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Sunday School

Making disciples through "events that form and transform"

We are providing these notes from the Committee on Uniform Series that prepares associated Sunday School lesson outlines long in advance of their usage.  Included in this Guide are thoughts that are reflected in the Lesson Development Guide for writers of Sunday school lessons and the recommended commentary of the Department of Christian Education, The New International Lesson Annual published by Abingdon Press Nashville, Tennessee.
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October 5, 2014

Rejoice Anyway
Habakkuk 2:1-5; 3:17-19


Unifying Principle (Focus)

Some people experience so many difficulties in life that they lose all hope for the future.  Where can they turn for direction when things get really bad?  Job, the psalmist, and Habakkuk all affirm that no matter what calamities might come their way, they will trust God, rejoice in God’s presence in their lives, and praise God for strength to carry on.

Goals for the Learners

To hear God’s message of patience for the people and assurance that God will act for justice.

To experience the feeling of joy when they have patiently awaited God’s promises.

To practice responding to difficulties by trusting in God’s presence and by praising God for strength to endure.


Lesson Challenges for the Week


Learn more about God’s passion for justice by studying the parable of the widow and the unjust judge in Luke 18:1-8.  How does this parable give you hope that God will act with justice as you encounter unjust situations in your life and in the community?

Express your feelings of joy as you recall a promise that God has recently fulfilled for you by singing a hymn, drawing a picture, or writing a poem.

Tell someone about how you experience God with you in the midst of a difficult situation.  Step out in faith by declaring to your listener that you believe God will give you the strength to endure. 


Sunday School Guides
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May 27, 2012:  The Way, The Truth, And The Life

May 20, 2012:  The Resurrection and the Life

May 13, 2012:  The Good Shepherd

May 6, 2012:  The Bread of Life

April 29, 2012:  Healing The Blind Man

April 22, 2012:  Woman of Samaria

April 15, 2012:  Cleansing the Temple

April 8, 2012:  The Living Word

April 1, 2012:  Jesus Testifies To The Truth

March 25, 2012:  God’s Word Saves

March 18, 2012:  The Wedding At Cana

March 11, 2012:  The Word Became Flesh

March 4, 2012:  Wisdom’s Part in Creation

February 26, 2012:  Fruits of Redemption

February 19, 2012:  Heirs To The Promise

February 12, 2012:  Freed From Law Through Christ

February 5, 2012:  Justified by Faith in Christ

January 29, 2012:  Out of Egypt

January 22, 2012:  Joseph Transmits Abraham’s Promise

January 15, 2012:  God Preserves A Remnant

January 8, 2012:  Joseph Finds Favor

January 1, 2012:  God Watches Over Joseph

December 25, 2011:  According To The Promise

December 18, 2011:  The Lord Provides

December 11, 2011:  A Promise To Abraham

December 4, 2011:  A Blessing For All Nations

November 27, 2011:  Facing Life Without Worry

November 20, 2011:  Praying As God's People

November 13, 2011:  Loving As God's People

November 6, 2011:  Forgiving As God's People

October 23, 2011:  Tradition and Love

October 16, 2011:  Wisdom and Aging

October 9, 2011:  The Superiority of Wisdom