RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022/2023
AGE 6 TO 8 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 11TH OF JUNE, 2023
LESSON FORTY ONE (41)
TOPIC: SUSTAINING THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 2 (THROUGH SERVICE)
BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 25:14-30
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
LESSON AIM: The children will learn that God is generous and gives them things to watch over and steward well.
CHILD-RELATED TRUTH: God wants you to use the abilities He gave you through Jesus in the right way.
INTRODUCTION: If you were good at something, but you never did the thing you were good at, would that be smart? (No.) You should do the things that you are good at, right? That is why God made you be good at those things. He wants you to do the things that He’s made you be good at. If you don’t do those things, then you are just wasting that talent that God gave you.
PROGRESSION OF EVENT: Matthew 25:14-30
1 Only God knows when He is going to send Jesus back to earth.
2. It is going to be a surprise for all of us when Jesus comes back. It will be like this story that Jesus told.
3. A wealthy man went on a trip and left his servants in charge of his money.
4. Two of the servants used the money wisely and gained a profit for their boss.
5. The third failed to do so, and he gained nothing.
6. This servant was punished while the others were rewarded.
GOSPEL CONNECTION: Failing to do what you need to do is a sin. Sin is anything you do that does not please God and the punishment for sin is death (separation from God). God does
not want you to be punished for your sins. God’s own Son came into the world purposely to die for your sins. Jesus did not remain dead after he was crucified and buried, He came alive again so that your sins can be forgiven when you confess them.
The third servant did not confess his sins.
CLIMAX: That’s how it will be when Jesus comes back. Just like how the master gave each of his servants some money, So God has given us each of our talents and abilities.
CONCLUSION: Each of the servants was given talents to look after and use for the master.
CHALLENGE: Just like the master in the story was generous and trusts his servants, so is God generous to us and has given us talents and abilities to help others. When we share what we have with others, ultimately we will end up with more than we started out having. We are blessed in order to pass on good things to others, and we give back to God in thanks and gratitude. When Jesus returns to earth. He will want to know what you did with the talents He had given you.
INVITATION: Put your trust in the Lord with your heart so that He can direct your part (Proverbs 3:5).
SUNDAY: ACTS 24:19-21
MONDAY: ACTS 24:22-24
TUESDAY: ACTS 24:25-27
WEDNESDAY: ACTS 25:1-3
THURSDAY: ACTS 25:4-6
FRIDAY: ACTS 25:7-9
SATURDAY: ACTS 25:10-12