SUNDAY SCHOOL

Welcome to “Sunday School…Sunday School”. Each week we will highlight our Adult Class Sunday School Lesson for the upcoming week. This site is designed to prepare you for the upcoming lesson, and give you greater insight into the Word of God. Get ready to be “stretched”. Get ready for an exciting journey. Get ready for a stir in your Soul.


Daily Scripture reading for the week is at the end of the page.           


Dr. June Normil

                                   UNIT one STUDY 7

                                        july 18, 2021


                                

TEXT FOR THIS WEEK LESSON: EPHESIANS 3:14-21; PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11; COLOSSIANS 1:9-14


CENTER TRUTH:  CHRISTIANS SHOULD PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER TO KNOW GOD, SHOW LOVE, AND LIVE EXEMPLARY LIVES.

KEY VERSE: COLOSSIANS 1:9 FOR THIS CAUSE WE ALSO. SINCE THE DAY WE HEARD IT, DO NOT CEASE TO PRAY FOR YOU, AND TO DESIRE THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING ( KJV).

PAUL'S PRAYERS FOR CHURCHES

     

LET'S  GET STARTED

Paul must have had a rich prayer life. He was in prison during the time in which he wrote the letters we are studying this week, yet he did not engage in self-pity. Instead, he wrote positive, joyful, endearing words to those he had ministered to, and he prayed for them. perfects we might be moved by his example to consider our own prayers. How much time do we spend in self-pity or in "me-first" prayers? Shouldn't our prayers include the needs of the people around us, those we encounter along the way, both past and present? Have you ever wondered whether or not the  prayers you offer for yourself and others represent the priorities of God? As you reflect upon the apostle Paul's prayers for the churches to which he wrote and had ministered, consider the critical importance of these prayer emphases to your own life.

        TO KNOW GOD IN FULLNESS  
 
EMPOWERED TO UNDERSTAND GOD"S LOVE (EPHESIANS 3:14-19). Paul's highest priorities for the  churches he established were eternal. He  was concerned for  the spiritual growth of believers, and he portrayed the Church as a magnificent mystery and cherished expression of divine love. Paul prayed that the Ephesians be strengthen with power by God's Spirit in their inner selves.  Paul called upon God to established the Ephesians believers in love. Paul prayed that they would "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of  Christ, and  to  know this love that surpasses knowledge." ALL GLORY TO CHRIST (EPHESIANS 3:20-21). The  apostle Paul's prayer in Ephesians chapter 3 ends with a doxology affirming Paul's confidence in God to accomplish that which is beyond all he not only asks but  conceivers in his heart. There is no limit to God's power. The only limitations lie with humans, who lack sufficient ability to ask, or even imagine. The  power inherent within Paul's prayers, and ours, is not an impersonal outside force. rather, that power is found in the workings of God within us as we pray and believe boldly and confidently. The power is due to the fact Christ lives within His followers and His  Spirit can make the most bold requests a reality.
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REACT ? How would you  described God's love to an unbeliever? To a new  Christian?

TO ABOUND IN LOVE
 
PAUL'S JOY AND CONFIDENCE (PHILIPPIANS 1:3-8).  Paul wrote his  letter to the Philippians from a Roman prison Epistles," Philippians is one of a number of Epistles known as "Prison Epistles." yet many of these letters are filled with expressions of joy. Paul's prayer began with thanksgiving and expressions of joy. Paul founded  the church at Philippi at the beginning of his second missionary journey, and as he was writing this letter more than ten years later, their relationship with  him was unchanged. Paul also expressed his confidence that God, who had begun a good spiritual work in them, could be counted on to finish it. He understood that the work of salvation was the work of God and not of mere people. KNOWLEDGE, DISCERNMENT, AND INSIGHT (PHIL.1:9-11). Following his expressions of thanksgiving and joy over the Philippians, Paul transitioned to prayer. he asked  God to give them knowledge, depth of understanding and the ability to discern the pure from those things that would hinder them. Paul was praying for the  church to  understand the will, the works, and the ways of God. The word "discern" can be translated "judge," or "perceive," The  "knowledge," "discernment," and  "insight"  referenced  in this passage have to do with moral choices rather than mere intellectual understanding. Paul prayed for the  Philippians" so they would be "blameless for the  day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that come through Jesus Christ,"

REACT ? How had  the Philippians demonstrated love for Paul?
 
         TO LIVE WORTHY OF THE LORD  

COMPREHENDING GOD'S WILL (COLOSSIANS 1:9-10) The Westminster Shorter Catechism, written in 1646 and  1647 as an instruction for Christian life and belief, asked a key question; "What is the chief end of man?" The answer given is powerful. "Man's chief end is  to glorify God, and to  enjoy  Him  forever." Paul prayed that God would fill the Colossians with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. TO SHARE IN THE INHERITANCE (COLOSSIANS 1:11-14)  The apostle Paul reminded the Colossians of their spiritual qualification in Christ Jesus, declaring them to be qualified to share in Christ's inheritance. God's people have been made holy  by Him, separated unto the Lord to be a people for His  possession. We once belonged  to the kingdom of darkness, but now are joint heirs of the kingdom of God's son Once we were under Satan's  power, but now we are God's. The work of Christ on the cross has purchased fully our everlasting salvation. We have  been fully reconciled to God. In response  to His gift, we are now called to honor and reflect our kingdom citizenship. we must live worthy of our calling.

REACT ? How does the Holy Spirit help you understand  Scripture and find God's will? 
  

 

 

 
 


 
 
  
  


WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO US? 


Paul always prayed for the spiritual growth of  his readers. While God  delights in meeting all of our needs, our first priority should always be to grow in Him.


 LIVING IT OUT


(1) Set aside time each  day to study God's Word and  apply it to your life. (2) Pray that God will help you to grow in Him every day. (3) Provide spiritual encouragement to a new believer.


Monday                     That I May Know Thee                                             Exodus 33:12-17   Tuesday                            Love the Lord.                                                   Deut. 6:4-9          Wednesday                           Find the knowledge of God.      Proverbs 2:1-7                         Thursday                                  Exhortation To live Worthy.   1 Thess. 3:9-13                             Friday                                             Increase in Love.                           1 Thess. 3:9-13                    Saturday:                      Abound in the knowledge of God.                       1 Peter 1:2-8                            

 

 See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!! 

 

Copyright Reference:  Radiant Life, Volume 102 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2021 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo  65802.

 

 

 


                                                                                      Dr. June Normil