Lessons

Fred has taught Sunday School classes for over 35 years.  Almost always, people say: “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”  Every week we will add lessons to this archive.

The Murder of Ishbosheth

1.  This is a story that is in the news all the time.  It’s a constant theme in politics and power.  It’s about loyalty, political maneuvering, intrigue, and the normalization of dangerous behavior. “When Ishbosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.”  So much is packed into that one simple phrase! We know the background.  Saul’s genera ...[Read More]

2 Samuel: 2-3 David, Abner and Joab

We need a bit of context before jumping into the text. At the end of 1st Samuel Israel is at war again with the Philistines. David, thinking the only safe place to escape Saul’s determination to kill him was with the Philistines, left Israel and lived with one of the Philistine tribes. He would have gone into battle with them against Saul and Israel but the Philistines armies did not trust him. Du ...[Read More]

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain no ...[Read More]

2 Corinthians 10-13

1. You may have heard or read Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon for the royal wedding yesterday. So many have commented on the fact that he actually preached a Biblical view of love – not just romantic but redemptive love that changes the world. “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way ...[Read More]

2 Corinthians 8-9: Made Rich In Every Way

Before we look at the text we need to say that there is a particular context for Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. He did not write this as an overall guide to giving. This is not Paul’s philosophy of giving but his response to a particular gift for the church in Jerusalem. You know there was quite a bit of tension between Paul and the Church fathers over his work with the Gentiles. In fact, early ...[Read More]

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

1.  Where do you find the essentials of the gospel. The early church called it the kerygma or the core of the good news. People often say “if you had only one minute to state your deepest belief about life, what would you say or what would you want most to say to pass on to your family””. That is the kerygma. It is the fundamentals of what Paul and others preached. Doctrines and creeds came later ...[Read More]