RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 24 JANUARY 2021
TOPIC: THE GOD CHASERS
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please put in me the hunger for you.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 63:1-8, Psalms 63:1-8
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MEMORY VERSE: “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me” Psalms 63:8.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: A God chaser is a person whose passion for God’s presence presses him to chase the impossible in the hope that the uncatchable might catch him. A child chases a loving parent until suddenly the strong arms of the father enfold the chaser (Gen. 5:24; Phil. 3:12).
TEXT REVIEW: Psalms 63:1-8.
This is a Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
A. He acknowledges God as his God. -v1a.
B. He expresses his hunger and thirst for God by saying:
Early will I seek you; -v1b.
My soul thirsts for you; -v1c.
My flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. -v1d.
C. He took the following steps in his pursuit of God:
D. He explains the benefits of his chasing after God:
LESSON OUTLINE 1: EXAMPLES OF GOD CHASERS
Teacher should allow the students mention the Bible characters they regard as God chasers and then explain why the following examples are chosen in this study, using the appropriate scriptural references
A. The Bible records examples of those who diligently sought after God and were found of Him. They include:
Enoch (Gen. 5:22, 24).
Moses (Exo. 33:13-23).
Jacob (Gen. 32:24-30)
Ezra (Ezra 7:10).
Daniel (Dan. 6:10-22)
David (Psalm 63:1-8)
B. They were not chasing after God because of what they wanted for themselves alone, but whole-heartedly believed God (John 6:55-69.
C. They also acknowledged their emptiness and nothingness without lout God (John 15:5).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class should mention examples of bible characters who were chasing after God because of what they wanted for themselves alone.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE GOD CHASER’S MAP
Teacher should endeavour to show the class a piece of paper or use the mobile phone to show the class what a map looks like. He/she then explain that:
A. A map gives a representation of a location needed for navigation.
B. Anyone chasing after God must understand His spinitual location.
C. While God is omnipresent; His manifest presence is only for those who diligently chase after Him. Hence, among others:
The Lord will be found in the place of praise (Ps. 100:3-4; 22:3).
He will be found in the place of prayer and fasting (2 Chron. 20:3; Ezra 8:21; Dan. 9:1-3).
You will also find the Lord when you strive to live in holiness (2 Chron. 34:3:
Ezra 6:21; Heb. 12:14).
Ultimately, the Lord will be found in His Word (John5:39; Ezra 7:10; Psalm 34:4).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention some strange or weird places people go to in the name of looking for God.
SUMMARY: There is a lot to gain from being a God chaser.
CONCLUSION: We require the Lord to help us and be on our side when seeking Him. We cannot do it by human efforts. Let us call on the Lord today to help us.
EVALUATION: Teacher should ask the students to mention how one can find God and be found of Him.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, please let me find you and be found in you.
ASSIGNMENT: According to the lesson, list five ways by which you can find God.