RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL LESSON FOUR SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2018 – JESUS: THE ONLY WAY
*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 old 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 to follow the true way to the end.
BIBLE PASSAGE: John 3:1-21
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
“Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, [that is,] the Son of Man who is in heaven.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
“that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John:3.19
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
MEMORY VERSE: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me”. John 14:6.
Many people are lost and aimlessly wandering in the wilderness of life. Unfortunately, they may not realize their states of helplessness and hopelessness because the devil has blindfolded them. John 12:40; 2 Corinthians 4:4. Thank God! There is a way out for you.
TEXT REVIEW JOHN 3:1-21-
Nicodemus, a significant personality engaged Jesus Christ in some down-to-earth questions and the following truth about the personality of Jesus and His father’s kingdom were revealed:
(i) To see his father’s kingdom, salvation is the entry visa. John 3:3.
(ii) To enter the kingdom, you must pass through the gate of the word and fire of the Spirit. John 3:5, 8.
(iii)You have no portion in the kingdom if you are born by the flesh. John 3:6.
(iv)Faith is the foreign language to understand happenings in the kingdom. “We speak what we know” but you don’t receive it”. John 3:11-12. Click To Read – Open Heaven 24 September 2018
(v) Because Jesus alone came down from heaven, he knows the way back to heaven, his father’s kingdom. John 3:13.
(vi)Those who are doomed for death now have hope of escape from the kingdom of perdition to the kingdom of life provided that they can enter through the lifted eternal door. John 3:14-15,17.
(vii) Jesus is the light that came from heaven into the world. To be liberated from the confusion of darkness is to come to the true light. John 3:19-21. Click To Read – Open Heaven 25 September 2018
1. Signs that you need help
2. Jesus is the only way out
SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU NEED HELP
When does someone need help?
(I) When you are desirous of something more in life especially spiritual desires. John 6:35, Isaiah 55:1-2.
(ii) When you are confused and you seem not to know what next. John 8:12; 9:5.
(iii)When you feel all doors around you are locked and you are looking for entrance into fulfillment. John 10:7, 9; Isaiah 22:22.
(iv)When you are disappointed and your relationship seems, to be a mere shadow and emptiness. John 10:11,14.
(v) When you are hopeless and tired of living or tired of being lost forever. John 11:25-26; John 14:1-2,18
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Students should relate their experiences in the following instances of life:
(i) Unquenchable hunger.
(iii)Closed door experience. (iv)Disappointment and hopelessness.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OUT
Question 1 :
How does a human being miss his/her spiritual ways?
(i) When we commit sin. Romans 3:23; Ecclesiastes 7:20.
(ii) When we allow sin to break our relationship from the one who is the way. Isaiah 59:1-2.
(iii) When we became separated. Isaiah 59:2.
(iv)Gradually, we are lost. Romans 6:36.
Question 2 :
How did Jesus become the way out of our predicament?
(I) Jesus took our sins upon himself. Isaiah 53:4-5; 2Corinthians 5:21.
(ii) Jesus took the punishment we deserve.
(iii) Jesus died in our place. Romans 5:8.
(iv) Jesus rose from the dead.
(v) Jesus had victory over sin and death. Romans 6:4-5.
(vi)His death gave us life. John 15:13. • .
What happens when we follow Jesus, the true way?
(i) Our faith in him brings forgiveness to our sins.
(ii) Our spiritual hunger will be satisfied. Matthew 5:6.
(iii) The light will shine again. 1 John 1:5-7.
(iv)We will have access back to God and live a fulfilled life. Jeremiah 29:11.
(v) We will be reconnected to the good shepherd. John 10:14.
(vi) We shall have life after death i.e. resurrect into eternal life. John 3:16.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
What are the other ways people are following?
Jesus is the way. John 14:6.
The hunger that you feel is a spiritual hunger, and can only be satisfied by Jesus. He is Life in this world and the next, Jesus is the way to God for salvation!
Father, don’t let me struggle with you.
Mention five (5) other ways (without Christ) which people are following and their consequences. 2 marks for each pair of related answer.