RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 9 APRIL 2023
*LESSON THIRTY-TWO (32)*
*TOPIC: MENTAL HEALTH*
*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 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: “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.’ Isaiah 1:6
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Kings 19:1-4
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The Bible
does not explicitly speak on the topic of
mental health. However, it does have a lot to
say about the heart, mind and the condition
of the soul. Health is defined by the World
Health Organization (WHO) as a complete
state of physical, mental and social well-being: it is not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is important, as it affects the whole being (Prov 4:23) This lesson addresses mental issues and possible solutions
1. MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
2. CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
1. MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Mental Health as a state of well-being in which every individual can carry out four roles:
(a) Realize his/her potentials
(b) Cope with normal stress of life
(c) Work productively
(d) Participate meaningfully in the community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental ill-health, in contrast, is a psychological disorder affecting one’s mood, thinking and behaviour. The term mental illness covers a broad range of disorders from mild depression to schizophrenia – a condition that impairs a person’s ability to think, feel, process and respond to life situations in an appropriate way. Mental illness can distort our view of God and others and as well contribute to sinful behaviour.
There are some cases of emotional issues in the Bible such as depression (1Kgs.19:1-4; Jonah 4:3), loneliness (1Kgs.19:10), hopelessness (1Kgs.17:9-12), suicide (Matt.27:5), rejection (1 Sam. 18:7-8), insanity (Mk.5:1-5) etc.
2. CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
God’s desire for believers is to live a peaceful
and fulfilled life (Gen.25:8; Jer.29:11).
However, there are some believers who are
not operating in this realm of God’s intention for them. This maybe as a result of some of these factors: childhood abuse (Prov. 17:22b), trauma/neglect (2 Sam. 13:19), loneliness (1 Kgs. 19:10), discrimination/oppression (Jam.2:6), poverty (Prov.10:15), loss of a loved one (2Sam.18:33), debt (Prov.22:7), low self-esteem (Num.13:33), heavy workload/severe stress (1Sam.30:4,6), family difficulties/challenges (Gen. 34:30) etc. In some cases, spiritual forces have a direct effect on mental health (1Sam. 16:14; Mk.5:1-5).
To overcome mental ill-health and enjoy emotional wellbeing, believers must understand that:
1. Failure and challenges are part of human life (Prov.24:16; Rom.8:28; Jam.1:2-4).
2. Investing in good social networks and godly relationships are important (2 Sam. 9:1).
3. Loneliness and isolation which are risk factors for depression and suicidal behaviour should be avoided (Prov.17:22).
4. Good sleep helps the brain restore itself (Prov.3:24; Jer.31:26; Lk.8:23a).
5. Regular exercise expunges toxic chemicals from the body (1Tim. 4:8).
6. Drug abuse (self-medication) is not an option for good health.
7. Healthy thoughts are necessary always. (Phil.4:8).
CONCLUSION: Good mental health is necessary for good daily living. Therefore, take care of your health (body, soul and spirit).
1. What is mental health?
2. Mention four (4) causes of mental ill-health and their solutions.
FURTHER READINGS: MON: Ps.42:11. TUE: Prov.4:22. WED: Prov. 12:18. THUR: Prov. 13:17, FRI: Isa. 58:8. SAT: Jer. 30:17. SUN: Ps.67:1-2.
ASSIGNMENT: Identify five (5) Bible characters (in line with the lesson outline 1) who had emotional issues and indicate the outcome of their issue whether POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE (2×5=10 Marks).