“Who Can Forgive Sins, but God Alone?” Mark 2;1-12. Sunday School, January 17, 2021

My students used to joke that the answer to every question in the class on the Gospel of Mark was “the authority of Jesus.” They were right. Mark 2:1-12 focuses on the authority of Jesus to forgive sins–and its implications for His identity! Implicitly, Jesus faces those around Him with the question, “Who do you say that I am?” For an explanation of this passage click below.

Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

“The Year of the Lord’s Favor.” Luke 4:14-30. Sunday School, January 3, 2020.

At the inauguration of His ministry Jesus proclaimed that He was the Spirit-anointed Servant of the Lord who would bring “the year of the Lord’s favor.” We find this incident in Luke 4:14-30, the Sunday School lesson for January 3. Can 2021 be an “a year of the Lord’s favor”? Here is a podcast explanation of this passage:

Luke 4:14-30. “The Year of the Lord’s Favor.”

“Called to Prepare the Way.” Matthew 3:1-12. Sunday School, December 27, 2020

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” With these words John the Baptist prepares the way for the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to “repent”? How was the “Kingdom of Heaven” coming “near’? What is the baptism with the Holy Spirit? For answers to these questions, check out the podcast below:

Prepare the Way. Mathew 3:1-12

“The King of the Jews.” Matthew 2:1-18. Sunday School, December 20, 2020.

What did it mean for the Magi or Wise Men that Jesus was “King of the Jews”? What did it mean to Herod? What does it mean for the world, and for us? Why not check out the explanation of Matthew 2:1-18 in the podcast below?

“Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star at its rising and have come to worship Him.”

“The Heritage of Jesus.” Hebrews 1:1-5, Matthew 1:1-6, 16-17. Sunday School, December 6, 2020.

We identify ourselves by our heritage. Our country, our state, our family and friends, our Christian faith, our church, etc. What can we learn about Jesus by examining His heritage? Check out the podcast explanation of Hebrews 1:1-5 and Matthew 1:1-6, 16-17 below. The Hebrews passage looks at Jesus’ heritage from the viewpoint of heaven looking down toward earth. Matthew, from the earth looking up to heaven. And what should we do when we begin to realize who He is?

The Heritage of Jesus. Heb 1:1-5; Matt 1:1-6, 16-17.

Love That “Remains.” 1 John 3:11-24. Sunday School. November 15, 2020.

Many of the things we have been studying in these lessons on love come together in 1 John 3:11-24. John clarifies love by contrasting it with its opposite–non-love or hate. The beauty of those who love, and enjoy eternal life in Jesus stands out clearly from those who hate, and live in death because they belong to “the evil one.” You are invited to listen to the exposition below: