Monthly Archives: July 2018

God’s Justice

International Sunday School Lesson — August 5, 2018

Romans 2:1-12  Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.  (2)  We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.  (3)  Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?  (4)  Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  (5)  But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.  (6)  He will render to each one according to his works:  (7)  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;  (8)  but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  (9)  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,  (10)  but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  (11)  For God shows no partiality.  (12)  For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.


Parable of the Great Dinner

International Sunday School Lesson — July 29, 2018

Luke 14:15-24  When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  (16)  But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.  (17)  And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’  (18)  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’  (19)  And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’  (20)  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’  (21)  So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’  (22)  And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’  (23)  And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.  (24)  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

Entering God’s Kingdom

International Sunday School Lesson July 22, 2018

Luke 13:22-30  He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.  (23)  And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them,  (24)  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  (25)  When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’  (26)  Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’  (27)  But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’  (28)  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.  (29)  And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.  (30)  And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”



The Widow and the Unjust Judge

International Sunday School July 15, 2018

Luke 18:1-8  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  (2)  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  (3)  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  (4)  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  (5)  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”  (6)  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  (7)  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?  (8)  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”