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Our House
(The Joy of Worship)
Printed Text: Psalm 84
Bible Background: Psalm 84
Devotional Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:25-30

Daily Bible Readings


MONDAY: God Has Done Great Things (Psalm 126)
TUESDAY: Joy Fulfilled in Love (John 15:9-17)
WEDNESDAY: God’s Joy is Your Strength (Nehemiah 8:9-12)
THURSDAY: Joy Fulfilled in Christ’s Sacrifice (Philippians 2:1-11)
FRIDAY: Rejoice in the Lord Always (Philippians 4:4-9)
SATURDAY: Fullness of Joy (Psalms 16)
SUNDAY: How Lovely is God’s Dwelling Place (Psalm 84)

 

 

Keep in Mind:

“Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah." (Psalm 84:4, NRSV).

Lesson Aim:

DISCOVER why the psalmist expressed joy in worship,
FEEL the joy of worship, and
PROCLAIM the living presence of God throughout creation.

Background

The sons of Korah were porters (1 Chronicles 9: 17) and musicians (2 Chronicles 20: 19) for the priests. These positions meant that they dwelt in God's house. This physical closeness to God's house prompted their love and desire of God in ways that others may not have felt. The sons of Korah long for the Lord's house because they long for the presence of the Lord. Those who can live in God's house should always respond in praise because nothing is better than being in God's presence. There is joy experienced in worship in God's presence, and the benefits of joyfully worshiping God are immeasurable.

Lesson Commentary:

The Tabernacle of Worship (Psalm 84:1-4, NRSV)

1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah

The Tabernacle was a sacred place where God manifested His presence and communicated His will.  The physical Tabernacle of God is "amiable" or beloved because God dwells there (v.1), and the psalmists' souls long to unite with God.  They so intently desire the courts of the Lord, that they are weakened.  Their committed love for God is passionate, so their flesh cries out for God.  There is an insatiable desire to dwell in the house of God, as a bird desires a nest (v. 3).  The Tabernacle of God is an honored placed.  Those who dwell in the presence of God should perpetually praise, worship, and adore God (v. 4).

1.    How does your desire for the Presence of God compare to the psalmists'?

2.    What stories can you tell about where the Lord has delivered you from great trouble or hardship?

The Valley of Baca (Psalm 84:5-7, NRSV)

5Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
7They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

Our definition of blessed should align with the Word of God.  We are blessed only in God.  The valley of Baca is the place of weeping or a valley of tears.  Finding strength in God and having a heart fixed on God is the source of greatest blessing (v. 5).  Even, in sorrow and times of weeping, which we all experience in life, with God those places are made easier (v. 6).  Faithful believers in God will experience the journey and grow from strength to strength (cf.2Corinthians3:18). We all become stronger as we grow with God, never weaker (v. 7).

1.    In your valley of tears, how did you keep your heart fixed on God?

Reverential Worship (Psalm 84:8-9, NRSV)

8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.

Recognizing God in all His splendor should dictate how we approach Him.  The reverence for God as the "LORD God of hosts" indicates the writers' honor for God being Lord over heaven and earth's armies.  God is so vast, yet the psalmists approach God requesting attention to their prayer (v. 8).  In the midst of His sovereign rule, they desire God's ear to be attentive to them.  They recognize God is their shield and protector (v.9).  We want God to look upon us when we call to Him.  We must give humble attention to the majesty of God in the midst of our prayer requests.  God is attracted to our reverential worship.

1.    How do you approach God in reverential worship?

Joy in Worship (Psalm 84:10-12, NRSV)

10For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.
11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Any day in God's presence is more precious than a thousand days anywhere else (v. 10).  Time with God should be the most dedicated and valued of all the time we have.  No time on earth is more valuable.  Our time should not be more concentrated on temporal moments than moments with eternal significance.  The Lord our God is both our guiding light and our protector (v.11).  God gives us both grace and glory.  He guarantees that we have grace in difficult times and glory in times of success in Him (v.11).  As God's grace and glory is given to us, we are compelled to walk uprightly.  And as we walk uprightly, God bestows wonderful things upon us (v.11).  When we trust God, we are blessed and have everything we need (v. 12).

1.    How have God's grace and glory caused you to walk uprightly?

2.    How does the reverential worship of the psalmist impact your thoughts of expressing worship currently?

3.    How do personal views of God impact how people embrace time spent in the sanctuary?

Lesson in Our Society

Churches, worship settings, and liturgical styles are changing.  By following what's trending or what might appeal to multiple generations, we can find ourselves compromising the tangible presence of God.  Worship is a lifestyle, though, and our lifestyle of worship should be reverential.  Time spent with God impacts our lives.  Rationed time in God's presence hinders the grace and glory we receive from dwelling in God's presence.  When insatiability for God wanes, so does personal worship.  We must revive our craving to worship God; it is the catalyst for revival in the global Church

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Brown, Raymond E., S. S., Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S. J.; Roland E. Murphy, O Carm. The Jerome Biblical Commentary. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1968.

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Gaebelein, Frank E., The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Volume 5, Psalms, Proverbs,Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishers, 1991.

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Nowell, Irene, The New Interpreter's Bible Commentary Volume, New York: Abingdon Press, 2015.

Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Hrsg.): The Pulpit Commentary: Psalms Vol II. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2004

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Next Week Lesson:  31 October

I Just Want to Celebrate
(The Joy of Worship)
Printed Text: Psalm 149:1-5; 150:1-6
Bible Background: Psalms 147,148,149, And 150
Devotional Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20

Daily Bible Readings


MONDAY: A Psalm of Praise is Fitting (Psalm 147:1-7)
TUESDAY: David’s Music Soothes Saul (1 Samuel 16:14-23)
WEDNESDAY: Paul and Silas Sing in Prison (Acts 16:23-26)
THURSDAY: Praise the Name of the Lord (Psalm 148)
FRIDAY: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Colossians 3:12-17)
SATURDAY: Making Melody to God (Psalms 149)
SUNDAY: Praise God with Musical Instruments (Psalm 150)

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2020-2021 Children's Sunday School Curriculum

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First Quarter       June 07, 2020 Members Only Hannah - God Answers Prayers
 Old Testament  June 14, 2020
 Members Only Hannah - Given to the Lord
 Old Testament  June 21, 2020
 Members Only Special Holidays - A Father's Love 
 Holidays  June 28, 2020
 Free Romans Road - A Big Problem New Testament  July 05, 2020
 Free Romans Road - Hope for the World
 New Testament  July 12, 2020
 Free Romans Road - Death and Life
 New Testament  July 19, 2020
 Free Romans Road - Hear, Believe, Confess
 New Testament  July 26, 2020
 Free Romans Road - A Forever Love
 New Testament  August 2, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Worship Only God (Golden Calf)
 Old Testament  August 09, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Take God at His Word (Jonah)
 Old Testament  August 16, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Obey God Completely (Saul)
 Old Testament  August 23, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Doing What is Right (Samson)
 Old Testament  August 30, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Pride Gets in the Way (Babel) Old Testament    Second Quarter       September 06, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Don't Reject God's Call (Balaam)
 Old Testament  September 13, 2020
 Members Only Lessons on Obedience - Defeating the Enemy (Gideon)
 Old Testament  September 20, 2020
 Members Only The Garden of Gethsemane - The Cup of God's Wrath
 New Testament  September 27, 2020
 Members Only The Garden of Gethsemane - The Temptation
 New Testament  October 04, 2020
 Members Only Christian Living - Walk the Narrow Path
 Spiritual Life  October 11, 2020
 Members Only Christian Living - Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
 Spiritual Life  October 18, 2020
 Members Only Christian Living - Be a Good Example Spiritual Life  October 25, 2020
 Members Only Christian Living - Ready For Jesus
 Spiritual Life  November 01, 2020
 Members Only Christian Living - My Christian Home
 Spiritual Life  November 08, 2020
 Members Only Parable - The Pearl of Great Value
 New Testament  November 15, 2020 Members Only Thanksgiving Lessons - Don't Worry be Thankful
 Holidays  November 22, 2020
 Members Only When Trouble Comes - Jesus Understands
 Spiritual Life  November 29, 2020
 Members Only When Trouble Comes - Jesus Protects Us
 Spiritual Life    Third Quarter     December 06, 2020
 Members Only When Trouble Comes - Jesus Helps Us Grow
 Spiritual Life  December 13, 2020
 Members Only When Trouble Comes - We Can Help One Another
 Spiritual Life  December 20, 2020
 Members Only Christmas Lessons - Let Your Light Shine
 Holidays  December 27, 2020
 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming Perseverant New Testament  January 03, 2021
 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming a Doer
 New Testament  January 10, 2021 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming a Tongue Tamer
 New Testament  January 17, 2027 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming Wise New Testament  January 24, 2021 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming Submissive
 New Testament  January 31, 2021 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming a Glory-Giver
 New Testament  February 07, 2021 Members Only Daily Living - Becoming a Pray-er
 New Testament  February 14, 2021 Members Only Teachings from Jesus - Who is the Greatest?
 New Testament  February 21, 2021 Members Only Teachings from Jesus - Making Promises
 New Testament  February 28, 2021 Members Only Teachings from Jesus - Love for Enemies New Testament    Fourth Quarter      March 07, 2021 Members Only Teachings from Jesus - Judging Others New Testament  March 14, 2021 Members Only Teaching From Jesus - Woman at the Well New Testament  March 21, 2021 Members Only Easter Series - The First Communion
 Holidays  March 28, 2021 Members Only Easter Series - Death on a Cross
 Holidays  April 04, 2021 Members Only  Easter Series - The Resurrection
 Holidays  April 11, 2021 Members Only Parable - The Prodigal Son
 New Testament  April 18, 2021 Free Prayer - Why Pray?
 Spiritual Life  April 25, 2021 Free Prayer - How Should We Pray?
 Spiritual Life May 02, 2021 Free Prayer - The Purpose of Prayer
 Spiritual Life  May 09, 2021 Members Only Psalm 23 - God Loves Me
 Old Testament  May 16, 2021 Members Only Psalm 23 - God is With Me
 Old Testament  May 23, 2021 Members Only Psalm 23 - God Will Bless Me
 Old Testament  May 30, 2021Members Only Parable - The Ten Virgins
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Sunday School Lessons

October 24 lesson: Praise God for His Presence

October 14, 2021

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


October 31 lesson: Praise God for His Greatness

October 14, 2021

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


October 10 lesson: Praise for God’s Ultimate Justice

October 03, 2021

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


October 17 lesson: Praise God for Past Deliverance

October 03, 2021

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


October 3 lesson: Praise God with Joy

September 16, 2021

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


September 26 lesson: Praise for Salvation

September 16, 2021

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


September 12 lesson: Praise in Dance

September 02, 2021

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


September 19 lesson: Praise by Expecting and Following

September 02, 2021

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


August 22 lesson: A Conquering Faith

August 16, 2021

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


August 29 lesson: An Eternal Hope

August 16, 2021

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


September 5 lesson: Praise with Music

August 16, 2021

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


August 15 lesson: A Patient, Persevering Faith

August 01, 2021

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


August 8 lesson: A Necessary Faith

August 01, 2021

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


August 1 lesson: Salvation Available For All

July 18, 2021

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


July 25 lesson: Peace with God

July 18, 2021

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


July 11 lesson: Power of the Gospel

July 05, 2021

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


July 18 lesson: Faith of Abraham

July 05, 2021

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


July 4 lesson: Attitude of Gratitude

June 19, 2021

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


June 27 lesson: Rescued from Doubt

June 19, 2021

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


June 20 lesson: Healed by Faith

June 09, 2021

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


June 13 lesson: Delivered from Fear

May 31, 2021

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


June 6 lesson: Freed from Worry

May 31, 2021

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


May 23 lesson: Preaching to the Exiles

May 17, 2021

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


May 30 lesson: Preaching to the Enemies

May 17, 2021

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


May 16 lesson: Preaching Doom

May 03, 2021

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


May 9 lesson: Offering Hope for the Future

May 03, 2021

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


April 25 lesson: The Nation’s Plea

April 18, 2021

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


May 2 lesson: Speaking Truth to Power

April 18, 2021

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


April 11 lesson: The Faith-in-Action Preacher

April 02, 2021

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


April 18 lesson: The Restoration Builder

April 02, 2021

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


April 4 lesson: The Suffering Servant

March 15, 2021

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


March 21 lesson: Prophet of Wisdom

March 15, 2021

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


March 28 lesson: Prophet of Courage

March 15, 2021

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


March 14 lesson: Prophet of Conquest

February 28, 2021

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


March 7 lesson: Prophet of Deliverance

February 28, 2021

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


February 21 lesson: Called to Explain

February 15, 2021

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


February 28 lesson: Called to Serve

February 15, 2021

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


February 14 lesson: Called to Support

January 31, 2021

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


February 7 lesson: Called to Testify

January 31, 2021

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


January 24 lesson: Called for the World’s Belief

January 17, 2021

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


January 31 lesson: Called to Prophesy

January 17, 2021

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


January 10 lesson: Called to Follow

January 03, 2021

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


January 17 lesson: Called in Authority

January 03, 2021

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


December 27 lesson: Called to Prepare

December 14, 2020

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


January 3 lesson: Called to Proclaim

December 14, 2020

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


December 20 lesson: Called to Worship

December 13, 2020

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


December 13 lesson: Called to be Immanuel

November 24, 2020

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


December 6 lesson: Called to be Heir

November 24, 2020

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


November 22 lesson: Responsive Love

November 16, 2020

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


November 29 lesson: Impartial Love

November 15, 2020

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


November 15 lesson: Confident Love

November 01, 2020

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


November 8 lesson: Abiding Love

November 01, 2020

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


November 1 lesson: Serving Love

October 23, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Serving Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 3: Godly Love Among Believers Sunday school lesson for the week of Nov. 1, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture John 13:1-35 Key Verse: I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15 Lesson Aims: Jesus’ emotions at the Last Supper and their meaning. Learn the connection between loving Jesus and serving others. Choose a ministry that truly serves God’s ...


October 25 lesson: Love Never Fails

October 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Love Never Fails Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 2: Inclusive Love Sunday school lesson for the week of October 25, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Background Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27-14:1 Key Verse: Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Lesson Aims Learn what love can do, and what it cannot. Learn why love is necessary for the effective functioning of spiritual gifts and ...


October 18 lesson: Love for Neighbors

October 02, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Love for Neighbors Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 2: Inclusive Love Sunday school lesson for the week of October 18, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Lev. 19:18, 34; Luke 10:25-37 Key Verses: “Which of these three do you believe was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 36-37 Our lesson is ...


October 11 lesson: Love for Enemies

September 23, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Love for Enemies Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 2: Inclusive Love Sunday school lesson for the week of October 11, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 6: 27-36 Key Verse: To you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat him (Luke 6:27-28). Lesson Aims Doing the unthinkable for the sake of love. Contrast Jesus means of interacting with ...


October 4 lesson: Love That Intercedes

September 14, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Love That Intercedes Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 2: Inclusive Love Sunday school lesson for the week of October 4, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: 1 Samuel 19:1-7; 1 Samuel 23: 1-8; 2 Samuel 9 Key Verse: Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what has he done has benefited you greatly.” (1 Samuel 19: 4) Lesson Aims: ...


September 20 lesson: Victorious Love

September 14, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Victorious Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 1: Struggles with Love Sunday school lesson for the week of September 20, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Genesis 42 Key Verse: “Rueben replied, ‘didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood!” (Genesis 42:22) Textual and Experiential Background Though Joseph could be described as an arrogant teen, his tenure as...


September 27 lesson: Revealed Love

September 14, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Revealed Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 1: Struggles with Love Sunday school lesson for the week of September 27, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Genesis 43; 45:1-15 Key Verse: Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. (Genesis 45:5) Lesson Aims Recount the moment when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers in Egypt Joseph ...


September 13 lesson: Obedient Love

August 31, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Obedient Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 1: Struggles with Love Sunday school lesson for the week of September 13, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Genesis 41:14-57 Key Verse: Genesis 41:30-40 Lesson Aims: Describe how Joseph grew from an immature teen into a godly man. Describe how Joseph remained true to his faith in a powerful polytheistic culture. Describe the risk Joseph took in remaining true to his God. Background ...


September 6 lesson: Biased Love

August 31, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Biased Love Fall Quarter: Love for One Another Unit 1: Struggles with Love Sunday school lesson for the week of September 6, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Genesis 25:28; 35:23-26 Key Verse: Genesis 37:11 “His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” Aim of the lesson: To reveal the powerful and generational effect of family conflict and favoritism. The lesson also helps us understand how Israel ended up in...


August 23 lesson: Taming the Tongue

August 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Taming the Tongue Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 23, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: James 3:1–12 Key Verse: James 3:5 Purpose: To admit that our speech is an important indication of our attitudes and commitments Conscientious Communication One of the first books I purchased when I started graduate school in 1978 was the second edition (1974) of the ...


August 30 lesson: Two Kinds of Wisdom

August 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Two Kinds of Wisdom Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 30, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: James 3:13–18; 5:7–12 Key Verse: James 3:17 Purpose: To acknowledge that choosing God’s wisdom leads to life Reason and Compassion Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the call to serve as the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. on May 14, ...


August 9 lesson: Hearing and Doing

August 03, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Hearing and Doing Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 9, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: James 1:19–27 Key Verse: James 1:22 Purpose: To affirm the importance of letting what we say we believe guide our actions A Betrayal of Trust People expect their doctor to be guided by certain specific ethical standards. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the earliest – and...


August 16 lesson: Living Faith

August 02, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Living Faith Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 16, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: James 2:14–26 Key Verse: James 2:26 Purpose: To recognize that living faith produces fruitful, faithful service A Good Long Life Abraham. Father Abraham. Father Abraham had many sons. If you grew up going to vacation bible school or summer camp, no apologies if you suddenly...


August 2 lesson: Faith and Wisdom

July 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Faith and Wisdom Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 2, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: James 1:1–11 Key Verse: James 1:5 Purpose: To acknowledge God as the source of wisdom that leads to life Trials and Sufferings My daughters were (and still are) avid readers. They happened to be about the same age as the title character in J. K. Rowling’s novel, “Harry ...


July 26 lesson: Wisdom to Follow

July 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Wisdom to Follow Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 2: Wisdom in the Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of July 26, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: John 14:1–14 Key Verse: John 14:6 Purpose: To affirm that Jesus shows us the way to live a life that honors God No Place to Call Home This season of isolation, social distancing, and self-quarantine has gone on for much longer than any of us would have imagined. Perhaps you ...


July 12 lesson: The Boy Jesus

July 06, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version The Boy Jesus Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 2: Wisdom in the Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of July 12, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Luke 2:39-52 Key Verse: Luke 2:40 Purpose: Wisdom is staying focused on God’s ways—no matter what. Focus on the Numbers Katherine Johnson and I share a birthday, but little else. She was born as Creola Katherine Coleman on August 26, 1918, in White Sulphur Springs, West ...


July 19 lesson: The Wisdom of Jesus

July 06, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version The Wisdom of Jesus Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 2: Wisdom in the Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of July 19, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Mark 6:1-6 Key Verse: Mark 6:2-3 Purpose: To affirm that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. A Woman from Tuskegee On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the Cleveland Avenue bus in front of the Empire Theater, she became an ...


July 5 lesson: Vindicating Wisdom

June 15, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Vindicating Wisdom Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 1: Wisdom in the Gospels Sunday school lesson for the week of July 5, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Matthew 11:7-19 Key Verse: Matthew 11:19 Purpose: To acknowledge the resistance people who follow God’s wisdom experience A Matter of Perspective Amy Grant grew up in a religious and loving home in Nashville, Tenn. She regularly attended worship services Sunday morning, ...


June 21 lesson: Receive Wisdom’s Gifts

June 15, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Receive Wisdom’s Gifts Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 1: Wisdom in Proverbs Sunday school lesson for the week of June 21, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 8 Key Verse: Proverbs 8:10-11 Purpose: To understand that God’s wisdom is more valuable than all the riches of this world Imagining Community As we begin this week, let me invite you to engage in a thought experiment. Let me ask you to imagine the ideal community...


June 28 lesson: Feast with Wisdom

June 15, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Feast with Wisdom Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 1: Wisdom in Proverbs Sunday school lesson for the week of June 28, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 9 Key Verse: Proverbs 9:6 Purpose: To understand the transformation of our world that is possible when we enter into intimate fellowship with God’s wisdom Life around the Table Competing in triathlons has helped me sustain my focus on maintaining my physical ...


June 14 lesson: Value Wisdom

June 01, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Value Wisdom
 Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 1: Wisdom in Proverbs Sunday school lesson for the week of June 14, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 2 Key Verse: Proverbs 2:6 Purpose: To understand that God gives wisdom to establish righteousness, justice, and equity In the Know Some of you will remember the E.F. Hutton commercials that ran on TV in the late 70s. There was a room full of people engaged in conversation....


June 7 lesson: Listen to God’s Wisdom

June 01, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Listen to God’s Wisdom Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 1: Wisdom in Proverbs Sunday school lesson for the week of June 7, 2020 By Rev. Ashley Randall Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 1 Key Verse: Proverbs 1:7 Purpose: To acknowledge that God is the true source of wisdom Hearing through the Noise So much noise. So much confusion. Are you wondering how to sift through it all? Ken Carter, Bishop of the Florida Conference, recently invited those ...


May 24 lesson: Repent of Injustice

May 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Repent of Injustice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 3: Called to God’s Work of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of May 24, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 22:1-10 Key Verse: Jeremiah 22:3 Lesson Aims State promised results of obedience to God and promised consequences for disobedience. Compare and contrast God’s statements regarding social justice and injustice with those in other lessons of this unit. Evaluate...


May 31 lesson: Pursue Love and Justice

May 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Pursue Love and Justice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 3: Called to God’s Work of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of May 31, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Hosea 11:1,2,7-10; 12:1,2,6-14 Key Verse: Hosea 12:6 Lesson Aims Identify Israel’s problem. Explain whether the predicted consequences of that problem better fit the concept of “restorative” justice or that of “retributive” justice. The writer of the lesson ...


May 10 lesson: Promising Peace

May 04, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Promising Peace Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 3: Called to God’s Work of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of May 10, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17 Key Verse: Zechariah 8:15 Lesson Aims Describe the expressions of the peace that God promises. Explain why jealousy is not a sin or character defect when applied to God. Discuss “God’s New Normal” with the class. We are told that there is a little ...


May 17 lesson: Practice Justice

May 04, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Practice Justice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 3: Called to God’s Work of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of May 17, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 21:8-14 Key Verse: Jeremiah 21:12a Lesson Aims Summarize Jeremiah’s message to the people and the royal court. Explain why God’s covenant people sometimes suffered (or seemed to suffer) more severely under his judgmental wrath then did their pagan enemies. Some...


May 3 lesson: Prophesying Restoration

April 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Prophesying Restoration Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 3: Called to God’s Work of Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of May 3, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Zephaniah 3:14-20 Key Verse: Zephaniah 3:19 Lesson Aims Identify themes of restoration. Explain the significance of those themes. Why do you think this lesson is important to Christians? The writer of today’s lesson introduces it by pointing out that a small ...


April 26 lesson: A Justice-Loving God

April 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version A Justice-Loving God Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom Sunday school lesson for the week of April 26, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Isaiah 61:8-11; 62:2-4a Key Verse: Isaiah 61:8 Lesson Aims Identify the everlasting Covenant. Explain why Old Testament parallelism promotes fuller understanding of the text. Repent of a sin of omission or commission concerning a time he or she promoted or allowed an ...


April 12 lesson: A Resurrected Savior

April 03, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version A Resurrected Savior Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom  Sunday school lesson for the week of April 12, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 20-23, 42-45 Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 15:19,20  Lesson Aims  List the key elements of the gospel as Paul sees them. Explain why Christ’s resurrection is the key to understanding everyone’s future.  The late James S. Stewart, minister and...


April 19 lesson: An Executed Scoundrel

April 03, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version An Executed Scoundrel Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom  Sunday school lesson for the week of April 19, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Esther 7:1-10 Key Verse: 7:10  Lesson Aims  State how Haman’s plan backfired. Suggest elements of the account that are more likely to be providential than others. Repent of a sin omission concerning a time when he or she should have opposed injustice but did not do ...


April 5 lesson: A Just Servant

March 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version A Just Servant Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 2: God Promises a Just Kingdom Sunday school lesson for the week of April 5, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 Key Verse: 42:1 Lesson Aims Identify the Lord’s servant and the servant’s task. Explain the fulfillment of the lesson text found in Matthew 12:15-21. Today’s lesson begins Unit 2, which emphasizes God’s promises of a just kingdom. The prophets foretold the ...


March 22 lesson: An Argument Against Corruption

March 16, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version An Argument Against Corruption Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 22, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Micah 3:1-3, 9-12; 6:6-8 Key Verse: Micah 6:8 Lesson Aims Summarize the condition of Judean leadership of the late eight century. Explain why the requirements of Micah 6:8 were especially necessary for leadership of the day. The book of Micah is another of the 12 ...


March 29 lesson: Need for Just Leaders

March 16, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Need for Just Leaders Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 29, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Malachi 2:1-9; 3:5,6 Key Verse: Malachi 2:2 Lesson Aims Describe the conduct of the Judean priesthood of the late fifth century BC. Explain why God held the priesthood to a high standard. Create a plan to improve one aspect of his or her own priestly ministry (I Peter 2:5)....


March 15 lesson: Consequences for Injustice

March 01, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Consequences for Injustice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice Sunday school lesson for the week of March 15, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scripture: Habakkuk 2:6-14 Key Verse: Habakkuk 2:12 Lesson Aims List some characteristics and consequences of injustice. Contrast “the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” with human knowledge and its consequences. One of the most engrossing scenes in the classic movie “Gone With ...


March 8 lesson: A Prayer for Justice

March 01, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version A Prayer for Justice Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice  Sunday school lesson for the week of March 8, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 12-14 Key Verses: Habakkuk 1:13b Lesson Aims Summarize Habakkuk’s two complaints. Explain the specific issue of justice with which Habakkuk was wrestling. Watch and pray to see how God is working in different situations this week. Years ago, the noted jazz ...


February 23 lesson: Ever-Persevering Petitions

February 17, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Ever-Persevering Petitions Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 23, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 11:1-13 Key Verse: Luke 11:19 I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Lesson Aim: To understand the act of persistent, persevering prayer and the nature of God as expressed in Jesus’ parable. (Clarification: Most often the...


March 1 lesson: A Call to Accountability

February 16, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version A Call to Accountability Spring Quarter: Justice and The Prophets Unit 1: God Requires Justice  Sunday school lesson for the week of March 1, 2020 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson Scriptures: Amos 5:18-24 Key Verses: Amos 5:24  Lesson Aim:  Summarize the misconceptions concerning the day of the Lord. Explain why the Lord detested the people’s worship rituals Focus on one lifestyle change that will improve your obedience to the imperative of the key verse.  ...


February 16 lesson: Kingdom-Seeking Prayer

February 02, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Kingdom-Seeking Prayer Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 16, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6:9-15 Key Verse: Matthew 6:10 Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Lesson Aim: To understand the historical significance of the Lord’s Prayer, its role in Jesus’ ministry, and its significant content. Historical, Geographical, and Experiential Background for Text: ...


February 9 lesson: God-honoring Piety

February 02, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version God-honoring Piety Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 9, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6:1-8 Secondary study text for reading: Ecclesiastes 5:1-6 Key Verse: Matthew 6:1 Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do you will have no reward in heaven. Lesson Goal: To note and understand the stark distinction Jesus makes between self-serving...


February 2 lesson: Single-Minded Obedience

January 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Single-Minded Obedience Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of February 2, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 Key Verse: Matthew 4:10 “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” Lesson Aim: What purpose was served in the ministry of Jesus through the temptation in the wilderness? What responses to such temptations do we learn from ...


January 26 lesson: Solomon Anticipates Praise

January 19, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Anticipates Praise Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 26, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8:54-66 and II Chronicles 7:4-9 Key Verse: I Kings 8:57,58 “May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.” Historical,...


January 12 lesson: Solomon Speaks to the People

January 06, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Speaks to the People Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 12, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8: 14-21 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 6 Key Verse: I Kings 8:15 “Praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To hear Solomon’s blessing upon his people, a historical ...


January 19 lesson: Solomon Seeks God’s Blessing

January 06, 2020

Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Seeks God’s Blessing Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 19, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8:22-53 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 6:12-42 Key Verse: I Kings 8:30 “Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear forgive.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson Understanding the Lord we...


December 22 lesson: Mary’s Praise

December 15, 2019

Click here for a print-friendly version Mary’s Praise Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 22, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: Luke 1: 39-56 Key Verse: Luke 1:46-47 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To study the events leading to the beautiful, inspired Magnificat. To recognize the contrasts and comparisons in this narrative that help us grasp the full wonder and meaning of ...


December 29 lesson: David’s Prayer

December 15, 2019

Click here for a print-friendly version David’s Prayer Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 29, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Chronicles 17: 16-27 Supplementary text: II Samuel 7: 17-25 Key Verse: I Chronicles 17:20 “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, and we have heard with our own ears.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To comprehend the beauty and humanity of David’s prayer. To recognize the power of acceptance ...


January 5 lesson: Solomon Summons the Ark

December 15, 2019

Click here for a print-friendly version Solomon Summons the Ark Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of January 5, 2020 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Kings 8: 1-13 Supplementary text: 2 Chronicles 5: 1-14 Key Verse: I Kings 8:13 “I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To gain an understanding of the significance and context of moving the Ark of the Covenant into the newly ...


December 8 lesson: David’s Gratitude

December 02, 2019

Click here for a print-friendly version David’s Gratitude Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 8, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: I Chronicles 16:7-36 Key Verse: I Chronicles 16:8 “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” Aim and Goal of the Lesson To learn to appreciate and understand the depth, height, and depth of what it means to praise the Lord. Historical, Geographical, ...


December 15 lesson: David’s House

December 01, 2019

Click here for a print-friendly version David’s House Winter Quarter: Honoring God Sunday school lesson for the week of December 15, 2019 By Dr. D. Craig Rikard Lesson Scripture: II Samuel 7:1-17, 24:18-25; I Chronicles 17: 1-15, 21:18-31 Key Verse: I Chronicles 17:11, 12 “When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will ...


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