Sunday, 4 February 2018
Church : RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL
Date : SUNDAY, 4TH FEBRUARY 2018
TOPIC: CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIALISATION
MEMORY VERSE: ‘’Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." - Philippians 4:5
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1Corinthians 6:12-13
To socialise simply means "to talk to and do things with other people in a friendly way". There are various ways of socialising, ranging from relating with people in the immediate environment, to getting involved in governance and community development activities. Christian socialisation cuts across recreation, social interaction, cultural activities and political issues. While there may be diverse opinions on the extent of the involvement of Christians In social issues, it should be noted that moderation should be the watch word.
1. Biblical instances of socialisation
2. Worldly perspective verses biblical perspectives
BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF SOCIALISATION
Jesus Christ and His disciples attended a wedding ceremony at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-2). He dined with Zacchaeus in his house (Luke 19:5). He was a friend to the family of Lazarus, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and also paid them condolence visit (John 11:33-35). He and His disciples also participated in the Feast of Passover (Mark 14:12-14; Exodus 12:24-27). Apostel Paul interacted with diverse classes of people for the sake of the Gospel in order to win some (1Corinthians 9:19-23). Daniel was involved in the political administration of land in his days (Daniel 1:18-21; 6:1-3).
WORLDLY PERSPECTIVE VERSES BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
Christians cannot live in isolation in this present world. However, we must know when and how to draw the line between worldly (sinful) and acceptable (holy) socialisations.
For instance, Christians are expected to recreate (1Timothy 4:8) but visiting bar/beer joints and night clubs for recreation are unacceptable. Christians should avoid participating or feasting at occasions where idols are celebrated (1Corinthians 10:28). Modernised carnivals with satanic undertones and other places where Christian integrity is questionable should also be avoided (1Corinthians 8:10-11; 10:19-21). Watching of immoral movies, listening to/singing of ungodly music and wearing seductive apparels in the name of socialisation are also ungodly things Christians must avoid (Philippians 4:5; 1Corinthians 8:8-11).
While getting involved in secular activities, Christians should watch out and abstain from things that can make them compromise their faith (Philippians 4:8).
Whatsoever we do to socialise should be to the glory of God and edification of the saints (1Corinthians 10:31). Christians are to show moderation in social interactions.
1. Mention three biblical instances of socialisation.
2. Distinguish between worldly and godly socialisations.
Church : The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT)
GOFAMINT SUNDAY (BIBLE) SCHOOL
LESSON 10: DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU EXPECT FROM THEM
"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets." (Matt. 7:12) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING For Sunday 04/02/1018
Do More Than The Pharisees
Read Luke 6:30-38
Jesus has set a standard for us higher and by far better than the standard and principle of the world but it takes spiritual insight and deeper understanding to appreciate and practice it. It is not extraordinary to be kind to those who were at one time or the other kind to you. But like Jesus who came to die for humans and was also rejected and killed by humans, we must be kind also to those from whom we have received injuries. We must not only love our enemies and bear goodwill to them, we must also do good to them. Do they curse us, speak ill of us, and wish ill to us? Do they despitefully use us, in word or deed? Let us bless them, and pray for them, speak well of them, and do the best we can. It is when you do what sinners will not do and which natural or social principle cannot understand or approve to be sane, then the name of the Lord your God is praised just for the life change He has achieved in you as His child that stuns the world and her system of values and ideas. This should strongly engage us to be merciful to our brethren, even such as have been injurious to us, just as God has been to us, though we have been, and are, evil and unthankful; it is of his mercies that we are not consumed.
Point Of Emphasis: We must not only love our enemies and bear goodwill to them, we must also do good to them.
Prayer Point:Help me, Oh Lord, to live by Your standards and not by the standards of the world.
Citing from the account of Howard Strickland in his piece titled, “What kind of fruit is on the tree?” is an intriguing story that is very important to our lesson of today. “For over 40 years, East Berlin was controlled by the communists. West Berlin was free. One day some people who lived in East Berlin took a truck-load of garbage and dumped it on West Berlin side. The people of West Berlin could have retaliated by doing the same thing. But instead they took a truckload of canned goods, bread, milk and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side. On top of this stack of food they placed the sign; “Each gives what he has.” So what do you have to give? If the soldier gives strength, the merchant goods, the teacher instruction, the farmer food and the fisherman fish, then the Christian; being a regenerated being should give Christ’s characters. This week’s lesson encourages believers to do exactly what they expect from others so that the name of God will be glorified.
FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC AND MANY OTHER QUESTIONS, WHERE QUESTIONS LIKE:
1. What should a person who becomes regenerated witness in his or her life?
2. What does God’s standard on our actions stipulate for others?
3. Why is David counted as a man after God’s heart?
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