RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 8 OCTOBER 2023
LESSON SIX (06)
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE
*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: Father, enlighten me on what spiritual intelligence means.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Judges 7:9-15
It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.
But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant,
and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.
Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
Then his companion answered and said, “This
is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.”
MEMORY VERSE: “And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 2 Kings 6:12 (NKJV).
INTRODUCTION: Generally, Spiritual Intelligence is defined as the human capacity to ask questions about the ultimate meaning of life and the integrated relationship between us and the world in which we live. From a Christian perspective, it can be defined as reasoning ethically and morally to live life according to Scripture through the Holy Spirit. It is also a process of gaining spiritual insight into events yet to happen. Spiritual intelligence includes having a foreknowledge of the adversaries’ activities before they are carried out (2 Kings 6:8-11). All over the world, it is a well-known fact that one of the key tools for any effective military operation is intelligence. Spiritual intelligence is similar to this.
LESSON AIM: To teach students the importance of spiritual intelligence for a victorious living on earth.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through this study, students are expected to:
a. Define spiritual intelligence and its relevance to Christianity.
b. Mention biblical examples of those who employed spiritual intelligence.
c. Highlight the process that employs one to be spiritually intelligent. d. List the benefits one could derive from being spiritually intelligent.
TEXT REVIEW: Judges 7:9-15.
The Bible passage reveals how God encourages Gideon with regard to the battle with the Midianites.
LESSON OUTLINES 1: BIBLICAL EXAMPLES
All through the Bible we see instances where intelligence was employed in order to gain an advantage over the enemy. Some of these instances are mentioned below.
1. Prophet Elisha offered intelligence service to the king of Israel. This made the king escape assassination (2Kings 6:8-13).
2. Jesus has advanced knowledge of the plan to forcefully make him a king. He was able to isolate Himself (John 6:14-15).
3. David’s knowledge of King Saul’s plot to kill him aided his escape (1 Samuel 19:11-12; 1-Samuel 23:6-13).
4. Paul’s awareness of the plot to arrest and kill him led to the brethren helping him out (Acts 9:23-25).
5. Gideon’s divine intelligence led to victory over Israel’s enemies (Judges 7:9-15).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should share with the class how they have employed spiritual intelligence to attain victory.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: PROCESS AND BENEFITS
A. God reveals deep secrets to His children (Daniel 2:22).
B. To become spiritually intelligent, believers must:
i. Develop intimacy with the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
ii. Live a lifestyle of unceasing prayer, and be watchful (James 5:17; Habakkuk 2:1-2).
iii. Be committed to obeying God’s word and be spiritually disciplined (1 Kings 13:11-22).
C. A believer who is spiritually intelligent will:
i. Gain dominance over the enemy and put the enemy at his/her mercy (1 Samuel 24:9-16).
ii. Overcome temptation and the resultant sin (Genesis 39:9).
iii. Escape the snares of the enemy (Psalm 91:1-3).
v. Be protected against the hidden wickedness of man (Isaiah 8:9-10).
vi. Frustrate any satanic agenda against them (Isaiah 54:17).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should mention the benefits that come with applying spiritual intelligence.
CONCLUSION: No child of God is redeemed to be dominated but to dominate. For believers to take over, they must gain spiritual intelligence over their adversaries through prayers in the Holy Ghost and a life of holiness.
EVALUATION: Teachers should ask the students about the process to attain spiritual intelligence
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, I refuse to be a spiritual dwarf. Help me to be spiritually intelligent in all matters.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) reasons for spiritual insensitivity among Christians (2X5=10 Marks).