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Sept. 6 lesson: Praying for One Another

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

Aug. 23 lesson: God demands justice

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

Aug. 30 lesson: Return to a just God

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

Aug. 16 lesson: A call for repentance

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

Aug. 9 lesson: A choice to be just

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

Aug. 2 lesson: Our Redeemer Comes

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

July 26 lesson: God Shows Clemency

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

July 12 lesson: No tolerance for corrupt leaders and prophets

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

July 19 lesson: Justice, love and humility

July 06, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Justice, love and humility Sunday school lesson for the week of July 19, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Micah 6:3-8 In Micah 6, we see a series of indictments and promises of punishment. The initial call for Judah to plead its case, as if in court, sums of the disposition of this chapter. As we have been told, the Lord has a case against the people because they have disregarded the covenant. They have not worshiped God purely, and as a ...

July 5 lesson: No rest for the wicked

July 5 lesson: No rest for the wicked

June 22, 2015
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June 28 lesson: God will never forget

June 28 lesson: God will never forget

June 21, 2015
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June 21 lesson: Rebuked for Selfishness

June 21 lesson: Rebuked for Selfishness

June 07, 2015
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June 14 lesson: God is not fooled

June 14 lesson: God is not fooled

June 06, 2015
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June 7 lesson: Judgment on Israel and Judah

June 7 lesson: Judgment on Israel and Judah

May 30, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Judgment on Israel and Judah Sunday school lesson for the week of June 7, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Amos 2:4-8 The theme of the summer quarter is “God’s Prophets Demand Justice.” As Dr. Jerome F. D. Creach, Professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and series writer, states, “The main subject of this series is God’s desire for justice and the consequences for not doing justice.” The 14 lessons will look at justice and ...

May 24 lesson: Gift of Languages

May 24 lesson: Gift of Languages

May 17, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Gift of Languages Sunday school lesson for the week of May 24, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Acts 2:1-7, 12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19 Luke reports, “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place” (2:1). Were they all there? Yes. Were they all together? Yes. Were they all in one place? Yes. This community context is also mentioned in Acts 1:14 where the followers of Jesus are said to be “all united in their devotion to ...

May 31 lesson: The Greatest Gift is Love

May 31 lesson: The Greatest Gift is Love

May 17, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. The Greatest Gift is Love Sunday school lesson for the week of May 31, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 Corinthians 13 It goes beyond feelings. It is the set of the will for the welfare of another. It is a strategy for change. Of course, I am talking about love. Today, we are dealing with what many consider their favorite passage in the Bible. The passage has been designated as Paul’s great love chapter (1 Corinthians 13), and we hear it ...

May 10 lesson: Gifts of the Spirit

May 10 lesson: Gifts of the Spirit

May 03, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Gifts of the Spirit Sunday school lesson for the week of May 10, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 In our scripture lesson, Paul is writing to a troubled church. These Corinthians have let their previous and non-Christian understanding of spirituality overcome their view of Christian spirituality. In that light, the Corinthians have misunderstood Christian Spirituality in numerous ways – what it means for leadership, for ...

May 17 lesson: The Spirit creates one body

May 17 lesson: The Spirit creates one body

May 03, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. The Spirit creates one body Sunday school lesson for the week of May 17, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Some church members at Corinth were touting the ecstatic gifts, like speaking in tongues, as the best gifts. Such gifts were an unmistakable sign of closeness to God. Indeed, in those moments God seems to take over your inner self so that you are one with God. What clearer picture could there be of spirituality? Paul, ...

April 26 lesson: Watch out for deceivers

April 26 lesson: Watch out for deceivers

April 19, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Watch out for deceivers Sunday school lesson for the week of April 26, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 2 John Many of us today have trouble with the subject of “false teaching.” We shy away from implying that some beliefs are so dangerous that they deprive people of salvation. To us, that attitude smacks of intolerance, narrow-mindedness and judgmentalism. Besides, we are aware of the damage that has been done to people who were condemned for ...

May 3 lesson: Co-workers with the Truth

May 3 lesson: Co-workers with the Truth

April 19, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Co-workers with the Truth Sunday school lesson for the week of May 3, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 3 John Writing in his book, “Grandpa Was a Preacher,” Leroy Brownlow stated that the best conduct can have its exceptions. It seems that a visitor inquired of the preacher, “I suppose these people are always kind, polite and sweet spirited.” “Well, most of the time. Maybe there’s only one exception.” “How’s that?” “Just try getting in their pew,” ...

April 12 lesson: Love One Another

April 12 lesson: Love One Another

April 05, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Love One Another Sunday school lesson for the week of April 12, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady   Lesson scripture: 1 John 3:11-24   What is the measure of a person’s life? Is it age? Is it wealth? Is it success? What? The author of John’s letter indicates that believers’ lives are calculated by their faith in Christ and their love for one another. Our scripture lesson today stresses the importance of loving our fellow Christians. This sounds rather trite, ...

April 19 lesson: Believe God's love

April 19 lesson: Believe God's love

April 05, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Believe God’s love Sunday school lesson for the week of April 19, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 John 4:13-5:5 As Dionne Warwick reminded us in her classic song, “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, that’s the only thing there is just too little of.” The writer of 1 John is equally concerned about a “love fatigue” that he sees in the world around him. But he is even more concerned about a “love fatigue” developing in the faith ...

April 5 lesson: Resurrection Guaranteed

April 5 lesson: Resurrection Guaranteed

March 15, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Resurrection Guaranteed Sunday school lesson for the week of April 5, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 Sociologist Peter Berger once wrote: “The power of religion depends, in that last resort, upon the credibility of the banners it puts in the hands of men and women as they stand before death, or more accurately, as the walk inevitably toward it.” For Christians, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the answer to our ...

March 22 lesson: Receive the Holy Spirit

March 22 lesson: Receive the Holy Spirit

March 15, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Receive the Holy Spirit Sunday school lesson for the week of March 22, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: John 20:19-23 It is not difficult to envision the disciples in an upper room with the doors and windows locked and shut. Just a few days prior, their master had been horribly crucified. As his followers, they figured they would be next, so they were gathered in something akin to terror. Then it was that Christ appeared among them! The first thing...

March 29 lesson: The One Who Comes

March 29 lesson: The One Who Comes

March 15, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. The One Who Comes Sunday school lesson for the week of March 29, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Mark 11:1-11 The story of Jesus’ triumphal entry is a joyous one in all four Gospels. But in Mark’s Gospel, what seems like a story of triumph is going to look more and more like a tragedy. From beginning with 8:31, Jesus has been attempting to prepare the disciples for what is coming in Jerusalem. Repeating himself in chapters 9 and 10, Jesus tells ...

March 15 lesson: The spirit of Truth

March 15 lesson: The spirit of Truth

March 01, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. The Spirit of Truth Sunday school lesson for the week of March 15, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: John 16:4b-15 The occasion of our scripture lesson today is still Jesus’ Farewell Discourse to his disciples. His frankness about coming sufferings grows out of his awareness that he will not be with the disciples to deal with the hostility of the religious authorities. In previous times, he has been with them (16;4b), but in the future, while he ...

Feb. 22 lesson: Clothed and ready

Feb. 22 lesson: Clothed and ready

February 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 3: Stewardship for life Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 22, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Ephesians 6: 10-20 The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared!” That was also Paul’s last word to the Christians in Ephesus. Ephesus was a major seaport in Asia Minor (today Turkey). Tradition holds John took Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Ephesus after the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus to ...

March 1 lesson: The Lamb of God

March 1 lesson: The Lamb of God

February 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. The Lamb of God Sunday school lesson for the week of March 1, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Scripture: John 1:29-34 The theme of the 14 lessons for the third quarter is “The Spirit Comes.” According to Dr. Jerry Sumney, professor of biblical studies at Lexington Theological Seminary and series writer, the focus is on God’s work through the Holy Spirit to empower disciples to live their faith. With that exciting focus, the first unit is composed of five lessons ...

March 8 lesson: Jesus promises an Advocate

March 8 lesson: Jesus promises an Advocate

February 16, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Jesus promises an Advocate Sunday school lesson for the week of March 8, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Scripture: John 14:15-26 How often we repeat the third article in the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit…” yet numbers of us are hazy by what we mean. We do not understand the potential of our own confession. Chapters 14-17 of John are acknowledged as the “Farewell Discourse.” The Farewell Discourse is part of John’s story of the Last Supper. At the ...

Feb. 15 lesson: Serving the least

Feb. 15 lesson: Serving the least

February 02, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Serving the least Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 3: Stewardship for life Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 15, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-46 We return to the Gospel of Matthew this week to study one of the most powerful and, in some ways, most disturbing parables Jesus ever told. Remember, Matthew’s Gospel was written to Jewish Christians at a time when Gentiles were being brought into the Christian faith without ...

Feb. 8 lesson: Serving neighbors, serving God

Feb. 8 lesson: Serving neighbors, serving God

February 02, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Serving neighbors, serving God Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 3: Stewardship for life Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 8, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37 In this second lesson of the final unit of the quarter, the act of worship is demonstrated by Jesus in one of the most familiar stories He told. “The Good Samaritan” is known to all Christians of every age. Acted out in Vacation Bible School and studied in the ...

Feb. 1 lesson: Feasting and Fasting

Feb. 1 lesson: Feasting and Fasting

January 12, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 3: Stewardship for life Sunday school lesson for the week of Feb. 1, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Daniel 1:5, 8-17; Matthew 6:16-18 In just 17 days we will begin the Lenten Season. For Christians, it is imperative we prepare for Easter by walking with Jesus the way of the cross. How will you use these 40 days this year? The new unit we begin today suggests the life we live is an outward and visible sign of our ...

Jan. 25 lesson: We pray for one another

Jan. 25 lesson: We pray for one another

January 12, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 2: Learning to Pray Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 25, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: James 5: 13-18 Background scripture: James 5 Here in the eighth lesson of this quarter, the scripture is from another book of the Bible – seven so far, and we’re not through the quarter! Remember the quarter’s title: “Acts of Worship.” The unit is “Learning to Pray.” We remind you of these themes so you will not miss ...

Jan. 11 lesson: Jesus prays for the disciples

Jan. 11 lesson: Jesus prays for the disciples

January 05, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 2: Learning to Pray Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 11, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: John 17: 6-21 Background Scripture: John 17: 1-26 Our focus this week turns to the Gospel of John. John was written around 100 A.D., the last of the Gospels to be written. Gail O’Day describes the gospel this way: the Gospel was written by a Jewish Christian for a Jewish Christian community in conflict with the ...

Jan. 18 lesson: Jesus intercedes for us

Jan. 18 lesson: Jesus intercedes for us

January 05, 2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 2: Learning to Pray Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 18, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:10 From the High Priestly Prayer recorded in John’s Gospel, we move to the Book of Hebrews and the magnificent description of Jesus as The Great High Priest. The title of the letter informs us to whom it was written (the Hebrews) and this letter is filled with references to the function of the high ...

Dec. 28 lesson: In Awe of Christ's Power

Dec. 28 lesson: In Awe of Christ's Power

December 12, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. In Awe of Christ’s Power Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 1: In awe of God Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 28, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-36 The author of the Gospel of Matthew is a Jewish Christian writing to Jewish believers showing Jesus as the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy. He demonstrates this in many ways, but mostly by quoting Old Testament scriptures. Another clue is his use of “the kingdom of heaven” in the ...

Jan. 4 lesson: A Model for Prayer

Jan. 4 lesson: A Model for Prayer

December 12, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. A Model for Prayer Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 2: Learning to Pray Sunday school lesson for the week of Jan. 4, 2015 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 11: 1-13 Happy New Year! How many times have you heard or said those words recently? The unit we begin today offers a marvelous way to fulfill what should be one of your New Year’s resolutions: a closer walk with God. Praying was something Jesus did often. The disciples saw him taking time from ...

Dec. 21 lesson: Glory to God in the Highest

Dec. 21 lesson: Glory to God in the Highest

December 08, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Glory to God in the Highest Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 1: In awe of God Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 21, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 2:8-20 Background Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 On this Sunday before Christmas, our lesson is based on one of the most familiar and beloved Gospel texts. The details are familiar to most Christians: the decree from Caesar, the journey to Bethlehem, the manger, the birth of a baby, shepherds ...

Dec. 14 lesson: Make a Joyful Noise

Dec. 14 lesson: Make a Joyful Noise

November 26, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Make a Joyful Noise Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 1: In awe of God Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 14, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7a In last week’s lesson our focus was on Jesus, His life and work – the reasons we worship Him. This week we focus on God (the Father), and the reasons we have to praise and thank Him. The scripture is from Psalm 95. The Book of Psalms is the hymnbook and prayer book of the Hebrew ...

Dec. 7 lesson: Worship Christ's Majesty

Dec. 7 lesson: Worship Christ's Majesty

November 25, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Worship Christ’s Majesty Quarter: Acts of Worship Unit 1: In awe of God Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 7, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-9 In this new quarter of study, we will be moving through the Church year from Advent to Lent. How appropriate it is for us to focus on why we worship our awesome God, learning to communicate with God, and ways our lives can serve God! Thus, the three units of this study: The Awe of...

November 2 lesson

November 2 lesson

October 30, 2014
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November 9 lesson

November 9 lesson

October 30, 2014
Sunday school lesson for the week of November 9, 2014 By Rev. John Brantley Lesson scripture: Ezekiel 43.13-27 13 These are the dimensions of the altar by cubits (the cubit being one cubit and a handbreadth): its base shall be one cubit high, and one cubit wide, with a rim of one span around its edge. This shall be the height of the altar: 14 From the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits, with a width of one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits, with a...

October 12 lesson

October 12 lesson

October 06, 2014
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Oct. 5 lesson

Oct. 5 lesson

October 01, 2014
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Sept. 21 lesson

Sept. 21 lesson

September 12, 2014
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Sept. 28 lesson

Sept. 28 lesson

September 12, 2014
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Sept. 14 lesson

Sept. 14 lesson

September 02, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sunday school lesson for the week of September 14, 2014 By Rev. John Brantley Lesson scripture: Jeremiah 31:29-37 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2" /> ...

Sept. 7 lesson

Sept. 7 lesson

September 02, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sunday school lesson for the week of September 7, 2014 By Rev. John Brantley Lesson scripture: Jeremiah 30:1-3, 18-24 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading ...

Aug. 24 lesson: An appeal for reconciliation

Aug. 24 lesson: An appeal for reconciliation

August 21, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sunday school lesson for the week of August 24, 2014 By Beth Barnwell Lesson scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:2-4 Key verses: Make room in your hearts for us. We didn’t do anything wrong to anyone. We didn’t ruin anyone. We didn’t take advantage of anyone (2 Corinthians 7:2). Purpose: To know that God’s ministry of reconciliation through us within the faith community requires honest speech, personal integrity, and open hearts. The saga continues. This ...

Aug. 17 lesson: Treasure in Clay Jars

Aug. 17 lesson: Treasure in Clay Jars

August 16, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sunday school lesson for the week of August 17, 2014 By Beth Barnwell Lesson Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:2-15 Key Verses: We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed. We are confused, but we aren’t depressed. We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Purpose: To find assurance that, despite suffering, as Christians we share in the power that raised Christ from the ...

July 27 Lesson: Seek the Good of Others

July 27 Lesson: Seek the Good of Others

July 23, 2014
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July 20 Lesson: Overcoming Temptation

July 20 Lesson: Overcoming Temptation

July 17, 2014
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July 13 Lesson: Love Builds Up

July 13 Lesson: Love Builds Up

July 07, 2014
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July 6 Lesson: Glorify God with your body

July 6 Lesson: Glorify God with your body

July 04, 2014
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June 29 Lesson: A Call to Unity

June 29 Lesson: A Call to Unity

June 23, 2014
Click here for a print-friendly version. Sunday school lesson for the week of June 29, 2014 By Beth Barnwell Lesson Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Key Verse: Now I encourage you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Agree with each other and don’t be divided into rival groups. Instead, be restored with the same mind and the same purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10) Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ...

June 22 Lesson: Hope for a new day

June 22 Lesson: Hope for a new day

June 17, 2014
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June 15 Lesson: Live Pure Lives

June 15 Lesson: Live Pure Lives

June 13, 2014
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June 8 Lesson: Trust God's Promises

June 8 Lesson: Trust God's Promises

May 30, 2014
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June 1 Lesson: Obey the Lord

June 1 Lesson: Obey the Lord

May 27, 2014
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May 25 Lesson: The Greatest Commandment

May 25 Lesson: The Greatest Commandment

May 17, 2014
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May 11 Lesson: Jesus' Mission on Earth

May 11 Lesson: Jesus' Mission on Earth

May 03, 2014
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May 18 Lesson: Jesus' Teaching on the Law

May 18 Lesson: Jesus' Teaching on the Law

May 03, 2014
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April 27 Lesson: From Suffering to Glory

April 27 Lesson: From Suffering to Glory

April 20, 2014
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May 4 Lesson: Jesus Resists Temptation

May 4 Lesson: Jesus Resists Temptation

April 20, 2014
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April 20 Lesson: The Third Day

April 20 Lesson: The Third Day

April 06, 2014
Sunday school lesson for the week of April 20, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Hosea 6:1-3; Luke 24:1-12 On this glorious Easter Sunday, we will investigate how “The Third Day,” which is based on Luke 24:1-12, fulfills a prophecy of Hosea (6:1-3). The eighth century prophet, Hosea, along with Amos, preached in the Northern kingdom of Israel. It was the era of the powerful and ruthless Assyrian Empire, which eventually conquered the north. Because the Israelites had abandoned their ...

April 13 Lesson: A Messianic Priest-King

April 13 Lesson: A Messianic Priest-King

April 02, 2014
Sunday school lesson for the week of April 13, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 23:5, 6; Zachariah 6:9-15; John 19:1-5 Some individuals and couples are known as “fun people.” We look forward to being with them in the present and future because we have experienced them as enjoyable in the past. On the other hand, if we’ve experienced folks as being “perpetual complainers,” our expectations are entirely different. It has been suggested that what is true for individuals or couples ...

April 6 Lesson: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

April 6 Lesson: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

March 25, 2014
Jesus Cleanses the Temple Sunday school lesson for the week of April 6, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Isaiah 56:6,7; Jeremiah 7:9-11; Mark 11:15-19 The occasion of Jesus’ entry into the Temple was the Monday of Holy Week. His reaction to what he observed has been the subject of much discussion and varying interpretations. To better understand the actions of Jesus in cleansing the Temple, we need to review the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah. In the immediate background of the Isaiah ...

March 23 Lesson: Worthy is the Lamb

March 23 Lesson: Worthy is the Lamb

March 12, 2014
Worthy is the Lamb Sunday school lesson for the week of March 23, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Revelation 5:6-13 How do we celebrate the fulfillment of a dream? Perhaps we take a trip to celebrate a wedding anniversary or throw a party to mark a milestone in our education or have an open house to note the completion of a new facility. But the emphasis of today’s lesson is on how Christ’s victory and worthiness as “The Lamb of God” is celebrated in extravagant praise and worship by the...

March 30 Lesson: Triumphant and Victorious

March 30 Lesson: Triumphant and Victorious

March 12, 2014
Triumphant and Victorious Sunday school lesson for the week of March 30, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Zachariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11 Whenever there is a celebrity awards event the crowds gather. The red carpet is extended, limousines are numerous, interviews are plentiful, photographers are busy taking pictures and the television cameras are rolling. The onlookers are filled with joyful excitement as they spy one or more of their favorite actors passing by. For sure, the motives of ...

March 16 Lesson: Peter's Report

March 16 Lesson: Peter's Report

February 27, 2014
Peter's Report Sunday school lesson for the week of March 16 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Psalm 110:1-4; Acts 2:22-24, 29-32 Throughout my ministry, I have heard various ministers in their sermons ask the congregation, “Do I have a witness?”  If so, the ministers encourage an “amen” from the folks gathered who agree with what they are preaching. In a real sense, in our scripture lesson, the Apostle Peter is making both a witness to the Lordship of Christ and encouraging those in the crowd ...

March 9 Lesson: Son of David

March 9 Lesson: Son of David

February 26, 2014
Son of David Sunday school lesson for the week of March 9, 2014 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Psalm 89:35-37; Isaiah 9:6,7; Matthew 1:18-21 One of my late uncles simply had a passion for genealogy. He had an overwhelming concern for his family tree and ancestors. This uncle spent untold hours doing his research and at the conclusion produced several massive volumes, not only of his family’s history but also of his wife’s as well. Gratefully, my family and I were included because I was his ...

March 2 Lesson: An Eternal Kingdom

March 2 Lesson: An Eternal Kingdom

February 16, 2014
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February 23 Lesson: Control your speech

February 23 Lesson: Control your speech

February 12, 2014
Control your speech Quarter: Jesus and the Reign of God Unit 3: Live justly in the reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 23, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 3: 1-12 As we finish the Winter Quarter lessons, James reminds all of us who teach how awesome is the task, and how diligent we must be to fill that God-given role in the Kingdom. His disclaimer that not many should presume to teach is no excuse to say “get someone else!” Obviously, the Church of...

February 16  Lesson: Show your faith by your works

February 16 Lesson: Show your faith by your works

January 21, 2014
Show your faith by your works Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 3: Live justly in the reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 16, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 2:14-26 James comes to the heart of the matter in today’s lesson when he speaks to his Jewish Christian readers about the relationship between faith and works. In the first chapter, he gave us a verse we all should have memorized in Bible School: “Be ye doers of the word and not ...

February 2 Lesson: Hear and do the Word

February 2 Lesson: Hear and do the Word

January 07, 2014
Hear and do the Word Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 3: Live justly in the reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 2, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 1: 19-27 Today we begin the third and final unit for the Winter Quarter. Moving from Luke to James, our study enters new territory. The Gospels proclaim the story of Jesus, and the Letters (Epistles to an earlier generation) were written to help Christians answer the question, “So what?” This...

February 9 Lesson: Treat everyone equally

February 9 Lesson: Treat everyone equally

January 07, 2014
Treat everyone equally Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 3: Live justly in the reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 9, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture Lesson: James 2:1-13 The lessons move to the second chapter of James for the next two weeks. The more familiar scripture about the relationship of faith and works is next week, but first James confronts us with attitudes too common in the church. Remember, we described the letter of James as a “how to” ...

January 12 Lesson: How to live as God's people

January 12 Lesson: How to live as God's people

December 19, 2013
How to live as God's people Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 2: Jesus ushers in the Reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 12, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 6: 17-31 Background Scripture: Luke 6: 17-36 As the lesson continues in Luke chapter six, we move from conflicts over Jewish laws regarding the Sabbath to Jesus’ teaching about how we are to live justly in the world as the people of God. (Please remember that this quarter’s theme is “Jesus ...

January 19 Lesson: Jesus teaches about relationships

January 19 Lesson: Jesus teaches about relationships

December 19, 2013
Jesus teaches about relationships Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 2: Jesus ushers in the Reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 19, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 14: 7-18a, 22-24 Background Scripture: Luke 14: 7-24 As is so often the case, today’s lesson breaks into an unfolding event. A prominent Pharisee has invited Jesus to dinner on a Sabbath! Not only is this a significant moment for Jesus, but Luke warns us about how closely Jesus is ...

January 26 Lesson: Jesus teaches compassion for the poor

January 26 Lesson: Jesus teaches compassion for the poor

December 19, 2013
Jesus teaches compassion for the poor Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 2: Jesus ushers in the Reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 26, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 16: 10, 19-31 Background Scripture: Luke 16 The lesson this week begins with the key verse, Jesus’ summary of a parable about one of the least admirable of New Testament characters – the shrewd manager. Of course, he is not urging us to imitate his character, but encouraging us to ...

January 5 Lesson: Honoring the Sabbath

January 5 Lesson: Honoring the Sabbath

December 19, 2013
Honoring the Sabbath Quarter: Jesus and the Just Reign of God Unit 2: Jesus ushers in the Reign of God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 5, 2014 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 6:1-11 Background Scripture: Luke 6:1-47 On this first Sunday of a new year, we continue the quarter’s emphasis upon Jesus and the reign of God. We have moved forward in time some 30 years! Jesus is now a grown man who has been lovingly reared in a devout Jewish home. Since Luke’s account of his ...

December 22 Lesson: Jesus is Born

December 22 Lesson: Jesus is Born

December 05, 2013
Jesus is Born Quarter: Jesus and the Reign of God Unit 1: God Sends Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 22, 2013 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 2:1-17 Background scripture: Luke 2:1-20           After two birth announcements made nine months early and songs about two lives yet to be lived, finally Luke tells the story of the One who is savior, Messiah and Lord! (vs.11) Wow!  What a plot for the “Greatest Story Ever Told!” Surely the director will use all kinds of special...

December 29 Lesson

December 29 Lesson

December 05, 2013
Quarter: Jesus and the Reign of God Unit 1: Jesus is Presented in the Temple Sunday school lesson for the week of December 29, 2013 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 2:25-38 Background scripture: Luke 2:21-40 We need to read the entire scripture this week to fully understand the series of events involving Jesus and his parents. Luke, the Gentile physician, puts to rest the common misunderstanding that his gospel does not emphasize the Jewish roots of Jesus’ life. In just a few verses we...

December 15 Lesson: Zechariah prophesies about his son, John

December 15 Lesson: Zechariah prophesies about his son, John

November 21, 2013
Zechariah prophesies about his son, John Quarter: Jesus and the Reign of God Unit 1: God Sends Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of December 15, 2013 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture:  Luke 1: 57-58, 67-79 Background scripture: Luke 1:57-80 As is often the case, the appointed scripture for today’s lesson is not sufficient to give full understanding to the event of the birth and the future work of John the baptizer. Because of his father’s unbelief about the possibility of Elizabeth’s ...

December 8 Lesson: Mary's Song of Praise

December 8 Lesson: Mary's Song of Praise

November 21, 2013
Mary’s Song of Praise Quarter: Jesus and the Reign of God Unit 1: God sends Jesus Sunday school lesson for the week of Dec. 8, 2013 By Helen & Rev. Sam Rogers Scripture: Luke 1:46-56 With Mary’s, “Let it be with me according to your word,” she undertakes the difficult journey from Nazareth in Galilee to the small Judean village of ‘Aim Kareem, four miles west of Jerusalem. Her welcome by Elizabeth must have given her great comfort after the shock of Gabriel’s news and the resulting ...

November 24 Lesson: Beginning of the Tabernacle

November 24 Lesson: Beginning of the Tabernacle

November 18, 2013
Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 24 By Rev. John Brantley Beginning of Freedom Purpose: To identify ways that God reassures us of God’s presence Background: Exodus 35–40 Bible Lesson: Exodus 40:16-30, 34, 38 16 Moses did everything exactly as the Lord had commanded him. 17 In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the dwelling was set up. 18 Moses set up the dwelling. He laid out its bases. He set up its boards, inserted its bars, and raised up its posts. 19 ...

November 17 Lesson: Beginning of Freedom

November 17 Lesson: Beginning of Freedom

November 15, 2013
Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 17 By Rev. John Brantley Beginning of Freedom Purpose: To see the possibility of God’s deliverance in all circumstances Background: Exodus 13:17-22; 14 Bible Lesson: Exodus 14:21-30 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two. 22 The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their ...

Sunday school lesson for the week of Aug. 25

August 19, 2013
By Kim Reindl  Lesson for the week of Aug. 25, 2013 Scripture: Nehemiah 13:10-12, 15-22 Opening questions: When have you found it difficult to keep a pledge or a promise that you have made to yourself or someone else? What made keeping that pledge/promise so difficult? Promises are often easy to make and difficult to keep. Most of us are confronted with the truth of this statement when we think about our New Year’s resolutions. How many of us promise ourselves every January 1 that we are going ...

Sunday school lesson for the week of Aug. 11

August 05, 2013
By Kim Reindl  Lesson for the week of Aug. 11 Scripture: Nehemiah 9:2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 30-36 Opening questions: In your experience, are people comfortable or uncomfortable using the word “sin?” Explain. In what contexts have you heard people use the word “sin?”   Maxie Dunnam, in his book “Going on to Salvation,” tells of a small Christian college in Arkansas that advertises in its bulletin that it is 16 miles from any known sin. (An interesting thought given that people must be involved in the ...

Sunday school lesson for the week of Aug. 18

August 05, 2013
By Kim Reindl  Lesson for the week of Aug. 18 Scripture:  Nehemiah 12:27-38, 43 Opening questions: When have you witnessed or participated in a time of public celebration  (i.e., a parade, an inauguration, a dedication)? What was being celebrated?  Why was it public? Today’s scripture passage comes from the “Nehemiah memoir,” a firsthand account of Nehemiah’s career as governor of Judah. Nehemiah’s story began during the “twentieth year” of King Artaxerxes I of Persia, in the year 445 BCE.  ...

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