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

Lesson Title: SPIRIT-FILLED HEART

Adult/Young Adult Topic: A CHANGE OF HEART

Printed Text: EZEKIEL 36:22-32

Key Verse: Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV)

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

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

UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:

People stubbornly follow their own agendas without regard to the impact of their actions on those they respect and admire. What will motivate these persons to change? God will give them new hearts and put a new spirit in their hearts.

CONCLUDING REFLECTION:

Having a Spirit-filled heart is front and center in today’s lesson. The coming and empowering of God’s Holy Spirit is the second center point of the early church after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. How do we keep our hearts Spirit-filled? It is quite simple. All we have to do is move ourselves out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit to work completely within us. He will empower our development. God will get the glory.

PRAYER:

God of grace, we thank you for giving us chance after chance after we sin. We ask you to continually cleanse us of our sins of omission and commission. We gratefully acknowledge the power and presence of your grace and mercy in our lives. It is in your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

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