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, 91ST EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIRLOCALCHURCHAND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: SAMUEL ADMINISTERS JUSTICE
Printed Text: 1 Samuel 7:3-11, 15-17
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 7:3 (NIV)
And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People want to feel safe. What gives people a sense of security? Samuel taught the people that their security was a direct result of their loyalty and obedience to God.
Millions of Christians will gather for worship today and perform many of the rituals and traditions associated with a typical worship service—but the question is this: Will real repentance and turning from sin take place? God demands that our service be backed up with genuine and sincere hearts and lifestyles that reflect our relationship with Him. It is always easier to talk about living the Christian life than it is to consistently walk upright before the Lord.
Heart (Hebrew) – Refers to the seat of the human emotion and passion. There are more than 725 references to the heart in the Bible. The heart is the source of the intellect (see Isaiah 65:17), the seat of the imagination (see Genesis 6:5), and the seat of the human will (see Joshua 22:5). God is intimately concerned about our hearts and what lies within—for what comes out of the mouth is the expression of the desires, intentions, and feelings.