THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: PIONEER AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: EMBRACING AND OVERCOMING TRIALS
Printed Text: Hebrews 12:1-13
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV)
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People are looking for someone to help them endure life’s trials and temptations. Is there anyone who can show them how to endure? Because Jesus endured suffering and death, He is the model for disciples who choose to follow Him faithfully.
As we focus our attention completely on Jesus Christ, we recognize that He endured the pain and death of the Cross for us. Looking to Him, we find strength in knowing that He is our great High Priest who has passed through the heavens. He now makes intercession for us. Secondly, believers are exhorted to persevere and not give in to the trials and tribulations of life. Thirdly, we are reminded that sometimes God uses our trials to discipline us. There are times when we can only learn some lessons through the pressures of tribulation and trials. Finally, we are reminded that we need one another, especially during times when we are weak. The strong are always called upon to bear the burdens of the weak.
Dear God, thank you for the discipline you send into our lives. Thank you for the strength you give to persevere. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.