RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 17 JANUAR 2021
TOPIC: THE FEAR OF THE LORD
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please put your genuine fear in my heart.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 111:4-10.
MEMORY VERSE: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The fear of the Lord is a reverential trust of God coupled with a hatred of evil. It is also an inward attitude of humble reverence toward God, in light of His self-revelation, that results in outward expression of Christ’s likeness.
You cannot serve God or keep His commandments if His fear is not in you (Deut.6:13; Eccl.12:13; Prov.8:13).
However, believers should not be scared of God but see the fear of God has respecting, obeying, submitting to His discipline and worshiping Him in awe.
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TEXT REVIEW: Psalms 111:4-10.
A. The Psalmist highlights some of God’s gracious deeds especially to those
that fear God. He said:
i. God has made His wonderful works to be remembered. -v4a.
ii. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. -v4b.
iii. He has given food to those who fear Him. v5a
iv. He will ever be mindful of His covenant. v5b.
B. The Psalmist further says that:
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO FEAR GOD?
Teacher should ask the class to think and mention the reasons people should fear God.
1. We are commanded to fear God (Ps.33:8) because of:
God’s holiness (Rev.15:4).
God’s greatness (2 Kgs.17:36).
God’s goodness (1Sam.12:24).
God’s forgiveness without which we would all have ended up in hell (Ps.130:4)
2. The fear of the Lord is also necessary:
For worship (Ps. 5:7).
In service (Heb. 12:28).
To keep us from sin (Exo. 20:20).
For administration of justice (2Chron. 19:6-9).
For good governance (2Sam. 23:3).
For the perfecting of holiness in our Christian lives (2Cor.7:1).
Because of coming judgements against which there is no appeal (Rev. 14:7).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class should discuss why the fear of God is no demonstrated in our societies today like it was in the days of the Bible.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING THE FEAR OF GOD?
Teacher should ask the class to mention the benefits of having the fear.
Answer: The fear of God brings pleasure to the Lord which in turn brings blessings to man (Ps.147:11; 112:1).
•It gives deep knowledge and wisdom (Prov.1:7; Ps.111:10).
•It is a unique weapon against sin (Prov.8:13).
•It brings protection for believers and their loved ones (Prov.14:26).
•If you fear the Lord, His pity will increase upon you (Ps.103:13).
•It makes a man acceptable to God (Acts 10:35).
•It brings down His mercy (Ps.103:17).
•It brings long life (Prov.10:27; 14:27).
•It brings answers to prayers (Ps.145:19).
•It brings separation from evil (Prov.16:6).
•It brings confidence (Prov.14:26).
•It guarantees true riches, honour and life (Prov.22:4).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What do you think would happen to those who choose not to fear God? Class should discuss.
SUMMARY: There are numerous blessings for those who fear God.
CONCLUSION: Fear the Lord God Almighty.
EVALUATION: Teacher should ask the students to mention the reason people should fear the Lord.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let your reverential fear reign in my heart.
ASSIGNMENT: Students should list five people in the Bible that feared God.