The mission of the Avenue Baptist Church Sunday school is to enable equip and edify the Believer to be able to carry out the mission of the Great Comission at the direction of the Holy Spirit.
The Avenue Baptist Church is the primary ministry for carrying out most effectively the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ. it reaches all ages and is essential for empowering the Saints for productive ministry through the organized study of the Word of God.
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Clear your record...hardly
God has never expunged a person's record of sin, No matter how slight the transgression. The manner of the transgressions of which shall be irresistible to appeal, or commuted is not relevant. Its destiny to be revealed, is certain. The cost, the penance, the penalty is irrevocable and sure. A just God expects every sin debt to be paid, the good news for you is that he has provided a way for your debt to be paid by someone else. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" Accept Jesus and you are accepting life, no more fear of death, or the unknown destiny. Be blessed
UNIT 1 LESSONS
GOD REQUIRES JUSTICE
December 5 Justice and Obedience
Deut 5:1-3; 10: 12-13; 27:1-10
December 12 Justice and Kindness
2 Samuel 9:1-7, 9-12
December 19 Justice and Righteousness
Isaiah 9: 2-7
December 26 Justice and Deliverance
Nahum 1:1-3, 6-8, 12-13, 15
Well the holiday season is here
a time of mirth once more
when we see friends and family
and let our spirits soar
tis’ the season we plan
to laugh and to be merry
to eat and to drink
and all that's customary
but have we planned to celebrate
in err and amiss
the gifts of hollow treasure
and empty things like this...
The ham and the dressing
the pastry and the pies
the cheesecake and the cobbler
the turkey we will fry
The mac and cheese is great
the key lime pie sublime
afterward we rest awhile
then cocktails at bedtime
Arising in the morn
to beat the crowds to sales
spending hard earned cash
afterward moving like snails
This is only the start
our minds are totally shot
we only think of ourselves
Do we even know
or do we really care
about a group of people
with whom we didn’t share
a tiny piece of cake
a plate that we didn’t eat
slabs of ham and pork
of the leftover meat
but you are not alone
my sisters and my brothers
America gave up being kind
to poor and to others
We will work all week
turning hands to blisters
but wont give a dime to
the misses or the misters
We are not very thankful
nor are we very giving
when we go a’ chasing
the wealthy standard of living
But in Gods will for us
includes the very poor
that we so oft’ forget
and shut them out the door
Be ye humble
be ye kind
love the unloved
Gods blessings you’ll find
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
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THE FATHERS WAY
(John 14:6..I am the way..)
In search of something new,
We abandoned what is true
Looking for what is cool,
Embraced that which made us the fool
Craving dessert, a sweet taste,
And allowed the main course to waste
Ears itching for the newest sound,
The songs of our fathers no longer abound
Blinded with the poison fruit of sin,
No longer seeing the Fathers way therein
We lose our way, our path, then our heart,
We are of the world now, no longer set apart
Deeper we go into the crowds,
From the clear-skies into the storm clouds
People are everywhere and all around,
But you, are far from the old hallowed ground
You are free to do as you please,
To work or to live a life of ease
Bravo! you have what you always wanted,
The money, the fame that you flaunted
freedom, the control….you make the rules now
And yet you feel hollow inside...but how
“I’m living my way, make my own decisions,
They cant stop me, they don’t have my vision
I know what I’m doing, I’m making my choice
I’ll say what I want, I have a voice”…
You were on top of the world, until you’re not
Your health, your money and fame have come to naught
You are now the one that is cursed
No money, no fame, the friends left at your worst
Your suffering isn’t in the body it’s in the soul
You suffer knowing that you are not whole
Realize that you suffered all the time
You were looking for another ladder to climb
Another love to get, another career to attain
Nothing stopped you not even the pain
But now you’re done, no where to go
No one knows you, you’re John Doe…
You body is frozen, mind is reeling
Cant make sense of what you are feeling
The fruit you ate, was sweet to the taste
But afterward brought your soul to waste.
The words that you heard brought out emotion
Division, disruption nothing but commotion
The beauty that you saw at the start
Is sour milk, and has blackened your heart.
You need a doctor, not the father of lies
To straighten out your mind and heal you inside
To clean and to revive the broken heart
To mend to repair and to give a new start
To gird you with truth, and wash away the guilt
Breakdown the strongholds that you built
Clear your vision from the poison of sin
That you see the Fathers path therein
(But the enemy says)
“No use now, the pressure is too great,
You went too far, quit... accept your fate
You messed this up you knew better that this,
Devil-made-you-do-it? were you thinking amiss?
Broke you mothers heart, your father a mess
All your mistakes have you in distress
Only one way for you mortal man,
Your soul for a charmed lifespan?
I’ll give you fame to melt your little heart,
More money, brand new sweetheart
I’ll give you what you want, the sky is the limit
You’ll have the world and all that is in it,
Just bow down to me, the job is nearly done,
When you stopped praying, always on the run
Stayed away from church, fun in the sun
Stopped reading your bible, night clubs just for fun
Truth is when you started to ‘find yourself’
You really found me..but you put God on the shelf
I’ll give you new friends, that serve you no lack
Just don’t pray to God….to him never go back”
But don’t stop, it just getting fun
You should roll with it….son…”
You need to walk and not look back
Lest you fall and have a setback
God is not dead, you have to turn around,
Should you sin, just so that grace can abound?
Turn, turn, turn and he will see you
The journey back is short, he’ll get through.
Better move now if you want to live,
God is faithful and he will surely forgive.
Do you want a world without Jesus Christ....just imagine a world without emergency rooms, doctors, nurses, or any health care. Who would wish for such a thing? Only a fool would.....
UPCOMING SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS
UNIT 2, Called to Praise God
Praise God for Past Deliverance---Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43
Praise God for His Presence---Psalm 84
Praise God for His Greatness---Psalm 149:1-5, 150
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE..
In your Christian journey, have you been in a situation where it seems that no matter which way you turn, there is opposition? If you turn to the left side, people complain, if you go to the right they complain even louder. The further you go, the angrier the people become...If this sounds familiar, then you are in good company. Jesus himself was faced with opposition from all sides.
Lets start with a some background, there were several distinct group that opposed Jesus’ earthly ministry (we will not count Satan). There were the Pharisee; the Pharisee were composed of two differing schools of thought, started by Jewish rabbis Shammai and Hillel, respectively. Although both were considered Pharisee, the differences between them were a point of contention. Rabbi Shammai called for a strict, unbending interpretation of the Law, his followers fostered a hatred for anything Roman, including taxation, and Jews who served as tax collectors were considered “persona non grata” or “unwelcome person”. The Shammaites wanted to outlaw all communication and commerce between Jews and Gentiles. Rabbi Hillel taught a looser, more liberal application. The Hillelites took a more gracious approach and opposed such extreme exclusiveness. In the category of sad but informative, the doctrine of Shammaites’ put them at odds with the Hillelites, Eventually, the two differing schools of thought within the Pharisee two grew so hostile that they refused to worship together. they did however set their differences aside on one occasion. The trial and condemnation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although the Pharisee are the most often mentioned enemy of Jesus, they are not the only ones. The Sadducee were an aristocratic class connected with everything going on in the temple in Jerusalem. They tended to be wealthy and held powerful positions, including that of chief priests and high priest. They sought peace and stability with Rome, therefore their decisions were inexorably linked with their own economic and political interests, the wanted to keep a good relationship with the ruling Roman government. And there is more..
1. The Sadducee were extremely self-sufficient to the point of denying God’s involvement in everyday life.
2. They denied any resurrection of the dead (Matthew 22:23; Mark 12:18–27; Acts 23:8). Due to this belief, the Sadducee strongly resisted the apostles’ preaching that Jesus had risen from the dead.
3. They denied the afterlife, holding that the soul perished at death and therefore denying any penalty or reward after the earthly life.
4. They denied the existence of a spiritual world, i.e, angels and demons (Acts 23:8).
And the last group that we will discuss are the scribes. The Scribe were an ancient group whose business was to study, transcribe and write commentary on the scriptures (Ezra 7:6-10). They took the job of preserving scripture very seriously, frankly we owe the preservation of the scripture to their diligence. Although often associated with the Pharisee, not all Pharisee were Scribes (Matt 5:20, 12:38). They were teachers of the people (Mark 1:22). They were highly respected because of their, knowledge, dedication and righteous appearance. But they went beyond interpretation and added many man-made traditions to the Law of Moses. They became experts at spelling out the letter of the law, but ignoring the spirit of the law that framed it (Mark 12:28). These groups, The Pharisee, the Sadducee and the Scribes made up the body of the Sanhedrin Council. The governing body of Israel.
The last group is the Great Sanhedrin council itself, commonly known simply as the “Sanhedrin” (Num 11:16). It was composed of 70 men and a high priest. They tried issues that the lower courts could not decide. It functioned similar to the U.S. Supreme Court. The exact composition is not known, but there were Pharisee in it (John 3:1, Acts 5:34) and Sadducee (Acts 23:6). The Sanhedrin council, and its individual groups opposed Jesus at every turn, attempting to discredit him (Luke 11:53-54). These religious leaders, were men who took that which was sacred and put their own interpretation upon the holy scripture of God; and the interpretation and what they added, were considered more important than the scripture itself. They changed from tribal religious leaders of the nation that inspired and led the children of God, to powerful, influential, wealthy men of stature that sacrificed morality, and uprightness for personal gain. They were the center of religion and politics in the community. They succumbed to the lure of power and wealth, becoming filled with greed and wickedness (Luke 11:39). Becoming political in their interpretations and rulings, they sought to eliminate rivals who questioned their motives. The Pharisee quarreled with the Sadducee, the Essene were against the scribes, but that changed in an instant when a perceived threat to their power rose up, they would set aside their differences and marshal their forces to squash the opposition.
Jesus, the son of God, the messiah of mankind came to fulfill the law (Matt 5:17). You would be correct in your thinking that the Pharisee, the Sadducee, and the Scribes, being educated, and well versed in the Law of Moses, knowing of the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 9:6-7), should be the first to announce the arrival of the messiah in the form of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And first to defend him from the naysayers... But instead, these competing religious, political leaders, saw in Jesus a threat to their power, a rival. Instead of worshiping him, they warred against him, as they would a political foe.
The irony is just how much things have remained the same, over the two-thousand years since the resurrection. How many times have you seen individuals who were political rivals, suddenly put aside their difference, to come together in force on an issue. We could cheer the sudden putting aside of differences for the common goals, if it were a goal that was for good. But as is the case in politics, many decisions are short on principals. Some vote a certain way to appease their supporters, Some, vote a certain way to appease their campaign donors. Some vote a certain way to retain control, or perhaps to gain control, or maybe to solidify their support with another group...to increase their control. The disappointment mounts when you think that these religious groups (Pharisee, Sadducee, Essene, scribes) that should have known the truth, and promoted the savior...instead, they ignored the truth, to eliminate the savior. Jesus who should have been celebrated by the Pharisee, was persecuted by the Pharisee, and crucified by the Romans. He was between a rock and a hard place, the Pharisee on the left and the Sadducee on the right, the scribes in the front and the devil on his trail. Have you been surrounded by people that were enemies to each other, now have put aside their differences and joined forces to mount an attack against you. Take heart and know that when Satan influences people to oppose you, to persecute you, count yourself blessed, and rejoice and be glad, because your reward in heaven will be great, for they persecuted the prophets also (Matt 5:10-12). Take heart and be of good cheer, for your enemies being influenced by the evil one, embraced the world and rejected the heavenly one, who came to fulfill the law, the Messiah, also rejected you (John 3:16). Be blessed!
The lessons for Unit 1: GODS PEOPLE OFFER PRAISE.
Sept 5.....Praise with music
Sept 12.....Praise in Dance
Sept 19.....Praise by Expecting and Following
Sept 26.....Praise for Salvation
Acts 2:32-33, 37-47
Temporary Pain or Permanent Joy
Last weeks Sunday School lesson was on the topic of “An Eternal Hope”. The passage was taken from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. In it the Apostle Paul deals with the image of a heavenly home versus an earthly home. In it the contrast between the soul and the flesh takes center stage; we see the inner man (the soul) and the outer man (the body). We know that one is invisible and the other visible, one perishes the other is renewed. By reading this passage we see that pain and discomfort in the body is only temporary, and the soul lives on. Any pain that we experience is only a temporary situation. Paul says in verse seventeen that “our light affliction”; and as Brother Michael Reed stated to the Sunday school class, we need to educate ourselves on what Paul’s “light affliction” was really all about.
Looking at 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 the apostle details the account of his misfortunes, being flogged by the Jews with 39 lashes, beaten with rods three times, he was stoned in Lystre (Act 14:19-20)… then dragged outside the city, the mob thinking that he was dead, left him there. He survived in the ocean for a day and a half after being shipwrecked, and many times he was in danger of being robbed, not to mention the treachery of the Jewish leaders that opposed his ministry. He recounts numerous times that people placed his life in peril; the heathen, and false brethren all intent on his demise. Many times exhausted and in pain; many times cold and without food or clothing. This is the “light affliction” that Paul alludes to in 2 Cor 4:16-18.
The main focus of this is to point out that the struggle that we endure, no matter how uncomfortable, or difficult it may be, it is but a temporary setback, a moment in pain, compared to an eternity in the presence of God. We need to understand that the outer man, the body, the flesh is both visible and temporary. In it we have the senses...we experience discomfort and pain. In it is the carnal elements of mankind. Lust is in the flesh (Gal 5:16), and if we walk after the flesh, it is our senses as the primary way we interact with the world. It is at this point we err and invite destruction upon ourselves (2 Peter 2:10-12). We become as animals, relying upon instinct and the senses to interact with the world. This is in the flesh, the temporal, the transient, not meant to last, therefore any pain that we experience in the body, is non-existent without the body.
Consequently the inner man (the soul) is invisible, but is eternal and is renewed day by day. It is what makes you who you are. You would be unrecognizable to God without your soul, It came into existence when God breathed into you the breath of life (Gen 2:7). It is what endures after the death of the body (Psalms 16:9-10). What is the significance of earthly pain in the body, when we are looking forward to dwelling in the presence of God for all eternity. The book of the Revelation in chapter 21:10-27 John describes Heaven (as new Jerusalem), as having the glory of God about it. The light shown like a precious stone, as jasper, clear as crystal, where the walls were adorned with all kinds of precious stones, sapphire, emerald, sardonyx and amethyst. There was no temple, for the Lord God Almighty and the lamb were its temple. The city had no need of the sun or the moon for the glory of God illuminated it...The Lamb is its light. There is no comparison of the pain, the agony of the here and now in the flesh, that will outweigh the glory and splendor in Heaven that await the souls of them who are believers in Jesus Christ. This earthy pain passes away and the body dissolves, but the soul is forever. Be blessed.
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