Stand at the Wesley monument
FROM THE BISHOP R. LAWSON BRYAN On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I found myself seated beside a Jewish rabbi from Philadelphia. When he asked about my group’s itinerary, I ...
A season of giving thanks
OUR CONNECTION MATTERS NITA CRUMP​ God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8, NLT) The season of ...
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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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