RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 18 JULY 2021
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
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 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: “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober“. – 1Thessalonians 5:6
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
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INTRODUCTION: Spiritually, sleep could either be caused naturally (Proverbs 3:24) or supernaturally (Genesis 2:21). Sleep is also used as a figurative expression of death (John 11:11-13), spiritual weakness or lukewarmness (Ephesians 5:14). Spiritual sleep is considered dangerous for any believers. This calls for spiritual awakening, i.e. waking up from spiritual sleep.
1. SIGNS AND DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL SLEEP
2. REMEDIES FOR SPIRITUAL SLEEP
SIGNS AND DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL SLEEP
There are signs or indicators of spiritual sleep that every believer should watch out for. When you notice that you are:more interested in the things of the world or vigorously pursuing wealth(1John 2:15; Ecclesiastes 5:10); manifesting more of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21); not hungry for spiritual food (Colossians 3:15-16); no longer impacted by the word of God (Isaiah 6:9-10; Jeremiah 15-16); no longer praying or hearing the voice of God (Romans 11:7-8); no longer thirsty for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). In addition, you may be sleeping spiritually when you think you do not need to learn(Proverbs 18:2; Galatians 6:3); pursuing fame or self-glory (Jeremiah 45:5); unmindful of danger(Judges 16:16-25; Jonah 1:3-5); lack commitment in spiritual relationships with spiritually-minded Christians (Hebrews 10:25).
If you are asleep spiritually you cannot discern spiritual matters (1 Corinthians 2:11-14; Proverbs 29:18). By implication whatever you cannot see you cannot get (Genesis 13:14-18; Jeremiah 17:5-6). You are open to spiritual attack(1 Kings19:1-8; Matthew 13:24-30) and sudden destruction ( Acts 20:9-12; Judges 4:17-21). You will become weak (Judges 16:20) and bring disappointment (2 Timothy 4:10). You can miss divine appointment (Matthew 25:1-12).
REMEDIES FOR SPIRITUAL SLEEP
The Bible calls for spiritual awakening especially for believers that are slumbering or already asleep in spiritual matters (Romans 13:11). Why should and how can such believers wake up?
One clear reason for spiritual awakening is the nearness of the second coming of Jesus Christ (Romans 13:11b; Matthew 24:42-44). Believers should also note that we are children of light and of ‘the day’ and not of ‘the night’ nor of darkness (1Thessalonians 5:5). To enjoy the true light in Christ, those that are sleeping spiritually must wake up (Ephesians 5:14). Another reason to awake from spiritual sleep is to receive deliverance from the snare of the devil (2Timothy 2:26). Believers should wake up spiritually because, we are in the season of harvest of souls into God’s kingdom (Luke 10:2). Also, it is a time of war and the enemy is wide awake (Matthew 13:25; 1Peter 5:8).
1 Corinthians 15:34 charges every believer to awake to righteousness, strive to know God and stop sinning. If you claim to be a believer in Christ, you must constantly check your lifestyle habits to know whether you are slumbering or sleeping spiritually (2Corinthians 13:5; Luke 21:34). Watch and pray constantly in order to remain spiritually alert (Luke 21:36; Matthew 26:41).
CONCLUSION: Learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in order not to sleep spiritually. If you are already sleeping, wake up.
1. What are the signs and dangers of spiritual sleep?
2. Mention the remedies for spiritual sleep
FURTHER READINGS: MON: Zech 8:20-23; TUE: Micah 4:1-2; WED: Hab. 3:2; THUR: Isaiah 32:15; FRI: Joel 2:28; SAT Acts 2:17; SUN: Isaiah 44:3
ASSIGNMENT: Mention any five things which God can do to wake the believers from their sleep.