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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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