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RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADERS’ MANUAL SUNDAY, 29TH AUGUST 2021 LESSON: 52 END OF FOURTH QUARTER INTERACTIVE SESSION


RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADERS’ MANUAL SUNDAY, 29TH AUGUST 2021 LESSON: 52

TOPIC: END OF FOURTH QUARTER / INTERACTIVE SESSION

RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADERS' MANUAL SUNDAY, 29TH AUGUST 2021 LESSON: 52 END OF FOURTH QUARTER INTERACTIVE SESSION
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HOUSE FELLOWSHIP ANTHEM:*
1. I Love This Family Of God,
So Closely Knitted Into One,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And `am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family
2. I Bless This Family Of God,
So Greatly Prospered By The Lord,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family
3. I Know This Family Of God,
So Deeply Rooted In The Word,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family
4. I See This Family Of God,
So Highly Lifted Above All,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family
*SUMMARY OF LESSONS (40 – 51)*
*LESSON: 40*
*TOPIC: IMMORALITY IS FORBIDDEN FOR HEAVEN BOUND CHRISTIANS*
*BIBLE TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-11*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” – 2 Timothy 2:22
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Moral according to the english dictionary is concerned with principles of right and wrong behaviours. Morality is perceived as the ability to know and do what is acceptable before God and the society. Immorality on the other hand is the violation of moral laws, norms or standards. Morality refers to things that are right while immorality has to do with things that are wrong. It is evil, sinful, or otherwise wrong behaviour. It manifests in the following areas:
-sexual immorality (bestiality – sexual intercourse between human and animal, homosexuality / lesbianism, masturbation, rape, incestuous, transsexuals and so on)
-drug abuse
-stealing or armed robbery
-negative influence of social media
-peer group influence
-love for money and material things etc.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines
A: CAUSES OF IMMORALITY INCLUDE:
1.- Over pampering of children. – Proverbs 23:13-14
2.- Parental negligence. – 1 Samuel 2:29
3.- State of the economy (poverty, joblessness)
4.- Negative peer influence.
5.- Negative influence of the social media.
6.- Idleness (David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11:2-5)
7.- Lack of contentment. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10
8.- Loneliness.
9.- Spirtual problems.
10.- Clubbing and partying.
11.- Being alone with the opposite sex.
12.- Secular christianity – Lack of deep spirituality. – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
13.- Addiction to alcohol and hard drugs.
B: CONSEQUENCES OF IMMORALITY:
1.- Unwanted pregnancy which may lead to abortion, untimely death etc..
2.- Drug abusers are more susceptible to diseases like cancer of the brain and lung.
3.- Sexually transmitted diseases.
4.- Immorality breeds single parenthood.
5.- David was cursed in 2 Samuel 12:10 because he engaged in sexual immorality.
6.- Eli’s children died prematurely. – 1 Samuel 4:18
7.- Reuben lost his inheritance as the first born. – Genesis 49:1-4
8.- Unanswered prayers. – Isaiah 59:1-2
9.- Samson lost his destiny and died prematurely. – Judges 16
10.- Incurring God’s wrath. – 1 Corinthians 10:8-10
*ACTIVITY:* What are the causes of immorality?
*SUMMARY:* Guard your heart jealously because immorality starts from there.
*CONCLUSION:*
The bible in James 4:7 says “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Also Psalm 24:3-4 and Matthew 5:8 tells us to know that it is impossible to maintain a healthy intimacy with God when our bodies and souls are given over to impurities of any kind.
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*LESSON: 41*
*TOPIC: THOU SHALL NOT KILL*
*BIBLE TEXT: GENESIS 4:3-15*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“Thou shalt not kill.” – Exodus 20:13
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
To kill means to murder. It also means to put an end to a life, to terminate life or to prevent what is living from living again. We pray that as many that are into this act of killing, today’s message shall ignite their true repentance in Jesus name. The sanctity of life is gradually being eroded by men and women who are into hired assassination, ritual killing, serial killing, kidnapping, armed robbery, occultism, banditry, terrorism, suicude bombing,cannibalism etc..
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: WHY DID GOD SAY THAT THOU SHALL NOT KILL?
1.- God uses this commandment to create in us the sanctify of life. – Exodus 20:13
2.- We are created in His own image and are precious in His sight. – Genesis 1:26
3.- No killer or murderer will make heaven. – 1 John 3:15
4.- God hates hands that shed innocent blood. – Proverbs 6:16-17
5.- The killer will be judged. – Leviticus 124:17, Matthew 5:21
6.- Cain was cursed by God because he killed Abel, his brother. – Genesis 4:11-12
7.- God’s weighty punishment may vary on the killers. – Genesis 4:11-12, 15, 23-24
B: GOD COMMANDED “THOU SHALL NOT KILL”, BUT WHY IS KILLING STILL RAMPANT?
Despite the prohibition of killing by God and humanity, man still indulges in it. Reasons are:
1.- Hatred for one another and lack of love. – 1 John 3:15
2.- Envy. – (Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:4-12)
3.- Lack of knowledge of the word of God and the fear of God. – Hosea 4:6
4.- Love of money, power and position.
5.- Addiction to alcohol and hard drugs often hardens the killers’ emotions.
*ACTIVITY:* Why would God punish those who kill others?
*SUMMARY:* Please stop this killing.
*CONCLUSION:*
Killers will be hiding from God (Genesis 4:14). Fellowship with God has ended. They shall become fugitive and vagabond. They shall become agents of the devil (John 10:10a). The devil will use them to kill and would finally waste their lives. We should forgive one another and sow mercy so that we can reap mercy. We are to love one another because our God is love. – 1 John 4:7-8
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*LESSON: 42*
*TOPIC: MAKING EVANGELISM A LIFESTYLE*
*BIBLE TEXT: ACTS 4:1-22*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” – Mark 16:20
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Evangelism is simply telling others about what the good things of the gospel of Christ have brought to our lives. In other words, we must go everywhere with this good news of the gospel like the apostles of the old. However, while evangelising, our lifestyle should portray Christ (Acts 11:26).
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: ATTRIBUTES OF EVANGELISTS:
1.- Regenerated life with holiness as a standard that attracts the people.
2.- They were filled with the Holy Spirit. – Acts 4:8
3.- They were courageous to answer Rulers and Elders of the city. – Acts 4:5-8
4.- Ever ready to preach salvation through Jesus Christ anywhere, anytime. – Acts 4:9-14
5.- Always ready to please God instead of men. – Acts 4:17-19
B: BENEFITS OF A LIFESTYLE OF EVANGELISM:
1.- They had peace with God and their enemies surrendered. – Acts 4:20-21
2.- There was a great harvest of souls into the Kingdom of God. – Acts 4:4
3.- They continued a life of praise, joy and celebration to God’s wonders. – Acts 4:23-31
4.- Ultimately this lifestyle raises up a community of believers who are united to achieve God’s purpose together. – Acts 4:32-37
*ACTIVITY:* What is evangelism?
*SUMMARY:* Don’t stop to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
*CONCLUSION:* Making evangelism a lifestyle connotes that as a Christian, preaching the gospel should be the priority in life.
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*LESSON: 43*
*TOPIC: DESTINY MANIPULATORS (THE CASE OF THE TWO HARLOTS)*
*BIBLE TEXT: 1 KINGS 3:16-28
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.” – 1 Kings 3:22
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Who are destiny manipulators or destroyers? These are human agents of the devil or his demons that negatively alter the divine plan or the glory of an individual. A typical example is King Herod in Matthew 2:13 “…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” Consider how he wasted the lives and destinies of all the children of two years and below in Jerusalem and its coasts. – Matthew 2:16
Similarly in our bible text of today, two harlots shared the same room; each was delivered of a baby. However, one negligently slept over her baby and the baby died. The mother of the dead child exchanged her dead baby with the living one while the rightful mother was also asleep. But for the right judgement of King Solomon, the living child would have been killed also as that was her request before the King.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: EXAMPLES OF DESTINY MANIPULATORS:
1.- Family background. – Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
2.- Satan and his forces. – Matthew 13:25
3.- Disobedience to God’s word. – Isaiah 1:19-20
4.- Peer influence.
5.- The desires of the flesh. – Romans 8:3-8
B: HOW CAN YOU DISCOVER AND FULFILL YOUR DESTINY?
1.- You need God to watch over you and your destiny. Therefore accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. – Romans 10:9
2.- Humble yourself before the Lord, always. – James 4:7
3.- Read, study and meditate in the word of God, always. – Joshua 1:8, 1 Timothy 2:15
4.- Live a life of sanctification and consecration. – John 17:17, Exodus 32:29
5.- Pray ceaselessly. – Luke 18:1
*ACTIVITY:* How do destiny manipulators operate?
*SUMMARY:* Destiny manipulators are everywhere. Please be prayerful.
*CONCLUSION:* Many people died prematurely and wasted their destinies because of manipulators like King Herod (Matthew 2:16) and the careless harlot who killed her only child. Why don’t you allow God to watch over your destiny? He will defend you to the end.
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*LESSON: 44*
*TOPIC: THE UNBELIEVING AND UNREPENTANT MULTITUDE OF NOAH’S DAY*
*BIBLE TEXT: GENESIS 6:1-8, MATTHEW 24:37-39
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” – 2 Peter 2:5
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
In a corrupt and depraved era, Noah walked with God. The Scriptures made us to know that man’s wickedness on the earth became great and every inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil at all times (Genesis 6:5). That was why God in His wrath planned to wipe the unrepentant sinners off from the face of the earth (Genesis 6:6-7). However, because Noah loved God and believed His word, he found grace in the sight of God (Genesis 6:8).
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVED GOD?
Only a few people, eight in all, believed God: Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives were the only eight who were saved. – 1 Peter 3:20
B: WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE GOD?
God said to Noah in Genesis 7 to go into the ark with his whole family because He found him righteous in that generation. He also commanded him to take with him seven of every kind of a clean animal, a male and its female, and two of every kind of an unclean animal, a male and a female and also seven of every kind of a bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive upon the face of the earth. Noah did as God commanded and the door of the ark was shut. A heavy rain fell resulting in a great flood. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out by the flood (Genesis 7:1-23).
*ACTIVITY:* What happened during Noah’s days?
*SUMMARY:* Please strive and make sure that you don’t miss heaven.
*CONCLUSION:*
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man (Matthew 24:37).
The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2). God has planned another day when He will judge the people of the world and that coming day of judgement will be more terrible than the judgement which came upon Noah’s generation.
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*LESSON: 45*
*TOPIC: MAKE GOD THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP / FAMILY*
*BIBLE TEXT: EPHESIANS 2:20-22*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.” – 1 Peter 2:6
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Simply put, a cornerstone is that capstone which gives firmness to a building or house. Figuratively, that which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy or central. On this note, as a Christian, Jesus Christ should be our Chief cornerstone in our families and relationships. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit speaks expressly in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are three outlines:
A: DANGERS OF NOT MAKING GOD THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE IN YOUR FAMILY / RELATIONSHIP:
1.- Errors and mistakes. – Joshua 9:14
2.- Wastefulness. – (The prodigal son in Luke 15:11-19)
3.- Struggles in life.
4.- Unfruitfulness or fruitless efforts.
5.- Untimely death – (the rich fool in Luke 12:16-20)
B: BENEFITS OF MAKING GOD YOUR CHIEF CORNERSTONE:
1.- Fruitfulness. – Genesis 1:28
2.- A life of peace and harmony. – John 14:27
3.- Answers to prayers. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
4.- Greatness. – Deuteronomy 28:1-14
5.- You will win every battle of life. – 1 Samuel 17:45-50
C: THOSE IN THE BIBLE THAT MADE GOD THEIR CHIEF CORNERSTONE:
1.- In family (David. – 1 Samuel 30:1-8).
2.- In relationship (Abraham’s Chief servant. – Genesis 24:2-15).
*ACTIVITY:* Why must we make Christ our Chief cornerstone?
*SUMMARY:* The foundation of the Lord is still standing sure.
*CONCLUSION:*
Every decision of life without God will lead to frustration and regret. There is a popular saying that ‘HAD I KNOWN, IS THE LAST STATEMENT OF A FOOL’. So, for us not to be seen or called fools, wisdom demands that we must make God the Chief cornerstone on everything of our life endeavour.
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*LESSON: 46*
*TOPIC: ABUSE OF PHONES AND ICT BY THE YOUTH*
*BIBLE TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 8:9-12*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” – Philippians 4:5
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.’ What is abuse? Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in diverse ways like physical, emotional, mental etc.. But our concern is based on today’s topic: How can a Christian youth abuse the use of phones and ICT?
When mobile phones that are supposed to bring God’s blessing to the individual now becomes a source of distraction and addiction such that it has taken the place of God even during sermons, the majority of our youth go to social media for chatting, browsing etc.. Many of them have attracted God’s curses because of their disregard for God.
This is an abuse.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There is one outline:
A: MOSES ROD AS A CASE STUDY OF AN ABUSE:
We should examine this step by step:
Step one: Exodus 4:2-4 – The ordinary rod in the hand of Moses before, now became a miraculous rod because Moses was on a mission for God.
Step two: The rod swallowed all the magicians’ serpents in Pharaoh’s place. – Exodus 7:9-12
Step three: The rod parted the Red Sea. – Exodus 14:16
Step four: Exodus 17:5-6 – The rod was used to smite the rock for water.
Step five: Numbers 20:8-11 – God instructed Moses to use the rod and speak to the rock for water again.
Step six: Moses did not enter the promised land because he did not use the rod the manner he was told to. – Numbers 20:12
*ACTIVITY:* How can somebody abuse his / her phone / ICT?
*SUMMARY:* Please be wise.
*CONCLUSION:* Youth, please beware! The same gadget you are playing with, can become a link that may lure you to hell. Quite a number of youth are regular visitors to pornographic sites and many have become addicted to it. Laptops are designed for positive things and not for internet frauds. Moderation or self-control is needed in the use of phones and ICT (internet). So you are enjoined to use them ONLY for GOD’S GLORY.
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*LESSON: 47*
*TOPIC: BEWARE OF THE STRANGE WOMAN*
*BIBLE TEXT: PROVERBS 23:24-28*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.” – Proverbs 5:3-4
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
The strange woman could be seen as an adulterous woman who entices or lures any man into sin of adultery or fornication. Any woman you are into relationship with outside your marriage, is a strange woman. What makes her strange is that her works or ways are in total contradiction to the word of God.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are three outlines:
A: HOW TO IDENTIFY A STRANGE WOMAN:
1.- If a woman flatters a lot with her words. She is the one. – Proverbs 2:16, Proverbs 6:24, Proverbs 7:5
2.- She entices and leads people to death in her bosom. – Judges 16:6-31, Proverbs 2:18-19
3.- She is a smooth and sweet talker. – Proverbs 5:3-4
4.- She is on the way to hell fire and she is ready to take as many men that patronize her ways. – Proverbs 5:5, Proverbs 7:27
5.- She does not delight in the law of the Lord. – Psalm 1:2-3
6.- She is a servant of sin and she is ready to make you also one. – Romans 6:20-21
B: MEN IN THE BIBLE THAT FELL FOR STRANGE WOMEN AND DESTROYED THEIR DESTINIES:
1.- Reuben. – Genesis 49:2-4
2.- Samson. – Judges 16:6-31
3.- King Solomon. – 1 Kings 11:1-12
C: THE WAY OUT:
If you don’t have any involvement with any strange woman, glory be to God, but as many that are already in the strange woman’s web and desire to come out, please follow these steps:
i. Make a strong decision to discontinue with the strange woman.
ii. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
iii. Totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
iv. Prayerfully study the word of God, always.
*ACTIVITY:* What is the end product of a strange woman?
*SUMMARY:* Flee from every appearance of evil!
*CONCLUSION:* Beware of strange women’ is a strong warning to all Christians irrespective of their gender and age. The devil is using unholy sex from men and women of easy virtue to draw believers away from God’s plan.
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*LESSON: 48*
*TOPIC: ANGER, THE PATH TO DESTRUCTION*
*BIBLE TEXT: GENESIS 4:3-8*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or antagonism towards someone or something, usually combined with an urge to harm. Today’s bible text makes it clear that Cain killed his brother Abel because he was wroth (angry) against him. And Cain was severely punished by God for his action. Anger is commonly seen as little expression and it is often overlooked as sin. But please remember that little foxes spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15).
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: MOSES AS A CASE STUDY:
1.- In Genesis 49:5-7 Jacob cursed Simeon and Levi over their anger.
2.- In Exodus 2:1-10 a man from the house of Levi got married to a woman from Levi’s house.
3.- Moses killed an Egyptian for maltreating an Israelite (unchecked anger). – Exodus 2:13
4.- Moses did not enter the promised land because of anger. – Numbers 20:10-13
Anger can stop a child of God from reaching his/her God given goal. Whether the anger is inherited or developed as a result of life situation, please nip it on the bud before it stops your destiny.
B: THE WAY OUT:
i.) Give yourself to constant prayer. – Luke 18:1
ii.) Always study the word of God. – 2 Timothy 2:15
iii.) Give heed to Holy Spirit instructions and bear the fruit of the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25
*ACTIVITY:* What stopped Moses from entering into the promised land?
*SUMMARY:* Please glue to the Holy Spirit for the infilling, then anger will become a stranger in your life.
*CONCLUSION:*
Anger is not part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a Christian should not exhibit it. It can lead to destruction if we refuse to completely yield to the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
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*LESSON: 49*
*TOPIC: THE ROLE OF A VIRTUOUS WOMAN IN THE FAMILY*
*BIBLE TEXT:VPROVERBS 31:10-31*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. – Proverbs 12:4
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
Virtue is the ability to conform to life and conduct, through all known moral principles. A virtuous women is an embodiment of excellent moral character derived from the new life on Jesus Christ.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are two outlines:
A: WHAT TYPE OF ROLE DOES SHE PLAY IN THE FAMILY?
a.- Faith: She demonstrates a high degree of faith in God. – Hebrews 11:1 ,6
b.- Marriage: In her marriage she is a “home builder”. – Proverbs 14:1
c.- Motherhood: She nurtures and trains the children with the love of God and disciplines them with care and wisdom. – Proverbs 31:28, 4:7-8
d.- Stewardship: She is a wise steward of the gifts that God has given her. She spends prudently. – Proverbs 31:14-18
e.- Industry: She is industrious. – Philippians 2:14, Proverbs 31:13f
f.- Beauty: She is creative. She embraces beauty and godliness. – 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:3-6
B: Biblical examples of virtuous women:
1.- Esther: She spearheaded the battle that liberated her people from their bondage. – Esther 3 & 4.
2.- Hannah: She stoutly stood against barrenness in her family. She is also worthy of emulation in terms of redeeming vows to God. – 1 Samuel 1:21-28
3.- Ruth: She demonstrated high level of faith in God. – Ruth 1:1-22
4.- Abigail: She was able to avert the evil that would have befallen her family. – 1 Samuel 25:14-35
5.- Sarah: She epitomizes humility and respect from a wife to her husband. – 1 Peter 3:6
*ACTIVITY:* Who is a virtuous woman?
*SUMMARY:* God’s intention is that every woman should be virtuous. So, please don’t disappoint Him.
*CONCLUSION:*
Every woman should strife to be a virtuous woman. Ask God to make you one today. If you are already one, pray to the Father to sustain you.
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*LESSON: 50*
*TOPIC: YOU WILL BE ADDRESSED THE WAY YOU DRESS*
*BIBLE TEXT: EXODUS 2:15-19*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.” – Exodus 2:19
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
The primary purpose of dressing is to cover ones nakedness and to glorify God. As children of God, we should led our dressing give glory to God. Our dressing is the first description of who we are. In today’s bible text Moses was called an Egyptian by the way he dressed.
Our character is judged by our style of dressing. A well refined, cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of simple and appropriate attire.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There are three outlines:
A: WHAT OUR DRESSING SAYS ABOUT US:
.- It should differentiate us from the world. – 1 John 2:15
.- It should not become a tool of seduction. – Philippians 4:5
.- It should send a message of godliness. – 1 Timothy 2:9
.- It should reveal how much we love and value God
.- It has positive or negative influence on others. – Romans 14:15-16
B: THE NEED FOR MODERATION IN CHRISTIAN DRESSING (PHILIPPIANS 4:5):
We are naturally concerned, because it is the quest of every believer to grow into full stature of Christ: to have temperance and control over the body, to cultivate a sound mind and to be wise in all spiritual things. In other words, we are to be transformed from this world and not to be conformed to this world.
In order, therefore, to understand the implications of clothing, it is imperative that we know what the scripture says. According to Matthew 5:14-16, we are to stand out as lights in the world and to be different and this must surely be reflected in our dressing.
C: DANGERS OF INDECENT DRESSING:
.- It can lead to disrespect.
.- It can lead to assault.
.- It can lead to rape.
.- It can lead to arrest.
.- It can bring shame.
*ACTIVITY:* What is indecent dressing?
*SUMMARY:* Dressing portrays your personality. Please dress decently.
*CONCLUSION:* Dress well if you want people to address you well.
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*LESSON: 51*
*TOPIC: ARE YOU A SINGLE PARENT? THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU*
*BIBLE TEXT: GENESIS 21:15-21*
*MEMORY VERSE:*
“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation.” – Psalm 68:5
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:*
It is the plan of God that both parents should in togetherness nurse their children unto adulthood. However, there are some circumstances both within or beyond their control that may crop up and render either of them a single parent. And these are death, divorce and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
*LESSON OUTLINES:* There is one outline:
A: SINGLE PARENTS WHO WERE HELPED BY GOD:
HAGAR: Today’s bible text explains how Hagar was pushed out with her son by Abraham. But God came to their aid and the seemingly ugly situation became a pleasant one. – Genesis 21:17-19
THE WIDOW OF ONE OF THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS: 2 Kings 4:1-7 – The Lord helped this widow where the creditor came to take her two sons for slavery.
THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH: God, through Prophet Elijah did not allow death and hunger to snatch away the son of the widow. – 1 Kings 17:10-23
THE WIDOW OF NAIN: Luke 7:11-15 – Jesus Christ raised the only son of the widow of Nain from death.
Also it is still not the end of life for those out-of-wedlock pregnant ladies. Just repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. He can turn the situation around for good. Abortion is not an option as it will further compound your sin before God.
*ACTIVITY:* Is God interested in helping the single parents?
*SUMMARY:* God is the rewarder!
*CONCLUSION:*
Single parenthood is not the end of the road, brace up and hope in God and He will turn the situation around in your favour. Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. – Hebrews 12:2
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
MONDAY:
Genesis 39:7-12 – Flee from immorality like Joseph.
TUESDAY:
“Do not kill” is one of God’s commandments. – Luke 18:20, Exodus 20:13
WEDNESDAY:
Acts 4:1-22 – Make evangelism your lifestyle.
THURSDAY:
Ask God to uproot by fire every destiny destroyer attacking your glory. – Matthew 2:1-8, 12-16
FRIDAY:
Genesis 6:5-8, Matthew 24:37-39 – Noah’s generation did not repent as the people of Nineveh. Repent today for the rapture is certain!
SATURDAY:
Ephesians 2:20-22 – Make God the Chief cornerstone of your life and your life will never crumble.
SUNDAY:
1 Kings 11:1-12 – Beware of strange women for they will lead you to destruction.

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