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Sunday, 2 September 2018

THANKSGIVING : REASONS AND BENEFITS

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 
TEACHER'S MANUAL 
LESSON ONE
SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2018
TOPIC: THANKSGIVING: REASONS AND BENEFITS

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?

OPENING PRAYER: Lord God Almighty, help me to thank you always for your goodness and mercy.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE
(I) Teachers should welcome students to the first Sunday School lesson for the year 2018/2019.
(ii) Teachers and students should thank God for his loving kindness and his word for the Sunday School Year 2017/2018.
(iii) Teacher should encourage students to be steadfast, regular and punctual to the Sunday School throughout the year.

BIBLE PASSAGE : Psalm 100:1-5.
1.Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2.Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3.Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4.Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5.For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

MEMORY VERSE: "O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever". Psalm 136:1.

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
 It is the will of God for Christians to be thankful to Him (1 Thess. 5:18). It is the master key to gain entrance to His gate (Psalm 100:4). When thanksgiving is complemented with praise, you have access into God's master bedroom (Courts). The primary reason God created us in His image is for fellowship, dominion and to show forth His praise (Isaiah 43:21; 1Pet.2:9).

TEXT REVIEW : Psalm 100:1-5 - FIVE (5) THINGS GOD LOVES
The Psalmist identified five (5) things which God does not joke

(i) Joyful noise (Believers should be joyful noise makers) Psalm 100:1.
(ii) Service with gladness (God hates service in bitterness and acrimony) Psalm 100:2a.
(iii) Singing in His presence (God hates moaning and groaning) Psalm 100:2b.
(iv) Thanksgiving in all His gates (Not complaints giving) Psalm 100:4a.
(v) Blessing his name (Not berating his name). Psalm 100:4b.

Giving the above-stated gifts to God at all times indicates that we (believers) appreciate Him for his goodness (Psalm 100:5b). It also confirms that we accept Him as God and that we are His children (Psalm 100:3).

LESSON OUTLINE 1 : WHY GIVE THANKS?
Question 1: Why should believers give thanks to God?

Answers: A: For his Goodness to us:
(i) Because of salvation of our souls. Psalm 103:3-4.
(ii) Because of His enduring mercy. Psalm 130:7-8.
(iii) Because He restores our lives and gives us hope. Ezekiel 37:1-7.
(iv) Because He is ever faithful. Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19.
(v) Because He gives us victories over enemies. 2Chronicles 20:20-27.
(vi) Because of His provision. Genesis 22:8; Genesis 1:26-29.

B: For His personality:
(i) He is miraculous and a deliverer. Exodus 14, 2 Kings 5:1-14.
(ii) He is the Almighty God. Genesis 17:1.
(iii) He is Love. 1 John 4:8.
(iv) He is Holy. 1 Samuel 2:2.

Question 2: What position should thanksgiving occupy in our prayers?

Answers: The first, middle and last position i.e. every request should be backed up with thanksgiving. Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1 : Identify why some people seldom give thanks to God only on special occasions and suggest ways out.

LESSON OUTLINE 2 : SOME BENEFITS OF THANKSGIVING
Question: What are some benefits/blessings of giving thanks to God?

Answers:
(i) Answered prayers. John 11:41-44.
(ii) Multiplication of provision. Mark 8:6-8.
(iii) Deliverance from bondage. Acts 16:25-26.
(iv) Divine peace and joy. Phil. 4:6.
(v) Divine presence. Psalm 22:3; 95:2.
(vi) Complete restoration and wholeness. Luke 17:16-19.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2 : Students should identify/mention at least one personal benefit which they derived from God and for which they will ever remain grateful.

SUMMARY:
The major duty of believers to God is thanksgiving at all times. Psalm 34:1; 30:4.

CONCLUSION:
Ingratitude is the result of vain imaginations and a darkened heart. Sometimes your thanksgiving is senseless to the ordinary person but it is more profitable to be thankful than to grumble or complain. Romans 1:21.

EVALUATION:
i.Why should people (Believers) give thanks to God?
ii. What do believers stand to gain for giving thanks to God?

CLOSING PRAYER :
Father, help me to give thanks and bless your holy name at all times. Don't let your praise ever depart from my mouth. Psalm 34:1.

ASSIGNMENT:
i. Identify five (5) things which people tend to forget or refuse to give thanks to God.
ii. Identify five (5) things which people frequently remember to thank God for.

References
RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER'S MANUAL, [ 2018-2019] 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIALISATION

Church : RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

LESSON TWENTY-THREE 

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

INTRODUCTION:
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.

LESSON OUTLINES 
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). 

CONCLUSION:
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.

QUESTIONS
1. Mention three biblical instances of socialisation.
2. Distinguish between worldly and godly socialisations.

DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU EXPECT FROM THEM

Church : The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT)

GOFAMINT SUNDAY (BIBLE) SCHOOL

LESSON 10: DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU EXPECT FROM THEM

MEMORY VERSE:
"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.

BACKGROUND:
     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.

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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?
4. What is your opinion about the popular prayer in our days that the enemy must die?

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