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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, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.

Lesson Title: THE DAY OF THE LORD

Adult/Young Adult Topic: MAINTAINING THE GOOD OF THE EARTH

Printed Text: Zephaniah 1:4-6, 14-16; 2:3

Key Verse: Zephaniah 2:3 (NIV)

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.

Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016

UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:

People sometimes greatly damage strong and beautiful relationships with others and with the Earth. What can happen when someone does something that harms a relationship? The book of Genesis says that God created the heavens and the Earth and the plants of the Earth and God declared creation to be good; Zephaniah described the Israelites’ marring of the creation by sinning against God and earning the Lord’s promised punishment—but they were offered an opportunity to seek righteousness and save their relationship with God.

CONCLUDING REFLECTION:

“Religious pluralism” is the catchphrase for spirituality in America today. More and more people see religion as a buffet of beliefs. People can pick and choose what they like to craft their own self-styled religion. This is nothing new! It is really attractive to many among our millennial generation. There is the notion that traditional religious practices are too formal. People want to be in control of the worship experience as opposed to allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate the flow of the service. God is calling on us today to remain true to our faith, reflecting His love in the world and drawing others to Him before the final Day of the LORD comes.

PRAYER:

Merciful God, we know that You are a jealous God. You have taught us to have no other gods before You. We praise You in that, despite our imperfections, You continually bless us. We anxiously await that day when we will see You face-to-face. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Sunday School Review “Maintaining the Good of the Earth” was originally published on oldschool955.hellobeautiful.com

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