Sunday School Lessons

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

In this time of the year churches celebrate the birth of Christ, oftentimes called: Christmas. As we get started into this season it is important to keep focused on Jesus rather than the distractions of the world.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Whether you celebrate the time of Christmas or not… it is important to not become the Grinch for those who choose to…

God Sends a Message

When God announces that He has moved forward in the sending of His son to the world for the forgiveness of sin… It is interesting to see that He did not isolate it to one group of people.

In Matthew we see that God appeared to the Kings, in the book of Luke, He appeared to the Shepherds.

The Wise Men

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

These Wise men followed on a journey to come and find Jesus. The came, as rulers would; to the leader of the land and made inquiry. They did not know Herod’s attitude toward Jesus… but they soon learned.

The Shepherds

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

We see 2 groups of people from different walks of life.

These wise men traveled when they saw the star leaving behind their families and businesses to seek out Jesus.

The Shepherds left the fields and made haste to go and see Jesus.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

This was the beginning of something special. In Mark and John we jump to the ministry of Christ where we see the purpose of Jesus coming to earth…

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

God did this because:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God’s “gift” to us was His only Son (love in action)

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Gift: Is something you receive that you didn’t earn.

Wage: A payment for something you do or earn.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • For something to be a gift it has to be given and received

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:


A memorial is a object, place or event that bring you to remembrance of something.

Every year, we celebrate Memorial Day. This is 1 of 3 military holidays that most look at as a 3 day weekend or something on sale, but Memorial Day is when we remember those who died in the service of this country.

  • Armed Forces Day = Those Still in Service – Active Duty
  • Veterans Day = Those who have served
  • Memorial Day = Those who never came home

For many of our fallen military heroes their actions became the memorial for others. Their sacrifice is remembered by those who lived. So many soldiers died protecting the innocent, others dove on a hand grenade to save his comrades. We can look back on those men and women and see their lives as a memorial to what we have today.

If it was not for the sacrifices of these heroes we would have seen the brutality of Hitler, the oppression of Stalin, the corruption of communism, or the terror of those who hate all we stand for as Christians; would have never come to pass. There sacrifice allows us to enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. The ability to come to church, drive from state to state with no soldiers demanding papers.

The K-bar, the Compass and the Flag

When I was going into the military, I was given a few things by my Father. These were a K-Bar Knife, a Compass and an American Flag. He then told me the meaning of these gifts.

  • The K-Bar – This knife can take a life of save one… It all depends on the hand it is in.
  • The Compass – This compass will help to show you the way home, if you know where home is.
  • The American Flag – The Flag is flown where home is.

God sets Himself as a Memorial

Psalms 135:13  Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.

The Word of God becomes the memorial, the object that brings us into remembrance of His love, His Wrath and His forgiveness. Many things we have seen God do in our lives shat must be shared. So many today people today have not seen God work, no memorials have been placed. In the Bible objects like pillars and signs are there so that when someone comes and ask what that is there for… someone can tell what God did there. We must be the ones to tell the stories.

God seen though Moses

Exodus 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Moses is remembered in the scriptures for what he did, more than who he was. So much that he declares to the children of Israel the he himself, his actions and what God was going to do through him was going to be that memorial to them.

Good seen through the Sacrifice of the Woman

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

There are accounts in the scriptures that will be told through all eternity as a memorial. Not just for who they were, but for what did through them.

Moses set himself as the Memorial… when you see me (Moses) you should see God…

That should be the desire of every Christian today… to say when you see me you should see God, you should see His wisdom, His handiwork, His mercy and His Son.

Let our life be the marker, the memorial, the reminder to the world of what God has done for us.

To understand where this comparison comes from:

  • I started working at a Mercedes dealership on weekends when I was 13 with my Dad. They also had Volkswagen , Alfa Romeo and Sterling.
  • When I was 17, I took my electronics experience and started a small stereo and custom electronics business.
  • When I graduated high school I started working full time in the parts department.
  • From there I went to work for a small auto parts company until I went into the military.
  • When I came out of the Air Force I worked at One Stop Auto Parts while I went to Trinity Baptist College.
  • After that I moved over to AutoZone as a Store Manager while I attended Bright Light Baptist College.
  • Moving to Kentucky I worked on the Management team for BMW, Volkswagen, Oldsmobile and Honda earning the nations highest dealer level every year I worked there, achieved the top 2% customer satisfaction rating in the country and the highest auto certification available in the nation. I also attended Bible Believers Baptist Academy during this time.
  • When I started my own Advertising company I was also working as a Chaplain for both the Sheriff and Coroner’s offices, attending Chaplains school in Indiana
  • Moving to Florida to serve as Pastor I worked at Advanced Auto as a manager as well.

As you can see… my experience in the automotive industry and the ministry have literally gone hand in hand overlapping over 20 years.

Over the years working in the automotive industry I have seen so many mechanical failures due to a lack of maintenance.

It’s interesting that in my ministry, I noted the same. Having a well maintained car will extend the life of the car, as well as, increase it’s value and usefulness; having a well maintain spiritual life, is the same.

Today we are going to look at having a well maintained Christian life.

In order to know how to best maintain your car you must first read the owners manual.

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

  • The Owners Manual is where you find the specifics for your car, written by those who designed and built the car. Too often people rely on the word of someone who sounds smart, but does not really know what the book actually says. Oil change? Depends who you ask: 3k, 5k, 10k, 15k? Tune up? Fluids like transmission, coolant, brake fluid, power steering, etc… everyone has an opinion; but opinions don’t matter if it’s contrary to the owners manual.

Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalms 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalms 68:11  The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Psalms 119:89  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Just like with cars, there are many opinions on how you might have a victorious Christian life. Some might say that church membership, praise and worship or spiritual ceremonies will make things better; however, would it not be better to read the Bible? The owners manual for the Christian? Written by the God that created us? People’s opinions change based on the day, but God’s world is never changing.

Car repairing

A well maintained car is inspected regularly

2 Corinthians 13:5a  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 

  • There are parts that wear faster and can lead to failure, but because they are not easily seen we often neglect them until it is too late. (Brakes, Coolant, Tires…)
  • That is why an inspection needs to be done on a regular basis to help reveal those problems before they lead to a break-down.
  • These inspections are done against a perfect comparison so that there is a point of measurement. (example: brake pads are measured against the thickness of a new pad.)

1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

  • When is the last time you inspected your heart? Have you grown to be closer to God today than yesterday? Are you running with optimal performance, or are you always riding the brake?

2 Corinthians 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Psalms 26:2  Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Like a car, a good inspection or examination can reveal problems. Just like a mechanic has a perfect example to compare against, we as Christians have a perfect Saviour to measure ourselves by, to see where improvements must be made. You don’t see a mechanic making a comparison against car that is as old as yours… they measure it against a new one. Why would we compare ourselves to another sinner to determine our condition?

2 Corinthians 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Car repairing

Changing the Oil

One of the things that can cause failure is when someone does not get the oil changed, without changing the oil components will get dry, create friction and cause failure.

Psalms 92:10b…I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

  • This lack of oil will cause a premature breakdown of the components causing them to fail quickly and… at times… catastrophically.
  • Oil in the Bible is a picture of the Holy Spirit. Often times in our Christian lives we have a lot of friction in our lives, because we didn’t get fresh oil. We must renew the oil to keep everything running smoothly…

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Psalms 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

2 Corinthians 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

  • Without the renewing of the spirit, changing the oil… we will become weary, tired… worn out, components begin to fail.

2 Thessalonians 3:13  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

Psalms 143:7  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Luke 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.


To have a well maintained Christian life we must first:

  • Read the Owners Manual
  • Examine ourselves
  • Change the oil.

Sometimes these things are difficult because you are not IN the Car… or IN Christ:

Colossians 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Matthew 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Fear is a natural thing, especially for those things you don’t understand.

In our opening verse Jesus is identifying that we are to preach a message to those of the world that they should fear God… because God has more power than the deeds of the flesh.

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

– Our message to the world is that they should fear God… THE

  • Creator of the Heaven and the Earth
  • Creator of Light and Darkness
  • Creator of the Waters and the Land
  • Creator of the grass, the herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit
  • Creator of the Sun, Moon and the Stars
  • Creator of Birds, great whales, and every living creature that moveth
  • Creator of cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth
  • Creator of man in His own image

A Child of God does not fear the world

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalms 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Confidence comes through knowledge

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

The question is who do you fear… The Lord… or the World.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

As we come into the Christmas time, Christmas has become so many things to so many people.

  • For some, Christmas is about time of family
  • For some, Christmas is about time off from school or work
  • For some, Christmas is about season of peace and goodwill
  • For some, Christmas is about giving and receiving presents

For me, it is about a very special gift.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Gift: Is something you receive that you didn’t earn.

Wage: A payment for something you do or earn.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • For something to be a gift it has to be given and received

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 Peter 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Memory Verse

Luke 12:40  Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

  • This verse speaks of an event, an event that has not taken place yet.

It is a pivotal event that is at the core of our beliefs. It is as important as the fact that Jesus came and that He died for our sins.

  • Sometimes we forget this event in the affairs of this day, we get caught up in life sometimes… sometimes life gets caught up in us.

Have you ever had a bad day? Been sad?

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

He look to this time that will take place for those who are saved. Where Jesus reminds us to not dwell on the things of the day, but rather to not let or allow our heart to be troubled. That He has prepared a place for us that will be joyous and united with Jesus.

We call this event of Jesus coming “the Rapture”

While the word “Rapture”is not in the Bible it is a term we use to identify the event of the Church being taken out to be with Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

As our memory verse speaks about an event, it also talk about being ready…

Luke 12:40  Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Part of sharing the Gospel is often like John the Baptist, who spoke of the coming of the Lord to prepare them for the way of the Lord. We should be the same today declaring to the world the way of Jesus and the path of the Church so that those who are in the world can choose God’s path. This mindset of getting ready:

Be ready by getting Saved

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Be ready by telling others

1 Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Be ready though our testimony

2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.


The Rapture is a fixed event among others that are yet to be fulfilled along with the Tribulation, the Judgement Seat of Christ, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, The 2nd Coming of the Lord (Armageddon) The Millennial Kingdom, Battle of Gog and Magog and the Great White Throne Judgement. This event is coming very soon, in fact; nothing prophetically is left for this event to come. As a result we should be prepared as a Church making sure that we are prepared, as well as helping others to be prepared as well.

One of the exercises that a good Bible student can do, is to take the different accounts in the 4 gospels and combine them into a single reading. This practice will allow a better understanding of the account rather than flipping back and forth. Below is an example:

Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

Luke 9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Matthew 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

Mark 6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Mark 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

Lessons from these passages:

We should have compassion

Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Can I say that having love, having compassion is noble but matter not at all without action. Not that the compassion “moved” Jesus to action. By comparison is Jude where we have compassion… but the action is the “making a difference”. Even in John 3:16 … For God so loved the world that he “gave”… again love in action.

Jesus noted an opportunity to teach the disciples something

  1. Ministry takes money and resources
  2. Part of this is the faith needed that the money and/or resources will be provided

John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

The disciples had with them funds to support themselves on their long journeys. However, they didn’t have enough to fulfill the need before them. Even if they had enough money, they didn’t have the time to go to town, get the resources and come back… In all that was taking place, Jesus worked the circumstances to place the disciples in a position where they couldn’t do it on their own.

(Just because you get taught a lesson, doesn’t mean you learned from it: After the next major event Jesus noted after the storm: Mark 6:52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.)

Little is much

In John’s account we find Andrew noticed a Lad that had a lunch. Now whether he got what Jesus was doing… or was making fun of the situation, Jesus shocked them all by taking the child’s lunch and multiplied it for 5000 people, plus women and children to eat; and not just a snack but full bellies with leftovers!. Now I suspect that the first couple of baskets that they were passing out they were like: “Jesus, I’m out… nevermind…” Then again: “Jesus, I’m out… nevermind…” In my minds eye they were got to a point where they would come up to a group of people… “see my basket is empty… watch this: Jesus, I’m out… nevermind!”

It reminds me of the oil and cruse

1 Kings 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.


This account has so many underlying things to find in these verses.

1. Are you willing to take time to serve? The disciples were tired from ministering with Jesus:

Mark 6:31  And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

2. Ministry takes effort, money and resources

3. Are you willing to serve by faith? True faith where you really don’t know the outcome? Where the basket is empty and you expect it to be full?



Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

The Pattern

On the mount God gave Moses a set of instructions, laws and commandments to help establish a people unto himself. This information would help mold and guide this people to a level of understanding and insight never seen before in human history.

As part of these instructions God gave Moses some patterns to follow. These patterns carry through even today as a guide to better our understanding in the areas of salvation, fellowship, the Church and even marriage.

Exodus 25:9  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Pattern of the Tabernacle

The tabernacle was to be built in exacting measurements and materials. This basic level of obedience, as a foundation, was needed to be followed in order to have confidence in weightier matters…

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

There is no mistake, when the instructions for the Tabernacle were established in Exodus 25.. it started with the Ark, then the sanctuary, then the border… building around God as the center.

 Let’s look at the basic parts:

  • The walls (boundary) Exodus 25 – 27
  • The Altar – Exodus 27-1
  • The Laver – Exodus 30:18
  • The Courtyard – Exodus 25 – 32
  • The Sanctuary – Exodus 25 – 26
  • Furniture (table of Shewbread, candlestick, altar of incense) Exodus 25
  • The Vail, Veil Exodus 26:31
  • Holy of Holies (containing the Ark of the Covenant) Exodus 25

Details, Details, Details

The pattern as the tabernacle is laid out with a specific order to follow. We see this pattern in many different areas; but first in the area of it detail. Every element of the tabernacle, down to the clothes that the priests wore, shows God’s desire for things to be done decently and in order: (1 Corinthians 14:40) This detail oriented pattern teaches us that everything has a reason, place and purpose. This should be the pattern we follow in our lives as well. Every detail can make the difference. In the work we do and the life we lead we should do all with this pattern and goal in mind.

Ecclesiastes 9:10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

The Pattern seen in Salvation and the Christian life

The pattern of the temple is a fantastic guide for us to see how we can have true fellowship and worship with God. In order for us to reach the Holy of Holies ,whereby we can have that perfect worship; we must go through the path that God laid out. This path is seen in the pattern of the tabernacle.

The Door

The boundary of the tabernacle only allows one way to get in:

John 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Throughout all of human history God has always made a path to get to Him but, it was always just one way.

Matthew 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The Altar

The first thing you come to after you enter in at the door, is the Altar. The sacrifice of Jesus is the very first and necessary step to true worship and fellowship with God.

Ephesians 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.


Right after the Altar is some cleansing. The laver is used to wash off the dirt of the world. In order to get to the point that you can have fellowship is to get the dirt of the world, the sins of the flesh washed off.

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Note: The Laver was polished brass to a mirror finish… always reflecting the Altar

Area of Fellowship (Church)

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

This is the area where we can fellowship with others, share stories of God’s goodness and mercy. In this area of fellowship we see some parts:

Hebrews 9:2  For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.

  • Candlestick – Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
  • Table – 1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
  • Shewbread – Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

Additionally there were other items in the Sanctuary

  • Altar of incense – Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

The Veil

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Exodus 26:31  And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:

When Christ died the veil of the temple was rent from top to the bottom opening the access to the Father through Jesus Christ.

Holy of Holies

This is where God would come down to receive the offering. It contained the Ark which held the commandments of God and a golden censer.

Ephesians 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

The Holy place, where God met at the mercy seat, was a set apart place where only those who were clean and sanctified could enter. However, when Christ made His sacrifice that ripped the veil and gave entry.. THAT fact did not change. The world feels like it has access because the veil is not there but, looking closely at the order that God set of the tabernacle; this pattern is what we are to follow in our Christian life. To have true fellowship, to be right with God… we must go through the order HE set. To try to come any other way is the same as a thief and a robber.


When putting together a Sunday School or Sermon there are many different books and classes with many having differing methods of how to best prepare. From many of my bible teachers and professors I too have seen many different methods, some I thought was good; some not so much. In this lesson I will provide my real world methods for outlining and presenting a message and some tips to make it more effective.


While we all want to say that our message was spirit lead, it is the reality of the lesson that we need to present the Word of God as a structural learning system.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

To create lessons based on the needs of learning or a path of knowledge is a perfectly good reason to prepare a lesson. Done within the Spirit the power will be there as the lesson is written and taught.

  1. Know your audience/students

Let’s face it… you shouldn’t teach the same things to all people. If you have a class for 3rd graders… don’t teach a 9th grade lesson. (and visa-versa) Prepare your lesson to fit the level of understanding for the group you are teaching.

  1. Know your material

I have sat in classes that teachers are just reading off the worksheet to satisfy the class. It makes it difficult to take seriously the message if the speaker isn’t knowledgeable, or interested in the topic they are teaching. With this mindset you should have prepared beyond that is presented. Dr. Gray used to say that you should have 3 times the material prepared than that which you present; simply put, be over prepared. Knowledge brings confidence.

  1. Know yourself

Every teacher has a style. In one of the current classes I am allowed to participate in we have 3 teachers. I jokingly tell the students that we have different perspectives to our teaching style to bring them a better level of learning. Brother Willis is History, Brother Short is Spiritual and I am Doctrinal in our approaches. By knowing your style and having a predictable presentation it will allow the student to absorb the material better. Furthermore, the more you teach the more you will be able to respond to circumstances. In todays audience you will have representatives from every level and every corner of society. As a result this may cause a distraction taking you off message.

  1. Know your time

Just about any lesson/sermon you will present will have a time limit structured to it. It is NOT limiting to the Holy Spirit to contain you within the time allowed. If you are presenting information, it will be very important to stay on task, in order to present God’s message; withing the time identified. Some topics can’t be completed within the allotted time, which is where the appropriate lesson structure will allow you to break it into the different weeks to complete the lesson. Rabbit trails, stories, examples, etc., will all be items that can be used by satan to take you off message and have the time end with an unclear message presented.

     5. Know your position

You are the teacher. As such you will not only need to present the information but control the class as well. In most youth classes (and some adult ones) you need to focus on keeping their attention and reducing the distraction that some students may present. This will also be part of the style of teaching. Whether it’s a jovial manner or direct discipline, this control will be important to make sure that satan does not get an advantage. Also please note… anger is a last resort of control. Anger provokes and creates more problems than it solves. No one wants to come to church to be yelled at, nor be in a room where people are getting yelled at. You can correct and keep the momentum of the class without loosing your temper. More often than not this display will create a greater distraction that just letting it go. Oftimes I will start the class by moving around students separating those I feel are going to create an issue. This also identifies a “who’s in control” position at the very beginning.  I additionally will call disrupters out in a manner that brings the focus temporarily on them… even making a statement like “we have 20 minutes left… can you give God just 20 minutes”… sometimes that works, but you will need to try multiple tactics to help control the flow of the class.


Structuring your lesson will allow you to easily present God’s message in a way that will allow your mind to focus on the message. Searching for verses, references or information can be very disconcerting; making the listener loose interest. Might I say that your audience does not care whether you are learning to teach? Their heart will not be full of forgiveness, which is where preparation and confidence in your material will allow you to comfortably present God’s message.

The Outline

A general outline is as follows:

Opening –

This is the overview of your material letting them know what they will learn, what to expect, and (depending on the age group) where you cover the basics like – sit up straight, pay attention and no talking.

Main point

A topic that you are presenting can generally be broken down in 2 main points and sub points that reinforce the point you are teaching on. Shorter messages might not have a second main point, but when you make a point or statement, you will need those sub points to prove, backup or identify the truth of the information. With that you should also identify a verse on each main point and sub point.

Main verse – a Bible verse that you are teaching on (explanatory) or identifies the topic from a scriptural resource.

Colossians 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

  • Sub point or explanatory point

It is necessary to backup your statement or expound on it. Having an outline will help keep you on point and build on each point as you teach on a topic. It’s very easy to lose place and end up jumping to the end and make a statement that you have not built the listeners up to… leaving then confused.

Supporting verse

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  • Sub point or explanatory point

Again you don’t need a bunch of sub points… but taking all your thoughts and “listing them” will help you keep the flow of information building to a conclusion.

Supporting Verse

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Secondary Point

Keeping in mind that this is for a recommended format of teaching, you don’t need 30 points like if you were writing a term paper. Consider the points above and organize your thoughts and points into a format that can convey the message within the allotted time.

Supporting verse

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

  • Sub point or explanatory point

These additional sub points might be a list, examples or even more verses.

Supporting verse

Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

  • Sub point or explanatory point

Real world examples are a great way to bring home a point. This is a marvelous way to get a point across and is completely Biblical. God allowed the events of those who were in the Bible to allow us to see God through them. If we can do the same to our audience it brings relevance to your message.

Supporting Verse

James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.


While you want to have the freedom to express your lesson or sermon, it is important to structure your thoughts and points to make sure you audience can absorb what you are sharing. I once had a professor say that “the mind can only secure, what the behind can endure…”


Everyone has a way that God can use to present a message. Some might be “just the facts”, others might be very expressive; I personally have been known for my attempt to place people in the message “to experience the Scriptures.”

Here are a few points to help anyone in a general presentation:

  1. Write it ALL down.

Trust me… you will sit there the night before and something come to mind that is so tremendous, you KNOW you will remember it the next day; then you forget it. Take the time to write it down and add it in the structure of your lesson.

  1. Make it REALLY LARGE.

This has helped me from just a few months after starting to preach that when addressing an audience and looking away from your material, it is SO EASY to lose your place. I accomplish this by using a tablet or laptop.

  1. Run through it in your mind.

Early on in my ministry I would preach my entire message in my imagination and time it. After preaching for a few years I didn’t need to do that as much as I built confidence however, it was a valuable exercise.

  1. Never apologize.

You might be ask to present a message to people who are older or more knowledgeable than you, it can be very intimidating. I was to give a series once as a guest speaker at a Chaplains conference, and I mentioned this intimidation to the man who setup the event… he smirked with puzzled look and said, “we didn’t invite you to speak, we invited God to speak through you…” LIGHT BULB MOMENT. I realized that, at our best we are merely vessels that God uses to give His word to others. The steps above have helped me get out of the way so that God’s message can be delivered better.


Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Do you love God?

John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1 Corinthians 8:3  But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

1 John 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

  • Actions don’t just speak louder than words… they become the words spoken about you (testimony)

Can love be expressed without action? In John 3:16 we see God’s love to us… placed into action. For God so loved — that He gave. If we want to show God that we love Him… we must take His example and show Him our love… by putting it in action.

Are we serving God’s purpose?

2 Timothy 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God can do something special when you do it together

  • We are his hands, feet and voice

Acts 19:11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!