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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 ...

May 20 lesson: Remembering with Joy

May 14, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Remembering with Joy   Sunday school lesson for the week of May 20, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 3: Give Praise to God   Lesson Scripture: Leviticus 25:1-12   Lesson Aims   Summarize the nature of the rest the land was to receive during the Sabbath year and the year of Jubilee. Explain the spiritual principles that these laws were meant to instill.   The writer introduces this lesson before us by talking about what it ...

May 27 lesson: Rejoicing in Restoration

May 14, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Rejoicing in Restoration   Sunday school lesson for the week of May 27, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 3: Give Praise to God   Lesson Scripture: Psalm 34:1-10; Hebrews 2:17, 18   Lesson Aims Describe the connection between Psalm 34 and Hebrews 2:17,18. Give examples of God’s desire and ability to provide for his people. Encourage one person in the week ahead who feels as though God doesn’t care about his or her suffering. ...

May 13 lesson: Bringing Firstfruits

May 01, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Bringing Firstfruits Sunday school lesson for the week of May 13, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 3: Give Praise to God Lesson Scripture: Leviticus 2:14; 23:9-14, 22   Lesson Aims Describe the firstfruits offering and its purpose. Relate the firstfruits concept to the Christian faith.   Cultures have different ways and traditions of marking time. In addition to marking calendar days, such as January 1, the beginning of ...

May 6 lesson: Giving From a Generous Heart

May 01, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Giving From a Generous Heart   Sunday school lesson for the week of May 6, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 3: Give Praise to God   Lesson Scripture: Exodus 35:20-29; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8   Lesson Aims Recall how the Israelites demonstrated generosity in funding the tabernacle’s construction. Compare and contrast the Old and New Testament texts in today’s study with regard to giving.   The writer of this lesson introduces it...

April 29 lesson: Blessing, Glory, Honor Forever

April 17, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Blessing, Glory, Honor Forever   Sunday school lesson for the week of April 29, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 2: All Glory and Honor   Lesson Scripture: Revelation 5:6-14   Lesson Aims Describe the makeup of the expanding numbers of worshippers in Heaven. Explain why the Lamb is worthy of worship.   Writing in his book, “Breaking The Code,” the late Dr. Bruce Metzger, American biblical scholar, speaks of Revelation 4 and...

April 22 lesson: The Lord God Almighty

April 16, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The Lord God Almighty   Sunday school lesson for the week of April 22, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 2: All Glory and Honor   Lesson Scripture: Revelation 4:1-6, 8-11   Lesson Aims Describe the content of John’s vision in Revelation 4. Explain the worship reality behind the text’s symbols.   There are numerous theories as to how Revelation should be interpreted. Scholars point out that some believe it is prophetic of ...

April 15 lesson: Follow Me

April 03, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Follow Me   Sunday school lesson for the week of April 15, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 2: All Glory and Honor   Lesson Scripture: John 21:15-25   Lesson Aims Summarize the conversation between the risen Jesus and Peter at the Sea of Galilee. Explain the relationship between loving Jesus and imitating his gracious love and service. It is true that most football fans will recognize the name Joe Montana. Montana was a ...

April 8 lesson: The Risen Lord Appears

April 03, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The Risen Lord Appears   Sunday school lesson for the week of April 8, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 2: All Glory and Honor   Lesson Scripture: John 21:1-14   Lesson Aims Recount the story of Jesus’ appearance at the Sea of Galilee following his resurrection. Identify elements of the story that reveal Jesus’ constant provision for his followers.   21:1-14 reminds us that for God no matter is too big or too small. In this...

April 1 lesson: He Has Risen

March 19, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version He Has Risen   Sunday school lesson for the week of April 1, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 2: All Glory and Honor   Lesson Scripture: Luke 24:1-12, 30-35   Lesson Aims Restate the mystery of Jesus’ missing body and the resolution of that mystery. Explain why the women’s preparation was unnecessary. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving that God keeps his promises.   On this joyful Easter Sunday, we are full of hope! In many ...

March 25 lesson: Keep My Statutes and Ordinances

March 19, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Keep My Statutes and Ordinances   Sunday school lesson for the week of March 25, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 1: Follow in My Ways   Lesson Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:12-22   Lesson Aims Summarize the promises of both blessing and discipline that the Lord spoke to Solomon. Think how these promises serve to both encourage and warn Christians today.   The previous two lessons were about the dedication ceremony of the newly...

March 11 lesson: There is No God Like You

March 06, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version There is No God Like You   Sunday school lesson for the week of March 11, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 1: Follow in My Ways   Lesson Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6:12-21 Background Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6:1-21   Lesson Aims Recount what Solomon said concerning the Lord’s character and faithfulness in keeping promises. Explain how Solomon’s prayer can serve as a model for the Christian’s prayer life. List scriptural promises...

March 18 lesson: The People Gave Thanks to God

March 05, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The People Gave Thanks to God   Sunday school lesson for the week of March 18, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 1: Follow in My Ways   Lesson Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:1-9 Background Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:1-11   Lesson Aims  Describe God’s response to Solomon’s prayer of dedication at the temple and how Solomon and the people gave thanks to God. Explain why giving thanks to God receives the emphasis it does in today’s ...

February 25 lesson: The Good Fight of Faith

February 19, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The Good Fight of Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 3: Self-Controlled, Upright and Godly Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of February 25, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers   Scripture Lesson: I Timothy 6: 11-21   The final lesson of the quarter is from Paul’s letter to his beloved son-in-the-faith—Timothy.  We are aware many scholars deny the Pauline authorship of the two letters addressed to Timothy, but we are assuming they were ...

March 4 lesson: The Lord Will Provide

February 19, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version The Lord Will Provide   Spring Quarter: Acknowledging God Unit 1: Follow in My Ways   Sunday school lesson for the week of March 4, 2018 By Dr. Hal Brady   Lesson Scripture: Genesis 22:1-3, 6-14 Background Scripture: Genesis 22 Lesson Aims Describe the events surrounding Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac. Explain the implications for Abraham of obeying God’s command to sacrifice Isaac. The theme of the third quarter is “Acknowledging God.” As we are ...

February 11 lesson: A Disciplined Faith

February 05, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version A Disciplined Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 3: Self-Controlled, Upright and Godly Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of February 11, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 3: 1-12 In the title of the unit and in this lesson, an issue of long-standing debate is raised. The issue is expressed in many ways: Nature/Nurture; Environment/Heredity; and in these days of the 21st Century, Chemistry/Character. In other ...

February 18 lesson: Faithful Disciples

February 05, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful Disciples Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 3: Self-Controlled, Upright and Godly Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of February 18, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Acts 9: 36-43 Over the next two weeks, our lessons will focus on those two early Christian leaders, Peter and Saul/Paul. The ninth chapter of Acts is filled with information about the earliest days, as the Christian faith spread across the Roman world. ...

February 4 lesson: Faith without Works is Dead

January 22, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith without Works is Dead Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 3: Self-Controlled, Upright, and Godly Faith Sunday school lesson for the week of February 4, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 2: 14-26 Communicating is hard work! We have been married for more than 60 years, and making ourselves understood to the other is sometimes still difficult! The early Church had the same problem. Earlier this quarter we had lessons based ...

January 28 lesson: A Strong Faith

January 22, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version A Strong Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 2: A Living Faith in God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 28, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Daniel 10: 10-19 Background Scripture: Daniel chapters 10 and 11 In this final lesson from the Book of Daniel we encounter a new kind of biblical literature—apocalyptic. The word means “revelation” or “disclosure.” The timeline is always in the future, but dating is not the ...

January 14 lesson: A Bold Faith

January 08, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version A Bold Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 2: A Living Faith in God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 14, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Daniel 3: 19-23; 26-28 Background Scripture:  Daniel 3 The account of the four young men from Judah continues in chapter 3. The training to serve the king has been completed, and they are assigned strategic positions of administration in the kingdom. Remember their names:  ...

January 21 lesson: A Prayer for Obedient Faith

January 08, 2018
Click here for a print-friendly version A Prayer for Obedient Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 2: A Living Faith in God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 21, 2018 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Daniel 9: 4-18; 15-19 Background Scripture:  Daniel 9: 1-19 Our next lesson in Daniel moves several chapters and years ahead. The ruler in the Middle East is now Cyrus of Persia, who came to power in 538 BC when the Persians defeated the Babylonians. Since Daniel ...

December 24 lesson: Faithful Seekers of the King

December 18, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Faithful Seekers of the King Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of December 24, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 Enrichment scripture: Isaiah 49: 1-7 Today is Christmas Eve. We move from Acts to Matthew to pay attention to a familiar story of the beginnings of the Church built around faith in Christ. Matthew’s version of the birth of ...

December 31 lesson: Faith to Unite

December 18, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version Faith to Unite Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith in Christ Sunday school lesson for the week of December 31, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 4: 1-16 Background Scripture: Ephesians 4 Paul is writing from prison in Rome to the church in the great city of Ephesus. The last time he had communicated with these believers was when he bid the leaders of the church farewell on his return to ...

January 7 lesson: A Sincere Faith

December 18, 2017
Click here for a print-friendly version A Sincere Faith Winter Quarter: Faith in Action Unit 2: A Living Faith in God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 7, 2017 By Helen and Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: Daniel 1: 8-21 Background Scripture: Daniel 1 Today we begin a series of lessons from the Old Testament Book of Daniel. The historical background is intriguing, and the relevance for today is how we Christians can face crises in our lives with faithfulness and perseverance.  ...

December 10 lesson: Faith to Discern

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

December 17 lesson: Faith to Persevere

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

December 3 lesson: Faith in Jesus

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

November 26 lesson: God’s True Covenant People

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

November 12 lesson: Promise of a New Covenant, II

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

November 19 lesson: High Priest of the New Covenant

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

November 5 lesson: Promise of a New Covenant

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

October 22 lesson: God’s Covenant With David

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

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

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

October 15 lesson: God’s Written Covenant

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

October 8 lesson: God’s Covenant with Israel

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

October 1 lesson: God’s Covenant With Abram

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

September 24 lesson: Spirit-Filled Heart

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

September 10 lesson: Circumcision

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

September 17 lesson: Sabbath Observance

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

August 27 lesson: Called to be Inclusive

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

September 3 lesson: The Rainbow

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

August 13 lesson: Called to Break Down Barriers

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

August 20 lesson: Called to Preach

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

August 6 lesson: Called to Witness

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

July 30 lesson: Amos’ Call

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

July 16 lesson: Jeremiah's Call and Commission

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

July 23 lesson: Ezekiel’s Call

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

July 2 lesson: Moses and the Burning Bush

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

July 9 lesson: Isaiah in the Temple

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

June 25 lesson: Samson’s Call

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

June 18 lesson: Jephthah Answers the Call

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

June 11 lesson: Gideon’s Call

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

June 4 lesson: Deborah and Barak

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

May 21 lesson: God’s Love for Ninevah

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

May 28 lesson: God’s Pervasive Love

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

May 14 lesson: God’s Love Preserved Jonah

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

May 7 lesson: God’s Sustaining Love

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

April 23 lesson: God’s Reconciling Love

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

April 30 lesson: God’s Preserving Love

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

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

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

April 9 lesson: God’s Saving Love in Christ

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

April 2 lesson: God as Our Shepherd

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

March 26 lesson: God’s Love Restores

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

March 12 lesson: God’s Overflowing Love

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

March 19 lesson: God’s Love Manifested

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

February 26 lesson: Christ Creates Holy Living

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

March 5 lesson: The Source of all Love

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

February 12 lesson: New Birth Brings Freedom

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

February 19 lesson: Freedom in Christ

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

February 5 lesson: Re-created to Live in Harmony

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

January 29 lesson: All Creation Praises God

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

January 15 lesson: Praise God the Provider

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

January 22 lesson: Praise God the Creator

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

December 25 lesson: God’s Promised Savior is Born

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

January 1 lesson: Praising God the Creator

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

January 8 lesson: All Creation Overflows with Praise

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

December 11 lesson: The Affirmation of the Promise

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

December 18 lesson: God Promised Zechariah a Son

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

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