RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2019
TOPIC: CALL TO CONSECRATION
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?
“For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day”. — Exodus 32:29
BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Consecration is a process or practice of making something or someone sacred, dedicated and set apart for the Lord. Consecration also carries the connotation of sanctification, holiness, or purity.
Being consecrated is a critical component in our relationship to God and to those in the world (Romans 12:1-2). Consecration is also a devotion to the worship or service of God which can occur through God (Numbers 3:12), a higher spiritual authority (Exodus 28:41) or self (Exodus 32:29). Consecration as Christian duties involves three ideas; separation from evil, devotion to God and ceaseless pursuit of holiness in heart and life.
1. Instances of consecration
2. Benefits of consecration
INSTANCES OF CONSECRATION
There are instances of those called to consecration in the Bible. God asked Moses to consecrate Aaron and his sons yo His service as priests (Exodus 28:41). In Numbers 3:12, God consecrated the Levites to Himself. He did the same for Jeremiah even before he was born (Jeremiah 1:5). Samuel was consecrated (1Samuel 1:27-28). Prophet Samuel also consecrated Jesse and his sons (1Samuel 16:5).
The Levites were instructed to consecrate themselves to the Lord and be blessed (Exodus 32:29). Jesus Christ ordained and sent forth twelve disciples (Mark 3:14). Paul and Barnabas were consecrated for a special assignment (Acts 13:2-3). The consecration of John the Baptist was declared by an angel (Luke 1:13-16).
The call to personal consecration demands that one presents himself wholly to God (Romans 12:1-2; Chronicles 17:16) and be willing to purge himself of all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit (2Timothy 2:21; 2Corinthians 7:1). This is made possible through absolute compliance with divine instructions given by God in His word (John 17:17; Psalm 119:9; Ephesians 5:26). The act of “putting-off” the old man and “putting-on” the new man illustrates the consecration expected of all believers (Colossians 3:5-14).
BENEFITS OF CONSECRATION
A clear benefit of being consecrated or pure in our relationship with God is as illustrated in Joshua 3:5. Sin is defilement (Psalm 51:2,7), and we have to be cleansed before we can truly follow God (Leviticus 20:7). Other benefits of concentration include: overflowing blessing (Exodus 32:29), overflowing anointing (Hebrews 1:9; Acts 10:38), becoming a chosen vessel of God (2Timothy 2:21; Acts 9:15), outstanding victory without a fight (Proverbs 16:17; 2Chronicles 20:15-19), ever abiding presence of God (Psalm 91:1-2; Joshua 3:1-5), freedom from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2), confidence in prayer (1John 3:21-22), spiritual power (Romans 1:1-4), father-child relationship (2Corinthians 6:14-18), a walk with God unto all pleasing (Colossians 1:10).
Every believer that will genuinely walk with God and reign with Him eternally must yield to the call to consecration (Isaiah 52:11).
1. Identify four instances of consecration in the Bible.
2. State four benefits of being consecration