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Faith and Wisdom

International Sunday School Lesson August 2, 2020 Summer #9

James 1:1-11 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. (2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (4) Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (6) But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (7) That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. (8) Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (9) Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. (10) But the rich should take pride in their humiliation–since they will pass away like a wild flower. (11) For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.


Wisdom to Follow

International Sunday School July 26, 2020 Summer Quarter #8

John 14:1-14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. (2) My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (4) You know the way to the place where I am going.” (5) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (6) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (7) If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (8) Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” (9) Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (10) Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. (11) Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. (12) Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (13) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.


The Wisdom of Jesus

International Sunday School July 19, 2020 Summer Quarter #7

Mark 6:1-6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. (2) When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (3) Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (4) Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (5) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. (6) He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.



The Boy Jesus

International Sunday School July 12, 2020 Lesson #6 Summer Quarter

Ecclesiastes 3:1  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:7  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Luke 2:39-52 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. [40] And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. [41] Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. [42] When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. [43] After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. [44] Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. [45] When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. [46] After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. [47] Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. [48] When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
[49] “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” [50] But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
[51] Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. [52] And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Vindicating Wisdom

International Sunday School July 5, 2020 Summer #5

Matthew 11:7-19 (NIV) As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? [8] If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. [9] Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. [10] This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ [11] Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [12] From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. [13] For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. [14] And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. [15] Whoever has ears, let them hear. [16] “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: [17] “ ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ [18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ [19] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”


Feast with Wisdom

International Sunday School Lesson June 28, 2020 Summer #4

Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. (2) She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. (3) She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, (4) “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, (5) “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. (6) Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:8-10 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. (9) Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. (10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:13-18 Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. (14) She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, (15) calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, (16) “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, (17) “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” (18) But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

Receive Wisdom’s Gifts

International Sunday School June 21, 2020 Summer Quarter #3

Proverbs 8:8-14  All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.  (9)  They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.  (10)  Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,  (11)  for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.  (12)  “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.  (13)  The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.  (14)  I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

Proverbs 8:17-21  I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.  (18)  Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.  (19)  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.  (20)  I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,  (21)  granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

Value of Wisdom

International Sunday School Lesson June 14 Summer Quarter #2

Proverbs 2:1-11 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, (2) turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding– (3) indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, (4) and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (7) He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, (8) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. (9) Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. (10) For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (11) Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.


Listen to God’s Wisdom

International Sunday School June 7, 2020 Summer Quarter Lesson #1

Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: (2) for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; (3) for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; (4) for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young–

Proverbs 1:7-8  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  (8)  Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Proverbs 1:20-22 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; (21) on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: (22) “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:32-33 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; (33) but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”