RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019
TOPIC: THE PRINCE OF LIFE
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
MEMORY VERSE: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”. — 1Corinthians 15:22
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1Corinthians 15:12-22
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead,
then Christ is not risen.
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching [is] empty and your faith [is] also empty.
Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up — if in fact the dead do not rise.
For if [the] dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
And if Christ is not risen, your faith [is] futile; you are still in your sins!
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by man [came] death, by Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has many names, some of which had been mentioned before His physical birth. For instance, Isaiah 9:6 calls Him Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of peace.
An angel instructed that His name should be called JESUS- (Luke 1:31). During His earthly ministry, He called Himself ‘the Bread of Life’ (John 6:48).
‘The Living Bread’ (John 6:51). ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ (John 14:6). ‘The Light of the World’ (John 8:12). In Acts 3:15, Peter called Him ‘The Prince of Life’. Is Jesus the true source of life?
1. Jesus, the true source of life
2. How to enjoy true life in Christ
JESUS, THE TRUE SOURCE OF LIFE
The Scriptures establish the fact that in Jesus there is life; and the life is the light of men (John 1:4). Where there is light, there is always joy and brightness of the eyes.
Therefore, when Jesus gives light, He invariably gives joy, restoration of hope and life to the people. For instance, He restored joy to the family when He raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:23-24, 35-42) and made whole the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34).
He healed a leper, giving him a better life. (Matthew 8:2-3). He restored the sanity of the madman of the country of the Gadarenes and turned him into an evangelist (Luke 8:26-33, 38-39).
He fed the multitude and saved then from hunger (Matthew 14:15-21). He restored hope to the widow of Nain by raising her only son from the dead (Luke 7:11-15).
Furthermore, He saved that woman caught in adultery and rescued her from a brutal physical death and eternal separation from God (John 8:3-11).
The man with infirmity for 38 years got healed when he met Jesus (John 5:1-14): Jesus told the man “sin no more, lest a worst thing come unto thee”.
We can draw an inference from this statement is that sin can be a pointer to sickness, affliction and oftentimes, death (James 1:15).
This is why Jesus, the Prince of life, came into this world, lived like men, tempted as we are, died to rescue us from the claws of death and rose to give us abundant life (John 10:10).
Hence, salvation through Christ is the only guarantee for life eternal (Acts 4:12; John 3:16).
HOW TO ENJOY TRUE LIFE IN CHRIST
Through the offence of Adam, sin and death came into the world but we receive the offer of life through the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17-18; 1Corinthians 15:21-22).
If you feel hopeless, sad, confused, afflicted, you need Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30; Proverbs 28:1).
If you have not totally surrendered your life to Jesus, you are still operating in sin. To enjoy true life, therefore, you should acknowledge that you are a sinner and cannot help yourself (Romans 3:23, 5:12).
Repent of your sins and confess them to God (Acts 3:16). Ask Jesus to take over your life and begin to live a new life (Luke 3:8a; 2Corinthians 5:17).
Study the word of God and fellowship together with believers (2Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 10:25). You can live a godly life by allowing the Prince of life in your life today (Revelations 3:20).
Pray on your life issues, commit them to the hands of God. He will step in and restore your hope, joy and life to you but you must first be born again.
1. Give four biblical instances where Jesus proved to be the true source of life.
2. How can one enjoy true in Christ?