WINTER QUARTER (December/January/February)
ADULT / YOUNG ADULT (18 AND ABOVE)
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 1:26-40
BIBLE TRUTH: Jesus’ conception through the Holy Spirit reveals that nothing is impossible for God.
MEMORY VERSE: “And behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:31)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: REVIEW the foretelling of Jesus’ birth; REFLECT on the unexpected and perplexing events of our lives; and DEDICATE ourselves to the purposes of God.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Luke 1:26-40 — — Read and incorporate the insights gained from the Background Scriptures into your study of the lesson.
BIBLE TRUTH: God invites us to have real faith in Him.
MEMORY VERSE: “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:47)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: EXPLORE themes of justice in Mary’s song of praise; APPRECIATE the deepest meanings of praise in response to God; and DEVELOP new ways of praising God.
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 1:57-58, 67-79
BIBLE TRUTH: God rewards faith and punishes unbelief.
MEMORY VERSE: ” And thou, child shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for though shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.” (LUKE 1:76-77)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: REVIEW the story of Zacharias’ prophecy concerning his son, John the Baptist; GAIN an appreciation for prophecy and REFLECT on expectations we have for the next generation; and address the justice modeled in Zacharias’ prophecy.
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 2:1-17
BIBLE TRUTH: THE Messiah was born
MEMORY VERSE: ” And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will REVIEW the story of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and Jesus’ birth; REFLECT on the meaning of the Messiah in contemporary times; and IDENTIFY the saving work of Jesus in the world today.
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 2:25-38
BIBLE TRUTH: God always honors HIS promise to the faithful.
MEMORY VERSE: “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people” (Luke 2:30-31)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: EXPLORE Jesus’ presentation in the Temple; EXPRESS our feelings about the rising again of many (from Luke 2:34) and DECIDE how we might walk in holiness.
BIBLE BASIS: Luke 6:1-11
BIBLE TRUTH: Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
MEMORY VERSE: “Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life or to destroy it?”
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will KNOW the Sabbath laws and their conflicts with human need; FEEL an appreciation for the priority of human needs being met; and DECIDE to live in such a way that we honor the Sabbath from Jesus’ perspective.
BIBLE BASIS: Luke 6:17-31
BIBLE TRUTH: We may have to pay a price for our Christian witness.
MEMORY VERSE: “But I say unto you which hear, LOVE your enemies, do good to them which hate you” (Luke 6:27)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: KNOW how to interpret the meaning of love and judgment; EXPLORE the difficult feelings associated with loving people who show total DISDAIN for us; and develop prayers that express love for the enemy.
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 14:7-18A, 22-24
BIBLE TRUTH: GOD exalts the humble.
MEMORY VERSE: “For whosoever exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: EXPLORE Jesus’ teachings about humility and exaltation; EVALUATE attitudes and behaviors toward those who are disenfranchised; and SEEK ways to invite people who do not normally participate in the local church.
BIBLE BASIS: LUKE 16:19-31
BIBLE TRUTH: Compassion and generosity are important Christian values.
MEMORY VERSE: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson we will: REVIEW the story of the rich man and Lazarus; Discuss our feelings about compassion toward the poor and CONSIDER involving our congregation in developing a project that addresses selfishness and has a positive effect on everyone’s attitudes and actions toward the poor.
BIBLE BASIS: James 1:19-27
BIBLE TRUTH: Obedience to the Word is essential to victorious living.
MEMORY VERSE: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson we will: REVIEW the relationship that expressed in the Scripture between hearing and doing the Word; EXPRESS our feelings about hearing and doing God’s Word; and DEVELOP practical strategies for acting in accordance with what the Word says.
BIBLE BASIS: JAMES 2:1-13
BIBLE TRUTH: Do not show favortism.
MEMORY VERSE: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (James 2:5).
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: REVIEW James’s writing concerning partiality and ways to avoid it; EXPLORE the full meaning of the phrase “Love your neighbor as yourself”; and INVESTIGATE ways we might discriminate against certain groups and find method to instead demonstrate the love of God to those groups.
BIBLE BASIS: JAMES 2:14-26
BIBLE TRUTH: Practice what you believe.
MEMORY VERSE: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works in dead also” (James 2:26)
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: REVIEW the connection James makes between faith and works; EXPRESS what it means to declare one’s faith by performing good works; and CONSIDER a faith statement and identify how it may be manifest itself through works.
BIBLE BASIS: JAMES 3:1-12
BIBLE TRUTH: It is important to study the impact of words on others.
MEMORY VERSE: “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things out not so to be”
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: REVIEW James’s teachings concerning how we speak to others; EXPRESS how it feels to be criticized and praised; and FIND WAYS to express praise and criticism in love despite the circumstances.
BIBLE BASIS: LEVITICUS 19:18; DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9; MARK 12:28-34
BIBLE TRUTH: God is love.
MEMORY VERSE: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30–31, KJV).
LESSON AIM: By the end of the lesson, we will: EXPLORE the roots of the ancient Hebrew tradition of loving our neighbors; UNDERSTAND how to express genuine kindness to everyone even when it isn’t easy; and PRAY for forgiveness for when we haven’t universally applied God’s love to those around us.
House, Church Of God In Christ Publishing. Church Of God In Christ Annual Lesson Commentary 2023-2024 [KJV-AMP] (Power for Living)