RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2019
TOPIC: DYNAMICS OF GRACE (PART 2)
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?
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”. — Hebrews 12:28
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2CORINTHIANS 8:6-9
So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well.
But as you abound in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us — [see] that you abound in this grace also.
I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His might become rich.
In addition to the description of ‘Grace’ given in the previous lesson, grace can also be referred to as the divine influence in a human heart which reflects on the outside. It produces favour, beauty, goodwill, loveliness and ability.
It increases as one grows in the knowledge of God’s word (2Peter 3:18). We shall, therefore, consider the various dimensions of grace mentioned in the Bible as well as some actions that can be taken with or against grace.
1. Dimensions Of Grace
2. What You Can do With/Against Grace
DIMENSIONS OF GRACE
The Bible talks about grace in various dimensions. For instance, we have common grace (Psalm 145:9; Matthew 5:45), saving grace (Ephesians 2:4-9: Titus 2:11), abundant grace (2Corinthians 4:15), sanctifying grace (Titus 2:12; 1John 2:15-16), sustaining grace (Romans 6:14; Jude 1:24-25) supernatural/enabling grace (Philippians 4:13; Luke 1:37) service /gifting grace (Romans 12:6; Ephesians 4:7) sufficient grace (2Corinthians 9:8; 1Peter 5:10) victorious grace (1Samuel 17:36-37) sacrificial giving grace (Genesis 22:9-10; 2Corinthians 12:15), great grace (Acts 4:33), eternal grace (1Corinthians 9:27), etc.
The key to access and operate at any of these levels or dimensions of grace lies in the degree of one’s connection with Christ from whom all grace originates and the desire to grow in Him (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2Peter 3:18).
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH/AGAINST GRACE
There are lots of benefits that a believer can derive from grace apart from salvation. Grace can impart great blessings (Psalm 84:11). It also impart faith (Acts 18:27). In addition, it makes one God’s elect (Romans 11:5-6), gives boldness (1Corinthians 15:10), calls believers to the ministry (Galatians 1:15), helps render acceptable service (Hebrews 12:28), gives seasoning to speech (Colossians 4:6), gives strength (2Timothy 2:1), helps in times of need (Hebrews 4:16) and can bring hope (2Thessalonians 2:16), among others.
However, it is possible to do the following against grace:
i. Receive grace in vain (2Corinthians 6:1).
ii. Frustrate grace in one’s life (Galatians 2:21).
iii. Fall from grace (Galatians 1:6-8; 5:4).
iv. Fail of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15).
v. Turn grace into lasciviousness (Jude 4).
vi. Sin in spite of grace (Romans 6:1).
vii. Reject grace through pride (James 4:6).
Every believer must aspire to grow in grace (2Peter 3:18). It is a dangerous thing to abuse grace despite its benefits.
1. State the dimensions of Grace you know.
2. What can you do with/against grace?