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RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES: 9-12) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 6TH OF DECEMBER, 2020
LESSON FOURTEEN (14) TOPIC: RECIPROCATE GOD’S LOVE
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 22.37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
Mark 12.30 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
8 – Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 – That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10 – They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them.
LESSON AIM: To let children know how to respond to God’s love.
CENTRAL TRUTH: God expects us to love Him in return.
INTRODUCTION: God loves mankind by the gift of salvation He bestows. He has called us to shine His light to those in darkness and in prison. He promises us mercy, provision and shelter from sun and heat. We in return must love Him with all our heart, mind and soul.
A: HOW TO RECIPROCATE GOD’S LOVE:
1 Be born again. John 3:3
2 Obedience to His words. Romans 16:19
3 A life of repentance. Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17
4 To preach the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:16-18
5 To love God with all our heart, soul and might. Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:39
6 To keep His comments. John 13:15-21
7 To love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Matthew 22:39
8 We should glorify Him. Psalm 96:9
9 We should fear Him. Deuteronomy 6:13
10 We should thank and praise Him. Psalm 150, Psalm 100
11 We should believe and thirst for Him. Psalm 42:2, Genesis 15:6
B: BENEFITS OF RECIPROCATING GOD’S LOVE:
1 It is a way to show to God our appreciation of His love.
2 It perfects our miracles.
3 It makes God love us the more.
4 It draws us closer to God.
5 It opens doors for more of God’s blessings in our lives.
C: WHY DO CHILDREN FAIL TO RECIPROCATE HIS LOVE?
1 Ignorance of God’s love and sacrifice.
3 Forgetfulness: People can easily forget the goodness of God, especially when they are now successful, see king Saul.
4 When experiencing difficult times like failure and sickness, see Job’s wife.
5 When blindfolded by the devil. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
6 When they still love to continue in their sins.
CONCLUSION: The love of Christ brought about eternal life for us.
INVITATION: You can only show the love of Christ to others by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
ACTIVITY: Mention 5 (five) ways you can demonstrate the love of Christ.
LIFE APPLICATION: The love of Christ compels us to show love to others. To love God and to show this by:
1 obeying Him,
2 serving Him and
3 loving other people around you.
1. SUNDAY 1 Corinthians 4:1-13
2. MONDAY 1 Corinthians 4:14-21
3. TUESDAY 1 Corinthians 5:1-8
4. WEDNESDAY 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
5. THURSDAY 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
6. FRIDAY 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
7. SATURDAY 1 Corinthians 7:1-9