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April 12 lesson: A Resurrected Savior

April 03, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version A Resurrected Savior Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom  Sunday school lesson for the week of April 12, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 20-23, 42-45 Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 15:19,20  Lesson Aims  List the key elements of the gospel as Paul sees them. Explain why Christ’s resurrection is the key to understanding everyone’s future.  The late James S. Stewart, minister and...

April 19 lesson: An Executed Scoundrel

April 03, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version An Executed Scoundrel Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom  Sunday school lesson for the week of April 19, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Esther 7:1-10 Key Verse: 7:10  Lesson Aims  State how Haman’s plan backfired. Suggest elements of the account that are more likely to be providential than others. Repent of a sin omission concerning a time when he or she should have opposed injustice but did not do ...

April 5 lesson: A Just Servant

March 17, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version A Just Servant Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom Sunday school lesson for the week of April 5, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 Key Verse: 42:1 Lesson Aims Identify the Lord’s servant and the servant’s task. Explain the fulfillment of the lesson text found in Matthew 12:15-21. Today’s lesson begins Unit 2, which emphasizes God’s promises of a just kingdom. The prophets foretold the ...

March 22 lesson: An Argument Against Corruption

March 16, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version An Argument Against Corruption Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 22, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Micah 3:1-3, 9-12; 6:6-8 Key Verse: Micah 6:8 Lesson Aims Summarize the condition of Judean leadership of the late eight century. Explain why the requirements of Micah 6:8 were especially necessary for leadership of the day. The book of Micah is another of the 12 ...

March 29 lesson: Need for Just Leaders

March 16, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Need for Just Leaders Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 29, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Malachi 2:1-9; 3:5,6 Key Verse: Malachi 2:2 Lesson Aims Describe the conduct of the Judean priesthood of the late fifth century BC. Explain why God held the priesthood to a high standard. Create a plan to improve one aspect of his or her own priestly ministry (I Peter 2:5)....

March 15 lesson: Consequences for Injustice

March 01, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Consequences for Injustice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 15, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Habakkuk 2:6-14 Key Verse: Habakkuk 2:12 Lesson Aims List some characteristics and consequences of injustice. Contrast “the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” with human knowledge and its consequences. One of the most engrossing scenes in the classic movie “Gone With ...

March 8 lesson: A Prayer for Justice

March 01, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version A Prayer for Justice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice  Sunday school lesson for the week of March 8, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 12-14 Key Verses: Habakkuk 1:13b Lesson Aims Summarize Habakkuk’s two complaints. Explain the specific issue of justice with which Habakkuk was wrestling. Watch and pray to see how God is working in different situations this week. Years ago, the noted jazz ...

February 23 lesson: Ever-Persevering Petitions

February 17, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Ever-Persevering Petitions Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 23, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 11:1-13 Key Verse: Luke 11:19 I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Lesson Aim: To understand the act of persistent, persevering prayer and the nature of God as expressed in Jesus’ parable. (Clarification: Most often the...

March 1 lesson: A Call to Accountability

February 16, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version A Call to Accountability Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice  Sunday school lesson for the week of March 1, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Amos 5:18-24 Key Verses: Amos 5:24  Lesson Aim:  Summarize the misconceptions concerning the day of the Lord. Explain why the Lord detested the people’s worship rituals Focus on one lifestyle change that will improve your obedience to the imperative of the key verse.  ...

February 16 lesson: Kingdom-Seeking Prayer

February 02, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Kingdom-Seeking Prayer Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 16, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6:9-15 Key Verse: Matthew 6:10 Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Lesson Aim: To understand the historical significance of the Lord’s Prayer, its role in Jesus’ ministry, and its significant content. Historical, Geographical, and Experiential Background for Text: ...

February 9 lesson: God-honoring Piety

February 02, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version God-honoring Piety Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 9, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6:1-8 Secondary study text for reading: Ecclesiastes 5:1-6 Key Verse: Matthew 6:1 Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do you will have no reward in heaven. Lesson Goal: To note and understand the stark distinction Jesus makes between self-serving...

February 2 lesson: Single-Minded Obedience

January 19, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Single-Minded Obedience Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 2, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 Key Verse: Matthew 4:10 “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” Lesson Aim: What purpose was served in the ministry of Jesus through the temptation in the wilderness? What responses to such temptations do we learn from ...

January 26 lesson: Solomon Anticipates Praise

January 19, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Anticipates Praise Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 26, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8:54-66 and II Chronicles 7:4-9 Key Verse: I Kings 8:57,58 “May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.” Historical,...

January 12 lesson: Solomon Speaks to the People

January 06, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Speaks to the People Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 12, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8: 14-21 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 6 Key Verse: I Kings 8:15 “Praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To hear Solomon’s blessing upon his people, a historical ...

January 19 lesson: Solomon Seeks God’s Blessing

January 06, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Seeks God’s Blessing Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 19, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8:22-53 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 6:12-42 Key Verse: I Kings 8:30 “Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear forgive.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson Understanding the Lord we...

December 22 lesson: Mary’s Praise

December 15, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Mary’s Praise Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 22, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 1: 39-56 Key Verse: Luke 1:46-47 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To study the events leading to the beautiful, inspired Magnificat. To recognize the contrasts and comparisons in this narrative that help us grasp the full wonder and meaning of ...

December 29 lesson: David’s Prayer

December 15, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version David’s Prayer Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 29, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Chronicles 17: 16-27 Supplementary text: II Samuel 7: 17-25 Key Verse: I Chronicles 17:20 “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, and we have heard with our own ears.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To comprehend the beauty and humanity of David’s prayer. To recognize the power of acceptance ...

January 5 lesson: Solomon Summons the Ark

December 15, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Summons the Ark Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 5, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8: 1-13 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 5: 1-14 Key Verse: I Kings 8:13 “I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To gain an understanding of the significance and context of moving the Ark of the Covenant into the newly ...

December 8 lesson: David’s Gratitude

December 02, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version David’s Gratitude Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 8, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Chronicles 16:7-36 Key Verse: I Chronicles 16:8 “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To learn to appreciate and understand the depth, height, and depth of what it means to praise the Lord. Historical, Geographical, ...

December 15 lesson: David’s House

December 01, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version David’s House Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 15, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: II Samuel 7:1-17, 24:18-25; I Chronicles 17: 1-15, 21:18-31 Key Verse: I Chronicles 17:11, 12 “When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will ...

December 1 lesson: David's Worship

November 18, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version David’s Worship Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 1, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-16, 25-29a Key Verse: I Chronicles 15:28 “And all Israel brought up the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, with shouts and the sounding of rams’ horns, and trumpets and of cymbals and the playing of lyres and harps.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To learn the importance of the sacred in life, ...

November 24 lesson: Faith That Escapes Corruption

November 18, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith That Escapes Corruption Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of November 24, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: 2 Peter 1 Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:4 Key Verse: “He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Aim and goal of the lesson To be reminded of how precious is ...

November 10 lesson: Faith That Sets an Example

November 04, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith That Sets an Example Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of November 10, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Thessalonians 1: 2-10 Key Verse: I Thessalonians 1: 7-8a You became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere. Geographical and other background information ...

November 17 lesson: Faith That Is Focused

November 04, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith That Is Focused Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of November 17, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Peter I: 13-25 Key Verse: I Peter 14-15 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. Geographical and other background information for text The first letter of Peter is addressed ...

October 20 lesson: Humble Faith

October 13, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Humble Faith Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of October 20, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 7:1-10 Key Verse: Luke 7:7 I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. Lesson Aim: To understand and learn the important role of humility in faith and life. Geographical Context Jesus has finished giving the Sermon on the Plain just outside ...

October 27 lesson: Grateful Faith

October 12, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version  Grateful Faith Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of October 27, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 7:37-48 Key Verse: Luke 7:38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Lesson Aim: To understand and learn the important role of generosity and gratitude in faith and life. To ...

November 3 lesson: Faith That Is Tested

October 11, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith That Is Tested Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of November 3, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: II Corinthians 13: 1-11 Key Verse: II Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless of course you fail the test? Lesson Aim: To learn that each Christian must test themselves before judging ...

South Georgia Advocate to continue using Standard Lesson Quarterly/Uniform Series for winter, future Sunday school lessons

September 30, 2019
For years, the South Georgia Advocate has provided weekly Sunday school lessons as a resource to churches and Sunday school teachers. We are profoundly grateful for the gifted and Spirit-led writers – all South Georgia Conference laity and clergy – who have given of their time and talents to provide this much loved and well-used resource. This fall, Cokesbury departed from the Scope and Sequence of the Uniform Series for their Adult Bible Studies (the quarterly curriculum published by United ...

October 6 lesson: Obedient Faith

September 29, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series. To help us make a decision about the curriculum we (the South Georgia Advocate) will use for Winter 2019 and beyond, please complete this survey: click here. Click here for a print-friendly version Obedient Faith Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of October 6, 2019 By ...

October 13 lesson: Active Faith

September 28, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series. To help us make a decision about the curriculum we (the South Georgia Advocate) will use for Winter 2019 and beyond, please complete this survey: click here. Click here for a print-friendly version Active Faith Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of October 13, 2019 By ...

September 22 lesson: Faithful Despite Unfaithfulness

September 15, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series. To help us make a decision about the curriculum for Winter 2019 and beyond, please complete this survey: click here. Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful Despite Unfaithfulness Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of September 22, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard ...

September 29 lesson: Faithful During Consequence

September 15, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series. To help us make a decision about the curriculum for Winter 2019 and beyond, please complete this survey: click here. Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful During Consequence Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of September 29, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard ...

September 15 lesson: Faithful During Uncertainty

September 02, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Cokesbury Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series.  Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful During Uncertainty Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of September 15, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Exodus 16 Key Verse: Exodus 16: 15 “When the Israelites saw it they said to each other, ‘...

September 8 lesson: Faithful During Grief

September 02, 2019
For the fall quarter, we are using the Cokesbury Adult Bible Study for Fall 2019. It follows the Standard Lesson Quarterly, based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series.  Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful During Grief Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of September 8, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Samuel 1:1-2:10 Key Verse: I Samuel 1:17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel ...

August 25 lesson: A Covenant of Mutual Love

August 19, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version A Covenant of Mutual Love Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 3: Covenant: A Personal Perspective Sunday school lesson for the week of August 25, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 Key Verse: Ephesians 5:21 Purpose: To embody God’s self-giving and self-emptying love in the covenant of marriage Once upon a time “There’s a universal desire to discover love and it can be hard to find, but that’s where we step in — we ...

September 1 lesson: Faithful During Distress

August 19, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful During Distress Fall Quarter: Responding to God’s Grace Sunday school lesson for the week of September 1, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Genesis 19: 1, 4, 5, 15-26, 29 Key Verse: Genesis 19:29 When God destroyed the cities on the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. Lesson Aim: to understand, experience, and respond to God’s grace in the midst ...

August 11 lesson: A Mother-Daughter Covenant

August 01, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version A Mother-Daughter Covenant Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 3: Covenant: A Personal Perspective Sunday school lesson for the week of August 11, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Ruth 1:6-11, 14-18 Key Verse: Ruth 1:16 Purpose: To reflect on how vows inspire us to love and commit to others “My ancestor was a wandering Aramean” Of all the people featured in scripture, there are very few who live their lives without finding ...

August 18 lesson: A Covenant to Marry

August 01, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version A Covenant to Marry Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 3: Covenant: A Personal Perspective Sunday school lesson for the week of August 18, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Ruth 3:1-6, 8-12, 16-18  Key Verse: Ruth 3:10 Purpose: To recognize the risk and the reward that comes with covenantal love A Chance to Build a Decent Life Following the Second World War, millions of Europeans had fled or lost their homes. Some of them had ...

August 4 lesson: A Covenant between Friends

July 21, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version A Covenant between Friends Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 3: Covenant: A Personal Perspective Sunday school lesson for the week of August 4, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1-5; 19:1-7 Key Verse: 1 Samuel 18:1 Purpose: To understand how God’s covenant love shapes and transforms our friendship with others A mirror to reflect your soul It is rare for a week to go by and not get a “friend request” on Facebook. Most ...

July 28 lesson: Encourage One Another

July 21, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Encourage One Another Jesus Teaches about Spiritual Discernment Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 2: A Heartfelt Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of July 28, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6, 15-23 Key Verses: Matthew 7:15-16 Purpose: To examine ourselves honestly in light of God’s truth and love A Long and Honorable Tradition You have heard the news: “Today a federal grand jury returned a six-count ...

July 14 lesson: Jesus Teaches Us to Love One Another

July 06, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Teaches Us to Love One Another Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 2: A Heartfelt Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of July 14, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 5:21-32  Key Verses: Matthew 5:23-24 Purpose: To meet each broken relationship with the hope of reconciliation. To Love and To Cherish The sanctuary was even more beautiful than usual. More flowers. More candles. And there were more people in the pews, as ...

July 21 lesson: Jesus Teaches about Transforming Love

July 06, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Teaches about Transforming Love  Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 2: A Heartfelt Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of July 21, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48 Key Verses: Matthew 5:43-44 Purpose: To discover the love that overcomes evil with goodness Yours, Mine, and Ours This happened many years ago, so I may not remember all of the details exactly.  Laine and I were visiting some friends of hers in ...

June 30 lesson: Jesus Teaches about Right Attitudes

June 22, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Teaches about Right Attitudes Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 2: A Heartfelt Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of June 30, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 Key Verse: Matthew 5:12 Purpose: To embrace Jesus’ teachings amidst today’s struggles and difficulties. Mountains to Climb There is something about mountains. While some people may prefer a visit to the beach, most people will tell you the mountains ...

July 7 lesson: Jesus Teaches about Fulfilling the Law

June 21, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Teaches about Fulfilling the Law Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 2: A Heartfelt Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of July 7, 2019  By Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20 Key Verse: Matthew 5:16 Purpose: To heed Jesus’ call to be a model of faith to those around us. Let Your Light Shine I worked at a summer camp in North Carolina while I was in college. It was a residential camp for children ages six to 16. The camp had...

June 16 lesson: The New Covenant’s Sacrifice

June 09, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version The New Covenant’s Sacrifice Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 1: A Fulfilled Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of June 16, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-28 Key Verse: Hebrews 9:22 Purpose: To consider how the blood of Jesus symbolizes life, healing, cleansing, and forgiveness. Blood Saves Lives There’s reason why there are so many lawyers on television urging you to call them when you have a wreck. ...

June 23 lesson: Hearts United in Love

June 09, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Hearts United in Love Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 1: A Fulfilled Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of June 23, 2019  By Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Colossians 2:1-15 Key Verse: Colossians 2:6-7 Purpose: To deepen commitment to faith that is rooted and built on Christ. Agriculture and Architecture Agriculture has to do with cultivating the land, raising crops, and getting those crops to market so they can feed people. ...

June 2 lesson: Jesus Institutes the New Covenant

May 20, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Institutes the New Covenant Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 1: A Fulfilled Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of June 2, 2019  By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Mark 14:17-24; Hebrews 8:6-7, 10-1 Key Verse: Hebrews 8:6 Purpose: To explore the amazing promise and invitation of the new covenant embodied through Jesus. This Is Life Agreements are an essential part of life. They are so numerous and commonplace that you may ...

June 9 lesson: Jesus Seals the New Covenant

May 20, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Seals the New Covenant Summer Quarter: Living in Covenant  Unit 1: A Fulfilled Covenant Sunday school lesson for the week of June 9, 2019  By Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Mark 15:6-15, 25-26, 33-39 Key Verse: Mark 15:39 Purpose: To recognize how God through Christ restores our relationship with God and others. “First, do no harm…” If you have a chronic medical condition, regular visits to the doctor are a part of your routine. Some folks ...

May 26 lesson: Called to Be Transformed

May 20, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Be Transformed Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 3: Call to Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of May 26, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 12:1-8 Key Verse: Romans 12:1 Lesson Aims To commit to a life of sacrificial service to others as an obedient disciple of Jesus Christ. To understand the importance of spiritual gifts. In a number of Paul’s letters, he spent the first part of the epistle ...

May 19 lesson: Called to Mutual Acceptance

May 06, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Mutual Acceptance Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 3: Call to Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of May 19, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 11:11-24 Key Verse: Romans 11:18 Lesson Aims To realize how easily pride can destroy effective Christian discipleship. To understand the components of Paul’s analogy of the olive tree and why they are important today. As Paul’s letter to the church in Rome ...

May 12 lesson: Called to Life in the Spirit

May 01, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Life in the Spirit Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 3: Call to Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of May 12, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 8:1-14 Key Verse: Romans 8:1 Lesson Aim To grasp what it means to live in the Spirit. In recent years, researchers have detected an increase in spiritual interest among people. At the same time, they have detected no increases in church affiliation or ...

April 21 lesson: Called to Believe the Resurrection

April 16, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Believe the Resurrection Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 2: Call to Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of April 21, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Matthew 4:12-22 Key Verse: Matthew 4:19 Lesson Aims To celebrate the joy and hope of Easter as we proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Compare and contrast the reactions of those who became aware that Jesus’ body was missing. It has been noted that an online ...

April 28 lesson: Called to Make Disciples

April 16, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Make Disciples Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 2: Call to Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of April 28, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Mathew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-8 Key Verse: Matthew 28:19-20 Lesson Aims Give the content of Jesus’ commissions. To accept Jesus’ call and commission to make disciples. To be effective, churches need to know where they are going. They need to know what business they are in and ...

May 5 lesson: Called to Righteousness

April 16, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Righteousness Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 3: Call to Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of May 5, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 3:21-31 Key Verse: Romans 3:24, 25 Lesson Aims Explain how God maintains his just nature while providing a way for sinful humans to be justified. To acknowledge our sinful nature and accept God’s forgiving grace. Since we are going to be dealing with the Book of ...

April 7 lesson: Called to Mission

April 01, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Mission Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 2: Call to Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of April 7, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Matthew 10:1-15 Key Verse: Matthew 10:1 Lesson Aims Explain Jesus’ mission instructions to the 12. To learn to accept the authority Jesus gives us to further his mission. The purpose of today’s lesson is to learn to accept the authority Jesus gives us to further his mission. It is ...

April 14 lesson: Called to Remember

March 31, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Remember Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 2: Call to Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of April 14, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Matthew 26:1-13 Key Verse: Matthew 26:13 Lesson Aims Locate events within Jesus’ final week. Contrast the religious leaders’ hostility toward Jesus with Mary’s expression of love for him. It is reported that back in 1912 President William Howard Taft was attending a Washington ...

March 24 lesson: Called to Repent

March 18, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Repent Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 1: Call to Discipleship Sunday school lesson for the week of March 24, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 Key Verses: Luke 19:10 Lesson Aims Recall details of the story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. Illustrate the transforming effect of God’s grace through the example of Zacchaeus. What is the measure of your life? A number of people help you in this ...

March 31 lesson: Called to Follow

March 18, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Follow Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 2: Call to Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of March 31, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Matthew 4:12-22 Key Verse: Matthew 4:19 Lesson Aims Recall the reason for the need to repent. Explain the relationship between repentance and the kingdom of heaven. It is commonly understood that Matthew is the gospel which was written for the Jews. It was written by a Jew in order ...

March 10 lesson: Called to Sacrifice

March 04, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Sacrifice Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 1: Call to Discipleship Sunday school lesson for the week of March 10, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Mark 1:16-20; Luke 14:25-33 Key Verse: Luke 14:27 Lesson Aims Restate Jesus’ concept of discipleship. Explain how a Christian is to evaluate commitments in light of the call of discipleship. How many times have we heard or read stories about the percentage of people who ...

March 17 lesson: Called to Return

March 04, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Return Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 1: Call to Discipleship Sunday school lesson for the week of March 17, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures:  Luke 15:11-24 Key Verses: Luke 15:22, 24 Lesson Aims Recall the details of the parable of the prodigal son. Interpret the parable as illustrating God’s response to the repentant sinner. Not long ago, I was talking with a friend about the difficulty of preaching and teaching on...

February 24 lesson: Living with God’s Loving Assurance

February 17, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Living with God’s Loving Assurance Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 3: Songs that Glorify the God of Love Sunday school lesson for the week of February 24, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Psalm 91: 1-8, 11-16 Background Scripture: Psalm 91 Before we begin this lesson, allow us a personal word. We complete eight years of writing the Winter Quarter lessons for the Advocate. When we began writing in September, there were no ...

March 3 lesson: Called to Serve

February 17, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Serve Spring Quarter: Discipleship and Mission Unit 1: Call to Discipleship Sunday school lesson for the week of March 3, 2019 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Luke 14:7-14 Key Verse: Luke 14:11 Lesson Aims Describe Jesus’ view of humility. Distinguish between behaviors that indicate humility and those that don’t. The theme of the Spring Quarter is “Discipleship and Mission.” When the question is asked, “What do you do?” typically the ...

February 10 lesson: Our Loving God

February 03, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Our Loving God Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 3: Songs that Glorify the God of Love Sunday school lesson for the week of February 10, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Psalm 48 In this final unit of the Winter Quarter we will focus on three psalms. Hopefully, you remember we studied Psalm 103 on December 16. A careful review of lesson 3 (December 16) would add to your appreciation of the literary form and power of the Psalms ...

February 17 lesson: Praising God’s Mighty Works

February 03, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Praising God’s Mighty Works Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 3: Songs that Glorify the God of Love Sunday school lesson for the week of February 17, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Psalm 66 Hopefully, during this lesson series we have acquired an increased appreciation of the Book of Psalms as the hymnbook of the Hebrew people. In this, the third psalm we will study this quarter, we continue to see the gamut of emotions, ...

January 27 lesson: Imitate Christ

January 20, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Imitate Christ Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 2: Loving God by Trusting Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of January 27, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11 We have two more lessons from Paul’s beautiful, loving letter to the Philippians. Why not take the time to read the entire letter and not chop it up into sections for Sunday school? Get a feel for his heart as he communicates in prison from Rome, ...

February 3 lesson: Press On In Christ

January 19, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Press On In Christ Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 2: Loving God by Trusting Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of February 3, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Philippians 3:7-14 As we complete this unit with our last lesson based on Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, let us rejoice in the courageous voice of him who writes from prison to express gratitude for a gift of love. The gift was hand-delivered by ...

January 13 lesson: Submit to God

January 07, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Submit to God Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 2: Loving God by Trusting Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of January 13, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: James 4: 1-10 Four or five men were named James in the New Testament. The writer of the book bearing this name was likely the brother of Jesus. He never claims the authority of the family relationship, simply calling himself “a servant of God.” Josephus, the Jewish ...

January 20 lesson: Rejoice in All Circumstances

January 06, 2019
Click here for a print-friendly version Rejoice in All Circumstances Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 2: Loving God by Trusting Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of January 20, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Philippians 1:12-21 Hallelujah! What a lesson lies before us, as we join the voices across the centuries in giving thanks for Paul’s letter to the “saints in Philippi!” What a contrast in tone and content from last week’s tough message from James! Paul’...

December 23 lesson: Love God for the Gift of Jesus

December 18, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Love God for the Gift of Jesus Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 1: God Is Worthy of Our Love Sunday school lesson for the week of December 23, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Luke 1:26-31; Luke 2:22, 25-35 Although our scripture has verses specified for this week, we think you should read the intervening verses as well. Context is critical to understanding the scriptures, and connecting the dots here will add meaning to your ...

December 30 lesson: Love God and Serve Others

December 17, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Love God and Serve Others Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 1: God Is Worthy of Our Love Sunday school lesson for the week of December 30, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-46 The time is Holy Week 29 CE. The place is Jerusalem. The setting is two days before Passover. His enemies are plotting, and Jesus knows it. Shouldn’t we pay close attention to what he says? When someone is close to death, and they know it, ...

January 6 lesson: Walk in Love

December 16, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Walk in Love Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 2: Loving God by Trusting Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of January 6, 2019 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: II Thessalonians 3: 1-5; 2 John 4-11 Greetings on this Epiphany Sunday, the Twelfth Day of Christmas! Also, Happy New Year! We pray you have had a blessed Christmas. Our unit title would make the greatest of all New Year’s resolutions: “Loving God by Trusting Christ.”  ...

December 9 lesson: Love and Serve God

December 04, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Love and Serve God Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 1: God Is Worthy of Our Love Sunday school lesson for the week of December 9, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Joshua 24 As last week’s lesson focused on Moses’ final words to his people before his death and their entrance into Canaan, so this week we listen to what Joshua said to the Israelites before his death, after they had conquered and were living in the Promised Land. ...

December 16 lesson: Love and Worship God

December 03, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Love and Worship God Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 1: God Is Worthy of Our Love Sunday school lesson for the week of December 16, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Psalm 103 The pattern of our study this quarter should be clear to all. The response we are to make to God is obedience, service, and, this week, worship. Our studies have focused on the giants of Hebrew history – Moses, Joshua, and today, David. With David, we ...

November 25 lesson: God Blesses Jacob and Rachel

November 20, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God Blesses Jacob and Rachel Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 3: God Blesses and Creates Regardless Sunday school lesson for the week of November 25, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 30 Key Verses: Genesis 30:22 Purpose: To marvel that God’s blessings are not contingent on whether we are morally upright. Once again, as we study Genesis, we find ourselves involved with Jacob. Jacob, the son of Isaac and grandson of ...

December 2 lesson: Love and Obey God

November 19, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Love and Obey God Winter Quarter: Our Love For God Unit 1: God Is Worthy of Our Love Sunday school lesson for the week of December 2, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Lesson Scripture: Deuteronomy 6: 1-9 This quarter our focus will be on “Our Love for God,” and we begin with how “God Is Worthy of our Love.”  Our verses for study this week are the source of one of the most famous passages in the Old Testament – the Shema: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is ...

November 11 lesson: Jacob Receives Isaac’s Blessing

November 05, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Jacob Receives Isaac’s Blessing Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 3: God Blesses and Creates Regardless Sunday school lesson for the week of November 11, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 27:1-28:5 Key Verses: Genesis 27:23 Purpose: To grasp that our sinfulness will not thwart God’s will. This lesson builds on the complications of family relationships between brothers that we explored in the last lesson. Jacob and Esau ...

November 18 lesson: Jacob Forms a Relationship with God

November 04, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Jacob Forms a Relationship with God Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 3: God Blesses and Creates Regardless Sunday school lesson for the week of November 18, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22 Key Verses: Genesis 28:15 Purpose: To discover that human contracts pale compared with divine covenants. In lesson 11, I wrote of the lessons we might learn from the story of Jacob’s deception of Isaac.  One of the lessons ...

October 21 lesson: Abraham and Sarah Birth God’s People

October 15, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Abraham and Sarah Birth God’s People Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 2: God Destroys and Re-Creates Sunday school lesson for the week of October 21, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 18:9-15, 21:1-7 Key Verses: Genesis 21:1 Purpose: To open ourselves to blessing even when our timetable seems at odds with God. Life takes time. Have you ever noticed that? For most of us, life takes 70 to 90 years of living.  Our culture ...

October 28 lesson: Isaac and Rebekah Continue the Legacy

October 14, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Isaac and Rebekah Continue the Legacy Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 2: God Destroys and Re-Creates Sunday school lesson for the week of October 28, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 24:12-21, 61-67 Key Verses: Genesis 24:61 Purpose: To appreciate that we must respond to God’s call with affirmation to fully enjoy God’s blessings.  Often, when folks think of being called by God, they think of being called into pastoral ...

November 4 lesson: A Troubled Birth

October 13, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version A Troubled Birth Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 3: God Blesses and Creates Regardless Sunday school lesson for the week of November 4, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34 Key Verses: Genesis 25:23 Purpose: To acknowledge that long-standing conflicts often have deep roots. The Hatfields and the McCoys. Just the mention of those names brings to mind the ruthless family feud from the hills of Kentucky/West Virginia...

October 14 lesson: God is Always Working

October 01, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God is Always Working Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 2: God Destroys and Re-Creates Sunday school lesson for the week of October 14, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Various verses from Genesis 9-12 Key Verse: Genesis 12:2-3 Purpose: To discover that even biblical genealogies reveal God at work. A list of names. Just how exciting can reading a list of names be? A filibuster is a tactic to prevent an elected body from moving ...

October 7 lesson: Noah’s Steadfast Faith

October 01, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Noah’s Steadfast Faith Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 2: God Destroys and Re-Creates Sunday school lesson for the week of October 7, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 6; 8:19 Key Verse: Genesis 6:22 Purpose: To realize that God’s call is an invitation to faithful obedience. In the first chapter of Genesis, God calls creation good. At the end of his work, God called creation very good, even supremely good. Even after ...

September 23 lesson: God Created Family

September 17, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God Created Family Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 1: God Created the World Sunday school lesson for the week of September 23, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 2:18-24 Key Verse: Genesis 2:24 Purpose: To celebrate the fact that we have been created to live in relationship with God and human beings. Paul Simon sings: “I am a rock, I am an island….” The song closes with the words that, I believe, give us the reason for ...

September 30 lesson: God Creates; Humans Sin

September 17, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God Creates; Humans Sin Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 1: God Created the World Sunday school lesson for the week of September 30, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 3:8-17, 20-24 Key Verse: Genesis 3:23 Purpose: To be heartbroken that human sin has violated God’s intentions for creation. The following definitions come from dictionary.com. Sin: 1) transgression of divine law; 2) any act regarded as such a transgression,...

September 16 lesson: God Created People

September 04, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God Created People Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 1: God Created the World Sunday school lesson for the week of September 16, 2018 By Dr. Nita Crump Lesson Scripture: Genesis 1:26 – 2:7 Key Verse: Genesis 1:27 Purpose: To consider what it means to be formed in the image of God. David Phelps, a Christian artist known for both his solo work and his work with Bill Gaither, sings a song entitled “Virtuoso.” The song starts with these ...

September 9 lesson: God Created Plants and Animals

September 04, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Our laity are valuable, vital members of our congregations, Conference, and connection. They are called to make disciples in a world desperately in need of hope. Laity serve as Sunday school teachers, children’s ministers, as musicians, they offer hospitality, and so much more. Thank you to Denise Rooks, a lay member of Harper’s Chapel UMC, for writing this Sunday school lesson. God Created Plants and Animals Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People ...

September 2 lesson: God Created the Heavens and the Earth

August 21, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God Created the Heavens and the Earth Fall Quarter: God’s World and God’s People Unit 1: God Created the World Sunday school lesson for the week of September 2, 2018 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Genesis 1:1-13  Key Verses: Genesis 1:1-2 Purpose 1. To reflect afresh about what it means to say that God created the universe. 2. To consider how the story of creation affects the expression of our faith. Right from the Start Why Study Genesis ...

August 26 lesson: Practicing Justice

August 20, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Practicing Justice Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 3: Paul Teaches About New Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of August 26, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Colossians 3:5-17 (CEB) Background Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-5:2; Colossians 3:1-17 Key Verse: “Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) Purpose: To ...

August 12 lesson: Global Economic Justice

August 07, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Global Economic Justice Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 3:  Paul Teaches About New Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of August 12, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (CEB) Background Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8; 9 Purpose: To identify the reason and ways of living generous lives in Christ. 7Be the best in this work of grace in the same way that you are the best in everything, ...

August 19 lesson: Loving and Just Behavior

August 07, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Loving and Just Behavior Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 3: Paul Teaches About New Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of August 19, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Scripture Lesson: Romans 12:9-21 (CEB) Purpose: To affirm the marvelous marks of true love as followers of Christ.   9 Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like the members of your family. Be...

August 5 lesson: God’s Justice

July 23, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version God’s Justice Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 3:  Paul Teaches About New Life in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of August 5, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Purpose: To commit to leading a nonjudgmental and repentant life.   Scripture Lesson: Romans 2:1-12 (CEB) Background Scripture: Romans 2:1-16 “Every single one of you who judge others is without any excuse. You condemn yourself when you judge another person ...

July 29 lesson: Parable of the Great Dinner

July 23, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Parable of the Great Dinner Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus Calls for Justice and Mercy Sunday school lesson for the week of July 29, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Purpose: To realize God’s greatest hope and intention for the world. Scripture Lesson: Luke 14:15-24 CEB “When one of the dinner guests heard Jesus’ remarks, he said to Jesus, ‘Happy are those who will feast in God’s kingdom.’ Jesus replied, ‘A certain man ...

July 15 lesson: The Widow and the Unjust Judge

July 09, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The Widow and the Unjust Judge   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus Calls for Justice and Mercy   Sunday school lesson for the week of July 15, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Purpose: To acknowledge our need to be persistent and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.     Scripture Lesson: Luke 18:1-8 CEB Jesus was telling them a parable about their need to pray continuously and not to be discouraged. He said, “In a certain city...

July 22 lesson: Entering God’s Kingdom

July 09, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Entering God’s Kingdom   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus Calls for Justice and Mercy   Sunday school lesson for the week of July 22, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Purpose: To commit to serious cultivation of a holy and faithful life.   Scripture Lesson: Luke 13:22-30 CEB   Background Scripture: Matthew 7:15-23 Jesus traveled through cities and villages, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, “...

July 1 lesson: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

June 25, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Parable of the Unforgiving Servant   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 2:  Jesus Call for Justice and Mercy   Sunday School lesson for the week of July 1, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Purpose: To recognize the importance of forgiving as we have been forgiven.    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 18:21-35 (CEB) Then Peter said to Jesus,“Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many...

July 8 lesson: Jesus Criticizes Unjust Leaders

June 25, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Criticizes Unjust Leaders   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 2:  Jesus Call for Justice and Mercy   Sunday School lesson for the week of July 8, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Purpose: To respond to Christ’s call us to repent of hypocrisy in our lives.    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 23:1-8, 23-26 (CEB) Background: Matthew 23   Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “The legal experts and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ ...

June 17 lesson: Jesus Teaches About Justice

June 11, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Jesus Teaches About Justice   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 1: God Is Just and Merciful   Sunday School lesson for the week of June 17, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Purpose: To affirm through actions how we can live in the spirit of the Law.    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 15:1-9 (CEB) Background: Mark 7:1-13 “Then Pharisees and legal experts came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, ‘Why are your disciples breaking the elders’ ...

June 24 lesson: Reaping God's Justice

June 11, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Reaping God's Justice Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 1: God Is Just and Merciful Sunday School lesson for the week of June 24, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell Purpose: To compare and contrast our personal understanding of justice with God's will.   Scripture Lesson: Luke 16:19-31 (CEB) Background Scripture: John 5:24-30 "There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every...

June 10 lesson: Parables of God’s Just Kingdom

May 28, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Parables of God’s Just Kingdom   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 3:  God Is Just and Merciful   Sunday School lesson for the week of June 10, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Scripture Lesson: Matthew 13:24-33 (NIV)   Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat ...

June 3 lesson: Justice and Sabbath Laws

May 28, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and Sabbath Laws   Summer Quarter: Justice in the New Testament Unit 1: God Is Just and Merciful   Sunday School lesson for the week of June 3, 2018 By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell   Scripture Lesson: Matthew 12:1-14   Purpose: To discover how the Law enhances our lives as God’s people.   Key Verse: If you had known what this means, I want mercy and not sacrifice, you wouldn’t have condemned the innocent. (Matthew 12:7)   Introduction   The Adult ...

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