1. I love this family of God,
So closely knitted into one,
They have taken me into their arms
And am so glad to be
A part of this great family

2. I bless this family of God,
So greatly prospered by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And am so glad to be
A part of this great family

3. I know this family of God,
So deeply rooted in the word,
They have taken me into their arms
And am so glad to be
A part of this great family

4. I see this family of God,
So highly lifted above all,
They have taken me into their arms
And am so glad to be
A part of this great family

5. Come, join this family of God,
So highly favoured by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And am so glad to be
A part of this great family.

OPENING PRAYER: Father, make me a competent and reliable vessel unto honour for kingdom purposeful use.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should remind members that marriage is the first institution designed by Almighty God to meet needs.

Memory Verse: “But we have this treasure in heathen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”. 2 Corinthians 4:7

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 2:20-21
[20]But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

[21]If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

LESSON INTRODUCTION: What is a container? This is an object that holds or is used to transport things. It covers the actual thing which it protects. The Container acts as a protection for that which is contained in it. That which is in the container is the content. Take for example a can of corn beef. The can is the container while corn beef is the content. But note that the beauty of the can does not determine the taste of corn beef. 2 Corinthians 4:7

LESSON AIM: To let members understand that different functions are required from godly vessels.

TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should:
– Get information on God’s recommendation on earthen vessels.
– Understand that getting right container requires divine leading.

TEXT REVIEW: 2 Timothy 2:20- 21.
– Different vessels carry limitless impetus.
– For vessels to remain useful and productive, they need purging.

The treasure in the earthen vessel has to be of greater value than the earthen vessel. Nowadays we See men and women who are very well dressed and made up with all sorts of make-up and jewelries but when we probe into their lives, we see that the beautiful vessel is covering a terrible human being;

– A husband can become a boxer after marriage, what was looking good is actually a beast waiting to unleash arrow on his wife.

– On the other hand, could it be that a beautiful woman after marriage is unable to keep a home. (cannot boil water to cook an edible meal). You need to check that container both spiritually and otherwise before saying yes. Never be in a hurry to say yes just because he or she looks good to the eyes.

– Even in the other types of partnerships, business, ministry etc. we should seek God’s approval. Some people sweet talk their victim only to dump them at the long run. So we should take everything to God in prayer and ask Him to help us make the right choice. Psalm 53.2.

ACTIVITY: Members should access the contents they are carrying.

SUMMARY: Container determines the content, pure in heart will carry godly acts.

CONCLUSION: We should not opt for anything just because they look good. We should take out time to pray and enquire from God before deciding.

1. Father, teach me to always seek Your face concerning all issues of life.

2. The grace to ask and enquire on what Jesus would do in all circumstances give unto us.

3. Father, help Your church to constantly trust in Your words so as to do as Your word instructs.

4. Father help Your church to seek to know the content rather than be carried away by the look of the container.

5. We commit Your son Pastor E. A. Adeboye and his family into Your hands, please protect them and watch over them.

MONDAY: Do not judge a book by its cover.

TUESDAY: Not all that glitters is gold.

WEDNESDAY: Always seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

THURSDAY: Do not always be ina rush on taking crucial decision.

FRIDAY: Always seek godly counsels on crucial matters.

SATURDAY: Prayer against the spirit of costly mistakes.

SUNDAY: Be a good content and avoid deception.

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