FEB. 26: GIVING WITH JOY

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Philippians 4:10-20

More is the word that perhaps best characterizes our society — more wealth, more luxury, more significance, more gizmos, and more love.  Sometimes we do not even know what we need more of, we just know we want more. It seems we are always in search of contentment, but never quite finding it.   [Read more…]

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FEB. 19: PRACTICING JOY

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Philippians 4:4-9

Do you worry excessively about things you cannot control? Is there a cure to worry? In the conclusion of his letter, the Apostle Paul turns to practical living. His desire is that they move toward holiness in their walk with the Lord. He knew worry would hinder them in this pursuit. He also knew their faith would be tested as they lived and worked in this predominantly Roman colony during the reign of Nero when persecution of the church was reaching a fever pitch.  Therefore, in these verses, he diagnoses the problem that would steal their joy; he prescribes a cure, recommends a recovery program, and makes them a promise they, as well as you and I, can count on. [Read more…]

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FEB. 12: GROWING WITH JOY

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Philippians 3:12-21

How beautiful, sweet, and innocent is a newborn baby. For many, we would keep them as babies perhaps for a little longer, and yet we take them to their first doctor’s visit hoping that their measurements and weight indicate growth. Later in life, as their physical maturity increases, the hard work begins of helping them develop their emotional and intellectual maturity. But, the goal is always growth and upward movement.  And, the reward is in the maturity of the child. In fact, life’s greatest moments of celebration regard this maturation process. The first word, their first step, Pre-K graduation, Kindergarten, high school graduation, driver’s license, and college graduation — each is a milestone in the joy of maturity. [Read more…]

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FEB. 5: FOLLOWING WITH JOY

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

There once was a slave in ancient Rome who heard his master was on the liquidation list. Upon learning this news, he quickly put on his master’s cloak and quietly awaited the arrival of the political assassins. When they finally arrived, they killed the slave because he was dressed like his master. In the same way, Jesus Christ took upon Himself the cloak of humanity to pay for your sins and mine upon the cross. His death was no accident. It was planned by God and set into motion before the foundation of the world. Such love demands a response, does it not? In light of His amazing grace, what should our response be?   [Read more…]

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JAN. 29: SHARING WITH JOY

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Philippians 1:12-21

Wouldn’t it be great if all the lessons of life we needed to learn could be learned without difficulty? I have often pondered in watching my children grow and learn, as well as in reflecting on my own journey, why we so often have to do things the hard way and why we are not naturally bent to learn things in seasons of comfort and relative convenience. Why does it seem that we must experience adversity in order for some lessons to ever be learned?

In the same way, God often uses adversity to mold us and shape us into the people He has called us to be.  Philippians is a prison epistle which means Paul wrote this letter while in chains. Therefore, we must understand that the “prisons” of our life can often provide us with the greatest opportunities and chances for ministry. [Read more…]

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JAN. 15: CREATED FOR A PURPOSE

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Jeremiah 1:4-10

What makes a person valuable? Is it how they look or, perhaps what they wear? Is it found in their education or abilities? Is it tied to physical acumen, language, or culture? Of course, the answer is found in none of the above. Instead, God has placed a high value and significance on life itself. In other words, if you have breath, you are valuable. Your value is not determined by what others think of you, or what you think about yourself. Your value is defined in the creative act of God in forming you and allowing you to have the gift of life.

In these verses in Jeremiah, we see the calling of the prophet Jeremiah. He was not called based on lineage or personal merit, but on God’s divine election. Therefore, these verses give us insight into God’s design for all humanity. A careful study of them will lead us to conclude that life has value and meaning for three very distinctive reasons.   [Read more…]

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JAN. 8: GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Psalm 119:153-160

I remember well my first and only experience roofing. It was on a Baptist Collegiate Ministries missions trip in Gulfport, Miss. We volunteered to roof a church that was damaged in a hurricane.  We had a good system going and felt good about our work until we got down off the roof and noticed the shingles were not straight. We had not maintained an accurate plumb line, and as a result, the roofline looked like the waves of the ocean. That day I learned the importance of maintaining a standard in roofing. [Read more…]

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JAN. 1: GOD’S WORD IS ALWAYS RELEVANT

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Psalm 119:89-96

It’s a new year! Time to make commitments we intend to keep. For example — commitments to lose weight, exercise more, read the Bible in its entirety, go on a missions trip, and be more faithful in our giving. Unfortunately, these commitments are usually easy to make, but harder to keep. Thankfully, God’s Word is absolutely permanent. [Read more…]

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DEC. 25: GOD’S LIVING WORD SAVES

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Psalm 119:41; Luke 1:30-35

What is a miracle? A miracle is something we cannot do on our own. The reason we see miracles is because we get into situations that we cannot handle in the flesh. If I could show up and heal my brother, I wouldn’t have to pray for a miracle. If I could stop the wind or bring the rain, then I wouldn’t have to pray for a miracle. If I could save myself from my own sins and shortcomings, then I wouldn’t have to pray for a miracle. But, since I cannot do these things, I pray for miracles. I believe that God still provides miracles today. Do you believe this? [Read more…]

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DEC. 18: GOD’S WORD GIVES COURAGE

By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Psalm 119:17-24

How beautiful, sweet, and innocent is a newborn baby. For many, we would keep them as babies forever, and yet we take them to their first doctor’s visit hoping that their measurements and weight indicate growth. Later in life, as their physical maturity increases, the harder work begins of helping them develop their emotional and intellectual maturity. But, the goal is always an upward movement of growth. The thrill and reward is in the maturity of the child. In fact, some of life’s greatest moments celebrate this maturation process. From their first word and steps, to graduations, first job, and marriage, we mark these moments where our children grow into mature adults.   [Read more…]

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