RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL 22 AUGUST 2021
TOPIC: ARE YOU A SINGLE PARENT? THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please help all the single parents all over the world.
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PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Give proper account on how a Christian should dress. The leader should ask the members.
A: MEMORY VERSE: “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation.” – Psalm 68:5
B: BIBLE TEXT: GENESIS 21:15-21
C: LESSON INTRODUCTION:
It is the plan of God that both parents should in togetherness nurse their children unto adulthood. However, there are some circumstances both within or beyond their control that may crop up and render either of them a single parent. And these are death, divorce and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
A: LESSON AIM: To encourage every single parent not to give up on their responsibilities knowing fully well that God is with them, especially those who are in Christ.
B: TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Not to give up their responsibilities as single parents.
ii. Always look up to God for their help.
C: TEXT REVIEW: Genesis 21:15-21
i. When the water that Hagar had for Ishmael, her son, got finished
ii. She cried, God sent an angel to her and opened her eyes to see the hidden well that was around her.
iii. She fetched it and gave her son to drink and live.
D: TEACHING METHOD: The leader should use the discussion method.
E: TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There is one outline:
A: SINGLE PARENTS WHO WERE HELPED BY GOD:
HAGAR: Today’s bible text explains how Hagar was pushed out with her son by Abraham. But God came to their aid and the seemingly ugly situation became a pleasant one. – Genesis 21:17-19
THE WIDOW OF ONE OF THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS: 2 Kings 4:1-7 – The Lord helped this widow where the creditor came to take her two sons for slavery.
THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH: God, through Prophet Elijah did not allow death and hunger to snatch away the son of the widow. – 1 Kings 17:10-23
THE WIDOW OF NAIN: Luke 7:11-15 – Jesus Christ raised the only son of the widow of Nain from death. Also it is still not the end of life for those out-of-wedlock pregnant ladies. Just repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. He can turn the situation around for good. Abortion is not an option as it will further compound your sin before God.
ACTIVITY: Is God interested in helping the single parents?
SUMMARY: God is the rewarder!
CONCLUSION: Single parenthood is not the end of the road, brace up and hope in God and He will turn the situation around in your favour. Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. – Hebrews 12:2
1. Father, thank You for this deeper truth.
2. Father, arise and help every single parent in our church today.
3. Father, RCCG is in your hand. Please hold her firmly.
4. Father, please give Daddy G.O. more strength to do your work.
5. Personal prayer requests.
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
Help to the helpless. – Psalm 46:1
Can a mother forget her loving child? Though she may forget, God will not forget you. – Isaiah 49:15
I am the Lord, I change not. – Malachi 3:6
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them all. – Psalm 34:19
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Thank Him for answered prayers.