Sunday School Lessons

July 28 2024

Melchizedek Who?

Hebrews 7

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Heroes are a staple of growing up. American children buy baseball trading cards and swap them among themselves. On the other hand, while children in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox neighborhoods cannot indulge in secular heroes, they collect and trade rabbi cards just as passionately. It seems that no matter the culture, heroes are somehow a significant element. The Bible is filled with heroes. 

July 21 2024

Moving on to Spiritual Maturity

Hebrews 6

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What is spiritual maturity? Should every Christian strive for it? Is maturity like aging, which comes whether or not one pursues it? What responsibility does the believer have in making sure he or she is maturing spiritually? What standard would be sufficient to use to gauge genuine maturity? In other words, would I know maturity if I saw it? Is the church responsible for the spiritual growth of individual Christians? If so, what part does it play?

July 14 2024

Our Heavenly High Priest

Hebrews 5

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Chapter five compares and contrasts the earthly priesthood of Aaron with the heavenly priesthood of a mysterious character named Melchizedek. And, while he develops Melchizedek’s character more fully in chapter seven, he is introduced in this chapter as representing a higher order of priest than Aaron.

July 7 2024

The Believer’s Eternal Security

Hebrews 4

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A.W. Tozer once said, “We want security in this life and eternal security in the world above!… That is a kind of definition of our modern day Christian fundamentalism.” He was right; too often Christians take for granted the wonderful security we have in Jesus Christ. On the other hand, some Christians struggle with security in their relationship with the Lord. Doubt appears to reign in people’s hearts. 

June 30 2024

Where on Earth Does God Live?

Hebrews 3

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We often speak of the church building as God’s house. At times we want a solemn atmosphere so we ask people to respect the “Lord’s house” by being quiet. At other times, we desire to create a basic respect for church property, so we insist that certain activities should not be held in the “Lord’s house.” For example, we may have a policy which states, “there is to be no dancing in the Lord’s house.”

June 23 2024

How Great Our Salvation

Hebrews 2

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The Apostle Peter opens his first letter with a powerful statement about the greatness of our salvation, the greatness of which he insisted “the prophets have enquired and searched diligently” and which the “angels desire to look into” (1 Pet. 1 10, 12). The author of Hebrews is no less certain concerning the greatness of our redemption in Jesus Christ.

June 16 2024

O What a Savior!

Hebrews 1

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Hebrews may be the most neglected book in the New Testament. Its language is lofty and sometimes highly technical. It repeatedly speaks of Old Testament sacrifices, Levitical priests, and has an entire chapter on a strange, mysterious person named Melchizedek, king of Salem (chapter 7). Also, it contains some passages extremely difficult to understand (e.g. 6:1-6). Plus it does not even state explicitly the author’s name! (refer to the Introduction to Hebrews for help with this question). Because of these reasons and more, Christians tend to move on to easier, more familiar passages of the Bible.

June 9 2024

The Gospel on Display


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In another letter, Paul makes an incredible statement about the Christian. He writes, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor. 3:2-3). The believer is a letter to be read by “all men.” In other words, our lives are the embodiment of the Gospel, the message of Jesus Himself on full display.

June 2 2024

This is Your Life!

Titus 3

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The television series, Dragnet, transitioned from a radio drama to a T.V. show in 1951 and became an instant hit. The series spawned several movies and newly created series in 1989. Sergeant Joe Friday’s famous line captured pop culture everywhere and is still embedded in our collective sub-conscience, “Just the facts ma’am.” Paul is wrapping up his final thoughts to Titus on the Christian life. He could theologize about many things. However, Paul is concerned to summarize the Christian life. In essence, he wants Titus to know the spiritual facts and just the spiritual facts.

May 26 2024

Beautifying the Gospel
Titus 2

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The Apostle Paul used a phrase elsewhere describing the Gospel and those who share it as beautiful (Rom. 10:15). The words, “How beautiful are the feet” are plainly a figurative expression of this beauty heaven beholds. In Isaiah (52:7) it reads, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!” The image is a reference to the inhabitants of a besieged city looking out for the messengers of peace to bring “good news” of a coming deliverance

May 19 2024

The Christian Leader’s Profile
Titus 1

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Like Timothy, Titus had a hard assignment. He was responsible to “set in order the things that are wanting” (v. 5). Crete was the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, and a key location for wealth and commerce in the ancient world. After Paul’s Rome imprisonment, he visited there. Undoubtedly, this was when Paul appointed Titus bishop at the Cretan church.

May 12 2024

Going Home!
2 Timothy 4

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G.K. Chesterton once said, “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” When Paul was writing to Timothy, he had long ago learned this lesson. He confessed to the Philippians, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Phil. 1:23-24). How could he display so much confidence? Simple—for the Apostle, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (v. 21).

May 5 2024

Dedicated Servants for Dangerous Times 
2 Timothy 3

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In the spring of 1988, the evening news reported on a skydiving photographer who fell to his death. He made his jump together with other skydivers and filmed the group as each opened his parachute. Immediately after the final skydiver pulled his cord, the video went berserk. Apparently, the cameraman was so excited about the film; he jumped out of the plane without his parachute. Not until he reached for the ripcord did he realize he was free falling without a parachute. As one commentator noted, “Until that point, the jump probably seemed exciting—perhaps even fun. However, carelessness struck its deadly blow. Trust remained in a parachute he had never buckled on.

April 28 2024

Pictures of the Christian Life
2 Timothy 2

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Pictures with images of the Lord Jesus commonly hang in people’s homes and in some church buildings. But no literal portrait of Jesus exists. What we can be sure of, however, is the likeness of the Son of God who makes us free can be seen in the lives of His followers. The New Testament often calls us to live like Jesus and act like Jesus. Our lives as believers should imitate His.Similarly, Paul revealed several pictures of the Christian to Timothy as a way to instruct him on how to live the Christian life and how to respond to difficult times. We have many of those pictures in 2 Timothy 2.

April 21 2024

Enduring Hardship
2 Timothy 1

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The missionary, Hudson Taylor, once asked during an excruciating time in his life, “What circumstances could have rendered the Word of God sweeter and the presence of God so real, the help of God so precious?”
The missionary, Hudson Taylor, once asked during an excruciating time in his life, “What circumstances could have rendered the Word of God sweeter and the presence of God so real, the help of God so precious?” Not a single person is immune to hardship, pain, trial and suffering. Another missionary, Adoniram Judson, endured indescribable hardships trying to reach Burma for Christ. He spent seven years in deplorable conditions including imprisonment for almost two years. His body was literally covered with scars from being tortured.

Sunday April 14 2024

How to Stay Close to God
1 Timothy 6

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A.W. Tozer once confessed it was the blessing from the Lord he sought and not the Lord. He wanted what God could give him but not God Himself. And, then all that changed. He wanted God more than what God could give. Tozer insisted such a change in perspective is the basic teaching of the deeper Christian life. He once said, “It is the willingness to let Jesus Christ Himself be glorified in us and through us. It is the willingness to quit trying to use the Lord for our ends and to let Him work in us for His glory.”

Sunday April 7 2024

The Church as God’s Family
1 Timothy 5

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Someone rightly said, “if you are born once, you are born into the devil’s family; if you are born twice, you are born into God’s family.” The Bible makes it clear that all those who receive Christ as Lord and Savior, are members of God’s family, born “children of God” (John 1:12). Nor is this just an invisible family into which we are born. Instead there is a visible, physical expression of God’s spiritual family. We know this expression as the church, the body of Christ.

Sunday March 31 2024

T​​​he Gospel Explained
1 Corinthians 15

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The journey we have taken through 1 Corinthians reveals a never ending set of problems the congregation faced. Some wrongly think the early church was a community of angelic men and women who knew nothing of the problems of the modern church. Paul’s correspondence to the Corinthians explodes that myth

Sunday March 24 2024

B​asic Training in Godliness   
1 Timothy 4

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The armed forces of the United States are the greatest military on earth. One of the secrets is the simple art of basic training. All enlisted men enter each branch of the military through a carefully constructed “boot camp.” Good soldiers, we believe, must have a good beginning. No training is more significant than basic training. No less is true for the disciple of Jesus Christ

Sunday March 17 2024

Moral Behavior for Model Believers
1 Timothy 3

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Let’s face it: the world expects those who call themselves Christians to demonstrate different behavior than everyone else. Why? Several reasons are apparent, but one reason clearly stands taller than all the rest. A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. And since His sinless life stands virtually without dissent even from hardened atheists, those who claim Christ is Lord over their life should act like He really is Lord over their life. In short, Christians should look like Jesus in their behavior.

Sunday March 10 2024

What Does a Godly Woman Look Like
1 Timothy 2

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The Christian church through its long history is filled with dedicated men who were chiefly influenced by godly women. For example, consider from the Biblical record characters like Moses, Samuel, and Timothy. Think of the powerful influence of men like Augustine, John Newton, and Charles and John Wesley. These men were products of godly women

Sunday March 3 2024

Caring for Young Christians
1 Timothy 1

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Nothing is more exciting than the birth of a new baby. Excitement and love flood your house. Mom and dad spend hours watching their new baby sleep and eat, which is about all a newborn does. When bedtime arrives, excitement and love fill your home. At bedtime it’s perfectly normal to peek and make sure the baby is safe. It really takes a lot of special, and deliberate care

Sunday February 25 2024

How to Stay Close to God
2 Thessalonians 3

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Someone once said, “Faith never means gullibility. The man who believes everything is as far from God as the man who refuses to believe anything.” The Thessalonians were in danger of believing almost anything. As we have seen, their obsession with end time events cost them sober reflection on sound doctrine. Paul had to straighten out their crooked theology. On the other hand, today we live in an unprecedented age of skepticism. Men question belief in just about everything. Still the Apostle’s word rings as true for us as for the Thessalonians of the first century.

Sunday February 18 2024

God and Second Chances
2 Thessalonians 2

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The church fails new converts if she does not teach new Christians Bible prophecy. Why? One fundamental reason is, because prophecy makes up a substantial portion of Biblical revelation. According to one source, there are 1,845 references in the Old Testament alone, regarding the Second Coming of Christ.

Sunday February 11 2024

The Christian’s Encouragement During Tough Times 
2 Thessalonians 1

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The Apostle Paul answered many doctrinal questions the church at Thessalonica had in his first letter. Nevertheless, while questions were answered, all problems were not solved. Correct doctrine remains a foundational plank for healthy body life in a church. Unfortunately, people—even Christian people—remain sinners and consequently do not always put into practice what they routinely preach. Thus, the Apostle Paul perceives the continued struggle the Thessalonian believers experienced and penned a second letter to them.

Sunday February 4 2024

Practical Principles for Last Days Living
1 Thessalonians 5

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A.W. Tozer once said, “What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they know they must do at the last day. For each of us the time is surely coming when we shall have nothing but God. Health and wealth and friends and hiding places will all be swept away and we shall have only God.”

Sunday January 28 2024

How to Live Until Jesus Comes
1 Thessalonians 4

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Several years ago, Baptist Press spoke of a pastor in Mississippi who was preaching on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. After quoting Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be,” a large light bulb fell from its socket in the ceiling and shattered on the floor in front of the pulpit. The people were suddenly shaken by the broken light bulb. The pastor held his composure, looked up to the congregation and said, “His coming will be just as sudden, and unexpected, and devastating to dreams that are not Christ-centered.”

Sunday January 21 2024

How to Develop Your Faith
1 Thessalonians 3

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What do we mean when we say, “a church has a great program”? What is a church program supposed to do? Are there criteria which exist to determine the effectiveness of “church programs”?

Sunday January 14 2024

The Profile of a Godly Leader
1 Thessalonians 2

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The following scenario could be repeated again and again. An influential leader in a community or a popular football quarterback turns to faith in Christ. He is immediately rushed before large gatherings to give his testimony. If he possesses natural gifts for public speaking, we coordinate meetings and arrange for him to teach. In other words, he becomes a Christian leader.

Sunday January 7 2024

Marks of a Maximum Church 
1 Thessalonians 1

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The church is a miracle of God. It’s not a building, but a group of people bonded together in one fellowship. The people who make up the church are people who were hopeless in sin, going their own way, a way inevitably leading to destruction. But God, who is rich in mercy took them to Himself, saved them, forgave them, and secured them. That’s a miracle! That’s the story of the church at Thessalonica. Indeed it should be the story of every church