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About the International Bible Lessons Commentary

The International Bible Lessons Commentary [TheIBLC] follows the International Sunday School Lessons [ISSL], also known as the Uniform Lessons Series that is used by many different Christian denominations around the world. Designed for use in Sunday schools, many teachers use the International Bible Lessons on Sunday mornings and others use these international Bible commentaries and lessons in midweek and home Bible studies. The writer of the International Bible Lessons Commentary believes in Historic Biblical Christianity and that the Bible is true in all that it affirms. All of the Bible commentaries, Bible lessons, books, and other materials written by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. available on this website and elsewhere include faith in these facts: Jesus Christ is the Son of God (fully God and fully man), Jesus died on the cross so God could be just and merciful when He forgives all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, Jesus rose from the grave on the third day, Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God where He reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus is coming again according to His Father's perfect timing, Jesus grants eternal life and fills with the Holy Spirit all who will trust in Him for salvation.

The International Bible Lessons Commentary website has continued to grow since it began in June 2010. Within three years, more than 150 Bible Lesson Commentaries had been published, and many suggestions by readers have resulted in an increase in the variety of resources and the number of weekly readers. From looking through the commentary contents, you will be able to see how the number of resources provided each week has expanded, and you will notice that the earliest commentaries contain only a Bible commentary and lesson. Later, the weekly International Bible Lessons Commentary was expanded to include Discussion Questions for Thinking Further. Then, some teachers asked for Discussion Hints for Thinking Further (not specific answers to the questions, but hints for discussion) to accompany the discussion questions, so these were added to the weekly commentary. Later, a Student Study Handout with Scripture Text was added with a study plan that enables teachers to print out the weekly Scripture text for students to use in the beginning of class. The Student Study Handout with Scripture Text printout includes room for each student to do some self-study during a “quiet time” prior to discussing the Bible lesson in class. Some classes use one or more Bible translations so they can compare the translations in class. Beginning with only one Bible translation, five popular Bible translations: King James Version [KJV], New American Standard Bible [NASB], English Standard Version [ESV], New Revised Standard Version [NRSV], and New International Version [NIV] are now included for you to print out and use for lesson preparation or in class. Resources are available in an easy-print large print format.

In August of 2015, the International Bible Lessons Commentary began a redesign to make the website easier to use by those with smartphones and various sized tablets. Gradually, all of the commentary contents for the past six years will be transferred to the newly designed website.

The International Bible Lesson Forum was also redesigned to provide easy translations for our international readers, and you can subscribe to the podcast at the Forum..

About the Writer

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. is an ordained Christian minister who began writing the International Bible Lessons for The Oklahoman newspaper in September 1989. After writing more than 1,000 Bible lessons and writing through the Bible more than six times, he began to write the International Bible Lessons Commentary. In 1980, he compiled, edited, and published his first book, Charles G. Finney’s Principles of Prayer, and he has compiled, edited, and published almost 20 volumes of Charles Finney’s works. He is also the author of Francis A. Schaeffer: the Man and His Message; Francis and Edith Schaeffer: Expanded and Updated Edition, and How God Teaches Us to Pray: Lessons from the Lives of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. Within the last few years, he has completed three new books of Charles Finney’s “Sermons on Romans,” which includes a Commentary on Romans and Study Questions for group or personal study. These three new books are available in trade paperback size (6x9) and as e-books titled: Principles of Righteousness, Principles of Peace, and Principles of Joy in the Holy Spirit. His most recent book How to Find God Again: Taking the Path to God’s Open Heart includes Charles Spurgeon’s sermons on The Prodigal Son, The Lost Sheep, and The Lost Silver Coin, along with Parkhurst's Commentary on Luke 15 and Study Questions for group or personal use. His books are available for purchase online or order from your local bookstore. To learn more about his online ministry and publications, visit www.ouosu.com. Send an e-mail message to contact him: biblelessons@internationalbiblelessons.com.

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