Weekly Lessons and Daily Bible Readings

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: May 9, 2021

May 03, 2021 -  May 10, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Isaiah: Offering Hope for the Future"
Background: Isaiah 29
Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 29:10-14

Keep in Mind

"They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine." (Isaiah 29:24, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will CONSIDER how God's promise of mercy will triumph over God's judgment, BELIEVE that an essesntial characteristic of God's nature is forgiveness, and REJOICE in the manifestation of God's love in our own lives.

Focal Verses: Isaiah 29:13-24

Isaiah 29:13-24

13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
14 Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! The Lord can’t see us,” they say.“ He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?17 Soon—and it will not be very long— the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.
18 In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book, and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.
19 The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed.
21 Those who convict the innocent by their false testimony will disappear. A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice and who tell lies to destroy the innocent.
22 That is why the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel, “My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear.
23 For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob. They will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Then the wayward will gain understanding,and complainers will accept instruction.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Discipline the Immoral Person with Respect" -- 1 Corinthians 5:1-5
Tuesday --- "Uphold Justice for All Peoples" -- Exodus 23:1-9
Wednesday --- "Seek and You Will Find Me!" -- Jeremiah 29:10-14
Thursday --- "Lip Service Is Not Enough" -- Mark 7:1-8
Friday --- "Jerusalem Punished and Rescued" --- Isaiah 29:1-8
Saturday --- "Judah, Blind to God's Ways" -- Isaiah 29:9-12
Sunday --- "Israel Will Enjoy a Bright Future" -- Isaiah 29:13-24



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: May 16, 2021

May 10, 2021 -  May 17, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Jeremiah: The Suffering Preacher"
Background: Jeremiah 37-38
Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 38:7-13; 39:15-18

Keep in Mind

"Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me." (Jeremiah 38:15, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will IDENTIFY Jeremiah's hesitation to give controversial advice to Zedekiah, SENSE Jeremiah's apprehension when talking to Zedekiah, and COMMIT to giving challenging godly advice.

Focal Verses: Jeremiah 38:14-23

Jeremiah 38:14-23
14 One day King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah and had him brought to the third entrance of the Lord’s Temple. “I want to ask you something,” the king said. “And don’t try to hide the truth.”
15 Jeremiah said, “If I tell you the truth, you will kill me. And if I give you advice, you won’t listen to me anyway.”
16 So King Zedekiah secretly promised him, “As surely as the Lord our Creator lives, I will not kill you or hand you over to the men who want you dead.”
17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the Babylonian officers, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned down. 
18 But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground.’”
19 “But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!”
20 Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.
21 But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me: 
22 All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying, ‘What fine friends you have! They have betrayed and misled you. When your          feet sank in the mud, they left you to your fate!’
23 All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Apostles Speak Truth to Council" -- Acts 4:13-22
Tuesday --- "Prophet Jeremiah Is Arrested and Imprisoned" -- Jeremiah 37:11-16
Wednesday --- "Ebed-Melech's Trust in Jeremiah Honored" -- Jeremiah 38:7-13; 39:15-18
Thursday --- "Jeremiah Reaffirms Prophecy of Zedekiah" -- Jeremiah 37:17-21
Friday --- "Jeremiah's Last Days in Jerusalem" --- Jeremiah 38:24-28
Saturday --- "Jerusalem Destroyed; People Exiled" -- 2 Kings 25:1-12
Sunday --- "Zedekiah Must Submit to Babylonian Conquest" -- Jeremiah 38:14-23



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: May 23, 2021

May 16, 2021 -  May 24, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Ezekiel: Street Preacher to the Exiles"
Background: Ezekiel 18
Devotional Reading: Psalm 147

Keep in Mind

"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4, KJV)


Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXAMINE behavior in which we blame others as the cause, COMMIT to be responsible for our own behavior, and ENGAGE in responsible behavior that finds favor with God.

Focal Verses: Ezekiel 18:1-9; 30-32

Ezekiel 18:1-9
1 Then another message came to me from the Lord: 
“Why do you quote this proverb concerning the land of Israel: ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste’? 
As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you will not quote this proverb anymore in Israel. 
For all people are mine to judge—both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die.
“Suppose a certain man is righteous and does what is just and right. 
He does not feast in the mountains before Israel’s idols[a] or worship them. He does not commit adultery or have intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period. 
He is a merciful creditor, not keeping the items given as security by poor debtors. He does not rob the poor but instead gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy. 
He grants loans without interest, stays away from injustice, is honest and fair when judging others, 
and faithfully obeys my decrees and regulations. Anyone who does these things is just and will surely live, says the Sovereign Lord.
Ezekiel 18:30-32
30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! 
31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 
32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Treat Each Other Fairly" -- Deuteronomy 24:14-18
Tuesday --- "Taking Personal Responsibility" -- Jeremiah 31:27-30
Wednesday --- "The Child Who Sins Suffers Punishment" -- Ezekiel 18:10-13
Thursday --- "The Righteous Child Is Rewarded" -- Ezekiel 18:14-18
Friday --- "All Are Accountable for Their Sins" --- Ezekiel 18:19-24
Saturday --- "God Is Compassionate and Fair" -- Ezekiel 18:25-29
Sunday --- "Repent and Live Righteous Lives" -- Ezekiel 18:1-9; 30-32



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: May 30,2021

May 24, 2021 -  May 31, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Jonah: Do the Right Thing"
Background: Jonah 3
Devotional Reading: Jonah 2

Keep in Mind

"And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not." (Jonah 3:10, KJV)


Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will SURVEY Nineveh's response to Jonah's message, SENSE how the people of Nineveh felt after hearing Jonah's message, and ENGAGE in rependtance and right behavior after hearing God's warning.

Focal Verses: Jonah 3:1-10

Jonah 3:1-10
1 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 
“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”
This time Jonah obeyed the 
Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.
On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”
 
The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.
When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes.
 
Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. 
People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 
Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Jonah's Experience Foreshadows Christ's " -- Matthew 12:38-42
Tuesday --- "Nineveh's Repentance A Lasting Message" -- Luke 11:29-32
Wednesday --- "Jonah Turns Away from God's Call" --Jonah 1:1-12
Thursday --- "Sailors Make Vows to the Lord" -- Jonah 1:13-16
Friday --- "Jonah Resents God's Grace Toward Others" --- Jonah 4:1-5
Saturday --- "God Is Compassionate and Fair" -- Jonah 4:6-11
Sunday --- "God's Mercy Prevails" -- Jonah 3



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: June 6, 2021

May 31, 2021 -  June 07, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Why Do You Worry?"

Background: Matthew 6:19-34
Devotional Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16
Keep in Mind
"For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his reighteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:32-33, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will CONTRAST Jesus' teachings about worry with our own anxieties, APPRECIATE God's care fro everything in nature, and EMBRACE the opportunity to trust God in everyday life.

Focal Verses: Matthew 6:25-34
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- Worried? Seek God's Counsel -- 1 Samuel 9:5-10
Tuesday --- God Cares for His People" -- Ezekiel 34:11-16
Wednesday --- Rich? Set Your Hope on God  -- 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Thursday --- Enlarge Your Faith Practices -- Matthew 17:14-20
Friday --- Overcome Worry through Faith--- Luke 12:22-34
Saturday --- Serve God with Your Whole Heart -- Matthew 6:19-24
Sunday --- Live Worry-Free Every Day -- Matthew 6:25-34



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: June 13, 2021

June 07, 2021 -  June 14, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Why Are You Afraid?"

Background: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25
Devotional Reading: Psalm 107:23-32

Keep in Mind

"And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm" (Matthew 8:26, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will CONSIDERED the feelings of the disciples when a storm overtook their boat while Jesus was asleep, IDENTIFY the crises that cause adults to worry about themselves and their familes, and RESPOND to the promised presence of Jesus in bad times as well as good times.

Focal Verses: Matthew 6:25-34
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 
24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 
25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- Do Not Fear the Storm -- Mark 4:35-41
Tuesday --- Do Not Fear Persecution" -- Matthew 24:9-14
Wednesday --- No Separation from God's Love  -- Romans 8:31-39
Thursday --- I Have Overcome the World -- John 16:25-33
Friday --- Choose to Follow Me Now--- Matthew 8:18-22
Saturday --- Jesus Delivers the Demon-Possessed -- Matthew 8:28-34
Sunday --- Jesus Stills the Stormy Seas -- Matthew 8:23-27



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: June 20, 2018

June 14, 2021 -  June 21, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

Healed by Faith"

Background: Matthew9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56
Devotional Reading: Proverbs 3:1-8

Keep in Mind

"But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comforrt; they faith faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour" (Matthew 9:22, KJV)
Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXAMINE the nature of the faith involved in the healings of the woman and the girl in this passage, SENSE the power of God to bring life and healing to our loved ones, and REJOICE  in the healing power of God as manifested in our own lives.

Focal Verses: Matthew 9:18-26
18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”
19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. 
20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 
21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 
24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. 
25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! 
26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- Fringe, Aid to Remember God's Commandments -- Numbers 15:37-41
Tuesday --- Disciples and Family Witness" -- Luke 8:40-42, 49-56
Wednesday --- Woman Testifies to Jesus' Healing Touch  -- Luke 8:42-48
Thursday --- Jesus Opens Eyes of the Blind Man -- Matthew 9:27-31
Friday --- Jesus Restores Speech to Mute Man--- Matthew 9:32-34
Saturday --- Join the Lord's Harvest Today -- Matthew 9:35-10:1
Sunday --- Faith in God Heals Many Ills -- Matthew 9:18-26



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: June 27, 2021

June 21, 2021 -  June 28, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Why Do You Doubt?"

Background: Matthew 14:22-33
Devotional Reading: Isaiah 38:16-20

Keep in Mind

"And immediately Jesus strethched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt" (Matthew 14:31, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will RECALL the amazing story of the storm at sea followed by Jesus' appearance walking on the water, REPENT of failing to trust in God when caught up in a crisis, and DEVELOP habits of trust that enable us to overcome our doubt about God's care.

Focal Verses: Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 
23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 
25 About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 
30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- Let's Sing of the Lord's Faithfulness -- Isaiah 38:16-20
Tuesday --- The Baptist Dies for the Faith" -- Matthew 14:1-12
Wednesday --- The Crowd's Hunger Satisfied -- Matthew 14:13-21
Thursday --- Believe the One Sent to You -- John 6:22-29
Friday --- The Sick Are Healed--- Matthew 14:34-36
Saturday --- Speak Confidently to Civil Authorities -- Mark 13:9-12
Sunday --- Savior of the Fearful, Doubter, Needy -- Matthew 14:22-33



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: July 4, 2021

June 28, 2021 -  July 05, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"An Attitude of Gratitude"
Background: Leviticus 13-14; Luke 5:12-16; 17:11-19
Devotional Reading: Isaiah 56:1-8

Keep in Mind

"And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God." (Luke 17:15, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE reasons only one of ten healed lepers turned back to Jesus in thanksgiving, SENSE the need in our lives for increased expressions of gratitude to God, and DEVELOP a plan for showing thanksgiving to God and others on a daily basis.

Focal Verses: Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 17:11-19
Leviticus 13:45-46
45 “Those who suffer from a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair uncombed.They must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 
46 As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp.
Luke 17:11-19
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 
12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 
13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 
16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 
18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 
19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.b]">[

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "God Welcomes Foreigners" -- Isaiah 56:1-8
Tuesday --- "Naomi's Sorrow Turns to Joy" -- Ruth 4:3-6, 13-15
Wednesday --- "Symptoms and Treatment of Leprosy" -- Leviticus 13:1-8
Thursday --- "Lepers Share Their Good News" -- 2 Kings 7:3-11
Friday --- "Many Samaritans Believe in the Savior" --- John 4:39-42
Saturday --- "Doing What Needs to Be Done" -- Luke 17:1-10
Sunday --- "Cultivate Gratefulness for Acts of Healing" -- Leviticus 13:45-56; Luke 17:11-19



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: July 11, 2021

July 05, 2021 -  July 12, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Power of the Gospel"
Background: Romans 1
Devotional Reading: Psalm 71:1-6, 17-24

Keep in Mind

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to th Greek." (Romans 1:16, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will DISCERN the power of God as illustrated in Paul's faith, AFFIRM the power of God's salvation in family and friends, and PRAY for the salvation of the world, believing it it possible.

Focal Verses: Romans 1:8-17
Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. 
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.
10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 
11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 
12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
13 I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. 
14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. 
15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.d]">
17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Apollos and Paul, Builders" -- 1 Corinthians 3:1-11
Tuesday --- "Entrusted to Take Gospel to Gentiles" -- Galatians 2:1-10
Wednesday --- "Grace and Peace to All" -- Romans 1:1-7
Thursday --- "God's Righteous Wrath" -- Romans 1:18-23
Friday --- "God's Actions Are Fair and Just" --- Romans 1:24-32
Saturday --- "God's Righteous Actions" -- 2 Peter 2:4-9
Sunday --- "The Gospel Changes Jews and Gentiles" -- Romans 1:8-17



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: July 18, 2021

July 12, 2021 -  July 19, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Faith of Abraham"
Background: Romans 4
Devotional Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

Keep in Mind

"For what saith the scripture: Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." (Romans 4:3, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will STUDY the difference between faith and works as manifested in the life of Abraham, REFLECT on the knowledge and wisdom of Paul as seen in his understanding of teh Old Testament, and IDENTIFY ways in which we rely on our faith for a relationship with God.

Focal Verses: Romans 4:1-12
1Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? 
If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. 
For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. 
David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles? Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith. 
10 But how did this happen? Was he counted as righteous only after he was circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? Clearly, God accepted Abraham before he was circumcised!
11 Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith. 
12 And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "God's Covenant with Abraham" -- Genesis 15:1-8
Tuesday --- "All World's Families Blessed" -- Genesis 12:1-9
Wednesday --- "Promise Realized by Faith Not Law" -- Romans 4:13-15
Thursday --- "For All Who Share Abraham's Faith" -- Romans 4:19-21
Friday --- "Abraham Believed despite Impossible Odds" --- Romans 4:19-21
Saturday --- "In Christ, Believers Share Abraham's Faith" -- Romans 4:22-25
Sunday --- "Abraham, Father of the Faithful" -- Romans 4:1-12



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: July 25, 2021

July 19, 2021 -  July 26, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Justification through Faith"
Background: Romans 5:1-11
Devotional Reading: Isaiah 53:1-12

Keep in Mind

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will IDENTIFY the relationship between faith in Christ and justification in the sight of God, REPENT of personal failures to obtain the peace that God gives, and CELEBRATE our justification through faith in Christ.

Focal Verses: Romans 5:1-11
1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 
And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 
10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 
11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Blessed Are Persecuted Believers" -- Matthew 5:9-12
Tuesday --- "Jesus, Not Suffering, Matters" -- Philippians 1:12-20
Wednesday --- "Suffering for Christ and the Church" -- 2 Corinthians 11:21-30
Thursday --- "In Hope Our Salvation Is Secure" -- Romans 8:18-25
Friday --- "Free Gift of Jesus Brings Justification" --- Romans 5:12-17
Saturday --- "Grace Leads to Eternal Life" -- Romans 5:18-21
Sunday --- "Justified through Faith in Jesus Christ" -- Romans 5:1-11



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: August 1, 2021

July 26, 2021 -  August 02, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Salvation for All Who Believe"
Background: Romans 10:5-17
Devotional Reading: Psalm 19:1-14

Keep in Mind

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLAIN Paul's confidence in the salvation offered in Christ, FEEL justified through our faith in Christ, and EMBRACE with joy the possiblility for all.

Focal Verses: Romans 10:5-17
For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.
But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth).
 
And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 
In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 
11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
12 Jew and Gentile
[d] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.
 
13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
 
15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?”
17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Obey God with Heart and Voice" -- Deuteronomy 30:6-14
Tuesday --- "God's Salvation Announced" -- Isaiah 52:1-10
Wednesday --- "Call on the Name of the Lord" -- Joel 2:28-32
Thursday --- "Gentiles Believe by Faith" -- Galatians 3:6-14
Friday --- "For the Salvation of the Gentiles" --- Romans 10:1-4
Saturday --- "Regret for Not Hearing Christ's Word" -- Romans 10:18-21
Sunday --- "Salvation Is for all People" -- Romans 1-:5-17



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: August 8, 2021

August 02, 2021 -  August 09, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Meaning of Faith"
Background: Hebrews 11; 13:1-19
Devotional Reading: Hebrews 11:32-40

Keep in Mind

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will IDENTIFY the faith contributions of the heroes in Hebrews 11, VALUE the people in our lives who act heroically through faith and GROW in our potential to become faith heroes.

Focal Verses: Hebrews 11:1-8, 13-16
1Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 
Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”[a] For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 
14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 
15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 
16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Love of Money, Root of Evil" -- 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Tuesday --- "Control Your Own Body" -- 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7
Wednesday --- "Abraham, Father of the Faithful" -- Acts 7:2-7
Thursday --- "Worthy Examples of the Faithful" -- Hebrews 11:4-7, 17-27
Friday --- "Actions of Faith in Daily Life" --- Hebrews 13:10-16
Saturday --- "Like Jesus, Offer Sacrifices to God" -- Hebrews 13:10-16
Sunday --- "The Living Actions of Faith" -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: August 15, 2021

August 09, 2021 -  August 16, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"A Persevering Faith"
Background: Hebrews 10:19-39
Devotional Reading: Psalm 40:1-13

Keep in Mind

"Let us hold fast the professions of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)." (Hebrews 10:23, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE the stories of early believers who suffered for the sake of their faith, LONG for the courage to endure suffering as a result of our faithful witness, and SHARE  in the suffering of Christians around the world.

Focal Verses: Hebrews 10:23-36
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 
27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 
28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 
29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 
30 For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.”  He also said, “The Lord will judge his own people.”
31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.[c] Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 
33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 
34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Save Your Life by Losing It" -- Mark 8:31-37
Tuesday --- "Respond to Abusers with Blessings" -- 1 Peter 3:9-19
Wednesday --- "Be Faithful Until Death" -- Revelation 2:8-11
Thursday --- "Sanctified by Christ's Sacrifice" -- Hebrews 10:1-10
Friday --- "The Inner Life of New Believers" --- Hebrews 10:11-18
Saturday --- "Approach God with a Pure Heart" -- Hebrews 10:19-22
Sunday --- "Act in Ways That Preserve the Faith" -- Hebrews 10:23-36



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: August 22, 2021

August 16, 2021 -  August 23, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"A Conquering Faith"
Background: 1 John 4-5
Devotional Reading: John 14:15-24

Keep in Mind

"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (1 John 16, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will REMEMBER the love of God described by the writer of 1 John, REFLECTon the various expressions of God's love in our lives, and RESPOND to the challenge to love others with Christ-Like live.

Focal Verses: 1 John 4:2-3; 13-17; 5:4-5
1 John 4:2-3
This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.
But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
1 John 4:13-17
13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 
14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 
15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 
17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 5:4-5
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Testing Our Love for God" -- Deuteronomy 13:1-4
Tuesday --- "Love God by Keeping His Commandments" -- John 14:15-24
Wednesday --- "Discerning the Spirit of Truth and Error" -- 1 John 4:1, 4-6
Thursday --- "Knowing God, We Can Love Others" -- 1 John 4:7-12
Friday --- "Faith Is the Victory" --- 1 John 5:1-3
Saturday --- "Believers in Jesus Have Life" -- 1 John 5:6-12
Sunday --- "Faith That Loves Overcomes Obstacles" -- 1 John 4:2-3, 13-17; 5:4-5



SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: August 29, 2021

August 23, 2021 -  August 30, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Hope Eternal"
Background: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
Devotional Reading: Romans 7:14-26

Keep in Mind

"For we know that if our earthy house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will ACKNOWLEDGE the hope Paul, faced with death, manifested in God's eternal promise, EXERIENCE awe in the faith of family and friends who are facing their mortality, and DEVELOP a growing trust in God's promise of eternal life through faith.

Focal Verses: 1 John 4:2-3; 13-17; 5:4-5
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. 
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
 1For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 
We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 
For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.
While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 
God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 
For we live by believing and not by seeing. 
Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 
10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "From Death to Life in Christ" -- 1 Corinthians 15:16-23
Tuesday --- "Strengthening the Inner Being" -- Ephesians 3:14-21
Wednesday --- "Every Deed, Good or Evil, Judges" -- Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
Thursday --- "God's Judgment of Human Behavior Imparial" -- Romans 2:4-11
Friday --- "Paul, Confident in the Ministry" --- 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Saturday --- "Entering the Presence of Jesus" -- 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Sunday --- "Live the Faith with Confidence" -- 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10