RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

TOPIC: MODERATION

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: “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand”. — Philippians 4:5

BIBLE PASSAGE: PHILIPPIANS 4:5-6, 11-12

Philippians:4.5

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
Philippians:4.6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians:4.11

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Philippians:4.12

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

INTRODUCTION:

Moderation is the control of behaviour so that actions, feelings and habits are kept within reasonable limits. It is a very desirable quality or virtue for a Christian to have.

Good and legitimate desires can become sin when they go over lawful bounds. Living a life of moderation is an uphill battle in today’s world. However, the Bible teaches us that excess of anything may not be good (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).

Those who want to win the race to eternal life must be temperate in all things and must do everything in moderation (1Corinthians 9:24-27). It is expedient for Christians to understand how and why we should live in moderation.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. How to live in moderation
2. Reasons for moderation

HOW TO LIVE IN MODERATION

Moderation should reflect in every area of lives. Christians should show moderation in speech (James 1:19; 3:2-12), appearance (1Timothy 2:9-10), consumption (1Corinthians 10:31), relaxation/pleasure (1Timothy 5:6; 2Timothy 3:4), desires (Colossians 3:5), care (Luke 10:38-42), happiness (Matt. 14:6-10), money (1Timothy 6:6-10), celebrations (Daniel 5:23), liberty (1Corinthians 8:9), personal convictions (Romans 14:1-5), firmness (Proverbs 16:32), friendship (2Corinthians 6:14-18), etc.
In other words, how we talk, dress, eat or drink, etc. can easily show our degree of moderation or lack of it.

To keep within lawful bounds, believers should make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust (Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:24). Do not follow the examples of the world out of proportion (1John 2:15-16). Walk in the spirit and be heavenly minded. (Romans 8:6; Galatians 5:16; Colossians 3:2).

REASONS FOR MODERATION

The reason for Christians to be moderate in their lifestyles are many. It assists us to have balance in many areas of our lives (Philippians 4:5). Moderation avoids extremes, exercises restraint, and is related to self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Sometimes, good thins can become a stumbling block to us, if used without moderation. (1Corinthians 8:9). Practicing moderation helps us to exercise self- discipline (1Corinthians 9:25-27; Acts 24:16).

When we are not living in moderation or lack self control in certain areas of our lives, it indicates that we are not allowing God fully into such areas. The only area in which we do not need to worry about moderation is in our relationship with God. We are to love God without limits (Luke 10:27).

CONCLUSION
The world appeals to the lust of the flesh and advances the lie that what we need is more pleasure, more fun, more entertainment, etc. (Romans 12:1-2). What we really need is God. All other things must be in moderation.

QUESTIONS
1. In what ways can believers live in moderation?

2. State four reasons believers should live in moderation

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