RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MANUAL 6 MARCH 2022
LESSON TWENTY-SEVEN (27)
TOPIC: BRIDGING PARENT-CHILD GAP
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?
OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, please help all parents to train their children to keep
the way of the Lord and to do what is right
always in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 127:1-5.
 (A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
MEMORY VERSE: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him”. Genesis 18:19.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Parenting refers to the aspect of raising a child from infancy to adulthood. The most common partaker is the biological parent of the child. Parenting in the 21St century involves parent-child relationship.
The parent-child relationship must be based on love, truth, openness, honour, obedience, discipline and provision. Parenting can be difficult and challenging, but at the same time the most rewarding and fulfilling things we ever do.
The Bible has a great deal to say about the way we can successfully raise our children to be great men and women of God. It is easier to train a child than to repair an adult.
TEXT REVIEW: Psalms 127:1-5.
Teacher should identify five (5) gifts which the Almighty God gives according to this passage:
LESSON OUTLINE 1: PARENTING: OLD AND
A. PARENTING AS OF OLD:
i. Teacher should group the class into two (2) groups.
ii. Group one should mention those things their children indicate that some parents are negligent in upbringing their children.
iii. Group two should mention those things that which indicate that some parents have performed their duties well in upbringing of their children.
iv. Teacher should explain the role played by the parents of Jesus (Mary and Joseph) to
protect baby Jesus according to Matthew
v. Teacher should explain the role played by
Mary and Joseph to ensure that baby Jesus
grew in the knowledge of God according to
Luke 2:22-24, 41-42.
vi. Teacher should allow the students to identify the role played by Eli in the upbringing his sons, Hophni and Phinehas according
to 1 Samuel 4:13-21.
B. MODERN PARENTING:
i. Teacher should allow students to identify
dominant factors which influence parenting whether positively or negatively in our modern society.
ii. Teacher should carefully identify those practices and developments which have influenced parenting in our modern society as indicated below:
a. Indulgence*: e. g “My child should not suffer as I did”.
b. Negligence of duty*: for instance, some parents abdicate their responsibilities for
house maid, teachers and electronic gadgets.
c. Wrong Priority*: for instances some parents place their careers above their children care.
d. Adverse effects of communication technologies expose the child to unwholesome
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should differentiate between the old and modern parenting pointing out the dangers in the gap.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: DIVINE EXPECTATION
Teacher should use the lecture teaching method to deliver the Outline 2 (to save time).
To bridge the gap between the biblical pattern and the modern pattern of parenting, the
following biblical principles could applied:
I Apply the rod of correction (Prov.22:15)*. This is not the rod of abuse, but correction. An abused child will suffer great trauma, but a child who is properly corrected will enjoy peace.
II Discipline promptly (Prov.13:24)*. Discipline has to do with understanding that various ways of correcting wrong doing with the goal of inculcating the confidence to do right always. A parent does not love his child if he fails to apply the rod when necessary (Prov.23:13-14; 29:15-17).
III Begin training early (Prov.19:18)*. Many lives have been ruined due to the negligence of some parents by excusing or over looking the wrong doings of their children instead of correcting them early.
IV Be a role model. (2 Tim.1:5).*
V Teach them the word of God. (Deut.6:6-7)*.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What does God expects
parent to do to bridge gap?
SUMMARY: Children are heritage of the Lord and should be raised up according to God’s pattern.
CONCLUSION: God is keenly interested in you and your parenting responsibilities. You should partner with God by studying His word and following His leading for success.
EVALUATION: What did you derive from the Lesson Outline 1 and 2?
CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty father, please
do not allow parents to be guilty of their children.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) factors
which could make Godly parenting difficult.