THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: PEACE AND JUSTICE REIGN
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A NEW DAY
Printed Text: Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17
KEY VERSE:Zechariah 8:15 (KJV)
So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Sometimes people respond to evil conditions in the world with a sense of hopelessness, regret, and doom. Where can they find motivation for continuing? The prophet Zechariah delivers God’s promise of a new world of peace and prosperity for God’s people.
Zechariah suggests that we measure the significance of our cities by their effect upon two groups easily overlooked—the old and the young. This is a concern in today’s church. Unfortunately, it must be admitted that not all churches gauge their programs to meet the needs and make use of the particular talents of older people. Children and older adults are seemingly overlooked in planning of church activities; this must be rectified. The wisdom of the older adults would greatly benefit the youth and young adults in our churches.
Dear God, as you come to us with new beginnings, help us to repent of our old ways and to open our hearts to the newness of life that your presence brings. Give us a sense of community and help us to always remember those who are the most vulnerable among us. Never let us forget that the hope, peace, and justice that we are called upon to live out in our daily lives is made possible through you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.