RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2021
TOPIC: THE CONTEST OF THE TWO SIMONS
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please help my heart to be right with You always.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader can ask one of the members to summarise lesson 22 taught last week.
MEMORY VERSE: “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Acts 8:20
LESSON INTRODUCTION: What is contest or encounter? This connotes a fight or conflict that must be won and the person must humble himself/herself for God to take over his/her heart.
This is what Simon the sorcerer did not do until he met with Simon Peter, though Simon the sorcerer was claiming to have surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ like others did in the land of Samaria when Philip preached to them.
However, he did not let go sorcery which was his former practice and handiwork that was of the devil.
Though his physical appearance blended with the people of God, baptised with them, yet his mind was to take the new discovered power and add it to his magic for more powers.
Jesus Christ said in the Bible that no one can put a new wine into old bottles: else the new wine will burst the bottles (Mark 2:22).
This was the case, when the Holy Spirit revealed Simon the sorcerer’s heart to Simon Peter.
TEXT REVIEW: Acts 8:14-24
i. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
ii. Don’t monetise the gifts of the Spirit.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT ENCOUNTERED JESUS CHRIST:
1: Any person claiming to be born again but still committing sin. – Romans 6:1-2
2: The person is easily enticed by the things of the world. – Romans 12:2; John 17:15-16; 1 John 2:15-17
3: The person loves darkness rather than light. – John 3:19-21
4: The works of the flesh are manifested in the person. – Galatians 5:17-21
5: The person will always trivialise God’s word. – Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33
ACTIVITY: Is it possible to differentiate between the true believers in Christ from the pretenders?
SUMMARY: Please don’t behave like Simon the sorcerer in your housefellowship centre or your parish, for God searches the heart. – Jeremiah 17:10
CONCLUSION: If you are there in the church or in the housefellowship centre pretending to be born again, please repent today so that you can experience the time of refreshing. – Acts 3:19
1. Thank God for the salvation of your soul.
2. Father, please take away every work of darkness from me today.
3. Father, please expose every work of darkness in your Church today.
4. Pray for Daddy G.O. and his family.
5. Individual prayers.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY: Give yourself quality time to meditate on the action of Simon the sorcerer inline with the book of Acts 8:5-24.
TUESDAY: Take an ample time today to search through your heart whether it meets God’s standard.
WEDNESDAY: Pray that the Holy Spirit should reveal to you every part of your life that needs a touch from the Lord.
THURSDAY: 1 John 2:15-17 – In what area are you attracted to the world or where does the world still attract you? Please have a rethink.
FRIDAY: Condition your heart from today to please God.
SATURDAY: Go out for evangelism today.
SUNDAY: Give thanks to the Lord for your deliverance.