RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 18 JUNE 2023
LESSON FORTY TWO (42)
TOPIC: VESSELS FOR THE MASTER’S USE
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 friendship suits me well,
Both young and 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?
OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, please make me a vessel for the Master’s use in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Jeremiah 18:1-6
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
MEMORY VERSE: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30.
INTRODUCTION: God does not necessarily need our strength or strong points to use us. Oftentimes, He delights in using our weakness, because whenever He does, we do not get to share in His glory. God wants us to be examples to others of what He can do in and with us if only we are willing and obedient to do His will. God is still looking for vessels to use.
TEXT REVIEW: Jeremiah 18:1-6.
-The teacher should identify five lessons from the parable/analogy of the porter’s house according to the passage:
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF VESSELS GOD USED
A. The teacher should establish the fact that God can use any available person because He is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34-35.
B. The teacher should mention some of the vessels God used in the Bible despite their weaknesses and shortcomings as follows:
i. Moses: A fearful man (Ex.2:14), of low self-esteem (Ex.3:11) and stammerer (Ex.4:10). He was chosen by God to deliver the Israelites from an age-long captivity. (Num.12:6-8).
ii. Gideon: A man of doubt (Judg.6:11-13; 6:36-40) and low esteem (Judg.6:14-15). He became the vessel chosen to liberate his people from the Midianites. Judges 7:19-25.
iii. David: He was the least in his father’s house (1Sam.17:14a; 16:11-12), an adulterer (2Sam.11:2-4) and apparent murderer (2Sam.11:14-17). He became a man after God’s heart. 1 Sam.13:14.
iv. Peter: An unlearned fisherman who slept instead of praying (Matt.26:37-44) and even denied Christ three times (Mk.14:66-72).
v. Paul: when he was Saul, persecuted the Church, arrested and aided the killing of many believers (Acts 8:1-3). Jesus converted and made him a chosen vessel especially to the gentile nations. Acts 9:1-15.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The teacher should ask each student to mention at least one weakness they have and how they can overcome it.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: GOD’S REQUIREMENTS AND REWARDS
A. The teacher should explain to the students that God is looking for vessels and His requirements include:
i. Faithfulness. Luke 19:17; 1Cor.4:2; Jer.5:1.
ii. Availability. Ezekiel 22:30; Isaiah 6:8.
iii. Teachability. John 14:23; Matt.10:24.
iv. Obedience to His word. 2Tim.2:21; Prov.13:13.
v. Being strong in Christ. John 14:12; John 15:16.
vi. Purging of self. 2Tim.2:21.
vii. Laying aside weights. Heb.12:1.
viii. Death to self. John 12:24-26.
B. A WORD OF CAUTION
God can discern every thought and motive behind every action. Heb.4:13; Ps.33:13-15.
God is looking for vessels and His requirements include: faithfulness (Lk.19:17; 1 Cor.4:2; Jer.5:1); availability (Ezek.22:30; Isa.6:8); teachability (Jn.14:23; Matt.10:24); obedience to God’s word (2Tim.2:21; Prov.13:13) and being strong in Christ (Jn.14:12; 15:16).
In addition, God wants us to purge ourselves of every contamination of the body and soul (2Tim.2:21), lay aside weights (Heb.12:1), die to self (Jn.12:24-26), not to look for fame and its associated fanfare, but to be completely yielded to Him. God can discern every thought and motive behind every action (Heb.4:13; Ps.33:13-15).
Let us choose to serve Him with all sincerity of heart and press on to the mark of His high calling in Christ (Phil.3:12-14). God rewards everything done in His name, whether in secret or in the open (Isa.45:19; Ps.58:11; Heb.11:6; Rev.22:12).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should identify how God rewards faithful vessels on earth.
SUMMARY: God has requirements and rewards for His chosen vessels.
CONCLUSION: You are the next vessel to be used by God. Stop resisting Him.
* Mention some of those God used in the past despite their shortcomings.
* What does God require of a man He will use?
EVALUATION: Mention some vessels God used.
CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty Father, please use me for Your glory.
ASSIGNMENT: Identify five (5) areas where you think you are too weak to work for God and ask Him to strengthen you in those areas (No mark).