Weekly Lessons and Daily Bible Readings

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: September 26, 2021

September 20, 2021 -  September 27, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Believers Praise God"
Background: Acts 2:32-33, 37-47
Devotional Reading: Psalm 134

Keep in Mind

"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND the role of Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives, DISCERN how the Holy Spirit inspires believers to share a life of worship, and PLAN opportunities for people to begin a relationship with Jesus through our ministries.

Focal Verses: Acts 2:32-33; 37-47
32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 
33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 
40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”
41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 
44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 
45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 
46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 
47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "A Priestly Kingdom, a Holy Nation" -- Exodus 19:1-8
Tuesday --- "Worship God Alone" -- Exodus 20:1-6
Wednesday --- "When Kindred Live in Unity" -- Psalm 133
Thursday --- "Praise in the Heavenly Community" -- Revelation 4
Friday --- "The Day of Pentecost" --- Acts 2:1-12
Saturday --- "Jesus Is Lord and Messiah" -- Acts 2:22-36
Sunday --- "A Community of Praise" -- Acts 2:37-47


September 27, 2021 -  October 04, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Make a Joyful Noise"
Background: Psalm 100
Devotional Reading: Psalm 66:1-7

Keep in Mind

"Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." (Psalm 100:3, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND why and how God is to be worshiped, as found in Psalm 100, APPRECIATE that God is worthy to be praised, and CREATE a psalm of praise for the Lord.

Focal Verses: Psalm 100
1Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! 
Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 
3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. 

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Praise the Rock of Our Salvation" -- Psalm 95
Tuesday --- "Stones Shout Out!" -- Luke 19:28, 36-40
Wednesday --- "Indescribable and Glorious Joy" -- 1 Peter 1:3-9
Thursday --- "Sing to God a New Song" --Psalm 98
Friday --- "A Continuous Sacrifice of Praise" --- Hebrews 13:12-16
Saturday --- "Rejoice in God's Mighty Rule" -- Psalm 66:1-7
Sunday --- "Enter God's Courts with Praise" -- Psalm 100

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: October 10, 2021

October 04, 2021 -  October 11, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Praise God for Justice and Righteousness"
Background: Ecclesiates 3:16-22
Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 10:17-21

Keep in Mind

"And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgement to the people in uprightness." (Psalm 9:8, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will CONTRAST God's justice with humanity's injustices, VALUE how God listens and responds to our needs, and PRACTICE God's justice in difficult situations.

Focal Verses: Psalm 9:1-12
1 I will praise you, LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. 
2 I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.
4 For you have judged in my favor; from your throne yu have judged with fairness.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have erased their names forever.
6 The enemy is finished, in endless ruins; the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
7 But the LORD reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne.
8 He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness.
9 The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD do not abandon those who search for you.
11 Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.  He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Where Is Justice?" -- Ecclesiastes 3:16-22
Tuesday --- "A Prayer for Justice" -- Psalm 7:8-17
Wednesday --- "Let Justice Roll Down" -- Amos 5:21-25
Thursday --- "God's Servant Proclaims Justice" -- Matthew 12:14-21
Friday --- "God Has Executed Judgment" --- Psalm 9:13-20
Saturday --- "Jesus Pronouonces Release and Recovery" -- Luke 4:14-21
Sunday --- "God Judges with Righteousness" -- Psalm 9:1-12

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: October 17, 2021

October 11, 2021 -  October 18, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Give Thanks for Deliverance"
Background: Psalm 107
Devotional Reading: Psalm 68:1-6

Keep in Mind

"Then they cried the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses." (Psalm 107:6, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE the importance of having a relationship with God, the Deliverer, PLACE value on the role of giving thanks to God, and PRAY for those who need God's deliverance.

Focal Verses: Psalm 107:1-9; 39-43

Psalm 107:1-9
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4 Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless.
Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died.
“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.
Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.  For he satisfies the thirsty

Psalm 107:39-43
39 When they decrease in number and become impoverished through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40 the Lord pours contempt on their princes,  causing them to wander in trackless wastelands.
41 But he rescues the poor from trouble and increases their families like flocks of sheep.
42 The godly will see these things and be glad, while the wicked are struck silent.
43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Delivered from Hunger and Thirst" -- Psalm 107:1-9
Tuesday --- "Delivered from Darkness and Gloom" -- Psalm 107:10-22
Wednesday --- "Delivered from Storms" -- Psalm 107:23-32
Thursday --- "Delivered through Jesus Christ" -- Ephesians 1:3-14
Friday --- "Delivered from Sin" --- Ephesians 2:1-10
Saturday --- "Delivered and Rconciled" -- Ephesians 2:11-22
Sunday --- "Delivered by God's Steadfast Love" -- Psalm 1-7:33-43