RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 16 JUNE 2024

RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 16 JUNE 2024

LESSON: FORTY TWO (42)
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING PURPOSE

SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy 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?

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OPENING PRAYER: Father Help me to understand Your purpose for my life.

BIBLE PASSAGE: ‭‭Luke 4:16-21 NKJV‬‬
[16] So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. [17] And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: [18] “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; [19] To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” [20] Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. [21] And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

MEMORY VERSE: “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.’’1 John 3:8b (NKJV).

INTRODUCTION: The word, purpose is a keyword you need to employ to stand out and be fulfilled. It is a goal or an intention. It is also the reason for which something is done. To understand your purpose is to know the reason for your existence. We shall explain this by attempting to provide answers to the questions ‘‘who are you?’’ and ‘‘why are you here?’’

LESSON AIM: To study the purpose of believers’ existence.

TEACHING OBJECTIVES:
At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
a. Understand what their purpose in life is.
b. Discover “who they are” and “why they are here.”

TEXT REVIEW: Luke 4:16-21.
A. Jesus Christ travelled to Nazareth, the town where He grew up………..v16a.
i. On the Sabbath day He went to the synagogue as He always did………….v16b.
ii. …………………………………………………….v17.
iii. ………………………………………………………..…v18.
iv. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord………………………………………..v19.
v. …………………………………………….v20.
vi. ……………………………………………v21.

OUTLINES:
1. WHO ARE YOU?
2. WHY ARE YOU HERE?

1. WHO ARE YOU?
A. To understand your purpose in life is to first know who you are.
B. This goes beyond your numerous names, family backgrounds, qualifications, etc. Therefore, to know who you are, it is important for you to:
1. Go to God who is the “Master Sculptor” – Ask God why He created you. PRAY! (Jeremiah 1:5; Hebrews 4:13).
2. Recognise the “giant’ in you – God created man uniquely with a brain that is sharper than a “supercomputer” and with the inner ability to do great exploits. This is what makes you “YOU.’’ (Psalm 139:14; 1Samuel 17:32-36).
3. Identify and optimize your gifts – What is that thing you can do with ease? You are graced in that area; harness it (Ephesians 4:7-8)
4. Discover your areas of strengths and weaknesses – Know what brings out the greatness in you and deal with what dwarfs you (1 Corinthians 7:20).
5. Learn from those ahead and seek counsel – Read life-inspiring books, listen to those fulfilling purpose, and attend life-transforming conferences (2 Thessalonians 3:7; Proverbs 20:18).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class should discuss the benefits of discovering purpose in life.

2. WHY ARE YOU HERE?
A. This question looks simple but it is broad in one sense and deep in another sense. But it is easy to discover purpose once you know the “why.’’ Let us look at the following:
i. Why are you in that family, organization, school, church, etc.? (Genesis 45:5, Esther 4:14).
ii. Why are you in that country or relocating? Until you know the reason why you are in that location you may not eat the good of the land (Genesis 26:1-3).
iii. Why are you doing what you are doing presently? (John 18:37).
iv. Why do you occupy that leadership position? You must know why you occupy that seat if not, abuse will be inevitable (1 Corinthians 15:10).
v. Why are you alive? Living is a privilege from God, you must know the reason why you are alive. Set long and short-term goals that must be achieved daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Every hour must count (1Corinthians 9:26).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Student should discuss why it takes a long time for some people to discover purpose while others do not discover at all.

CONCLUSION: When you know who you are and you find answers to your WHYs, you do not beat about the bush; you only find the way to make things happen. Discover your purpose!

EVALUATION: Mention 3 ways believers can discover who they are.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, open my eyes of understanding to know who I am.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) benefits of understanding purpose. (2×5=10 marks).

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