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:

The Life of the Branch is in the Vine! John 15:1–16:4. Sunday School, November 8, 2020

John 15:1-16:4 is the heart of Jesus’ last conversation with His disciples. First we have Jesus’ promise: “Abide in Me and you will bear much fruit” (John 15:1-11). Then Jesus’ command: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12-17). Finally, Jesus’ warning: “in the world you will face persecution” (15:18-16:4). Jesus shows us how to live in Him (15:1-11), in the church (15:12-17), and in the world (15:18-16:4). Check out recorded explanation of this passage below.

“God and Do Likewise!” Luke 10:25-37. Sunday School, October 18, 2020.

Last week we heard Jesus’ command to love our enemies. The picture above of the Mennonite Dirk Willems, who in 1569 saved his persuer at the cost of his own execution, embodies that love. Today we listen to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan and his teaching on loving our “neighbor” as ourselves. For a concise explanation of this parable, click below:

Sunday School, October 11, 2020. “Generous Living by the Grace of a Generous God.” Luke 6:27-38

In this Sunday’s lesson we have the heart of Jesus’ teaching about Christian conduct: “Love your enemies.” “Pray for those who abuse you.” “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” What does it all mean? To enjoy a concise exposition of this passage, click the recording below:

“Generous Living by the Grace of a Generous God”

September 27, 2020. Sunday school. Series Title: “God Redeems a Dysfunctional Family.” Lesson Title: “True Repentance and Genuine Forgiveness.” Genesis 44-45.

Today’s lesson brings this series about Joseph and his brothers to a conclusion. Today we see how tough love and godly sorrow produce the fruit of true repentance and genuine forgiveness. True repentance and genuine forgiveness, in turn, are the foundation of reconciliation and wholeness of life. For a concise exposition of today’s lesson, click below:

September 13, 2020. Sunday school. Series Title: “God Redeems a Dysfunctional Family.” Lesson Title: “The Faithfulness of God in the Life of Joseph.” Genesis 40-41.

Today’s Scripture lesson continues the themes begun in Genesis 37-39. By meditating on Genesis 40-41 we begin to see how even the things Joseph suffered were the result of God’s faithfulness. God’s bringing salvation through Joseph’s suffering foreshadows Christ and assures us that we can trust God. For a concise exposition of this passage, click below.

August 30, 2020. Sunday School. “Two Kinds of Wisdom,” James 3:13-18; 5:7-12.

In James 3:13-18, James entices us to desire the “wisdom from above.” He describes the beauty of this God-given wisdom by contrasting it with false “wisdom” that is “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.” Then, in James 5:7-12, James encourages us to remain faithful in this chaotic world by assuring us of Christ’s return and the mercy of the Lord. Click below for an explanation and application of these passages.