RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MANUAL 8 MAY 2022
LESSON THIRTY SIX (36)
TOPIC: ‘DATING’: THE CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
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?
Today’s devotional: Open Heaven 8 May 2022
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Today’s Prayer Points: Prayer Points For Open Heavens 8 May 2022
OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to make You my standard.
BIBLE PASSAGE: GENESIS 29:16-20.
And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4.
INTRODUCTION: The world today puts so much pressure on youths when it comes to what they prefer to call dating. The world tells us to date now and date often and date a lot of different people so we do not “miss out” on any of life’s experiences. God has a different plan for His sons and daughters.
He has a higher standard for us too, one which we, as Christ followers, should strive to reach even if it goes against the world’s standards and expectations. God wants to lead us into proper courtship. Actually, courtship is the more appropriate term, however, as prescribed by the church and supervised by marriage counsellors.
In this passage,
A. Laban had two daughters …….and……..V16.
B. Leah’s eyes………………………………….V17.
C. Jacob: i……………………………………..V18a.
E. Jacob served Laban for…………….V20a.
F. The years seemed like a few days because…………….V20b.
1. DESCRIPTION AND IMPLICATION
2. FULFILMENT IN CHRIST FIRST
1. DESCRIPTION AND IMPLICATION
Teacher should ask the class to discuss the meaning of dating among the youths and guide the class through the following.
A. The meaning of dating
i. Dating is a form of romantic relationship typically between two individuals of the opposite sex with the aim of assessing each other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse.
ii. ii. Literally, it means going out with someone of the opposite sex.
iii. Dating and courtship are two methods of beginning a relationship with the opposite sex (Gen.29:18-20). It should be noted that the result of dating may lead to friendship, intimate relationship (courtship), marriage or no relationship.
B. While there are non-Christians who date with the intention of having a series of intimate sexual relationships, for the Christian this is not acceptable and should never be the reason for dating (Rom. 12:2; 1Cor.6:18-20).
C. Biblical standpoint: While we may not be able to completely close our eyes to this societal trend, Christian youths should see dating as:
i. A little more than friendship and maintain the friendship aspect of their dating until both people are ready to commit to each other as potential marriage partners.
ii. Dating should be a time when a Christian finds out if his or her potential partner is also a genuine believer in Christ before making a commitment of a relationship (courtship) that could lead to marriage.
iii. During this time, there should be no sexual relation and closeness that could trigger emotions, as this is something that should wait until marriage (Heb.13:4).
iv. The Christian dating couple must have boundaries in place and be committed to not crossing them. Dating (as well as marriage) should not be between a believer and a non-believer (2Cor.6:14-15).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discuss why youths defile themselves in the process of dating.
2. FULFILMENT IN CHRIST FIRST
Teacher should allow the youth to discuss why finding fulfilment in Christ is important.
Importance of finding fulfilment in Christ
i. In order to be in a God-centred romantic relationship in some years to come, you must first find your personal fulfilment in Christ.
ii. The stronger your faith in God, the better you will be able to love another person.
iii. God is a jealous God (Ex.34:14) and until you have a relationship with God that is above everything and anyone else, you will likely have someone who is more important to you than God.
iv. It is vital that God is first in your life (Matt.22:37-39).
v. He needs to be the one you run to when you are lonely, bored, sad, etc. No friend (especially the opposite sex) can always be there for you like God can.
vi. People are never meant to take God’s place in our lives and hearts.
vii. God has to be everything to you prior to getting into a God-honouring relationship (with marriage in view).
viii. As you wait patiently on God and diligently doing His will, He will graciously give you the best match as a spouse.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should discuss how a youth can find fulfilment in Christ.
SUMMARY: While it is not out of place for a Christian to date, it is important to beware of some of the ungodly underlying factors in dating and seek fulfilment in Christ first.
CONCLUSION: It is important that a believer finds fulfilment in Christ first before entrusting his/her life into the hand of the opposite sex.
EVALUATION: Teacher should ask students to describe dating from a Christian perspective.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to find fulfilment in You first.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) of the dangers of dating from the world’s perspective.