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.

Colossians 1:1-20

This morning we are beginning our six weeks in the book of Colossians. It is worth noticing that the same author could have two such different perspectives of Christ and both of them are correct. They are not in conflict but two sides of the same coin. In the same way that the writers of the four Gospels have different accounts, Paul has a Philippian picture of Jesus and a Colossian picture. It wa ...[Read More]

Philippians 2

I know if you were here a couple of weeks ago you had a lesson on this same chapter. However, I remember the line from the Seals and Crofts song, “We May Never Pass This Way Again” and the likelihood of my teaching Philippians again is pretty remote. So, because I love this chapter so much I want to beg your indulgence and say a few things about what Paul has written not only to the church at Phil ...[Read More]

Philippians 3

Philippians has been called Paul’s love letter to the church. Not every love letter has warnings but Paul never missed a chance to remind the believers of the dangers not only surrounding them but also among them.  I’ve been reading Walt Whitman recently and he writes the greatest threat to the country was not from the outside but from the inside. We were at war with ourselves. It was John Adams w ...[Read More]

Ecclesiastes 3

We live in a world of change – and that is by design. It’s not an endless circle of birth, death and reincarnation. It’s not a straight course from birth to death. It’s not fatalism. It is seasons. There is a season for everything. There is no perfect time and no fixed and permanent season. We live “between” changes all our lives. Eternity is in our hearts as Solomon says in verse 11 but eve ...[Read More]

Ecclesiastes 1

1.  The lesson this morning is on the meaning of life. It reminds me of a conference a couple of years ago when Os Guinness was assigned the topic “What is Truth?” and given fourteen minutes to speak.  What do you say about the meaning of life in the time we have this morning?  It’s either too little or too much.  So, let’s turn to the first chapter of the book. Ecclesiaste ...[Read More]

Job 42 and Epilogue

So we come to the end of our study in Job. It’s been like a five act play in some ways. Act 1 is the introduction that sets the scene for the rest of the book. Then there is the rising force that comes with the arrival of the friends, seven days and nights of silence and then their challenges to Job with his defense of his righteousness. Then the climax in chapter 19 when Job says, “I know that my ...[Read More]