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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 

Free Because of the Lord

International Sunday School March 27 2022 Spring #4

Deuteronomy 8:1-11 NIV  Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors.  (2)  Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  (3)  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  (4)  Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  (5)  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.  (6)  Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.  (7)  For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;  (8)  a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;  (9)  a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.  (10)  When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.  (11)  Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

Deuteronomy 8:1-11 NIV 

Free to Celebrate

March 20 2022 Spring #3

Ezra 6:13-22 NIV  Then, because of the decree King Darius had sent, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates carried it out with diligence.  (14)  So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.  (15)  The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.  (16)  Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.  (17)  For the dedication of this house of God they offered a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred male lambs and, as a sin offering for all Israel, twelve male goats, one for each of the tribes of Israel.  (18)  And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.  (19)  On the fourteenth day of the first month, the exiles celebrated the Passover.  (20)  The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their relatives the priests and for themselves.  (21)  So the Israelites who had returned from the exile ate it, together with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices of their Gentile neighbors in order to seek the LORD, the God of Israel.  (22)  For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

Ezra 6:13-22 NIV 

Free to Worship

International Sunday School March 13 2022 Spring #2

Ezra 6:1-12 NIV  King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.  (2)  A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it: Memorandum:  (3)  In the first year of King Cyrus, the king issued a decree concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem: Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid. It is to be sixty cubits high and sixty cubits wide,  (4)  with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.  (5)  Also, the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.  (6)  Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and you other officials of that province, stay away from there.  (7)  Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.  (8)  Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.  (9)  Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and olive oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem—must be given them daily without fail,  (10)  so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.  (11)  Furthermore, I decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble.  (12)  May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

Ezra 6:1-12 NIV 

Freedom from Captivity

International Sunday School March 6 2022 Spring Quarter #1

Ezra 1:1-8 NIV  In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:  (2)  “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.  (3)  Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.  (4)  And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.'”  (5)  Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.  (6)  All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.  (7)  Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.  (8)  Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

Ezra 1:1-8 NIV 

Ezra 1:11 NIV  In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:11 NIV 

Ezra 2:64-70 NIV  The whole company numbered 42,360,  (65)  besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers.  (66)  They had 736 horses, 245 mules,  (67)  435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.  (68)  When they arrived at the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site.  (69)  According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.  (70)  The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns.

Ezra 2:64-70 NIV 

Job and the Just God

International Sunday School February 27 2022 Winter Quarter #13

Job 42:1-6 NIV  Then Job replied to the LORD:  (2)  “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  (3)  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  (4)  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’  (5)  My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.  (6)  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:1-6 NIV 

Job 42:10-17 NIV  After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.  (11)  All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.  (12)  The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.  (13)  And he also had seven sons and three daughters.  (14)  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.  (15)  Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.  (16)  After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.  (17)  And so Job died, an old man and full of years.

Job 42:10-17 NIV