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RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGE 6-8) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH OF JANUARY, 2021
LESSON TWENTY (20) TOPIC: PRAISE GOD ALWAYS
BIBLE TEXT: HEBREWS 13:15, I KINGS 11:1-13
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
1 Kings 11:1-13
But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGE 6-8) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH OF JANUARY, 2021
Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Children will realize that the Lord is so deserving of praise.
CHILD RELATEDTRUTH: God wants you to praise Him.
INTRODUCTION: God blessed Solomon with unimaginable wisdom, but even that could not keep him from sinning. Solomon lost sight of God’s mercy and began to worship other gods. He divided his heart among many things but God demands our whole heart and all of our praise. (1 Kings11:1-13)
PROGRESSION OF EVENTS: In many parts of the bible, God showed us different ways to praise Him;
I. Praise to God is what we offer in acknowledgment of God’s excellence (Psalm 18:3)
2. All believers are commanded to praise God (Hebrews 13:15)
3. Praise to God is expressed outwardly through our everyday actions, as well as inwardly in our thoughts. (Psalm 34:1)
A. Praise God for His holiness, mercy, and justice (2 Chronicles 20:21, Psalm 99:3-4).
B. Praise God for His grace (Ephesians 1:6).
C. Praise God for His goodness (Psalm 135:3).
D. Praise God for His kindness (Psalm 117).
E. Praise God for His salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9)
GOSPEL CONNECTION: Psalms 98 is a song of praise to the Lord. Its purpose is to thank God for the work that He has done through Jesus Christ in bringing about our salvation. This Psalm was written before Chnst came to the Earth, but David loved God and looked ahead to a day when God brings salvation to all the Earth. He understood the Prophecies of Jesus’ impending birth and believed that God would be faithful to fulfill this promise. The Lord has been faithful in loving us and helping us in our times of need and is certainly deserving our praise.
4. Praise to God is an act of worship
5. Praise to God can be offered anywhere (Psalm 9:2)
6. Praise to God can be offered by His children and one day by everyone because He is king over all the earth (Philippians 2:9-11). So;
A. All nature praises God (Psalm 148:7-10).
B. The sun, moon, and stars praise Him (Psalm 19;1 and 148:3).
C. The angels praise Him (Psalm 148:2).
D. Even the wrath of men is used by God to praise Himself (Psalm 76:10).
E. Children are to be taught to praise God (Psalm 78:4).
Your praise to God is evident through your salvation (1 Peter 2:9) RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGE 6-8) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH OF JANUARY, 2021
CONCLUSION: Praise prepares you for God’s service.
CHALLENGE: Solomon was a very wise king. God gave him so much wisdom that he wrote the book of Proverbs. Solomon initially loved God with all his heart.
I King11:1-13 says that after Solomon had been king for many years he forgot to put God first. Solomon started to love and worship other things more than he loved God. This meant that God didn’t have his whole heart anymore, it was divided into pieces.
God had to punish Solomon for forgetting that God should be number one in his life. God wants us to only praise Him. Never forget that God is number one in your life and that He should only be praised. He deserves your whole heart. God wants all of your praise. Give Him your whole heart. You should find different ways to praise God this week.
INVITATION: Knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour will give you the ability to praise God (John 1:12). RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGE 6-8) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 17TH OF JANUARY, 2021
1. SUNDAY: LUKE 17:5-10
2. MONDAY: LUKE 17:11-19
3. TUESDAY: LUKE 17:20-27
4. WEDNESDAY LUKE 17:28-37
5. THURSDAY: LUKE 18:1-8
6. FRIDAY: LUKE 18:9-14
7. SATURDAY: LUKE 18:15-17