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Standard Lesson Commentary

The 2019-2020 Standard Lesson Commentary®

Get the most out of your adult Sunday school and Bible study with the Standard Lesson Commentary—trusted for over 60 years. Designed for all types of Bible study, the best-selling annual commentary provides 52 weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions. Key features include:
  • Printed Bible text with each lesson
  • Verse-by-verse commentary for in-depth study of Scripture
  • Daily Bible reading plan
  • Discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking and application
  • Verbal illustrations to bring the commentary to life
  • Learning activities within lesson plans
  • Free reproducible student activity pages and other helpful resources for each lesson
  • Multiple formats including casebound, paperback and deluxe
  • Editions available in the KJV and NIV
MORE OF WHAT YOU'LL FIND:
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Quarterly quiz
  • "Quarter at a Glance" overview of the lessons
  • "Get the Setting" quarterly background information
  • Full-page map or chart for the quarter
  • Teacher Tips
GET EVEN MORE WITH THE DELUXE EDITIONS:
  • Includes the large print commentary
  • Perforated activity pages for each lesson printed in the book
  • Downloadable eCommentary collection.
  • The unique eCommentary collection includes:
    • Full text of the Standard Lesson Commentary (both KJV and NIV editions)
    • Full KJV Bible
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Digital files of lesson visuals (in .jpg format)
    • Standard Bible Dictionary
    • Standard Bible Atlas
    • Strong's Concordance
    • Nave's Topical Bible
    • More than a dozen additional helps and resources

Regular Price $19.99
Our Price $17.59

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Regular Price $22.99
Our Price $20.19

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Regular Price $19.99
Our Price $17.59

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Regular Price $22.99
Our Price $20.19

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Regular Price $24.99
Our Price $21.99

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Regular Price $24.99
Our Price $21.99

As the world's most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) provides fifty-three weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.

Key features include:

  • Printed Scripture
  • Verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible text
  • Detailed lesson background
  • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
  • Discussion starters
  • A review quiz for each quarter

The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:
  • Responding to God's Grace--Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles
  • Honoring God--1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke
  • Justice and the Prophets--Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians
  • Many Faces of Wisdom--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James

SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC, making it the most popular annual Bible commentary available.

Standard Lesson Commentary® Scope & Sequence


Year
Fall Quarter
(Sep, Oct, Nov)
Winter Quarter
(Dec, Jan, Feb)
Spring Quarter
(Mar, Apr, May)
Summer Quarter
(June, July, Aug)
2016-2017
The Sovereignty of God
(Isaiah, Matthew, Hebrews, Revelation)
Creation: A Divine Cycle
(Psalms, Luke, Galatians)
God Loves Us
(Psalms, Joel, Jonah, John, Romans, Ephesians, 1 Peter, 1 John)
God's Urgent Call
(Exodus, Judges, Prophets, Acts)
2017-2018
Covenant with God
(Pentateuch, 1 & 2 Samuel, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews)
Faith in Action
(Daniel, Matthew, Acts, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, James)
Acknowledging God
(Pentateuch, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Luke, John, 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, Revelation)
Justice in the New Testament
(Matthew, Luke, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Colossians)
2018-2019
God's World and God's People
(Genesis)
Our Love for God
(Deuteronomy, Joshua, Psalms, Matthew, Luke, Epistles)
Discipleship and Mission
(Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts, Romans)
Covenant in God
(Ruth, 1 Samuel, Matthew, Mark, Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews)
2019-2020
Responding to God's Grace
(Pentateuch, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Luke, Epistles)
Honoring God
(1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Matthew, Luke)
Justice and the Prophets
(Esther, Prophets, 1 Corinthians)
Many Faces of Wisdom
(Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Gospels, James)
2020-2021
Love for One Another
(Genesis, 1 Samuel, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Corinthians, James, 1 John)
Call in the New Testament
(Gospels, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy, Hebrews)
Prophets Faithful to God's Covenant
(Deuteronomy, Joshua, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Lamentations, Prophets)
Confident Hope
(Leviticus, Matthew, Luke, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 John)
2021-2022
Celebrating God
(Exodus,Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, Psalms, Mark, Acts, Revelation)
Justice, Law, History
(Pentateuch, 2 Samuel, Ezra, Job, Isaiah, Nahum
God Frees and Redeems
(Deuteronomy, Ezra, Matthew, John, Romans, Galatians)
Partners in a New Creation
(Isaiah, John, Revelation)

Endorsements


"The Standard Lesson Commentary is very easy to use. Having been in church my whole life, I'm just now getting a good understanding of the scriptures."

Kandrea Veasley, Participant, Union Chapel Baptist Church, TX

"Standard Lesson Commentary has been particurlarly helpful in teaching new believers in our Bible Study. Many of our students have stated that they have learned more from the Bible than they ever have before in their lives!"

Diane Brown, Christian Education Director, Greater Peace Christian Church, TX

"Attendees are much more engaged in class discussions and discuss how they are experiencing the effects of applying the Word in their lives!"

Mattie Stone-Williams, Ministry Leader for Christian Development, New Life International Family Church, GA


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Why should i buy the Standard Lesson Commentary when there are so many lesson resources available for free on the Internet?
    How much is your time worth? For about 33 cents per lesson, the Standard Lesson Commentary can save you hours of lesson-preparation time that the "do it yourself" route of Internet research can require.
  2. My class wants to study through the Bible. Why doesn't the Standard Lesson Commentary go through whole books and take them in order?
    While we believe every Christian ought to read and study every verse of the Bible, doing so together in Sunday school may not be practical. The Bible contains over 31,000 verses. If you could cover 20-25 verses each week, it would take between 24 and 30 years to go through the whole Bible. And if you took each book in order from Genesis to Revelation, you’d spend 3/4 of your time in the Old Testament. Imagine a new attender in your class coming for years without ever studying the life of Christ! The Standard Lesson Commentary presents an overview of the Bible in just 6 years. Alternating between the Old and New Testaments, you will actually study the New Testament more often than the Old. And nearly every year will include a study from one or more of the Gospels. The Standard Lesson Commentary will whet the appetites of all your students to dig deep in the Bible at home!
  3. I don't want to lecture in my class. What does the Standard Lesson Commentary have for me?
    The Standard Lesson Commentary supports a number of teaching styles. While it is easy to lecture from the verse-by-verse Scripture exposition, the commentary also includes five discussion questions in every lesson under the heading "What Do You Think?" These thought-provoking questions are followed by some "Talking Points" to help stimulate discussion. You won't find pat answers to these questions, however. These questions are designed to get students thinking, particularly about how to apply the lesson truths to their lives. Such application will differ according to the age, location, and life situation of every student. Each lesson also includes a page of "Involvement Learning" for classes that like to use adult learning activities. These activities include pen-and-paper activities, discussion, role-playing, and a variety of others. Whatever learning styles represented among your students, you'll find something to engage every learner with the Standard Lesson Commentary.

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