At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: TRADITION (Jesus' Fulfillment of Scripture) Studies in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Zechariah, The four Gospels, Acts, and Revelation
July 14 Ex. 32:1-10. Turning Aside from God's Commands.
July 15 Deut. 7:1-6. Turning Away from Following God.
July 16 Acts 5:1-11. Putting the Lord to the Test.
July 17 Deut. 4:25-31. Search With Heart and Soul.
July 18 Heb. 3:7-14. Holding Firm to the End.
July 19 1 Cor. 10:1-8. Examples that Deter from Evil.
July 20 1 Cor. 10:9-21. God's Faithfulness in Our Testing.
KEY VERSE: No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
CENTRAL THOUGHT: God is the source of our strength.
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To explore Paul's warnings and advice about temptations
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Today's lesson contains Paul's warnings and advice to the Corinthian community, and by extension, to us as fellow Christians about temptations. By comparison and contrast to the Israelites in the wilderness, we are warned about being prideful, arrogant, and spiritually disobedient (1 Corinthians 10:1-9). We see from the examples that the pride of individual persons and communities can lead them to act in destructive or harmful ways. There is concern as to how communities can resist the desire to move in harmful directions. Paul reminded the Corinthian church that all believers are tempted, but God will not let them be tested beyond their strength--God will provide the way out. This revelation and advice is very encouraging and reassuring to individual Christians and to the Christian community as a whole today. We face many struggles and temptations daily. But we are reminded that we have sustaining grace to see us through.
I. Bearing and Overcoming Temptation: 1 Cor. 10:9-13
II. Realizing the Sustaining Power of Christ for the Community: Vv. 14-22.