RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 27 AUGUST 2023
LESSON FIFTY TWO (52)
TOPIC: 4TH INTERACTIVE SESSION AND QUARTERLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OF LESSONS 40-51
LESSON FORTY (40)
TOPIC: THEOLOGY OF REST
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:8-11.
MEMORY VERSE: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Genesis 2:2.
INTRODUCTION: Rest is the cessation of work or movement in order to relax or recover strength. It can also be referred to as peace, ease or refreshment. To relax means to become less tense, anxious or firm; to relieve stress; to have a milder manner. God created for six days and then He rested, not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow (Gen.2:2-3; Ex.20:10).
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHY REST?
-The teacher should explain the following as reasons why rest is essential:
i. God rested to serve as an example for us to follow. Gen.2:2-3.
ii. Rest is a divine command. Ex.20:10.
iii. Rest is a gift from God to mankind. Mark 2:27.
iv. The Lord Jesus Christ took times off to refresh and also ensured His disciples did the same. Mark 6:31; John 18:1-2.
v. When we rest we exercise our faith in God as the one who can complete everything we had started. Matt.6:25.
vi. Rest brings about recuperation from fatigue. Luke 8:23.
vii. Rest serves as a relief from anxiety of mind and spirit. Ps.55:22.
viii. God desires that His people should rest. Ex.33:14; Job 11:18.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Despite the benefits of rest, why is it that some people still fail to rest? (Students should discuss).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: HOW DO WE REST?
i. The teacher should allow each student to
mention how they rest.
ii.The teacher should also allow each student to mention how many hours they sleep per day against the medical recommendation of six to eight hours per day.
iii. The teacher should explain the following as suggestions on how to rest:
a.We must trust God to take care of things for us. 1 Pet. 5:7.
b. When we obey God’s commandment we
shall have peace and rest of mind. Heb.3:7-
C. We must avoid unnecessary stressors or
things that over burden our hearts and minds
e.g. bills, career, families, etc. Ps.127:2.
d.We must develop absolute faith in God.
e.We should rest properly after each day’s work. Eccl.5:12a.
f. We could have a day off (at least) to rest or relax in every week. Ex.20:10.
g.We can go on vacation or visit recreation centres to relax our brain, mind and body.
iv. The teacher should point out to students that the command to rest is not an excuse to be lazy. You have to work for ‘six days’ to get to the ‘Sabbath.’
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should discuss some of the reasons people give for not resting as they should.
SUMMARY: Take time out to rest.
*LESSON FORTY ONE (41)*
*TOPIC: THE EARTHEN VESSELS*
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 2:20-21
MEMORY VERSE: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2Corinthians 4:7.
INTRODUCTION: God can make something out of nothing and will never create anything without a purpose. He chose a small portion of the dust to form man and His breath in the nostril of man made the difference, making man a living soul (Gen.2:7). God has a purpose for all souls He created including all the resources He puts into our hands more so because no one can have anything except it is given from above. God expects the resources given to us to flow through us to benefit others and this forms the differences between a container and a vessel.
LESSON OUTLINE 1. TREASURES IN DUST
The teacher should identify and explain the treasures in the dust as follows:
i. Dust had no serious relevance to man until God touched, made and breathed into it, the breath of life. Gen.2:7.
ii. He deposited part of Himself – His Spirit – into the dust and deposited a treasure in it. Job 32:8.
iii. That small portion of dust began to move on the larger portion with authority from God. Gen.1:28.
iv. Just as the master in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 gave talents to his servants and none was empty, so does every believer have resources deposited inside of us and no one is empty. 2Cor.4:7.
v. Our Master, Jesus Christ, has deposited great treasures into us. Eph.4:7-8.
vi. He expects us to use the resources and make profits so that He will bless us when He comes back. 1Cor.12:7; Rev.22:12.
vii. What you do with the resources is a matter of choice; you could be a container or a vessel.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The teacher should ask each student to identify what talents or gifts or abilities they have and how they use the gift for God’s glory.
LESSON OUTLINE 2. CONTAINERS OR VESSELS
A. Differences between a container and a vessel.
i. A container receives and retains whereas a vessel transports (transmits). Abraham received Isaac and was willing to release him. Gen.22:15-18
ii. A container is a reservoir but a vessel is a channel. Luke 12:16-21; Gen.12:1-3
iii. A container is basically static like pond but a vessel is dynamic. Acts 8:5-6, 26-40
iv. A container gives only when compelled but a vessel is always giving. Eccl.11:2-6
v. A container is limited in reception but a vessel is unlimited because it is constantly flowing. Jn.20:21-22; Prov.11:24.
vi. A container abides alone whereas a vessel touches many others. Jn.12:24; Acts 10:38.
B. TRANSFORMATION OF A CONTAINER TO A VESSEL
-The teacher should explain how a container can be transformed into a vessel physically and spiritually.
i. Physically: If you attach wheel(s) to a container, and pull, it becomes a vessel.
ii. Spiritually: If the Holy Spirit comes into a container the Spirit will transform the person to a vessel.
iii. Example of a container-transformed vessel was Elisha who, forsook his farm and ambition and followed Elijah. 1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:1-22.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The teacher should lead the students to pray that they will be vessels to honour and not containers.
SUMMARY: Be a vessel to honour and not a container.
*LESSON FORTY TWO (42)*
*TOPIC: VESSELS FOR THE MASTER’S USE*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Jeremiah 18:1-6
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.
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.
*LESSON FORTY THREE (43)*
*TOPIC: DEFERRED HOPE*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 66:10-14
MEMORY VERSE: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12.
INTRODUCTION: Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. However, when there is an uncomfortable or prolonged delay, weariness and heaviness of heart may set in. Sometimes, while in this valley of life, we fast, pray, work smart and even sow seeds of faith in our bid to find solutions, yet, there might still be a delay. In this lesson, we shall consider biblical examples and winning strategies while waiting.
1. SOME BIBLICAL INSTANCES
I. Mention some Bible characters who, despite their relationship with God, waited painfully and hoped patiently for their expectations to be met and were not disappointed in the long run (Prov.23:18; Rom.5:5). For instance:
a. Abraham/Sarah and Hannah waited long for the ‘fruit of the womb’ (Gen.15:2; 1Sam.1:2).
b. David hoped painfully for deliverance from King Saul and his enemies (1Sam.19:18; Ps.3:1).
c. Joseph had a dream that he would be great but was thrown into the pit, sold into slavery and imprisoned (Gen.37:5).
d. Job lost his children, business, and health suddenly and hoped for restoration (Job1:13-20; 14:7, 14).
e. The children of Israel laboured and suffered for 430years in Egypt before God sent Moses to liberate them (Ex.12:40).
f. The widow of the indebted prophet was exhausted until she cried to the prophet (2 Kgs.4:1).
II. At the end of the day, God changed their stories:
a. Abraham/Sarah and Hannah were visited by God and they got Isaac (Gen.21:1-5). Hannah received her testimony son (1Sam.1:20).
b. David later got his deliverance and became a king (2Sam.6:21).
c. Joseph’s dream became a reality. He became the ruler over the realm of Egypt and his brothers bowed to him (Gen.42:6-7).
d. God blessed the end of Job more than his beginning (Job 42:10).
e. The Israelites eventually got delivered from the Egyptians (Ex.14:26-29).
f. The indebted widow of the prophet received divine assistance (2Kgs.4:1-7).
III. Waiting patiently on God in times of distress is key (Isa.40:28-31).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why do you think so many people do not want to wait patiently on God to receive His promise?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHAT TO DO WHILE WAITING
i. Focus on the aspect of your life that is working (Isa.50:7) and give thanks to God rather than being sad over what you are yet to receive. Ps.103:2.
ii. Be optimistic about your long awaited miracle (Ps.27:13) and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lam.3:25-26.
iii. Remember that God makes all things beautiful in His own time. Eccl.3:11.
iv. Refuse to respond to discouragement. Mk.10:46-52.
v. Encourage yourself in the Lord your God. 1 Sam.30:6.
vi. Get your heart fixed on your purpose and aspiration. Neh.4:6.
vii. Study the word of God to build your faith. Rom.10:17.
While waiting for your miracle:
1. Focus on the aspect of your life that is working (Isa.50:7) and give thanks to God rather than being sad over what you are yet to receive (Ps. 103:2).
2. Be optimistic about your long-awaited miracle (Ps.27:13) and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lam.3:25-26).
3. Remember that God makes all things beautiful in His own time (Eccl.3:11).
4. Refuse to respond to discouragement (Mk. 10:46-52).
5. Encourage yourself in the Lord your God (1 Sam. 30:6).
6. Get your heart fixed on your purpose and aspiration (Neh.4:6).
7. Study the word of God to build your faith (Rom.10:17).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should discuss the dangers the following are likely to face for not waiting patiently on God:
i. An individual.
ii. The Church.
iii. The Society.
iv. The Nation.
SUMMARY: During your waiting time, be patient and rely on God who is ever faithful.
*LESSON FORTY FOUR (44)*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 1:18-25
MEMORY VERSE: “Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith.” 2 Timothy 3:8 (NKJV).
INTRODUCTION: Reprobacy is the state or character of being a reprobate. A reprobate is an unprincipled or depraved person. The Greek word translated “reprobate” in the New Testament is ‘adokimos,’ which literally means “unapproved, i.e. rejected; by implication, worthless.” It is that which is rejected on account of its own worthlessness (Jer.6:30). Many people have wondered if at this point a person may be beyond hope. It is imperative, therefore, for believers to study the nature and dangers of reprobacy.
1. THE NATURE OF REPROBATES
2. DANGERS OF REPROBACY
1. THE NATURE OF REPROBATES
The teacher should identify the nature of reprobates as indicated below:
i. They desire to suppress the truth with wickedness. Rom. 1:18.
ii. They deliberately reject God in their imaginations and actions. Rom. 1:21, Titus 1:16.
iii. They worship the creature rather than the Creator. Rom. 1:23-25, Jer. 10:14.
iv. They commit all manner of sins and have no limits or restrictions on sinful behaviours. Rom. 1:29-31; Eph. 5:3.
v. They are wicked and encourage people to join their wicked ways. Rom. 1:32; Psalm 50:18.
vi. They are guided by the flesh and do not possess the Holy Spirit. Titus 1:16.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: What can true believers do to win the reprobates to Christ?
2. DANGERS OF REPROBACY
A. The Almighty God warns His children against drifting into reprobacy. 2 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 1:28.
B. The teacher should identify the dangers of becoming a reprobate as indicated below:
i. Reprobates will face the wrath of God. Rom. 1:18.
ii. They become unclean and dishonour their bodies between themselves. Rom. 1:24
iii. They practice vile affections e.g. homosexuality, bestiality, etc. Rom. 1:26.
iv. They do those things which are not convenient. Rom. 1:28.
v. Reprobates are filled with all unrighteousness. Rom. 1:29-31.
vi. They ignore impending judgment and continue in sin. Rom. 1:32.
C. Question: Is there hope for a reprobate?
Answer: Yes, but based on the following conditions:
i. The reprobate should genuinely return to God who is willing to accept him/her. Isa. 1:18; John 6:37.
ii. They should repent of their sins. Luke 13:5, 2Pet. 3:9.
iii. They should ask God for mercy. Psalm 51:1; 51:17; Isa. 55:7; Rom. 10:13.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Why are there so many reprobates around us?
SUMMARY: God wants reprobate to repent.
*LESSON FORTY FIVE (45)*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 6:4-6
MEMORY VERSE: “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:29 (NKJV).
INTRODUCTION: Renouncing one’s faith is ‘apostasy.’ The term apostasy comes from the Greek word ‘apostasia’ meaning ‘defection,’ ‘departure,’ ‘revolt’ or ‘rebellion.’ Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from, abandonment of, or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be defined within the broader context of embracing an opinion that is contrary to one’s previous religious beliefs. It is an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognise a religious faith. One who undertakes apostasy is known as an apostate.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: THE CHARACTERISTICS
A.The teacher should define “apostasy” as defection, departure, rebellion, disaffiliation, abandonment or renunciation of a religion or faith by a person.
B.The teacher should identify two major forms of apostasy as follows:
i. Falling away from key and true doctrines of the Bible into heretical teachings that claim to be “the real” Christian doctrine.
ii. Renunciation of the Christian faith which results in a full abandonment of Christ. Heb 10:29
C.The teacher should identify and explain the following characteristics of the apostates.
i. They ignore the biblical warning of God’s judgment on sin. Rom.15:4
ii. They do not learn from the records of what God did to fallen angels and wicked nations.
Jude 1:6; 2 Pet.2:4; Gen.19:24-25
iii. They are morally perverse, rebellious and defile the flesh.
iv. They speak evil against people and things they do not understand like spiritual beings and dignitaries. Jude 1:8-10
v. They are ignorant about God or have become ignorant of God.
vi. They proclaim false vision and have become self-destructive, self-satisfying, fault finders and grumblers.
vii. They use flattery and arrogant expressions and mock God. Jude 1:15-18
viii. They ignore God and His word like Cain.
ix. They are greedy and deceitful like Balaam.
x. They rebel against spiritual authorities and directives like Korah, Dathan, and Abiran. Jude 1:11
xi. They are sensual. Jude 1:10
xii. They deny the lordship of Christ. Titus 1:15-16
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss the problems an apostate could bring to the body of Christ in particular and society at large.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE DANGER AND HOPE
i. The apostate would eventually fall away and depart from the truth of God’s word and His righteousness. 1John 2:19
ii. It can be deduced from Hebrews 6:4-6 that it is impossible to restore apostates back to the faith (by human efforts).
B. HOPE FOR AN APOSTATE
i. The apostate can still return to God who can do all things. Luke 1:37; Jer.32:27
ii. The apostate who repents of his/her apostasy and humbly and genuinely call on God will receive forgiveness. 2 Chron.7:14;
2 Cor.7:10; 1John 1:9
i. Every believer must pray for discernment, combat apostasy, and contend earnestly for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should discuss how a true believer can guard against sliding into apostasy.
SUMMARY: Believers should avoid apostasy totally and those who have departed should cry to God for mercy and restoration.
*LESSON FORTY SIX (46)*
*TOPIC: BEWARE OF SCOFFERS*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Jude 1:11-18.
MEMORY VERSE: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.” 2 Peter 3:3.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Scoffer, in Greek, is ’empaiktés’ and it simply translates to a mocker. A scoffer mocks sin, Christ, twists God’s word for selfish gains, opposes the gospel and the things of God. The Bible uses scornful, scorner and scoffer inter-changeably which all means mocker. Believers are warned to be careful and be on
LESSON OUTLINE 1: TRAITS OBSERVE
The teacher should define the meaning of scoffers from the lesson introduction and then identify and explain the characteristics of scoffers as indicated below:
i. They deny the truth of the Scriptures and
entice people to join their error. Jude 1:4.
ii. They reject the word of the Lord and de-
spise God’s ministers. 2 Chron.36:16.
iii. They question the second coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ claiming that the time had
lapsed. 2 Pet.3:4.
iv. They mock those who still wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus (like you and I).
v. They follow ungodly desires and create division in the Church. 2 Pet.3:3; Jude 1:18-19.
vi. They have a form of godliness but they do not possess the power of godliness. 2 Tim.3:5.
vii.They present lofty sound ideas to lead people astray. 2 Pet.2:1.
viii. They incite violence. Prov.29:8.
ix. They are proud leaders who trivialize the
judgment of God. Isa.28:14-15.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Differentiate between
an apostate and a scoffer?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE DISPOSITION OF BELIEVERS
A.The teacher should explain to students
that the proliferation of scoffers is one of the
signs of the last days. 2 Pet.3:3.
B.The teacher should identify and explain the
following guidelines to students to avoid being ensnared.
i. Take seriously the commands to study.and meditate on God’s word. Ps.1:1-2; Jos.1:8.
ii. Remain spotless and blameless in Christ. 2 Pet.3:14; Eph.5:27.
iii. Continue to look for the appearance of the Lord. Titus 2:13.
iv. Weigh every teaching with the word of God. Acts 17:11,
v. Know that God is never slack concerning His promise. 2 Pet.3:9.
vi. Be established on your holy faith (Jude 1:20).
vii. Remain steadfast to the end. 1 Cor.16:13,
viii. Try all spirits. 1John 4:1,
ix. Grow in grace. 2Pet.3:18.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should discuss the danger posed by scoffers to the church.
SUMMARY: Believers while observing the traits of scoffers must also follow the guidelines to escape its snare.
*LESSON FORTY SEVEN (47)*
*TOPIC: BEWARE OF FALSE MINISTERS*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 7:15-20.
MEMORY VERSE: “But there were false
prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you,
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them,
and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2Peter 2:1.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: In the bid to make ends meet, falsehood is fast becoming the order of the day. Just as there are internet fraudsters i.e. scammers, quack practitioners. etc., there are Some ‘ministers’ whose god is their belly (Phil.3:18-19). Their coming victims of their antics.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DESCRIPTION OF FALSE MINISTERS
A. False ministers are servants of sin and the
devil who pretend to be servants of righteousness. So, it is difficult to spot them on
the surface. 2 Cor.11:14-15.
B.The Lord Jesus warned believers of the evil purpose and intentions of false ministers to deceive people especially the elect. Matt.24:23-27.
C. Some Biblical Descriptions of False Ministers.
i. They deny the divine nature, sacrifice and
humanity of Jesus Christ. 1 Jn.4:1-3.
ii. They honour the Lord in their lips but their
hearts are far away from God. Matt. 15:8.
iii. They corrupt the gospel because of their
immoral life style and selfish interest. Phil.3:19: 2Cor.2:17; Mic.3:11.
iv. They were not called by God. Rather, they call themselves to achieve their own objectives.
v. They deliberately derail into error to deceive and ensnare people. 1John 2:19.
vi. They do not preach the complete gospel
doctrines of Christ. 1Cor.15:1-4; and Gal.1:6-9; 2 Cor.11:4.
vii. They live a life of pretence and falsehood.
viii. They replace the truth of the gospel with motivational talks and philosophies of men. Col.2:8.
ix. They cause divisions among brethren.
x.They exploit and extort and milk their followers. Acts 20:29-30.
xi. They trivialize the core issue of eternity and place premium on secular things.
xii. They hardly preach on holiness, heaven and hell. Isa.30:9-11; 2 Tim.4:3-4.
xiii. They perform false and fake miracles. Matt.24:24.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss how the church can halt or repel the activities of false ministers.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: AVOID BEING A VICTIM
i. Lack of knowledge. Isa.5:13; Hos.4:6.
ii.Impatience. Ps.27:14; Heb.10:36.
iii. Despair in a bid to get rich quick. 1 Tim.6:9-10.
iv. Anxiety about what the future holds.
v. Quest to find answers to life’s crucial issues. 1 Kgs.22:6-8.
B.Precautions/What to do not to become a
The teacher should state the following precautions:
i. Be prayerful. James 5:16b.
ii.Be watchful. Matt.26:41.
iii. Be sober. 1 Pet,.5:8.
iv. Be patient. Luke 21:19.
v. Study the word of God and be deeply rooted in it. Col.3:16.
vi. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Rom.8:6.
vi. Discern the spirit in operation. 1Jn.4:1;
viii. Retrace your steps if you are already sliding away from the truth and ask Christ to
help you. Matt.11:28; Ps.46:1.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention what should be done not to become a victim.
*LESSON FORTY EIGHT (48)*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 10:19-23.
MEMORY VERSE: “Having therefore these
promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2 Corinthians 7:1.
INTRODUCTION: God’s desire is that His people will be clean outwardly and inwardly
(Zech.3:4). He loves those whose hearts and
lives are perfect towards Him and has made
adequate provision for their all-round cleansing (Heb.10:22). In Psalm 51:7 David prayed for God’s cleansing. We also have a crucial role to play in this matter. Therefore, we need to examine the issue of self-cleansing carefully.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHAT IS SELF- CLEANSING?
MEANING OF SELF-CLEANSING:
i. It is a conscious and decisive effort by a
person to purge himself or herself of all filthiness. 2 Cor.7:1.
ii. lt is self-determination to become whole
and acceptable to God through the help of the Holy Spirit.
iii. It is a thorough sanitation of the filth in one’s life as revealed by the Holy Spirit through the word of God. Isa.6:5.
İv. It is a renewal of one’s mind. Rom.12:2.
v. It is putting away all manner of evil deeds.
vi. It is decision, back up by the Holy Spirit not to allow impure thoughts and wickedness to have a place in our hearts. Jer.4:14.
vii. It is disallowing sin from having a place in one’s life. Rom.6:12-13.
viii. It is putting off the old man with his deeds. Eph.4:22; Col.3:9.
ix. It is putting on the new man in all righteousness after the image of Christ. Eph.4:24.
BENEFITS OF SELF-CLEANSING:
i. Self-cleansing makes believers honourable and useful vessels to God.2 Tim.2:21.
ii. lt promotes the hope of believers in eternal
life with Jesus because; those that will reign
with Him must be pure. 1John 3:3.
iii. Self-cleansing prepares us to be blameless before God. Ps.24:4-6; Heb.10:22.
iv. It propels/provokes answers to prayers. Ps.24:5.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss those pollutants that can make a Christian filthy.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?
A. We are cleansed through the shedding of the blood of Jesus. Heb.9:14;22.
B. But to cleanse ourselves, we must:
i. Obey the word of God completely. Ps.119:9.
ii. Put away all manner of sin and weight that can stain or contaminate our purity. Heb.12:1.
iii. Stay away from all things which have attributes of evil. 1Thess.5:22.
iv. Allow the word of God to wash and correct us even if it is painful. Eph.5:26; Ezek.36:25; Heb.10:22.
v. Not give room or occasion to the flesh to lure us into sin. Rom.8:13; Col.3:3-5, 8-9.
vi. Surrender to the Holy Spirit to take over our thoughts and deeds and help us totally. Jam.4:8.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should discuss the results of the personal efforts for self-cleansing without the word of God and the help of the Holy Spirit.
SUMMARY: Self-cleansing is a condition to be useful to God.
*LESSON FORTY NINE (49)*
*TOPIC: DYNAMICS OF GRACE (PART 1)*
BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 2:4-10.
MEMORY VERSE: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” Titus 2:11.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The word translated ‘Grace’ in Hebrew is chen,’ which means to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a superior to an inferior (Gen.6:8).
The Greek word for ‘Grace’ is ‘charis” and it
connotes something beyond the ordinary course of what can be expected and therefore commendable (1Cor.15:10). When used in reference to God, it is the benevolent action of Him stooping down to us in kindness to reach us in our needs and convey upon us a benefit. His grace has been termed ‘unmerited favour’ but it is more than an attitude of favour or mercy.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: UNDERSTANDING
A.The teacher should ask students to mention what they understand by the term “grace.”
B.The teacher should explain the meaning of
grace in the light of the following:
i. Grace is God’s favour towards the unwor-
thy or His benevolence on the undeserving.
ii.Grace is God’s favour translated into action
that releases the enabling power into our lives. 1 Cor.15:10.
iii. Grace is God’s gift of salvation for mankind. Eph.2:8; Titus 2:11,
iv. The enabling power of God for service Eph.3:7-8; 4:7.
v. Grace is the virtue which believers manifest. 2Cor.8:7.
vi. Grace is the benediction which believers
enjoy in Christ. Eph.6:24.
vii.Grace is the divine help which believers
receive in the time of need. Phil.4:19; Heb.4:16.
viii. Grace is the divine ability to do exploits.
ix. Grace is the appearance of kindness and
the love of God our Saviour towards man.
Titus 2:11; 3:4.
C.The teacher should identify some significant differences between the law in the Old Testament and grace in the New Testament
as stated below:
i. The law blessed “the good” the Old
Testament but grace save “the bad” in the
ii.The law accuses and convicts the offenders in the Old Testament but grace cancels bonds and relieves the debtor. Rom.6:14.
D.The teacher should point out that the difference between Mercy and Grace is that
mercy withholds a punishment we deserve;
grace gives a blessing we do not deserve.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss the relationship among “Law”, “Grace” and “Mercy.”
LESSON OUTLINE 2: HOW TO RECEIVE
The teacher should enumerate the following ways by which grace can be received as indicated below:
i. By accepting God’s love towards all men.
John 3:16; Rom.5:8.
ii.By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.10:9-10) through God’s mercy and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit. 1 Tim.1:13; Heb.4:16; Matt.9:13.
iii. By exercising our faith (no matter how little) at all times. Matt. 17:20; Rom.1:17.
iv. By being humble before God. James 4:6;
v. By loving the Lord Jesus with all our hearts. Eph.6:24.
vi. Through sufferings and trials arranged for us by God. Rom.8:28; 1 Pet.5:10; 2 Cor.12:9.
vii.Through the prophetic words of prayer
contained in the Bible spoken to us by our
spiritual heads and fellow believers in Christ.
SUMMARY: The Almighty God gives grace for those who fulfil certain conditions.
*LESSON FIFTY (50)*
*TOPIC: DYNAMICS OF GRACE (PART 2)*
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 8:6-9
MEMORY VERSE: “Wherefore, we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12:28
LESSON INTRODUCTION: In addition to the description of ‘Grace’ given in the previous lesson, Grace can also be referred to as the divine influence in a human heart that reflects on the outside. It produces favour, beauty, goodwill, loveliness and ability. It increase as one grows in the knowledge of God’s word (2Pet.3:18). We shall therefore consider the various dimensions of grace mentioned in the Bible as well as some actions that can be taken with or against grace.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DIMENSIONS OF GRACE
The teacher should give the following Scriptures to the students and ask them to identify the types/dimension of grace they contain.
i. Psalm 145:9; Matt.5:45. (Common Grace).
ii. Eph.2:4-9; Titus 2:11. (Saving Grace).
iii. 2Cor.4:15. (Abundant Grace).
iv. Titus 2:12; 1Jn.2:15-16. (Sanctifying Grace).
v. Rom.6:14; Jude 1:24-25. (Sustaining Grace).
vi. Phil.4:13; Luke 1:37. (Supernatural/Enabling Grace).
vii. Rom.12:6; Eph.4:7. (Service/Gifting Grace).
viii. 2 Cor.9:8; 1Pet.5:10. (Sufficient Grace).
ix. 1 Sam.17:36-37. (Victorious Grace).
x. Gen.22:9-10; 2Cor.12:15. (Sacrificial Grace).
xi. Acts 4:33. (Great Grace).
xii. 1.Cor.9:27. (Eternal Grace).
-The teacher should summarize this outline by stating that the access key to the grace is the degree of one’s connection with Christ and the desire to grow in Him. John 15:5; Phil.4:13; 2 Pet.3:18:
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH/AGAINST GRACE
i. You can attract blessings through grace. Acts 4:23; Ps.84:11.
ii. Grace can impact faith. Acts 18:27.
iii. Grace can make one to become God’s elect. Rom.11:5.
iv. You can become bold/courageous through grace. 1Cor.15:10.
v. Believers receive call into ministry by grace. Gal.1:15.
vi. Through grace, believers render acceptable services to God. Heb.12:28.
vii. Through grace, believers can give right answers to questions or human riddles. Col. 4:6.
viii. Grace releases strength to believers. 2Tim.2:1.
ix. Grace gives helps in the time of needs. Heb.4:16.
x. Grace brings hope. 2Thess.2:16.
B. WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO WITH GRACE
i. Receive grace in vain. 2Cor.6:1.
ii. Frustrate grace in one’s life. Gal.2:21.
iii. Fall from grace. Gal.1:6-8; 5:4.
iv. Fail of the grace of God. Heb.12:15.
v. Turn grace into lasciviousness. Jude 4.
vi. Sin in spite of grace. Rom.6:1.
vii. Reject grace through pride. James 4:6.
SUMMARY: We can grow in grace, benefit from grace and also offend grace. The choice is ours.
*LESSON FIFTY ONE (51)*
*TOPIC: CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN*
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
MEMORY VERSE: “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11.
INTRODUCTION: Acts 1:10-11 describes the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ as personal, bodily and visible, and that His second coming will be in like manner. However, the second coming will be in two stages: the rapture which will be sudden (1Thess. 4:15-17) – when the Lord comes for His saints and we meet Him in the air and then, the revelation that is public (Rev.1:7) – when the Lord comes with His saints to set up the millennium, at the end of the great tribulation period (1Thess.3:13). The time of His coming is a secret that only God the Father knows (Matt.24:36).
1. PROPHECIES AND PURPOSE OF HIS SECOND COMING
2. THE MANNER OF HIS COMING AND ITS SIGNS
1. PROPHECIES AND PURPOSE OF HIS SECOND COMING
-The teacher should establish the fact that the great confidence believers have that the prophecies of Jesus’ second coming will also be fulfilled is in the fact that the prophecy about His first coming among other prophecies was fulfilled.
B. PROPHECIES OF HIS SECOND COMING
-The teacher should identify and explain the following prophecies about the second coming of the Lord Jesus:
i. Prophecy by Prophet Daniel. Dan.7:13.
ii. Prophecy by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Matt.25:31.
iii. Prophecy by Apostle Paul. 1Tim.6:14.
iv. Prophecy by the Angels. Acts 1:10-11.
C. PURPOSE OF HIS SECOND COMING
-The teacher should identify the following purpose of the Lord’s second coming.
i. To complete the salvation of saints. He has delivered us from the power and penalty of sin but then He shall deliver us from the presence of sin and Satan. Heb. 9:28
ii. To be glorified and admired in His saints. 2 Thess.1:10.
iii. To bring to light the hidden things of darkness. 1Cor.4:5.
iv. To judge (2Tim.4:1) and to reign. Rev.11:15.
v. To receive true believers to be with Himself. John 14:3.
vi. To destroy death. 1Cor.15:25-26.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss why some people assume/believe that Christ will not come the second time despite the prophecies.
2. THE MANNER OF HIS COMING AND ITS SIGNS
-The teacher should identify the manner, the nature and the signs of His coming as indicated below:
A. MANNER OF HIS COMING
i. At Rapture: Saints will meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air. 1Thess.4:17.
ii. At Revelation: The saints will descend with Him to the earth. Eph.4:10; Jude 1:14.
B. NATURE OF HIS COMING
i. Christ is coming in the clouds. Matt.24:30.
ii. Christ is coming in the glory of His Father. Matt.16:27.
iii. Christ is coming in His own glory also. Matt.25:31.
iv. Christ is coming in flaming fire. 2Thess.1:8.
v. Christ is coming with power and great glory. Matt.24:30.
vi. Christ is coming bodily as he ascended. Acts 1:9-11.
vii. Christ is coming with a shout and voice of the arch angel. 1Thess.4:16.
viii. Christ is coming with his saints. 1Thess.3:13.
ix. Christ will come with his Holy angels. Matt.16:27.
x. Suddenly. Mk.13:36.
C. SIGNS OF THE SECOND COMING
NOTE: The teacher should distribute the following scriptures to the students and ask them to mention/identify the signs of the second coming.
i. 2 Tim.3:1-7.
ii. Matt. 24:5-7, 12-38.
iii. Luke 21:20, 24.
iv. Rom. 11:25.
v. Matt. 24:14.
vi. 2Thess. 2:3-8.
NOTE: Some of the signs which the Bible mentioned and which the students are expected to identify are as follows:
-Appearance of false Christ, wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, sin will multiply, love of many will become cold, merry making, eating, drinking, destruction of Jerusalem, fullness of the gentile or completion of the church, preaching of the gospel everywhere, coming of the antichrist, etc.
D. BELIEVERS’ PREPARATION
i. While we ought to plan and work as if He will not be coming for another century.
ii. We must be prepared and live a holy and pure life all the time as if He will return today. 1Thess.3:12-13.
SUMMARY: Christ will come again.