RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 1 MARCH 2020
TOPIC: OVERCOMING BARRENNESS
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 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: “Thou shall be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” – Deuteronomy 7:14
BIBLE PASSAGE: DEUTERONOMY 7:11-14
Deuteronomy:7.11″Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
” Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
“And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
“You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
God wants us to experience fruitfulness in every area of our lives – spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, relationally, etc. To be fruitful, we need to deal with barrenness.
Barrenness means being unfruitful, unproductive, unprofitable, sterile, infertile, etc. It is the opposite or absence of fruitfulness.
When you are in a state of barrenness, you have certain feelings such as shame, disgrace, forsaken, deserted or grieved in spirit ( Isaiah 54:4,6).
God has good plans for us, if we will be opened to Him. It is to take us from barrenness to fruitfulness (Jeremiah 29:11).
1. AREAS OF BARRENNESS
2. FROM BARRENNESS TO FRUITFULNESS
AREAS OF BARRENNESS
There are many areas in which one can be regarded as barren. These include:
SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS: This is a situation of spiritual dryness, emptiness, disconnection from God, lack of appetite or zeal for spiritual matters or being unproductive in winning souls and making disciples.
Also lack of the fruit of the spirit, etc. ( Matthew 25:18, 24-28, Luke 13:6-9, Gal. 5:22-23).
PHYSICAL BARRENNESS: This may be financial, material, etc. (Luke 16:20-21; 2Kings 4:1-2).
MARITAL BARRENNESS: This refers to inability to get a spouse to marry or produce children (Isaiah 34:16; Gen. 11:30; Exodus 23:26).
MENTAL BARRENNESS: This is about lacking in stimulations or idea (1Cor. 8:2; Hosea 4:6).
FROM BARRENNESS TO FRUITFULNESS
It is possible to move from barrenness to fruitfulness. You need to believe God and hold on to His promises (James 1:6-8; Hebrews 11:11). Prayer will break barrenness (1Samuel 1:9-11, 20).
Praying in the spirit is particularly powerful because the Holy Spirit is praying through you (Romans 8:26; James 5:16b).
In the state when you have every reason to cry, get depressed and slide into despondency, muster all energy within you and sing praises to God (Isaiah 54:1).
You also have to learn to say the right words by aligning your utterances with God’s promises (2Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 19:14; 49:3).
Sowing of seeds is another way of provoking fruitfulness (Genesis 26:1,12; 1Sam. 1:11).
After you might have done all, submit yourself to God’s timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; 11a) and patiently wait on God (Hebrews 10:36, Job 14:14).
Barrenness is not in the plan and programme of God for our life. You can overcome it by the grace and mercies of God.
1. Mention Few Common Areas Of Barrenness
2. How Can The Barren Become Fruitful?