Pray for Each Other

We all know that prayer is a critical component of the Christian life. Let’s make sure it is an important part of our class time, too. Begin class by asking for prayer requests. Keep a list of the requests where you can add to them each week. This could be kept on the wall for all to see as a reminder to pray and praise God for His answered prayers. You should also try to minister to any of the needs as you can. Send cards, deliver cookies, make phone calls, and do not feel like you have to do this all by yourself. Ask other class members to help. Make sure you take these prayer requests home and pray for the needs during the week. Begin regularly praying for each other and see what God will do! “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).

2019-02-15T10:00:43+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Lost Son Restored

Read Luke 15:11-24

“But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet” (v. 22).

In the final drama in this chapter of “lost things,” Jesus introduces a new element into the narrative. This element is the active role of the runaway boy and the matter of intentionality. Obviously, the sheep was just a stupid animal that wandered off and became lost. There are people, likewise, who wander away and become lost. The coin was an inanimate object that, perhaps, experienced a sudden fall from a pocket into an unseen corner. Unfortunately, there are people who become lost through a sudden moral fall. The son, however, had consciously and deliberately rebelled against the “established order” of the home and marched off to “do his own thing” which was both wasteful and, if the elder brother’s accusation be true, wanton as well. When the money ran out, so did his “friends” and he experienced ruin and, doubtless, ridicule. After his epiphany in the pig pen, he had to move intentionally to change his circumstances. The result was a reunion with the father, a reunion in which there was no rebuke or recrimination, only great rejoicing. What a glimpse into the infinite love of our Father! It all began with the resolution, “I will arise and go to my father!” (Michael R. Williams)

Are you praying for a lost child? God can awaken the lost — even in a pigpen.

2019-01-02T10:00:16+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Emphasis on Prayer

As we conclude this quarter of emphasizing the Sunday school teacher in prayer, consider how you will continue to make prayer an integral part of your ministry. What emphasis in prayer for the next Sunday school quarter is the Holy Spirit impressing upon you?
Heavenly Father, we pray for each teacher who has been reading these prayers this quarter and praying them throughout the week. Father, create in these dear people and our churches a renewed passion for prayer. Don’t allow this emphasis on prayer to fizzle out at the end of this quarter of lessons. Instead, may we continue to be a people committed to intercessory prayer.
Help us, Lord, to truly learn to pray for the needs of others, and not just our own needs and wants. May we love others, first, through prayer. Give us a vision that sees more than our personal needs. Instead, help us to demonstrate a real concern for others in prayer.
  Thank you again for your love and grace. In Jesus’ name we pray all this. Amen.
2018-11-23T09:00:20+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Strength for the Spirit

Read Philemon 1:17-25

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen” (v. 25).
As a child, I was in awe at wax museums.
There, standing or sitting in lifelike poses and settings were real-looking replicas of famous people! They were perfectly fashioned according to their historical dimensions. Their glassy eyes gleamed and their coiffed hair was meticulously styled. Some of them even “talked” when you pushed a button.
I have to say; I still enjoy museums. And wax creations still intrigue me. It takes a lot of skill to create those plastic people. But there is one thing missing from these forms. They have no spirit. They are not living.
It is said that a servant named Onesimus penned the epistle of Philemon for Paul while he sat in prison. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the apostle ends his letter with a prayer for the grace of God to be with “your spirit.” Commentator Matthew Poole says this is the same thing as saying be “with you.” As living souls, humans are not like wax figures, but rather imbued with life because we have a God-given spirit.
Today, may the strength that comes from the grace of our Lord empower you to glorify Him in all you do and say. That was the prayer of Paul for Philemon and us! (Valorie A. Quesenberry)
You are alive in Him from the inside out!
2018-11-21T09:00:51+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Concluding Benedictions

Focus Text: Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 13:20, 21; 2 Peter 3:14-18; Jude 1:24, 25
Central Truth: God provides grace for our every need.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several evidences of God’s blessing in their lives.
Lesson Outline:
I.   A Benediction for Wisdom (Rom. 11:33-36)
II.  A Benediction to Completion (Heb. 13:20, 21)
III. A Benediction to Diligence (2 Peter 3:14-18)
IV. A Benediction for Perseverance (Jude 1:24, 25)

2018-11-19T09:00:18+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Prayer for God's Blessing

Father, I come again in prayer to ask for your blessing upon my life and my volunteer ministry within our local church. There have been many misguided teachings over the past years concerning praying for your blessing. Some have basically taught that we can confidently pray for our every whim and desire. Others have suggested that your blessing is like a bubble gum machine: insert a prayer or a tithe, and out comes a blessing. I recognize that the purpose of prayer is about aligning my will with your will, not about merely presenting you a wish list.
Yet, Lord, I do feel a deep need for your blessing upon my life. I recognize that without your enabling power I cannot be victorious spiritually or successful in ministry for you. So I humbly ask for you to pour out blessings upon my life so that I can glorify your name and be a blessing to others.
Thank you in advance for the grace you are going to provide. Amen.
2018-11-16T09:00:11+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Prayer for God’s Blessing

Father, I come again in prayer to ask for your blessing upon my life and my volunteer ministry within our local church. There have been many misguided teachings over the past years concerning praying for your blessing. Some have basically taught that we can confidently pray for our every whim and desire. Others have suggested that your blessing is like a bubble gum machine: insert a prayer or a tithe, and out comes a blessing. I recognize that the purpose of prayer is about aligning my will with your will, not about merely presenting you a wish list.
Yet, Lord, I do feel a deep need for your blessing upon my life. I recognize that without your enabling power I cannot be victorious spiritually or successful in ministry for you. So I humbly ask for you to pour out blessings upon my life so that I can glorify your name and be a blessing to others.
Thank you in advance for the grace you are going to provide. Amen.
2018-11-16T09:00:11+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Quality of Hope

Read Romans 15:1-4
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (v. 4).
Visiting a children’s program in Indonesia, Wess Stafford was asked to say a few words. Wanting to communicate their value to God, he told the children they were special. He then picked up a little girl on the front row named Jessica. Using her as an example, he spoke tenderly of her uniqueness and that Christ loved her. Noticing tears around the room, he found out that, weeks earlier, she had been brutally raped. If anyone needed to hear that message, it was Jessica. Her healing began that day.
Some aren’t as receptive, however. Danny Velazquez was one. To many, he seemed to be on top of the world. He went about his work day wearing cashmere and sipping martinis. Living in a loft apartment, he was highly regarded by his clients. One was a Christian who frequently told him, “The day you call on the name of the Lord, He will set you free.” He politely ignored her advice. But Danny’s relationship with alcohol and drugs spiraled out of control eventually leaving him homeless.
One day, hallucinating and hearing voices, he remembered those hope-filled words. At that moment Danny cried out to God. When he later awoke in a hospital, he was a changed man. God had set him free. (Cyretha C. Horton)
You too can find new life through the hope found in God and His Word. 
2018-11-14T09:00:46+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Prayer for the Church

Father, I pray for my local church. I thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ. I praise you for the blessings you have bestowed upon us and ask for continued grace.
You know the needs of our congregation. (List specific needs here.) I pray that, according to your will, you would give healing to those who are suffering with physical needs. Encourage them, despite their pain, to live for you. I pray for those with financial needs. Supply what they lack. Provide for them, as a sign of your love and grace. I ask you also to remember those who are under heavy burdens of stress, etc. Lighten their load. Let them know that you are with them, to help them through these trials and to give grace for every hour.
Father, help our church to be a light of love and holiness to this community. May we be known as a people who love God and one another. Increase our influence for Christ in our world. Thank you for all this. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
2018-11-09T09:00:45+00:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Prayer for the Community

Heavenly Father, I pray today for our community. All around our church live many people who do not know you as their Lord and Savior. Some may know much about you, but they have not surrendered their lives to your control. Others may actually not know much about God and the gospel. Some may hate you. But I know that you love them and want each one to trust in you as Lord and Savior.
Therefore, Lord, I pray for the good of my community. Lord, break into the routine of this community to demonstrate your love and grace. Through tragedies that may come, I ask for your abiding peace to overshadow us. Create a hunger for yourself that will not be satisfied by worldly success and pleasure.
Help our local church to provide the witness necessary to attract lost people to you. Draw them by the power of the Holy Spirit, and change them by your grace. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2018-11-02T09:00:33+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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