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FROM THE BISHOP  R. LAWSON BRYAN “Prepare the way of the Lord” is the great rallying cry of the Advent season. The prophet Isaiah gives a vivid description of that preparation: ...
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December 10 lesson: Faith to Discern

December 04, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith to Discern Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of December 10, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Acts 13:1-12 The second lesson skips over several chapters in the Book of Acts describing how the church begins to spread out from Jerusalem, as Jesus had told them in his valedictory in Acts 1:7ff—“you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea, in ...

December 17 lesson: Faith to Persevere

December 04, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith to Persevere Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of December 17, 2017  By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Acts 14: 8-11; 19-23 Background Scripture:  Acts 14 We continue with Paul, Barnabas and Mark on what is now called the First Missionary Journey.  The sacred travelogue moves us from the island of Cyprus to Perga on the mainland of Asia Minor, modern ...

December 3 lesson: Faith in Jesus

November 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith in Jesus Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of December 3, 2017 Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Acts 3: 11-21 Background Scripture: Acts 3 Once again we have the joy of sharing our study through the Advocate. For eight years we have worked together to grow in our understanding and commitment to our loving Father and His gift of grace in Jesus. The word ...

November 26 lesson: God’s True Covenant People

November 20, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s True Covenant People Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 3:  An Everlasting Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of November 26, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 Background Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11; Jude Purpose: To celebrate in worship and our daily lives by remembering the redemptive life and death of Christ. Key Verse: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do ...

November 12 lesson: Promise of a New Covenant, II

November 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Promise of a New Covenant, II Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 3: An Everlasting Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of November 12, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Jeremiah 31:27-34 Background Scripture: Jeremiah 31 Purpose: To thrive in the confidence that God can forgive our sins and transform our hearts with a new covenant Key Verse: I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will ...

November 19 lesson: High Priest of the New Covenant

November 06, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version High Priest of the New Covenant Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 3: An Everlasting Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of November 19, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29 Background: Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29; Psalm 66 Purpose: To pursue peace and express gratitude for the gift of God’s unshakeable kingdom through Jesus. Key Verse: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, ...

November 5 lesson: Promise of a New Covenant

October 16, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Promise of a New Covenant Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 3: An Everlasting Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of November 5, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Numbers 25:10-13; 1 Samuel 2:30-36 Background Scripture: Nehemiah 25; 1 Samuel 2:27-36 Purpose: To understand that our service to God is built upon integrity and fidelity to our commitments to God and to others Key Verse: Then I will establish for myself a ...

October 22 lesson: God’s Covenant With David

October 16, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Covenant With David Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 2: Called Into Covenant With God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 22, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16 Background Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-16; Psalm 89; 1 Chronicles 22:6-8 Purpose: To discern how God has guided our lives with purpose and faithful love Key Verse: Your dynasty and your kingdom will be secured forever before me. ...

October 29 lesson: God’s Covenant With the Returned Exiles

October 16, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Covenant With the Returned Exiles Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 2: Called Into Covenant With God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 29, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Nehemiah 9:32-38; Nehemiah 10:28-29 Background Scripture: Nehemiah 9–10 Purpose: To be able to admit our faults and pledge ourselves to a life that honors our relationship with God Key Verse: You have been just in all that has happened to ...

October 15 lesson: God’s Written Covenant

October 02, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Written Covenant Fall Quarter: Covenants with God Unit 2: Called Into Covenant with God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 15, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Exodus 20:18-26 Background: Exodus 20 Purpose: To embrace the presence of God in awe, wonder, and commitment to doing God’s will Hearing the Word The Adult Bible Studies’ writer begins this lesson with a reminder of the Israelites agreed covenant at Mount ...

October 8 lesson: God’s Covenant with Israel

October 02, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Covenant with Israel Fall Quarter: Covenants with God Unit 2: Called Into Covenant with God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 8, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Exodus 19:16-25 Background: Exodus 19; Isaiah 60:3 Purpose: To eagerly anticipate meeting God in many ways and many places Key Verse: “Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their place at the foot of the mountain.” (Exodus ...

October 1 lesson: God’s Covenant With Abram

September 18, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Covenant With Abram Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 2: Called Into Covenant With God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 1, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21 Background Scripture: Genesis 15 Purpose: To have the courage to question and trust in the Word of God. Key Verse: “That day the Lord cut a covenant with Abraham: ‘To your descendants, I give this land, from Egypt’s river to the ...

September 24 lesson: Spirit-Filled Heart

September 18, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Spirit-Filled Heart Fall Quarter: Covenants With God Unit 1: Signs of God’s Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of September 24, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Ezekiel 36:22-32 Background Scripture: Ezekiel 36—37; Titus 3:1-11; Ezekiel 36:22-32 Purpose: To cultivate a new heart and a new spirit, transformed by the grace of God. Key Verses: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your ...

September 10 lesson: Circumcision

September 05, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Circumcision Fall Quarter: Covenant with God Unit 1: Signs of God’s Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of September 10, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Genesis 17:1-14 Background Scripture: Genesis 17 Key Verse: This is my covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Circumcise every male. (Genesis 17:10) Purpose: To live with hope and faith in God’s assurances Hearing the Word The Adult Bible Studies’ writer ...

September 17 lesson: Sabbath Observance

September 05, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Sabbath Observance Fall Quarter: Covenant with God Unit 1: Signs of God’s Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of September 17, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Exodus 31:12-18 Background Scripture: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 31:12-18; Isaiah 56:1-8 Purpose: To value God’s call to rest and renew our relationships with God and one another Key Verses: “Be sure to keep my Sabbaths, because the Sabbath is a sign between me and you ...

August 27 lesson: Called to be Inclusive

August 21, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly view Called to be Inclusive Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 3: Calls in the New Testament Sunday school lesson for the week of August 27, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Acts 10:19-33 Background Scripture: Acts 10 Key Verse: God has shown me that I should never call a person impure or unclean. Acts 10:28: “He said to them, “You all realize that it is forbidden for a Jew to associate or visit with outsiders. However, God has shown ...

September 3 lesson: The Rainbow

August 21, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version The Rainbow Fall Quarter: Covenant with God Unit 1: Signs of God’s Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of September 3, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Genesis 8:20–9:17 Background: Genesis 8:20-22 Key Verse: “I will set up my covenant with you so that never again will all life be cut off by floodwaters. There will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:11) Purpose: To recognize that despite the often ...

August 13 lesson: Called to Break Down Barriers

August 07, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Break Down Barriers Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 3: Calls in the New Testament Sunday School Lesson for the week of August 13, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Acts 8:26-39 Background Scripture: Acts 8 Key Verse: Starting with that passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35) Purpose: To grasp the importance of and commit to ministering to the marginalized Hearing the Word The “...

August 20 lesson: Called to Preach

August 07, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Preach Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 3: Calls in the New Testament Sunday School lesson for the week of August 20, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Acts 9:10-20 Background Scripture: Acts 9:1-31 Key Verse: Ananias went to the house. He placed his hands on Saul (Acts 9:17) Purpose: To recommit to God’s call to share the gospel Hearing the Word The “Adult Bible Studies” writer begins this week’s lesson by ...

August 6 lesson: Called to Witness

July 24, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Witness Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 3: Calls in the New Testament Sunday School Lesson for the week of August 6, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Acts 6:1-8 Background Scripture: Acts 1; 6; 7 Key Verse: Brothers and sisters, carefully choose seven well-respected men from among you. They must be well-respected and endowed by the Spirit with exceptional wisdom. We will put them in charge of this concern. (Acts ...

July 30 lesson: Amos’ Call

July 24, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Amos’ Call Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Calling of the Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of July 30, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Amos 7:10-17 Background Scripture: Amos 7 Key Verses: Amos answered Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I a prophet’s son; but I am a shepherd, and a trimmer of sycamore trees. But the Lord took me from shepherding the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people...

July 16 lesson: Jeremiah's Call and Commission

July 10, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Jeremiah's Call and Commission Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Calling of the Prophets Sunday School Lesson for the week of July 16, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Background Scripture: Jeremiah 1 Key Verse: “‘Don’t be afraid of them, because I’m with you to rescue you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jer.1:8) Purpose: To recognize that we can be reluctant and afraid when confronted with a divine challenge. ...

July 23 lesson: Ezekiel’s Call

July 10, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Ezekiel’s Call Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Calling of the Prophets Sunday School Lesson for the week of July 23, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Ezekiel 3:1-11 Background Scripture: Jeremiah 1–3 Key Verses: He said to me: Human one, listen closely, and take to heart every word I say to you. Then go to the exiles, to your people’s children. Whether they listen or not, speak to them and say: The Lord God proclaims! ...

July 2 lesson: Moses and the Burning Bush

June 26, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Moses and the Burning Bush Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Calling of the Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of July 2, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Exodus 3:1-12 Background Scripture: Exodus 3 Key Verse: “Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me. I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. So get going. I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”...

July 9 lesson: Isaiah in the Temple

June 26, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Isaiah in the Temple Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Calling of the Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of July 9, 2017 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 Background Scripture: Isaiah 6 Key Verse: Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?” I said, “I’m here; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8) Purpose: To realize that unexpected circumstances can lead us into new opportunities to...

June 25 lesson: Samson’s Call

June 19, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Samson’s Call Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 1: Called to be Strong Sunday school lesson for the week of June 25, 2017 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Judges 13:1-7, 24-25 Background Scripture: Judges 13-16 Key Verse: You are pregnant and will give birth to a son. Don’t allow a razor to shave his head, because the boy is going to be a Nazarite for God from birth. He’ll be the one who begins Israel’s rescue from the power of the ...

June 18 lesson: Jephthah Answers the Call

June 09, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Jephthah Answers the Call Summer Quarter: God’s Urgent Call Unit 1: Called to be Strong Sunday school lesson for the week of June 18, 2017 By Rev. Denise Walton Lesson Scripture: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31 Background Scripture: Judges 11 Key Verse: “And Jephthah said to Gilead’s elders, “If you bring me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives them over to me, I alone will be your leader.” Judges 11:9 Purpose: To affirm that people who disagree on ...

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...

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