Adult Sabbath School Lesson Texts With Comments
These text files are prepared by Laurelbrook staff member James Brenneman for his personal use and for those who wish to see the Bible texts in the adult Sabbath School lesson in possibly a new light.
January 13-19, 2018 (Lesson 3 - God or Mammon?
Memory Text: Philippians 2:9-11 New International Version 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Sunday – Christ, the Creator
Genesis 1:1 Contemporary English Version In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 33:6-9 God’s Word Translation 6 The heavens were made by the Lord’s word and all the stars by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the water in the sea like a dam and puts the oceans in his storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord. Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him. 9 He spoke, and it came into being. He gave the order, and there it stood.
Isaiah 45:11-12 New Century Version 11 This is what the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker, says: “You ask me about what will happen. You question me about my children. You give me orders about what I have made. 12 I made the earth and all the people living on it. With my own hands I stretched out the skies, and I commanded all the armies in the sky.
Jeremiah 51:15 Holman Christian Standard Bible He made the earth by His power, established the world by His wisdom, and spread out the heavens by His understanding.
John 1:3 New Century Version All things were made by him, and nothing was made without him.
Monday – Son of God / Son of Man
Mathew 19:16-22 New International Reader’s Version 16 Just then, a man came up to Jesus. He asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only one who is good. If you want to enter the kingdom, obey the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus said, “ ‘Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not be a false witness. 19 Honor your father and mother.’ (Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20) And ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ” (Leviticus 19:18) 20 “I have obeyed all those commandments,” the young man said. “What else do I need to do?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad. He was very rich.
Tuesday – Christ, the Redeemer
Colossians 1:13 Modern English Version He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 Easy-to-Read Version And you began waiting for God’s Son to come from heaven—the Son God raised from death. He is Jesus, who saves us from God’s angry judgment that is coming.
1 Peter 1:18 Common English Bible Live in this way, knowing that you were not liberated by perishable things like silver or gold from the empty lifestyle you inherited from your ancestors.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Christian Standard Bible 14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.
Galatians 3:13 English Standard Version Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
Revelation 1:5 New English Translation 5 and from Jesus Christ—the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood.
Wednesday – A Jealous God
Exodus 9:14 New King James Version for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.
1 Samuel 2:2 New English Translation No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one other than you! There is no rock like our God!
Psalm 86:8 Tree of Life Version There is none like You among the gods,
my Lord, there are no deeds like Yours.
Isaiah 55:8-9 New Living Translation 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Jeremiah 10:10 New International Reader’s Version But you are the only true God. You are the only living God. You are the King who rules forever. When you are angry, the earth trembles with fear. The nations can’t stand up under your anger.
Titus 1:2 Evangelical Heritage Version based on the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
Thursday – True Ownership
Deuteronomy 10:14 New Living Translation Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.
Psalm 50:10 New International Version for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
Psalm 104:16 New American Standard Bible The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted.
Ezekiel 18:4 New Century Version Every living thing belongs to me. The life of the parent is mine, and the life of the child is mine. The person who sins is the one who will die.
Haggai 2:8 New Century Version ‘The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’ says the Lord All-Powerful.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 English Standard Version 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
January 20-26, 2018 (Lesson 4 - Escape from the World's Ways)
Memory Text: Proverbs 11:4, 28 New English Translation 4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from mortal danger…28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Sunday – A Relationship With Christ
Colossians 3:2 New Century Version Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth.
Colossians 3:2 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES The thoughts should be occupied about the things where Christ now dwells, where our final home is to be, where our great interests are. Since we are raised from the death of sin, and are made to live anew, the great object of our contemplation should be the heavenly world. Not on things on the earth. Wealth, honour, pleasure. Our affections should not be fixed on houses and lands; on scenes of fashion and gaiety; on low and debasing enjoyments.
Psalm 119:11 English Standard Version I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Ephesians 6:18 Contemporary English Version Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.
Philippians 4:8 God’s Word Translation Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
Monday – In the Word
John 5:39 New Living Translation “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
John 5:39 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES The word translated search here means to search diligently or anxiously. It is applied to miners, who search for precious metals--who look anxiously for the bed of the ore with an intensity or anxiety proportionate to their sense of the value of the metal.
John 14:6 New International Reader’s Version Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 20:31 Easy-to-Read Version But these are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.
Romans 8:5-6 Easy-to-Read Version 5 People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do. 6 If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.
Tuesday – The Life of Prayer
Hebrews 11:1-6 Common English Bible Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2 The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. 3 By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible. 4 By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than Cain, which showed that he was righteous, since God gave approval to him for his gift. Though he died, he’s still speaking through faith. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he didn’t see death, and he wasn’t found because God took him up. He was given approval for having pleased God before he was taken up. 6 It’s impossible to please God without faith because the one who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards people who try to find him.
Wednesday – The Life of Wisdom
1 Kings 3:14 New American Standard Bible If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.
1 Kings 3:14 COMMENTARY FAMILY BIBLE NOTES Obedience to God is conducive to health, long life, and the greatest enjoyment of temporal favors. It is also conducive to the greatest usefulness, and is, through divine grace, a sure preparation for heaven.
1 John 5:3 Christian Standard Bible For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden.
1 Peter 4:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
1 Corinthians 3:19 Easy-to-Read Version I say this because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps.”
Proverbs 24:13-14 English Standard Version 13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. 14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Thursday – The Holy Spirit
Ezekiel 36:26-27 New Century Version 26 Also, I will teach you to respect me completely, and I will put a new way of thinking inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of stone from your bodies, and I will give you obedient hearts of flesh. 27 I will put my Spirit inside you and help you live by my rules and carefully obey my laws.
Ezekiel 36:27 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE Many employ that time in brooding and mourning over their impure hearts, which should be spent in prayer and faith before God, that their impurities might be washed away.
John 14:26 New English Translation But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.
Ephesians 3:16-17 Contemporary English Version 16 God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers 17 and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love.