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, 92nd EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: FAITH IS ENDURANCE
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: Steadfast Fortitude
Printed Text: Hebrews 12:1-11 (NIV)
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
THEREFORE, SINCE we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012-2013
People know that to win a race we sometimes have to suffer some pain—but we must keep our eyes on the goal. What help is available? The writer of the book of Hebrews told us that there is a huge crowd of witnesses to the faith who have trained well, have kept their eyes on God and Jesus, and have grown in grace and character.
The late Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen once said, “The spiritual life is a life in which we are set free by the Spirit of God to enjoy life in all its fullness.” How does one find freedom in the midst of a world of broken lives, sin, and hostility toward the Savior of men and women? How does a believer face up to the trials of life and remain steadfast and immovable? It all begins and ends with having the right perspective from which to view and comprehend life. When viewing life purely from the perspective of the material world, it is easy to become disillusioned when material things are taken away or destroyed (see Philippians 3:6-14) However, it is in Jesus Christ that we live, move and have our very being.
Lord God, we bless You for the fact that in Jesus Christ we find the perfect example of how to face the challenges of life without giving in to despair and discouragement. Grant that Your servants may walk upright before You in peace and courage. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Sin – This word is mentioned more than 480 times in the Bible. It literally means, “to miss the mark”. Sin does not refer to single acts of disobedience or defiance against the Word of God. Rather, it denotes an attitude of one who disregards God’s Word and seeks to live life on his/her own terms (see Genesis 3:1-15; John 8:34; Romans 3:20; 6:1-23