Weekly Lessons and Daily Bible Readings

Sunday School Lesson: January 17, 2021

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

"Called to Heal"
Background: Mark 2:1-12
Devotional Reading: Psalm 103:1-14
Keep in Mind

"Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?." (Mark 2:9, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will STUDY Mark's account of Jesus healing the man who was paralyzed, APPRECIATE how one's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs are intertwind, and PRAY for God's healing grace to touch us at our particular point of need.

Focal Verses: Mark 2:1-12

1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 
Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 
four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 
They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves,
“What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, 
“Why do you question this in your hearts? 
Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 
10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 
11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Peace and Healing Will Come" --Isaiah 57:14-21
Tuesday --- "Healed by Christ's Wounds" -- 1 Peter 2:18-25
Wednesday --- "Canaanite Daughter Healed by Mother's Faith" -- Matthew 15:21-28
Thursday --- "Anoint Sick with Oil and Prayer" -- James 5:13-16
Friday --- "Woman Healed by Her Faith" --- Mark 5:21-34
Saturday --- "The Sick Need a Physician" -- Mark 2:13-17
Sunday --- "Jesus Heals and Forgives the Paralytic" -- Mark 2:1-12

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: January 24, 2021

January 18, 2021 -  January 25, 2021   Time: TBA

"Called as the Intercessor"
Background: John 17:14-24
Devotional Reading: 1 Thomothy 2:1-7
Keep in Mind
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." (John 17:20, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE Jesus' intercessory prayer for His disciples, LONG for Jesus' prayer to be answered more fully in their lives and the church, and PRAY for others and work for unity in the body of Christ.

Focal Verses: John 17:14-24

14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 
16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 
18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 
19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 
23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 
24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Prayer for Peter in Prison" -- Acts 12:5-11
Tuesday --- "Pray for a Successful Ministry" -- Romans 15:22-33
Wednesday --- "Pray for Inner Strength and Power" -- Ephesians 3:14-21
Thursday --- "Pray the Prayer of Our Lord" -- Matthew 6:7-13
Friday --- "Pray for Your Abusers" --- Luke 6:22-33
Saturday --- "Pray to Avoid Trials" -- Luke 22:39-46
Sunday --- "Jesus Prays for His Disciples" -- John 17:13-24

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: January 31, 2021

January 25, 2021 -  February 01, 2021   Time: 9:00 AM

"Prophesying Daughters"
Background: Luke 2:36-38; Acts 1:12-14, 2:16-21, 21:8-9
Devotional Reading: Joel 2:28-32

Keep in Mind

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." (Acts 2:17, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXAMINE how God called and empowered women to proclaim His message, AFFIRM contributions of godly women to the church's mission, and ADVOCATE for greater recognition of God-called women in the church.

Focal Verses: Luke 2:36-38; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 21:8-9
Luke 2:36-38
36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 
37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 
38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
Acts 2:16-21
16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—
    and they will prophesy.
19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—
    blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 21:8-9
The next day we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food. 
He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Jesus Supports Mary's Choice" -- Luke 10:38-42
Tuesday --- "Jesus Respons to Sister's Call" -- John 11:1-11
Wednesday --- "Jesus Raises Lazarus; Mary Believes" -- John 11:38-45
Thursday --- "Women Carry Resurrection Message to Apostles" -- Luke 24:5-10
Friday --- "Jesus' Final Words and Ascension" --- Luke 24:44-53
Saturday --- "Simeon Sees Impact of Jesus' Ministry" -- Luke 2:28-35
Sunday --- "The Spirit Empowers Daughters to Prophesy" -- Luke 2:36-38; Acts 2:16-21; 21:8-9