Malachi Indications are that Malachi prophesied somewhere between 430 B.C. and 420 B.C. Clearly, the prophecy occurred after the rebuilding of the “Temple” in 516 B.C. which, according to Malachi, had become corrupt. After only a few generations, the returned remnant had lost the spiritual vitality of their fore-parents ...

Aug. 16 lesson: A call for repentance

August 03, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. A call for repentance Sunday school lesson for the week of August 16, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Ezekiel 18:1-13, 30-32 The prophet Ezekiel’s activity was between the years 593 B.C., when he received his call to prophesy, and 571 B.C., about 22 years later. Evidently, Ezekiel was married as the death of his wife is reported in Ezekiel 24:18, and at the time of his call was living in exile in Babylon. Thus, Ezekiel prophesied to the people...

Aug. 9 lesson: A choice to be just

August 03, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. A choice to be just Sunday school lesson for the week of August 9, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Jeremiah 7:1-15 The key verse and heart of our scripture lesson today is Jeremiah 7:3, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and let me dwell with you in this place.” Through Ezra and Jeremiah, God sent messages of hope to those who will amend their ways and messages of destruction to those who will ...

Aug. 2 lesson: Our Redeemer Comes

July 20, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Our Redeemer Comes Sunday school lesson for the week of August 2, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Isaiah 59:15-21 Both background scriptures for today’s lesson (Isaiah 59 and Psalm 89:11-18) are liturgical in nature and focus on the issues of justice and righteousness. Scholars inform us that Isaiah 59 seems to be part of a service of worship in which the people complain that God has forsaken them. It is believed that the passage probably ...

July 26 lesson: God Shows Clemency

July 20, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. God Shows Clemency Sunday school lesson for the week of July 26, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Micah 7:14-20 In Chapter 7:11-20, Micah concludes his book with the hope of restoration and the assurance that God will forgive the people of Judah for their sins. Scholars inform us that this hope includes three main features: God will lead the people as a shepherd, the nations that oppressed and abused God’s people will be ashamed of themselves, ...

July 12 lesson: No tolerance for corrupt leaders and prophets

July 06, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. No tolerance for corrupt leaders and prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of July 12, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Micah 3:5-12 Today we are dealing with corrupt leadership and how Micah confronted those corrupt leaders. The main subject of Micah 3 is the injustice and leadership failures of the “heads of Jacob” (3:1). After dealing with leaders of all types – those perverting justice, in legal decisions favoring the rich, those ...

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