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.

Jeremiah 16-18

As we said a couple of weeks ago, Jeremiah was given the burden of speaking the truth to Israel at a time they would have been surprised to hear what God had to say. From their perspective, they were in a time of renewal: economic, social, political and spiritual. They thought of themselves as experiencing good times, finally, and turning the country around. Things were looking up and prophets sho ...[Read More]

Jeremiah 1

This morning we start the book of Jeremiah and will be in the book for several weeks. Since no prophet ever lived in a vacuum, let’s look first at the context of Jeremiah’s life and ministry. The tectonic plates of three empires – Egypt, Assyria and Babylonia – were moving and pushing against each other with Israel, as usual, in the middle. It was a time of instability, changes, uncertainty, shift ...[Read More]

The Widow’s Oil

The Widow’s Oil 1The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.” 3Elisha sa ...[Read More]

Philemon

Last week in the final chapter of Colossians we met several men in prison with Paul in Rome: Luke, John Mark, Timothy, Tychicus, Epaphras and Onesimus. Onesimus was a slave who had run away (and probably stolen) from a wealthy church leader named Philemon in Colossae. As the letter closes, Paul is sending Tychicus and Onesimus back to Colossae with a letter. Tucked inside that letter for the churc ...[Read More]

Colossians 3:18-4:18

Colossians 3:18-4:18 May 22, 2011    This morning we finish our study of Colossians.  We could spend an entire class on each of the two areas we are going to study so it will feel a little like skipping a rock on a pond.  Fortunately, we have covered some of the material before in Ephesians. Three relationships:  husbands and wives/children/slaves Paul, as far as we know, was not married. How ...[Read More]

Colossians 3:18-4:18

This morning we finish our study of Colossians. We could spend an entire class on each of the two areas we are going to study so it will feel a little like skipping a rock on a pond. Fortunately, we have covered some of the material before in Ephesians. Three relationships: husbands and wives/children/slaves 1.  Paul, as far as we know, was not married. However, he probably had looked around at th ...[Read More]