RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS MANUAL 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020
TOPIC: ESSENTIALS OF THANKSGIVING
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: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20.
BIBLE PASSAGE: PSALM 105:1-7
105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
105:7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth
People are often too brief and ignore details or too busy to glorify God and thank Him for his blessings (Psalm 103:2). Usually, many believers focus more on what God has not done than on what He has done. Giving of thanks is one of the most distinctive marks of true believer (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Therefore, knowing the basics of thanksgiving is a necessity for Christians.
1. The Right Perspective
2. Acceptable Thanksgiving
THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
Thanksgiving is the act of appreciation or showing gratitude to someone especially for good deeds. The Bible commands believers to thank God (Psalm 50:14; Philippians 4:6).
This is good (Psalm 92:1) and pleasing to God regardless of circumstances or conditions (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The call to give thanks to God is clearly expressed in the Bible (1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalm 105:1 etc). Every believers must appreciate what God is doing and declare it privately (Daniel 6:10) and publicly (Psalm 25:18). Thanksgiving should therefore, cultivated like a habit (Colossians 3:17).
Giving thanks to God keep us in the right perspective of our relationship with Him (Psalm 30:4;106:1). When our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, we keep the sins and temptations of greed, selfishness, and self-sufficiency away (Romans 7:23-25). As we thank God daily, we are reminded of all God has given us and that everything we have is from God (John 3:27; James 1:17).We should always thank God for the gift of Christ (2 Corinthians 9:15). His power and reign (Revelation 11:17) and for the salvation of our souls (Psalm 103:2-4).
We are also to be thankful, not only for the thing we like, but for the circumstances we do not like (1 Thessalonians 5:18).We do not thank Him for evil, but that He is sustaining us through it (James 1; 12-13). We do not thank Him for Harm He did not cause, but we thank Him when He gives us the strength to endure it (1Cor. 15:57; 2Cor.12:9). We should thank Him for His great promises knowing that all things will work for good (Romans 8:28). When we give God our thanksgiving the way the Bible tells us, we release supernatural authority over whatever situation we are facing (Romans 8:37).
To give God acceptable thanks, we must present ourselves as living sacrifices before God (Romans 12:1-2). In other words, God must accept us before He can accept our thanksgiving/offerings (Gen. 4:3-5). This implies that only genuine children of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:14) with ‘clean hands and pure minds/conscience’ can give acceptable thanks to God (Psalm 24:3-5). We must therefore, live upright (Psalm 15:1-5), believe God for who He is and what He does with an assurance in our hearts of greater things He would do (Psalm 107:8; Hebrew 11:63; Ephesians 5:20).
Anyone with a heart of gratitude should not be coerced into thanksgiving (2Cor. 9:7). Rather, it should flow from the inner man to the outside (Psalm 95:2; 100:4)
We should not give thanks only when we are told to but we must make thanksgiving a daily and continuous attitude (Psalm 119:164).
1. What is the right perspective to giving thanks?
2. What makes believers’ thanks acceptable unto God?