RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 1 AUGUST 2021
TOPIC: PERILOUS TIMES
OPENING PRAYER: Father, save your children from the perilous times.
Redeem all your children who become victims of the perilous times, In Jesus name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
MEMORY VERSE: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come”. 2 Tim. 3:1.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The translated word for “perilous” in 2 Timothy 3:1 is ‘chalepos’, which means troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, full of risk, hazardous, harmful, dreadful, threatening. The term, “last days, refers to the period between second coming. “Perilous times” constitute part of the last days. “The last days is not just a prophecy, it started from the days of the Bible (Heb.1:2;
The importance of the prophecy and warning against the perilous times cannot be over emphasised because we are living in the
fulfilment of the perilous times. The purpose of this study is to carefully consider the writing of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 on the things that characterise the ‘Perilous Times’ and the position every believer in Christ should take.
TEXT REVIEW: 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
The activities of the ungodly men during the perilous times include leading women to diverse lust, especially those women who are laden with sin. 2 Tim. 3:6; both men and women would have reasons to disobey God and their parents.
Find any other five (5) characteristics of men and women during the perilous time.
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LESSON OUTLINE 1: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PERILOUS TIMES
i. Men/women would only love themselves (and not God). 2 Tim. 3:2.
2. People will be self-centered. Phil. 2:21.
iii. Covetous, full of lust and materialistic people. Luke 12:15; 2 Pet. 2:3.
iv.Boasters and people who express vain glory. Psalms 10:3.
v. Proud people who value themselves more than other people. Prov. 21:4.
vi. Blasphemers who speak immoral things about God and holy things. Mark
vii. Disobedient to parents (biological and spiritual). Eph. 6:1-2.
viii. Unthankful and ungrateful people. Rom. 1:21.
ix. Men and women who are not holy. Jude 1:18.
x. People who lack family affection and who do not show tender love. 2 Tim.3:3; Rom. 1:31.
xi. People who betray trust and the friendship relationship. Rom. 1:31; 2 Tim. 3:4; Acts 7:52.
xii. Those who accuse fellow human beings wrongly or falsely. Prov. 10:18.
xiii. People who lack self control or who are unrestrained. 2 Pet. 2:14.
xiv. People who are unfriendly, wild, violent, aggressive. Psalms 1l:5.
xv. People who are liars, who speak/do evil against true believers.
xvi. Stubborn, heady, arrogant and reckless. Prov. 21:29a.
xvii. People who are full of themselves (high-minded). 1 Tim. 3:6.
xviii. Lovers of pleasure/immoral people. Phil. 3:19.
xix. Religious but Godless people. 2 Tim. 3:5; Matt 23:27.
*NOTE: (Class Activity 1)*
After the teacher has identified the above-stated nineteen characteristics of people during the perilous times, teacher should allow students to comment on the points using true-life experience or story of the identified behaviours in their respective environment(s).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: CAUTION FOR BELIEVERS
The scripture gives the following cautions to believers to guide against being ensnared by the perilous times.
i. Turn away from ungodly people and practice. 2 Tim 3:5.
ii. Do not fellowship with people who have demonstrated the above-stated nineteen points and others. 2 Cor. 6:14-17.
iii. Avoid all forms of carnality and false doctrines. Rom. 8:6-7, Eph. 4:14.
iv. Believers should be watchful and prayerful against temptations and deceptions. Matt. 26:4; 2 Cor. 2:11.
v. Believers should be filled with the Holy Spirit and obey His leading at all times. James 14:7; Rom. 8:14.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Identify any other steps which believers should take to avoid being trapped by the perilous times.
SUMMARY: Perilous times are here. Believers should be well guided.
CONCLUSION: Every believer that wants to get to Heaven must heed the warning, careful to live a separate life from the world and false brethren in order to please God.
EVALUATION: What are the signs of the perilous times and the caution which believers should take?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me and my household not to be a vIc of the perilous times.
ASSlGNMENT: Identify any ten signs of the perilous times which are peculiar or prevalent in your environment.