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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 

Freedom from Sin

International Sunday School Lesson May 1 2022 Spring #9

Romans 6:1-14 NIV  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  (2)  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  (3)  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  (5)  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.  (6)  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—  (7)  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.  (8)  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  (9)  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.  (10)  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  (11)  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  (12)  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  (13)  Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.  (14)  For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:1-14 NIV

Freedom in the King

International Sunday School April 24 2022 Spring Quarter #8

John 8:31-38 NIV  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  (32)  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (33)  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”  (34)  Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  (35)  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  (36)  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (37)  I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.  (38)  I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

John 8:31-38 NIV

Resurrection of the King!

International Sunday School April 17 2022 Spring Quarter #7

Matthew 28:1-10 NIV  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  (2)  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  (3)  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  (4)  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  (5)  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  (6)  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  (7)  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  (8)  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  (9)  Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  (10)  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10 NIV

Passover with the King

International Sunday School April 10 2022 Spring #6

Matthew 26:17-30 NIV  On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”  (18)  He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'”  (19)  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.  (20)  When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.  (21)  And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”  (22)  They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”  (23)  Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.  (24)  The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”  (25)  Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.”  (26)  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”  (27)  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  (28)  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  (29)  I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  (30)  When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 26:17-30

Triumphal Entry of the King

International Sunday School April 3 2022 Spring #5

Matthew 21:1-11 NIV  As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,  (2)  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.  (3)  If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”  (4)  This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:  (5)  “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”  (6)  The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.  (7)  They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.  (8)  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  (9)  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  (10)  When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”  (11)  The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11 NIV