RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 13 DECEMBER 2020
TOPIC: LIFE AND COVENANT IN THE BLOOD
OPENING PRAYER: Father, let me understand the power of life in the blood.
MEMORY VERSE: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” – Leviticus 17:11
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 24:4-8 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 13 December 2020)
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Biologically, blood is that vital liquid flowing in the bodies of many types of animals that usually conveys nutrients and oxygen. In vertebrates, it is coloured red by haemoglobin, conveyed by arteries and veins, pumped by the heart and usually generated in the bone marrow. Biblically, blood is used in the Old Testament to designate the life principle in animal (Lev.17:11a).
In the New Testament, it is commonly used in relation to the atoning blood of Christ. Without the blood, life ceases to exist in the body physically. There is also a link between the cleansing power of the blood physically and spiritually. This is why it is important to understand the basic principles underlying blood covenant.
I. LESSON AIM: To make students understand the basic principles
underlying blood covenant
II. TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should be
a. Describe the term, blood, biologically and biblically.
b. Give biblical evidences that life is in the blood.
C. Describe the term ‘blood covenant.
d. Give biblical instances of blood covenant
III. TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teacher should:
-Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to discussion, do class activities and assignment.
-Allow the Assistant Teacher see to the well-being of the class, mark attend and assignment.
-Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignment.
TEXT REVIEW: Exodus 24:4-8.
After Moses had written all the words of the LORD, he built an altar for God on behalf of the twelve tribes of Israel, -v4.
TEACHING METHOD: Question and Answer Teaching Method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Teacher should apply two-lesson outines teaching time.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BIBLICAL EVIDENCES THAT LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD
Question: Are there biblical evidences that life is in the blood?
Question: What is the proof?
Answer: The proof that the life of an animal (including humans) is in the blood can be found in the fact that:
The voice of Abel’s blood cried out from the ground (Gen.4:10; Heb.12:24)
It is also unlawful to eat flesh with the blood (Gen.9:4).
The shedding of man’s blood amounts to destroying God’s creation and image (Gen.9:6; Ps 106:38).
It is the blood that activates the body to praise God (Ps.30:9) More importantly, the blood of Jesus redeems and gives eternal ife (In.6:53; Eph. 1:7).
The blood is a witness to the fact that God sacrificed His Son (Jesus Christ) to save the worid (1Jn. 5:7-9).
That shed blood has the power to purge us from all sins (Heb.9:22; 13n.1:7).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discus the reason Christians usually plead the blood of Jesus.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: MEANING AND BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF BLOOD COVENANT
Question: What does the term ‘covenant mean?
i. Generally, a covenant is a contract or agreement between two or more parties.
ii. It is a solemn promise made binding by an oath which may be either verbal or symbolic.
Question: How does the Bible describe the word ‘covenant’?
Answer: Biblically, the Hebrew word ‘beriyth’ translated “covenant means “to cut” which literally has the idea of a blood covenant (1 Sam.18:3; Heb.9:18).
Question: What is the significance of the blood to covenant?
Answer: i. The divine covenants were ratified by the sacrifice of a victim to show that without atonement there could be no communication of blessings and salvation from God to man (Gen.15:1-8; Exo. 24:6-8).
ii. In some parts of the world and most of the times, a blood covenant is the strongest type of covenant two people could enter into.
iii. In fact, every spiritual covenant is sealed with the blood (Heb.9:18).
Question: What are the forms of blood covenant that existed in the days of the Bible?
Answer: Blood covenant existed in diverse forms of relationships in the days of the Bible. Such instances existed between:
i. Man and idols (1Kgs 18:26-28).
ii. Man and man (1Sam. 18:3).
ii. Man and God (Exo.12:13; 24:8).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should mention other forms of relationships today that require blood covenant.
SUMMARY: There is life in the blood. This is the reason real covenants are sealed with the blood.
CONCLUSION: The blood covenant is the strongest form of Covenant. There is an existing blood covenant between God the Father and Jesus Christ which every believer benefits from.
EVALUATION: Teachers should ask the students to mention five facts that establish blood covenant as a biblical principle.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let the life in the blood of Jesus speak for me.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) reasons people enter into blood covenants.