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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, 97th   EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.

Lesson Title:  JESUS TEACHES ABOUT JUSTICE

Adult/Young Adult Topic:  MORE THAN LIP SERVICE

Printed Text: Matthew 15:1-9

Key Verse: Matthew 15:8 (NIV) These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018

UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:

Sometimes things we do out of tradition are not fair to others. How do we act with true fairness and justice? When the Pharisees confronted Jesus on a question of ritual observance, He challenged them to do what was truly fair and just and not merely talk about it.

CONCLUDING REFLECTION:

Our relationship to God should model our relationship to one another as we attend to matters of human justice, peace, and right relationships. Jesus models purity that is contagious. His spirituality transforms relationships and restores community.

PRAYER:

Dear Lord, help us not to get lost in religious rituals and customs, but enable us to hear your Word and be doers of your Word every day of our lives.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

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