RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 3RD MAY 2020
TOPIC: MANAGING ANGER (PART 1)
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 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?
Father, help me not to waste my energy and anointing on anger in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: JOHN 2:13-17
And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
MEMORY VERSE: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27
Anger or wrath is an intense expression of emotion. It involves a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. There are two Greek words in the New Testament translated as ‘anger’. One means ‘passion’ or ‘energy’ and the other means ‘agitated’ or ‘boiling’. Everyone struggles, to varying degrees, with anger. Sadly, people tend to justify their anger instead of accepting responsibility of it. The question now are what does the Bible say about anger and at what point does it become a sin?
TEXT REVIEW: JOHN 2:13-17
The Lord Jesus responded to the changers of money in the temple in a mature way. Laden with the zeal of His Father’s house which had eaten Him up, in John 2:17, He directed, “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” John 2:16.
1. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ANGER?
A. Teacher should distribute the Bible passages in the outlines to the students and ask the following questions:
GROUP 1: What is God’s to the wicked or wicked acts according to Psalm 7:11; Mark 3:5; John 2:13-17?
GROUP 2: Can the believers be angry and to what limit according to Ephesians 4:26?
GROUP 3: How does the Bible describe those that are hasty to anger according to Ecclesiastes 7:9; Proverbs 14:29?
GROUP 4: God gave thre commandments to His children according to Ephesians 4:31, James 1:19, Proverbs 16:38. What are they?
GROUP 5: What do “grievous words” do according to Proverbs 15:1, 18?
GROUP 6: God warned His children regarding anger in Matthew 5:22 and Proverbs 22:24, 21:19. What are the warnings?
GROUP 7: Describe wrath and anger according to Prov. 27:4a?
B. EXPECTED RESPONSES AND ANSWERS FROM EACH GROUP:
GROUP 1:”God is angry”
GROUP 2: “Angry”
GROUP 4: “Put away anger and slow to anger”
GROUP 5: “Stir up anger”
GROUP 6: ” Without a cause”, carefulness in associating with an angry person.
WHEN DOES ANGER BECOME A SIN?
A. Teacher should enumerate the seven (7) points below:
1. When it is motivated by pride (1Samuel 18:6-9; James 1:20) or borne out of jealousy (Genesis 4:3-9).
2. When it is expressed hastily or blown out of proportion (Eccl. 7:9; Numbers 20:10-12).
3. When it is unproductive and thus distorts God’s purposes (Exodus 33:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
4. When it is allowed to linger or leads to malice (Ephesians 4:26-27; 1Corinthians 14:20).
5. When instead of attacking the problem at hand, we attack the wrongdoer out of bitterness of heart (Ex. 2:11-12; Heb. 12:15).
6. When it is allowed to boil over without restraint, resulting in a scenario in which hurt is multiplied (Proverbs 29:11), leaving devastation in its wake.
7. When the angry one refuses to be pacified, hold a grudge, or keeps it inside (Gen. 27:36-41, Genesis 34:13-19, 25-26).
CLASS ACTIVITY: Teacher should ask students who have similar experience with the above-stated illustrations to share their experiences
SUMMARY: God does not want His children to sin because of anger.
Anger is a natural emotion like love. However, the bible warns us against excessive, unproductive and destructive anger which leads to sin.
EVALUATION: When does anger become a sin?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, do not let me miss Your kingdom and blessing because of anger.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) instances when you had demonstrated anger e.g when insulted by Traffic Officer.
Ask God for more grace of meekness