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The International Sunday School Lesson, Outline

December 27 Lesson 4
A GENEROUS GIFT
DEVOTIONAL READING: John 1:10–18
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Matthew 23:1–12; Mark 12:38–44

MATTHEW 23:2–12
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even C…

The International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for December 27, 2015
A Generous GiftMatthew 23:2–12; Mark 12:38–44

Dr. Mark Scott wrote this treatment of the InternationalSunday School Lesson. Scott teaches preaching and New Testament at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri, and has held preaching ministries in Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado. This lesson treatment is published in the December 20 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com.

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By Mark Scott

Generous gifts and humble deeds sharply contrast with shrunken hearts and hypocritical actions. Today’s lesson shows that contrast in neon lights. The antagonists in the Gospels (the Pharisees, who were actually greatly respected) contrast sharply with a humble widow who made a most generous gift at the temple. Having just come through the main gift-giving season ourselves, these contrasting texts will cause us to check our motives.

Pride Motivates Ugly Faith | Matthew 23:2-12; Mark 12:38-40

A church sign read: “Spiritual sickne…

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
YEAR C

 Old Testament       1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26
             Psalm       Psalm 111
 New Testament       Hebrews 2:10–18
 Gospel       Luke 2:41–52


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY
YEAR C

   Old Testament       1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26
             Psalm       Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
New Testament       Colossians 3:12–17
Gospel       Luke 2:41–52


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Catholic Lectionary

21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.




SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 | CHRISTMAS
HOLY FAMILY
Sunday within the Octave of Christmas
YEAR C | ROMAN MISSAL

First ReadingSirach 3:2–6,12–14or 1 Samuel 1:20–22, 24–28
Response       Psalm 84:5a
              Psalm       Psalm 84:2–3, 5–6, 9–10
Second Reading       Colossians 3:12–21 or Colossians                                                      3:12–17 or 1 John 3:1–2, 21–24
Gospel Acclamation       Acts 16:14b
Gospel       Luke 2:41–52


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
YEAR C
On the same date: St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Old Testament       Exodus 13:1–3a, 11–15
             Psalm       Psalm 111
Epistle       Colossians 3:12–17
Gospel       Luke 2:22–40


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
YEARS ABC

 Psalm       Psalm 147 or Psalm 147:12–20
 First Reading       Isaiah 61:10–62:3
Second Reading       Galatians 3:23–25, 4:4–7
   Gospel       John 1:1–18


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.