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RCCG 2020/2021 ZEAL (AGE 13-19) TEENS TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 16TH OF MAY, 2021
LESSON THIRTY SEVEN (37)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Cor. 9:27 “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
HYMN FOR TODAY:
Onward Christian soldiers. Hymn 377
LESSON AIM: To let them know that self-discipline pays.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Discipline yourself now for the prize ahead.
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Self-discipline or self-control, is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit listed by Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. The KJV translation uses the word temperance in place of “self-control” which, like self discipline, generally refers to our ability to control or restrain ourselves from all kinds of feelings, impulses, and desires, which includes the desire for physical and material comfort. Now, even though self-control is the last of the spiritual fruits mentioned by Paul, and even though it is a term not used extensively in the Bible, self-control is clearly an indispensable attribute of the Christian life, especially as our unredeemed flesh sometimes causes us to succumb to the persistent tug of our sinful desires.
A. Traits of Self-Discipline:
1. The ability to work on yourself – 2 Cor 7:1
2. Time management (do the right thing at the right time) – Heb 12:1
3. Self-control and self-motivation – Col 3:12
B. How can we be self-disciplined?
1. Time Management – Eccl 3:1
2. Consistency -1 Thess 2:9
3. Focus – Phil. 3:14
4. Set Goals
5. Be productive
6. Be result oriented
C. Rewards of Self-discipline:
1. You attract favor and your destiny helpers – Prov 12:2
2. You please God – 1 Cor 9:25
3. God can entrust you with lives and agenda for His Kingdom – 1 Peter 5:4
4. Men see you and give Glory to God – Matt 5:15-16
6. You honor your parents by developing yourself – Exo 20:12
DISCUSSION: Discuss the habits that prevents people from becoming self-disciplined.
INVITATION/ APPLICATION: Self-discipline takes effort but it is always worth it. Take note of habits you intend to get rid of and tackle them one by one. Remember self-discipline becomes easier with the Holy Spirit.
CONCLUSION: It is important to understand that self-control is a work of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 lists it as one of the Fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of the Christian. It is the indwell ing presence of the Holy Spirit that gives Christians the power and ability to exercise self-control so that we will not be mastered by the “cravings of sinful man” As Paul said, “God did not give us a Spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, of love and of self- discipline” (2 Tim 1:7). Indeed, Christians are controlled not by the sinful nature, but by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9), who helps us in our weakness (v.26), which makes us able to say “no” to sin. Self-discipline is not pleasant but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace
What is God saying in the text?
How can I apply this to my life?
MY PRAYER POINT FOR THE LESSON:
Father, help me to discipline myself in Jesus name.