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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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August 3, 2014

Consolation Granted Through Prayer
2 Corinthians 1:3-11


Unifying Principle (Focus)

In times of trouble, communities may seek consolation and protection from some power or force beyond themselves.  What consolation do Christians receive when seeking assistance from a higher power?  Paul gave testimony of God’s consolation in times of hardship and gave thanks for the mutual consolation that comes from praying for one another.



Goals for the Learners

To in investigate what Paul told the Corinthians about affliction and reliance on God for consolation.

To increase sensitivity to the whole community’s need for God’s protection and consolation.

To find opportunities to offer God’s protection and consolation to the community.


Lesson Challenges for the Week


Identify at least five people or groups who are suffering and offer intercessory prayers for them this week.

Consider volunteering in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other facility where people need to incarnate God’s presence for those who are suffering.  Contact the facility to arrange for a meeting with the director of volunteers to see how you might serve.

Check the website to find the names and stories of persons who, like Paul, are suffering for their faith.  Offer prayer and any other type of support that you can for at least one of these persons.


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