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Sunday, 9 December 2018

CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS (PART 2)

MEMORY VERSE : "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." --2Samuel 23:3

OPENING PRAYER:
Father, please let all who rule over us be just, ruling in the fear of God.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Samuel 23:1-4
2 Samuel:23.1
Now these [are] the last words of David. [Thus] says David the son of Jesse; [Thus] says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 Samuel:23.2
"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word [was] on my tongue.
2 Samuel:23.3
The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men [must be] just, Ruling in the fear of God.
2 Samuel:23.4
And [he shall be] like the light of the morning [when] the sun rises, A morning without clouds, [Like] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.'

INTRODUCTION:
In our previous lesson, we highlighted some misconceptions held by some Christians in some circles. We also examined some of the reasons Christians should be involved in politics from Biblical perspective. In today's lesson, we shall attempt to guide Christians with genuine intentions on how to be practically in politics and avoid the pitfalls.

TEXT REVIEW : 2SAMUEL 23:1-4.
To rule or govern, David, when he was about to depart to eternity, gave the following instructions, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, to those who aspire to lead others.  2Samuel 23:1-2:
(i) Such fellow must be just/righteous. 2Sam. 23:3
(ii) He/she must fear the Lord. 2Sam. 23:3
(iii) He/she must be like the light of the morning when the sun rises. 2Sam. 23:4
(iv)  He/she must hear the Holy Spirit speaking and must be ready to tell others what the Holy Spirit of Lord says. 2 Sam. 2:2.

HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS
Teacher should treat his outline under two sub-outlines.
A. Getting Involved:
(i). It is your civic right and responsibility under the law to vote and be voted for. Titus 3:1; 1Peter 2:13-14; Deut. 1:13
(ii). Eligible Christians should get registered with relevant electoral bodies.
(iii). Be a card carrier of any party of your choice.
(iv). Wield your influence on the choice of representative for the elective position. Exodus 18:21.
(v). Go out and vote rightly during election.

B. How To Join Political Of Your Choice
In addition to other possible information:
(i). Visit the website of the parties, or
(ii). Visit Secretariat of your choice party.
(iii). Study the party ideology and manifesto.
(iv). Fill a party registration form.
(v). Supply/provide necessary documents as required.
(vi). Make necessary payments as stipulated.
(vii). Obtain your membership card.
(viii). Attend party meeting regularly.
(ix). Actively participate in discussion and strengthen your voice.
(x). Have burden/passion to serve the people and solve their problems. Neh. 2:1-5; 1Sam. 17:29, 34-37.
(xi) You can prayerfully join or support advocacy group. Esther 4:8, 13-14.
(xii). You can form a political party with people of like minds. 1Sam. 22:2; Dan.
2.49.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Do we need money to form political party or to be actively involved in politics? Why or why not?

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN POLITICS
( i) Desist from any thought or act of wickedness. Politics is not a do or die affair. Prov. 16:12
(ii) Avoid prayerlessness (James 5:16b-18; Psalm 91:15; Dan. 6:10). Our adversary is not resting, be sober and be vigilant. 1Peter 5:8.
(iii)  Shun all foolishness: Get the necessary qualifications or experience ( James 1:5, 1 Sam. 17:34-37) and act wisely. Matt. 10:16
(iv)  Never dabble into politics without a godly burden or passion. Neh. 2:1-5.
(v) Avoid compromise: stand by your godly virtues and principles (1Cor. 10:31). Distinguish yourself and do not be hypocritical. 1Cor.6:17; Rom. 12:2.
(vi) Be resolute in the face of persecution and props. Neh. 4:3,6; 6:5-7; Dan. 6:11-14.
(vii) Avoid abuse of power. Do not be tyrannical. 2Chron. 26:16-18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Why should Christians be prayerful in their political aspiration?

SUMMARY
Be involved in politics and don't soil your garment. 1Cor. 15:33

CONCLUSION
Join a political party today and be a Christian of influence.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, let all your children be truly involved in politics.

ASSIGNMENT
Mention ten (10) things you will do if you become a Governor. 1 Mark for each point

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?

REFERENCES
Rccg Sunday School Teacher's Manual (2018/2019), Lesson Fifteen

Sunday, 11 November 2018

THE EARLY CHURCH : A MODEL FOR TODAY


OPENING PRAYER:
Father, let me serve You steadfastly.

BIBLE PASSAGE : Acts 2:42-44
42. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

MEMORY VERSE: "And they continue steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers." Acts 2:42

LESSON INTRODUCTION:  INTRODUCTION : A close study of the daily life of the first apostolic church reveals certain peculiarities worthy of note. This seems to run contrary to some trends noticed in some churches today. We need to examine what the early church looked like and practiced in order to realign ourselves with the will of God for His Church .

TEXT REVIEW : ACTS 2: 42-44
 The believers in the early church were steadfast in the following Christian virtues and activities after they were baptized:
i. Doctrine - Apostles' doctrines and teaching. Vs 42a
ii. Fellowship - Warm and healthy horizontal relationship with one another and vertical relationship with the Almighty God. Vs. 42b.
iii. Breaking of bread - Holy Communion and sharing. Vs 42c
iv. Prayers - Be it in supplication, thanksgiving, petitions. Vs 42d
v. Miracles - Many wonders and signs were performed through them. Vs 43b
vi. Fear upon soul right reverence was attributed to the Almighty God. Vs 43a
vii. Bonded - Oneness and unity. Vs 44a
viii. Had all things in common, similar behaviour, bowel of mercy and rendering support. Vs 45.
ix. Hospitality - Sharing from house to house. Vs 46
x. Appreciation -0Thanksgiving to God. Vs 47.

LESSON OUTLINE 1: SOME SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PRESENT - DAY .
i. Human philosophies and motivational talks have replaced the Apostles' doctrines. 1 Cor. 2:4, Col. 2: 4,8.
ii. Monetary rewards and other forms of compensations have replaced selfless services. Acts 20: 35, Gal. 6:9
iii. True, genuine and agape love has been replaced by suspicion. 1 John. 3:18, Heb. 10:25.
iv. Sacrificial giving is gradually fading away.  Acts 2:45, Psalms 69: 9.
v. Pride, competition, egoistic tendencies, rivalry among leaders and followers have replaced complementary and true submission to one another and God. 2 Cor. 10:1, Phil. 2:5
vi. Envy and strife, suspicion and hatred have found their ways to the church. James 3:14, 16.
vii. Gimmicks resulting in fake miracles, lies, exploitation, intimidation, evil packaging, deception etc. 1 Tim. 6:3-7;Eph.4:14; 2 Cor. 12:16-17.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class to identify the effects of the above stated work of the flesh and the devil in addition to secular-like songs and  indecent dressing to the church.

LESSON OUTLINE 2 : THE QUALITIES OF THE EARLY CHURCH :
i. Steadfastness in Apostles' doctrines, fellowship, prayers and breaking of bread from house to house. Acts 2: 42-44.
ii. Warm, truthful and loving fellowship.
2 Cor. 2:13; Phil. 4:10.
iii. True signs and wonders were common in the early church. Acts 243, 4:14; Mark 16:20.
iv. Unity in love and togetherness. Acts 2:44; John 17: 21.
v. The early church members were generous. Acts 2:45; 4:34-37
vi. The early church enjoyed favour with all people. Acts 2:44.
vii. The early church experienced tremendous growth on daily basis. Acts 2:41; 4:4, 5:14.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: How can the above-stated qualities of the early church return fully into the modern-day church?

SUMMARY : Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever. Heb.13;8. The standard of the church MUST NOT CHANGE.

CONCLUSION : While we cannot rule out the need for innovations and creativities that make the church of God lively today, the present day church must be modelled after the early church.

EVALUATION : Mention four(4) shortcomings of the modern-days church and four (4) qualities of the early- Christian church.

CLOSING PRAYER : Father, let the five(5) of the early-Christians church return to our present day church.

ASSIGNMENT : Students should find ten(10) qualities of the early -church from Acts 2:41-47.

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?

Reference
RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER' Sunday MANUAL; LESSON ELEVEN

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.

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

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