Author Archives: Donald Bryson

The Word Heals

International Sunday School Lesson July 10 2022  Summer Quarter #6

John 4:46-54 NIV  Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.  (47)  When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.  (48)  “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  (49)  The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  (50)  “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (51)  While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.  (52)  When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”  (53)  Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.  (54)  This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

John 4:46-54 NIV

The Word Becomes Flesh

International Sunday School July 3 2022

John 1:1-14 NIV  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  He was with God in the beginning.  (3)  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  (4)  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  (5)  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  (6)  There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  (7)  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  (8)  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  (9)  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  (10)  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  (11)  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  (12)  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—  (13)  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  (14)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-14 NIV

God Offers Deliverance

International Sunday School June 26 2022 #4

Isaiah 51:1-8 NIV  “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;  (2)  look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.  (3)  The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.  (4)  “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.  (5)  My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.  (6)  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.  (7)  “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.  (8)  For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations.”

Isaiah 51:1-8 NIV 

God’s People Shall Prosper

International Sunday School June 19 2022 Summer Quarter #3

Isaiah 49:18-23 NIV  Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.  (19)  “Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away.  (20)  The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.’  (21)  Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these—where have they come from?'”  (22)  This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.  (23)  Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

Isaiah 49:18-23 NIV 

God Foretells of Redemption

International Sunday School June 12 2022 Summer Quarter #2

Isaiah 49:1-13 NIV  Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.  (2)  He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.  (3)  He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”  (4)  But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”  (5)  And now the LORD says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength—  (6)  he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”  (7)  This is what the LORD says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel— to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”  (8)  This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,  (9)  to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.  (10)  They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.  (11)  I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.  (12)  See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan.”  (13)  Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Isaiah 49:1-13 NIV

God Foretells Destruction

International Sunday School June 5 2022 Summer QTR #1

Isaiah 47:10-15 NIV  You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’  (11)  Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.  (12)  “Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.  (13)  All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.  (14)  Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.  (15)  That is all they are to you— these you have dealt with and labored with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save you.

Isaiah 47:10-15 NIV

The Fruit of Freedom

International Sunday School Lesson May 29 2022 Spring #13

Galatians 5:16-26 NIV  So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  (17)  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.  (18)  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  (19)  The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  (20)  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  (21)  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  (22)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (24)  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  (25)  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  (26)  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:16-26 NIV

Freedom, Love, and Faith

International Sunday School Lesson May 22 2022

Galatians 5:1-15 NIV  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  (2)  Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.  (3)  Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  (4)  You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.  (5)  For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.  (6)  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  (7)  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?  (8)  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.  (9)  “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”  (10)  I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.  (11)  Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.  (12)  As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!  (13)  You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  (14)  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (15)  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Galatians 5:1-15 NIV

Freedom and the Law

International Sunday School May 15 2022 Spring #11

Galatians 3:18-29 NIV  For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.  (19)  Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.  (20)  A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.  (21)  Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  (22)  But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  (23)  Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.  (24)  So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.  (25)  Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.  (26)  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,  (27)  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  (28)  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  (29)  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:18-29 NIV 

Freedom for the Future

International Sunday School May 8 2022 Spring #10

Romans 8:18-30 NIV  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  (19)  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  (20)  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  (21)  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  (22)  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  (23)  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.  (24)  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  (25)  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  (26)  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  (27)  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  (28)  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (29)  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  (30)  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Romans 8:18-30 NIV