THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: TWO KINDS OF WISDOM
Adult/Young Adult Topic: WISE UP
Printed Text: James 3:13-18; 5:7-12
KEY VERSE: James 3:17(NIV) But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: Throughout history, many have risked their lives by resisting oppressive regimes, thus saving the lives of others. What motivates a person to defy evil and choose to act for the good of strangers? Jesus compares and contrasts the consequences of using wisdom for righteousness or for evil.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: We gain divine wisdom as we seek the face of God through prayer, Scripture study, fasting, and the wise counsel of mature disciples. Godly wisdom offers to us guidance and direction when we are not sure which way to go. Godly wisdom offers us divine discernment to assist us in accurately assessing our surroundings. Godly wisdom gives us the confidence to conquer our fears and to press toward our goal with the assurance that God will always make a way despite all external circumstances.
PRAYER: Dear GOD, help us to operate our lives with the mind of Christ so that our choices will be wise as we listen to and learn from your still, small voice. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen