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October 2 Lesson: The Birth of Moses

September 18, 2022
Click here for a downloadable version The Birth of Moses   Fall Quarter: God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 2: Out of slavery to nationhood  Lesson 5   Sunday School Lesson for the week of October 2, 2022 By Craig Rikard   Lesson Scripture: Exodus 1: 15 – 2:10   Key Text: She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, when she saw that he was a fine child she hid him in the brushes for 3 months. Exodus 2:2   Lesson Aims: The meaning of prevenient grace as it applies to Moses’s life. Recognizing ...

September 25 Lesson: The Scepter Given to Judah

September 18, 2022
Click here for a downloadable version {Please note this Sunday school lesson was updated 9/22) The Scepter Given to Judah   Fall Quarter: God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 1: God Calls Abraham’s Family Lesson 4   Sunday School Lesson for the week of September 25, 2022 By Craig Rikard   Lesson Scripture: Genesis 35:22b-26; 38:12-19, 24-26, 49:8-12   Key Text: The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience...

September 11 Lesson: God Chooses the Younger Twin

September 04, 2022
Click here for a downloadable version.  Fall Quarter: God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 1: God Calls Abraham’s Family   Sunday School Lesson for the week of September 11, 2022 By Craig Rikard   Lesson Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34   Key Text The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”  Gen. 25:23   Lesson Aims To recognize the importance of context when ...

September 18 Lesson: Jacob Called Israel

September 04, 2022
Click here for a downloadable version.  Fall Quarter: God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 1: God Calls Abraham’s Family Lesson 3   Sunday School Lesson for the week of September 18, 2022 By Craig Rikard   Lesson Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32   Key Text: The man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you struggled with God and humans and have overcome.”   Lesson Aims To recognize our experiences of “wrestling” with others and God in our modern experiences. To understand the ...

September 4 lesson: The Call of Abram

August 29, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Fall Quarter: God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 1: God Calls Abraham’s Family   Sunday School Lesson for the week of September 4, 2022 By Craig Rikard   Lesson Scripture: Genesis 12:1-7; 15:1-7   Lesson Aims To become acquainted with the biblical story of redemption expressed in God’s gift of covenant. To understand the need to recognize human sin, failure and mistake in order to more fully grasp God’s offer of relationship through the covenant with Abram, ...

August 28 lesson: A Welcoming Invitation

August 15, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version A Welcoming Invitation   Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 3: The Great Hope of the Saints   Sunday School Lesson for the week of August 28, 2022 By Jay Harris   Lesson Scripture: Revelation 22:10-21 Leaning In to the Invitation   For this third and last unit of the Summer Quarter, we have been working through the last two chapters of the Book of Revelation. Now, we are in the last lesson of the quarter. Additionally, because Revelation is ...

August 21 lesson: The River of Life

August 14, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version The River of Life   Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 3: The Great Hope of the Saints   Sunday School Lesson for the week of August 21, 2022 By Jay Harris   Lesson Scripture: Revelation 22:1-7 The End of the Story Takes Us Back to the Beginning   In today’s lesson we come not just to the last chapter of the Book of Revelation but to the last chapter of the Bible. Think about that. This is where the story of our faith culminates in the ...

August 14 lesson: A New City

August 01, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version A New City Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 3: The Great Hope of the Saints Sunday school lesson for the week of August 14, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Revelation 21:10-21 Partners in a New Commonwealth   The title of this lesson is “A New City.” When we think of cities, we often think of skylines, cityscapes, and SIZE! Perhaps a better word to use then is commonwealth – a new commonwealth. A commonwealth makes you think ...

August 7 lesson: A New Home

July 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  A New Home Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 3: The Great Hope of the Saints Sunday school lesson for the week of August 7, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Revelation 21:1-9 The Great Hope of the Saints We are beginning the third and last unit in our Summer Quarter series entitled “Partners in a New Creation.” The New Creation takes center stage in this unit. The title of this unit is “The Great Hope of the Saints.” You could ...

July 24 lesson: The Word Resurrects

July 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  The Word Resurrects Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 2: The Word: The Agent of Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 24, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: John 11:17-27, 38-44 Jesus Prepares for His Seventh and Final Sign In this unit we have been seeking a deeper understanding of the Word as “the agent of creation.” Each lesson has been uncovering another layer of who the Word is and what the Word does. Today’s ...

July 31 lesson: The Word Gives Peace

July 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version The Word Gives Peace Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 2: The Word: The Agent of Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 31, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: John 14:15-29 Jesus Prepares the Disciples for His Departure   As we have said before, John’s gospel is unique. One interesting feature in John’s gospel is how Jesus often explained the meaning of an event before it happened. When the event happens, we remember ...

July 10 lesson: The Word Heals

July 05, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  The Word Heals Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 2: The Word: The Agent of Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 10, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: John 4:46-54 The Signs that Call Us to Believe There are two emphases in this unit: 1) the Word as the agent of creation, and 2) the power of believing the Word. We learned last week that all who receive the Word and believe in his name, he gives “power to become ...

July 17 lesson: The Word Saves

July 05, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version The Word Saves Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 2: The Word: The Agent of Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 17, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: John 12:44-50 Understanding the Mission of Jesus   Once Jesus began his public ministry, we see a person who was guided intensely by his mission. His mission gave his life focus. We see this focus in all four gospels. In the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), ...

July 3 lesson: The Word Becomes Flesh

June 12, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version The Word Becomes Flesh Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 2: The Word: The Agent of Creation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 3, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: John 1:1-14 The Word: The Agent of Creation The theme for the Summer Quarter is “Partners in a New Creation.” We are exploring our partnership with God in all that God is creating anew in, through, and around us. We began our exploration in the Book of Isaiah ...

June 19 lesson: God’s People Shall Prosper

June 12, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  God’s People Shall Prosper Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 1: God Delivers and Restores Sunday school lesson for the week of June 19, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 49:18-23 Look at All the People Being Gathered 18Lift up your eyes all around and see;   they all gather, they come to you. As I live, says the Lord,   you shall put all of them on like an ornament,   and like a bride you shall bind them on. You might ...

June 26 lesson: God Offers Deliverance

June 12, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version God Offers Deliverance Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 1: God Delivers and Restores Sunday school lesson for the week of June 26, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 51:1-8 Strength to Pursue Righteousness 51 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,  you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn,  and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 Look to Abraham your father  and to Sarah who bore you; ...

June 12 lesson: God Foretells Redemption

May 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  God Foretells Redemption Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 1: God Delivers and Restores Sunday school lesson for the week of June 12, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-13 When God Has Bigger Plans It is important to remember the larger context of our lesson scripture, which starts with the section of Isaiah beginning with Chapter 40. The words and images in this part of Isaiah are so powerful because they are giving ...

June 5 lesson: God Foretells Destruction

May 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  God Foretells Destruction Summer Quarter: Partners in a New Creation Unit 1: God Delivers and Restores Sunday school lesson for the week of June 5, 2022 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson scripture: Isaiah 47:10-15 The summer’s theme: Partners in a New Creation In this season we will be exploring the partnership between God and us in a new creation. We will learn more about who God is and who we are in relation to God. We will learn about the new creation God...

May 22 lesson: Freedom, Love, and Faith

May 16, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Freedom, Love, and Faith Spring Quarter: God Frees and God Redeems Unit 3: Liberating Letters Sunday school lesson for the week of May 22, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Galatians 5:1-15 Key Verse: Galatians 5:14 Lesson Aims Identify the key traits of a life free in Christ. Explain the connection between the law, faith and love. Plan one way to serve his or her neighbors as a practice of living a life of freedom in Christ. Christian ...

May 29 lesson: The Fruit of Freedom

May 16, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  The Fruit of Freedom Spring Quarter: God Frees and God Redeems Unit 3: Liberating Letters Sunday school lesson for the week of May 29, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Galatians 5:16-26 Key Verse: Galatians 5:25 Lesson Aims List characteristics of life in the flesh and life in the Spirit. Explain how elements of “fruit” of the Spirit and “acts of the flesh” can be rank-ordered as to importance of why such an attempt should not be made. ...

May 15 lesson: Freedom and the Law

May 01, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Freedom and the Law Spring Quarter: God Frees and God Redeems Unit 3: Liberating Letters Sunday school lesson for the week of May 15, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Galatians 3:18-29 Key Verse: Galatians 3:29 Lesson Aims Summarize what makes a person a child of God through faith in Christ. Compare and contrast life under the law with a life of faith in Christ. Write out the promises God has made to him or her as an heir. If you have ever ...

May 8 lesson: Freedom For The Future

May 01, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Freedom For The Future Spring Quarter: God Frees and God Redeems Unit 3: Liberating Letters Sunday school lesson for the week of May 8, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 8:18-30 Key Verse: Romans 8:18 Lesson Aims List ways in which the Holy Spirit is active in the lives of believers. Give an example from Scripture where the Holy Spirit interceded for believers. Write a prayer to thank God for his presence during a difficult time. ...

April 24 lesson: Freedom in the King

April 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Freedom in the King Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 2: Liberating Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of April 24, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: John 8:31-38 Key Verse: John 8:36 Lesson Aims Identify the two referred to as “Father” and “father.” Explain the nature of the freedom available in the Son. Create a list of ways to continue abiding in Jesus. The writer of today’s lesson tells us that freedom “can be looked at ...

May 1 lesson: Freedom From Sin

April 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Freedom From Sin Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 3: Liberating Letters Sunday school lesson for the week of May 1, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Romans 6:1-14 Key Verse: Romans 6:5 Lesson Aims State the result of dying with Christ. Compare and contrast the old self with the new self. Share a plan of becoming a more effective instrument of righteousness. The Civil War ended in 1865 with a Union victory. The battle for freedom was...

April 10 lesson: Passover with the King

March 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Passover with the King Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 2: Liberating Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of April 10, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Matthew 26: 17-30 Key Verse: Matthew 26:29 Lesson Aims Summarize what Jesus said at the last supper. Explain the historic significance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover Suggest a way to improve his or her church’s observance of the Lord’s Supper. The story is told ...

April 17 lesson: Resurrection of the King

March 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Resurrection of the King Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 2: Liberating Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of April 17, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10 Key Verse: Matthew 28:10 Lesson Aims List facts of Jesus’ first post-resurrection appearance in Matthew’s account. Compare and contrast that account with those of the other Gospels. Sing with fellow classmates “Because He Lives” as an act of communal worship. ...

April 3 lesson: Triumphal Entry of the King

March 29, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Triumphal Entry of the King Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 2: Liberating Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of April 3, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Matthew 21:1-11 Key Verse: Matthew 21:5 Lesson Aims List the details of the triumphal entry. Explain Matthew’s use of Zechariah 9:9 Express worship to the Lord by writing a poem, prayer, or devotional thought. A teenage acolyte was standing with the cross at the head of ...

March 27 lesson: Because of the Lord

March 21, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Because of the Lord Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 1: Liberating Passover Sunday school lesson for the week of March 27, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 8 Key Text: “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” Deuteronomy 8:11 Lesson Aims To understand why we are called to respond to the Word of the Lord with ...

March 20 lesson: Free to Celebrate

March 14, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Free to Celebrate Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 1: Liberating Passover Sunday school lesson for the week of March 20, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Ezra 6:13-22; Leviticus 23:4-8 Key Text: “The people of Israel – the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles – celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.” Ezra 6:16 Lesson Aims To realize God’s providential care in the life of His people. To recognize...

March 13 lesson: Free to Worship

February 28, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Free to Worship Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 1: Liberating Passover Sunday school lesson for the week of March 13, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Ezra 6:1-12 Key Verse: Ezra 6:12a Lesson Aims List the main points of the decree. Compare and contrast the decree of Darius with that of Cyrus (last week’s lesson). Commit to praying for opportunities to practice faithfulness in the tasks that God has assigned. The once exiled ...

March 6 lesson: Freed from Captivity

February 28, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Freed from Captivity Spring Quarter: God Frees and Redeems Unit 1: Liberating Passover Sunday school lesson for the week of March 6, 2022 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Ezra 1:1-8; 2:64-70 Key Verse: Ezra 2:68 Lesson Aims Recount the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Cyrus’s proclamation and its result. Explain the significance of King Cyrus’s proclamation The subject of the Spring Quarter lessons is “God Frees and Redeems.” According to...

February 20 lesson: Bildad Misspeaks/God’s Justice

February 13, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Bildad Misspeaks/God’s Justice Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 3: Justice and Adversity Sunday school lesson for the week of February 20, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Job 8 Key Scripture (NIV): “Bildad the Shuhite replied: ‘How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.’” Job 8:1-2 Lesson Aims To better understand the background of Job and the book of Job. To recognize the theological issue being...

February 27 lesson: Job and the Just God

February 13, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Job and the Just God Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 3: Justice and Adversity Sunday school lesson for the week of February 27, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Job 42 Key Scripture (NIV): “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” Job 42:3b-c Lesson Aims To realize God’s greatness in contrast to our limitations. To embrace the importance of humility in our relationship with God....

February 13 lesson: Ezra and the Law

January 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Ezra and the Law Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 3: Justice and Adversity Sunday school lesson for the week of February 13, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Ezra 7:1-26 Key Scripture (NIV): “Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and so teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” Ezra 7:10 Lesson Aims To learn the historical background of post-exilic Israel. To learn the importance of ...

February 6 lesson: Injustice and Fairness

January 31, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Injustice and Fairness Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 3: Justice and Adversity Sunday school lesson for the week of February 6, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: II Samuel 12 Key Scripture (NIV): “Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!’” II Samuel 12:7a. Lesson Aims To learn the truth our sins indeed find us out. To understand the consequences of guilt and rationalization. To embrace the importance of honest confession. ...

January 23 lesson: Justice, Judges, and Priests

January 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice, Judges, and Priests Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 2: God: The Source of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of January 23, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-13; 19:15-21 Key Scripture (NIV): “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.” Deuteronomy 16:18 Lesson Aims  To understand ...

January 30 lesson: Justice and the Marginalized

January 17, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and the Marginalized Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 2: God: The Source of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of January 30, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:10-21 Key Scripture (NIV): “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this.” Deuteronomy 24:18 Lesson Aims To recognize the remarkable contribution of the Mosaic ...

January 16 lesson: Justice and Fairness

January 03, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and Fairness Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 2: God: The Source of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of January 16, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Exodus 23 Key Scripture (NIV): “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.” Exodus 23:2-3 Lesson Aims To better ...

January 9 lesson: Injustice and Fairness

January 03, 2022
Click here for a print-friendly version  Injustice and Fairness Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 2: God: The Source of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of January 9, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21 Key Scripture (NIV): “God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up, and take him by the ...

December 26 lesson: Justice and Deliverance

December 19, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version  Justice and Deliverance Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of December 26, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Nahum 1 Key Scripture (NIV): “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.” Nahum 1:2   Lesson Aims To better understand progressive ...

January 2 lesson: Justice, Vengeance, and Mercy

December 19, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version  Justice, Vengeance, and Mercy Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 2: The Source of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of January 2, 2022 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Genesis 4 Key Scripture (NIV): “The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Genesis 4:10 Lesson Aims To better grasp the breadth and depth of the human family. To better recognize the walls that divide ...

December 12 lesson: Justice and Kindness

December 06, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and Kindness Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of December 12, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: II Samuel 9 Key Scripture (NIV): “David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’” Lesson Aims To understand the historical background of the text. To understand the importance of a vow and promise in ...

December 19 lesson: Justice and Righteousness

December 06, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and Righteousness Winter Quarter: Justice, Law, History Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of December 19, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 Key Scripture (NIV): “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the...

November 21 lesson: Marriage of the Lamb

November 14, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Marriage of the Lamb Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 3: Visions of Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of November 21, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Revelation 19:1-8 Key Scripture (NIV): “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7 Lesson Aims To better understand the “transcendence” of heaven. To better understand the nature ...

November 28 lesson: Good News for All

November 14, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Good News for All Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 3: Visions of Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of November 28, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Acts 10:34-47 Key Scripture (NIV): “Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.’” Acts 10:34-35 Lesson Aims: To understand Simon Peter’s call. To understand the ...

December 5 lesson: Justice and Obedience

November 13, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Justice and Obedience Winter Quarter: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of December 5, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 5; 10; 27; 28 Key Scripture (NIV): “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I ...

November 7 lesson: United in Praise

November 01, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version  United in Praise Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 3: Visions of Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of November 7, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Revelation 7:9-7 Key Scripture (NIV): “I answered, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulations; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’” Rev. 7:14 Lesson Aims To understand the grand message of ...

November 14 lesson: God of Power

October 31, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version  God of Power Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 3: Visions of Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of November 14, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Revelation 11: 11-19 Key Scripture (NIV): “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said, ‘The Kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” Rev. 11:15 Aims of the Lesson To...

October 24 lesson: Praise God for His Presence

October 14, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God for His Presence Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 2: Called to Praise God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 24, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Psalm 84 Key Scripture (NIV): “Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” Psalm 84:4 Lesson Aims To understand the importance of our places of worship. To understand our individual and corporate spiritual journey. To understand the ...

October 31 lesson: Praise God for His Greatness

October 14, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God for His Greatness Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 2: Called to Praise God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 31, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Psalms 147-150 Key Scripture (NIV): “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6 Lesson Aims  To help us comprehend that all things will end in praise unto God. To help us comprehend our individual redemption and collective redemption. To help us ...

October 10 lesson: Praise for God’s Ultimate Justice

October 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise for God’s Ultimate Justice Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 2: Called to Praise God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 10, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Psalm 9:1-12; Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 Key Scripture (NIV): “He rules the world in righteousness and judges the people with equity.” Psalm 9:8 Lesson Aims To understand the importance of acknowledging God in life. To understand God’s constant love and care. To ...

October 17 lesson: Praise God for Past Deliverance

October 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God for Past Deliverance Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 2: Called to Praise God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 17, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Psalm 107 Key Scripture (NIV): “They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” Psalm 107:6 Lesson Aims To understand the importance of spoken testimony. To understand the importance of the redeemed community. To understand...

October 3 lesson: Praise God with Joy

September 16, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise God with Joy Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 2: Called to Praise God Sunday school lesson for the week of October 3, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Psalm 100 Key Scripture (NIV): “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3 Lesson Aims To understand whom we worship. To understand how we worship. To understand why we worship. Preparation for Lesson Who wrote the ...

September 26 lesson: Praise for Salvation

September 16, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise for Salvation Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 1: God’s People Offer Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of September 26, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Acts 2:32-33, 37-47 Key Scripture (NIV): They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. (Acts 2:42) Lesson Aims To realize the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our salvation. To realize ...

September 12 lesson: Praise in Dance

September 02, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise in Dance Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 1: God’s People Offer Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of September 12, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: 2 Samuel 6 Key Scripture: David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums, and cymbals. (2 Sam. 6:5 NIV) Aims To explore the power of renewal. To explore the importance of the sacred in life. To ...

September 19 lesson: Praise by Expecting and Following

September 02, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise by Expecting and Following Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Unit 1: God’s People Offer Praise Sunday school lesson for the week of September 19, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43 Key Scripture: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” (Mark 10:51) Lesson Aims To understand the context of Bartimaeus’ healing. To understand Jesus’ response to ...

August 22 lesson: A Conquering Faith

August 16, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly lesson A Conquering Faith Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 3: Faith Gives Us Hope Sunday school lesson for the week of August 22, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: 1 John 4:2-3, 13-17, 5:4-5 Hope and Assurance: By This You Know In this unit we are learning how faith gives us hope, and how hope, in turn, sustains our faith over time. In today’s lesson, we will be learning about a “conquering faith.” A conquering faith is one that withstands the ...

August 29 lesson: An Eternal Hope

August 16, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version An Eternal Hope Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 3: Faith Gives Us Hope Sunday school lesson for the week of August 29, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 5:10 So We Do Not Lose Heart We are coming to the end of the summer quarter with its emphasis on Confident Hope. It makes sense that this quarter would culminate with a focus on eternal hope. The focus of the third unit in this quarter has been how “faith gives us ...

September 5 lesson: Praise with Music

August 16, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Praise with Music Fall Quarter: Celebrating God Sunday school lesson for the week of September 5, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Exodus 14:1-15:21 Aims To understand the motivation of our praise. To understand the motivation of God in caring for us. To understand the power of music as a vehicle of praise. Personal word: The author of this lesson believes God is a infinite, personal, boundless spirit. God cannot be defined by gender....

August 15 lesson: A Patient, Persevering Faith

August 01, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version A Patient, Persevering Faith Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 3: Faith Gives Us Hope Sunday school lesson for the week of August 15, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Hebrews 10:23-36 Hope Sustains Our Faith and Growth In this third unit, we continue to spend time learning not only how faith gives us hope, but also learning what hope does to sustain our faith. How does hope sustain our faith and growth after we say “yes” to the relationship...

August 8 lesson: A Necessary Faith

August 01, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version A Necessary Faith Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 3: Faith Gives Us Hope Sunday school lesson for the week of August 8, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-8, 13-16 Faith Gives Us Hope We are starting the third and final unit in this summer quarter. In many ways, the second unit helped us see how faith and salvation give us hope. In this third unit, we will spend the next four weeks learning not only how faith gives us hope, but...

August 1 lesson: Salvation Available For All

July 18, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Salvation Available For All Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 2: Faith and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of August 1, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Romans 10:5-17 Propagating the Faith The second unit this quarter, which culminates with this lesson, has been devoted to Faith and Salvation. One of the most wonderful events to witness is the Christian faith taking root in a person’s life – saving faith that results in the ...

July 25 lesson: Peace with God

July 18, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Peace with God Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 2: Faith and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 25, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 The Peace for Which Our Hearts Long One of the most apt metaphors for the human condition, in my opinion, is the metaphor of the God-shaped hole. Once I heard of this metaphor, it made so much sense to me. I did a quick online search recently and discovered it is attributed to ...

July 11 lesson: Power of the Gospel

July 05, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Power of the Gospel Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 2: Faith and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 11, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Romans 1:8-17 Introduction to Unit Two The second unit this quarter focuses on the Apostle Paul’s epistle, or letter, to the church in Rome. We will feel the switch from the gospels in the first unit to an epistle written by Paul. Gospels and epistles present two distinct literary forms....

July 18 lesson: Faith of Abraham

July 05, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith of Abraham Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 2: Faith and Salvation Sunday school lesson for the week of July 18, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Romans 4:1-12 Father Abraham When I was a kid at Vacation Bible School, we didn’t have the awesome “praise and worship” songs of today that kids now begin singing at an early age. We had songs like “Father Abraham.” It went like this: “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father ...

July 4 lesson: Attitude of Gratitude

June 19, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Attitude of Gratitude Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 1: Jesus Teaches About Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of July 4, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 17:11-19 The theme for this week’s lesson is “Attitude of Gratitude.” The theme for this first unit of the quarter has been “Jesus Teaches About Faith.” The theme for the whole summer quarter is “Confident Hope.” I remind us of these three themes because so...

June 27 lesson: Rescued from Doubt

June 19, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Rescued from Doubt Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 1: Jesus Teaches About Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of June 27, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33 The focus for today’s lesson is being rescued from doubt. Circa 1978, I was 14, and felt very confident purchasing a stark white three-piece suit. Being made of polyester, it was not as expensive as other suits. I was confident I had made a shrewd purchase. I felt ...

June 20 lesson: Healed by Faith

June 09, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Healed by Faith Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 1: Jesus Teaches About Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of June 20, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Matthew 9:18-26 Healing and Faith Today’s subject is healed by faith. We’re not just looking at healing. We’re giving attention to where healing meets faith. Furthermore, how does this particular experience of faith contribute to our understanding of confident hope? When we suffer from...

June 13 lesson: Delivered from Fear

May 31, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Delivered from Fear Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 1: Jesus Teaches About Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of June 13, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27 The lesson this week is about being delivered from fear. Fear can paralyze us and demoralize us. Fear can stand in the way of a confident hope and hinder us from moving forward in life and in faith. Context The scripture says, “And when he got in the boat, his ...

June 6 lesson: Freed from Worry

May 31, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Freed from Worry Summer Quarter: Confident Hope Unit 1: Jesus Teaches About Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of June 6, 2021 By Dr. Jay Harris Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34 Theme for the Summer Quarter and for the First Unit The theme for this quarter is Confident Hope. There is no better confidence in life than what we get from our faith and hope in Jesus Christ. With faith providing the vital link to this confident hope, we will be ...

May 23 lesson: Preaching to the Exiles

May 17, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 3: Courageous Prophets of Change Sunday school lesson for the week of May 23, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32 Key Verse: Ezekiel 18:4 Lesson Aims Quote the mistaken proverb the exiles believed. Explain the reasons for the exiles’ misconception regarding how God judges people. How can anybody refrain from or avoid blame-shifting? A word about Ezekiel and the ...

May 30 lesson: Preaching to the Enemies

May 17, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Preaching to the Enemies Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 3: Courageous Prophets of Change Sunday school lesson for the week of May 30, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jonah 3 Key Verse: Jonah 3:10 Lesson Aims Class members define and discuss repentance. List reasons why the Ninevites’ reaction to Jonah’s proclamation was unexpected. Commit to one needed change to obey God more fully. Imagine that you are nearing ...

May 16 lesson: Preaching Doom

May 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Preaching Doom Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 3: Courageous Prophets of Change Sunday school lesson for the week of May 16, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 38:14-23 Key Verse: Jeremiah 38:15 Lesson Aims Explain the context of Jeremiah’s ministry in the days of King Zedekiah. Contrast Zedekiah’s indecision with Jeremiah’s resolve. It is reported that Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist and university ...

May 9 lesson: Offering Hope for the Future

May 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Offering Hope for the Future Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 3: Courageous Prophets of Change Sunday school lesson for the week of May 9, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 29:13-24 Key Verse: Isaiah 29:24 Lesson Aims Describe God’s intentions regarding the spiritual condition of Israel. Give an example of a similar condition today. Create a personal plan to guard against unfaithful worship. Lesson Context ...

April 25 lesson: The Nation’s Plea

April 18, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version The Nation’s Plea Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 2: Prophets of Restoration Sunday school lesson for the week of April 25, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Lamentations 5 Key Verse: Lamentations 5:21 Lesson Aims Describe the historical context of the book of Lamentations. Summarize the reasons for the people’s mourning. How many sermons or lessons have you heard on Lamentations? In all probability, not many. As the...

May 2 lesson: Speaking Truth to Power

April 18, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Speaking Truth to Power Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 3: Courageous Prophets of Change Sunday school lesson for the week of May 2, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: 1 Kings 22:15-23, 26-8 Key Verse: 1 Kings 22:14 Lesson Aims Identity the roles of Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Micaiah. Compare and contrast how each of these three related to God’s truth. Create a plan to pursue and apply God’s knowledge in the week ahead. ...

April 11 lesson: The Faith-in-Action Preacher

April 02, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version The Faith-in-Action Preacher Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 2: Prophets of Restoration Sunday school lesson for the week of April 11, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Ezra 10:1-12 Key Verse: Ezra 10:6 Lesson Aims Summarize Ezra’s reaction to the people’s sin. Explain why intermarriage with foreigners caused Ezra such grief. Write a confession to God for a specific sin and a corresponding course of repentant action. ...

April 18 lesson: The Restoration Builder

April 02, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version The Restoration Builder Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 2: Prophets of Restoration Sunday school lesson for the week of April 18, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Nehemiah 2:11-20 Key Verse: Nehemiah 2:17 Lesson Aims Summarize the results of Nehemiah’s nighttime excursion around Jerusalem. Explain why faith in the Lord and careful planning are not necessarily contradictory. Prepare a testimony of how God’s hand has ...

April 4 lesson: The Suffering Servant

March 15, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version The Suffering Servant Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 2: Prophets of Restoration Sunday school lesson for the week of April 4, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-11a Key Verse: Isaiah 53:5 Lesson Aims Restate what the servant of the Lord would accomplish through suffering Explain how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy. Write a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, using language from today’s passage, and use ...

March 21 lesson: Prophet of Wisdom

March 15, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Prophet of Wisdom Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 1: Faithful Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of March 21, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: 2 Kings 22:14-20 Key Verse: 2 Kings 22:19 Lesson Aims Identify the two major parts of Huldah’s prophetic message. Explain the key verse (2 Kings 22:19) in light of the text’s spiritual principles. Pray for our nation’s leaders that they will seek the common good, one ...

March 28 lesson: Prophet of Courage

March 15, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Prophet of Courage Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 1: Faithful Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of March 28, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: 1 Kings 18:5-18 Key Verse: 1 King 18:18 Lesson Aims Tell what happened during the meetings between Elijah and Obadiah, then between Elijah and Ahab. Explain a purpose of a prophet’s ministry as it confronted the righteous and the wicked. Write a message of ...

March 14 lesson: Prophet of Conquest

February 28, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Prophet of Conquest Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 1: Faithful Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of March 14, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-5, 15-16, 20 Key Verse: Joshua 6:2 Lesson Aims Following the death of Moses, to summarize Joshua’s role as God’s chosen servant in leading the Israelites to their promised inheritance. To review how God’s plan, Israel’s faith and obedience led to ...

March 7 lesson: Prophet of Deliverance

February 28, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Prophet of Deliverance Spring Quarter: Prophets Faithful To God’s Covenant Unit 1: Faithful Prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of March 7, 2021 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-22 Key Verse: Deuteronomy 18:15 Lesson Aims Summarize what God said about the prophet and message to come. Explain how Moses’ words were intended to guide Israel as God’s covenant people. Prepare a set of guidelines for distinguishing true from ...

February 21 lesson: Called to Explain

February 15, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Explain Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 3: The Call of Women Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 21, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Acts 18:1-26, Romans 16:3-4, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Timothy 4:19 Key Verse: “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.” Romans 16:3-4 Lesson Aim: Our ...

February 28 lesson: Called to Serve

February 15, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Serve Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 3: The Call of Women Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 28, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Acts 16:11-15, 40; I Corinthians 1:26-30 Key Verse: “When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us into her home. ‘If you consider me as a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.” Acts 16:15 Introduction ...

February 14 lesson: Called to Support

January 31, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Support Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 3: The Call of Women Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 14, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Mark 15: 40; 16:1-9; Luke 8:1-3; John 20:10-18 Key Verse: “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: ...

February 7 lesson: Called to Testify

January 31, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Testify Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 3: The Call of Women Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 7, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: John 1: 37-51; 4:25-42 Key Verse: “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” (John 4:39) Lesson Aim: Jesus teaches us in this text to highly value testimony and learn the power of personal ...

January 24 lesson: Called for the World’s Belief

January 17, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called for the World’s Belief Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus and Calls in His Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 24, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: John 17: 14-24 Key Verse: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.” (John 17: 20) Lesson Aims: To understand the disciple John and his writing. To understand Jesus’ intent when praying ...

January 31 lesson: Called to Prophesy

January 17, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Prophesy Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 3: The Call of Women Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 31, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Luke 2:36-38; Acts 1:12-14; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 21:8-9 Key Verse: “In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17) Lesson Aims: To ...

January 10 lesson: Called to Follow

January 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Follow Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus and Calls in His Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 10, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Luke 5: 1-11 Key Verse: “Jesus said to Simon: ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.’” (Luke 5: 10b) Lesson Aims: To understand the dynamics involved in the miracle of the great harvest of fish. To understand the difference between a miracle ...

January 17 lesson: Called in Authority

January 03, 2021
Click here for a print-friendly version Called in Authority Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus and Calls in His Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 17, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Mark 2: 2-12 Key Verse: “Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?’” (Mark 2:9) Lesson Aims: To understand the reasons why Jesus was so popular, only to die with few at the cross. ...

December 27 lesson: Called to Prepare

December 14, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Prepare Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 1: The Beginning of a Call Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 27, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Matthew 3 (NIV) Key Verse: This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (Matthew 3:3) Intro for teacher You may have noticed that I use different ...

January 3 lesson: Called to Proclaim

December 14, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Proclaim Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 2: Jesus and Calls in His Ministry Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 3, 2021 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Luke 4 Key Verses: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for thee prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of ...

December 20 lesson: Called to Worship

December 13, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to Worship Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 1: The Beginning of a Call Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 20, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Matthew 2: 7-15 Key Verse: On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11) Lesson Aims To understand ...

December 13 lesson: Called to be Immanuel

November 24, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to be Immanuel Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 1: The Beginning of a Call Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 13, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 Key Verse: Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will birth to a son, and you shall give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their ...

December 6 lesson: Called to be Heir

November 24, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Called to be Heir Winter Quarter: Call in the New Testament Unit 1: The Beginning of a Call Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 6, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Matthew 1: 1-6, 16-17; Hebrews 1 Key Verse: In these last days (God) has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things; and through whom he also made the universe. (Hebrews 1: 2) Lesson Aims Learn how the dynamic of covenant moves through the ancestry...

November 22 lesson: Responsive Love

November 16, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Responsive Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 3: Godly Love Among Believers Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 22, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: Acts 4:32-5:11 Key Verse: All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own but, they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32) Lesson Aims: To help us understand the expectations, beliefs, experiences of the early ...

November 29 lesson: Impartial Love

November 15, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Impartial Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 3: Godly Love Among Believers Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 29, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: James 2 Key Verse: Listen, my dear brothers and sisters; Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? (James 2:5) Lesson Aims To help the listener to understand the ...

November 15 lesson: Confident Love

November 01, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Confident Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 3: Godly Love Among Believers Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 15, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: 1 John 3: 11-24; 2 John 4-11; 3 John 5-8 Key Verse: The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. (1 John 3:24) Lesson Aims: In this lesson, we learn the various ways and ...

November 8 lesson: Abiding Love

November 01, 2020
Click here for a print-friendly version Abiding Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 3: Godly Love Among Believers Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 8, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: John 15: 4-17 Key Verse: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) Lesson Aims: Why do the vine and branch create an understandable metaphor for the Christian walk? How do ...

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