RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 20 JANUARY 14, 2018 – INTEGRITY PART 1
Father, do not let me fail on the scale of integrity, in the name of Jesus. Read Open Heavens 14 January 2018
BIBLE PASSAGE: PROVERBS 11:1-9
1: A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2: When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3: The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4: Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5: The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6: The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7: When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8: The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9: An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
MEMORY VERSE: Proverb 11:3 “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”
Integrity comes from Latin word ‘Integritas’ which means wholeness, entireness or unbroken state. It is the state of being honest, just, upright or pure. Integrity covers the whole moral character. It is one of the needs of the church and the society today.
LESSON OUTLINE ONE: THE ESSENCE OF INTEGRITY
i. Integrity is fundamentally a proof of one’s belief in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17
ii. It is a character which makes a person not to waiver. 1Kings 9:4
iii. Through integrity, a person becomes reliable to family members, subordinates and superiors. 1Samuel 12:3-4
iv. The fellow who has integrity honours his words , promises and is committed to responsibilities. Joshua 2:12-14, Joshua 6:22-23
v. The fellow who has integrity recognizes his/her fallibility, takes responsibilities for actions or inactions, takes necessary corrective action for failure without minding cost. Gen 26:9-11
vi. Those who have integrity are truthful and consistent. Luke 16:10
LESSON OUTLINE 2: FACTORS ERODING INTEGRITY
i. The quick-fix mentality for worldly gains. 2Kings 5:20-23
ii. Ignorance of the living word of God. Hos 4:6; Prov 29:18
iii. Preoccupation with gratifying physical desires resulting in lust of the flesh. 1John 2:16
iv. Crave for material wealth at the expense of loyalty. Matthew 26:15
v. Inability to maintain a consistent lifestyle both in the private and in the open. Joshua 7:11,19; Gen 31:32-35
vi. Misappropriation of God’s mercy and grace as an excuse for careless living and moral laxity. Romans 1:28;6:1-2
Based on the word of God, all believers are to live a life guided absolutely by integrity. Doing contrary is heading for destruction. Prov 11:3
If ever we need two powerful force to preserve us along life’s way, they are integrity and uprightness. While uprightness makes us learn God’s requirements and strive to fulfill them, integrity keeps us from claiming too be upright while living in pretense. Gen 39:9. Read Open Heavens 14 January 2018
i. Father, deliver our society from corruption. Help the world to be upright in dealings.