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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 23RD OF APRIL, 2023
LESSON THIRTY-FOUR (34)
TOPIC: RELATIONAL TRUST
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 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 PRAYERS: Father, help me to build a healthy and trustworthy relationship in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 6:2-7
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
MEMORY VERSE: “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” Proverbs 31:11
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The five-letter word “trust” occurs in 139 verses in the Bible (KJV). While there are various root words translated ‘‘trust,’’ in this context, it means reliance on the integrity, strength or ability of a person or thing. Trust can be dependent or relational. Dependent trust is between man and God in which an individual completely trusts God while relational trust deals with human relationships and signifies the trust one reposes in another person. We shall focus on the attributes of a trustworthy person and how to be one.
TEXT REVIEW: Acts 6:2-7
From the above Bible passage, the teacher should identify:
a.Three requirements of the disciples who were appointed to serve the table.
b.Two focal points of the duties of the apostles. Vs.4.
c. Seven names of the ministers to serve at the table. Vs.5.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: ATTRIBUTES OF A TRUSTWORTHY PERSON
The teacher should explain the 10 attributes of a trustworthy person as stated below:
i. Tenacious: Trustworthy people are stubbornly unyielding to untruthfulness. Dan.1:8
ii. Resolute: This means they are unwavering. Ruth 1:16
iii. Unbendable: They are always determined to do the right thing. Est.3:2
iv. Steady: They are straightforward. 2 Chron.24:11-12
v.Tested: They have proved their trustworthiness through thick and thin. 1 Sam.12:3
vi. Accountable: They are always answerable for whatever task they engage in. Neh.13:13
vii. Wholistic: They can be wholly trusted with time, money, the opposite sex, work, etc.
viii. Reliable: They have your back and do not betray a trust or leak a secret for any reason.
ix. Weighty: Trust is weighty but not burdensome as a result; the carrier is conscious of carrying something important and does not misbehave. Gen.39:9
x. Solid: They are always firm. Job 17:9
CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Students should rate themselves based on the scale below. They should allow the Holy Spirit to guide them as this exercise would serve as self-appraisal and should lead to prayers.
ATTRIBUTES 5 4 3 2 1
3 . Unbendable
4 . Steady
5 . Tested
6 . Accountable
9 . Weight
* The total score is 50 Marks i.e. 5 Marks X 10. Students who score less than 25 should ask God to help them to be trustworthy
LESSON OUTLINE 2: BEING TRUSTWORTHY
-The teacher should explain the following elements of being trustworthy.
i. Being trustworthy is an intentional, deliberate, planned and purposeful resolve that an individual makes. Dan.5:17
ii. It is not entrusted to an individual. Trust is consciously earned. Prov.31:12
iii. There is a price tag of sacrifices to be paid by anyone who chooses to be trustworthy. Gen.39:10
iv. We need to ask God for help to be trustworthy. Rom.7:22-25
v. Trust is a bed rock of a lasting relationship
vi. Some of the rewards of being trustworthy are: Peace of mind, Boldness, Crown of honour, etc.
vii.Some of the consequences of distrust are: Shame, Dishonour, Loss of opportunities, etc.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Give examples or illustrations on how to earn a trust.
SUMMARY: A Christian must be trustworthy.
CONCLUSION: Trust is significant and essential to any relationship we may build because it is this trust in one another that forms the foundation of a strong relationship.
EVALUATION: What are the attributes of a trustworthy person?
CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty Father, help me not to fail the confidence reposed in me in the name of Jesus.
ASSIGNMENT: Identify five (5) reasons for lack of trust among brethren today (2×5=10 Marks).