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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 28TH OF FEBRUARY 2021 LESSON 26 TEACHER’S MANUAL

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 28TH OF FEBRUARY 2021 LESSON 26 TEACHER'S MANUAL
RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 28TH OF FEBRUARY, 2021
LESSON TWENTY-SIX (26)
TOPIC: SECOND QUARTER REVIEW
INTERACTIVE SECTION
• Teacher and students should discuss how to move the Sunday School forward in the new quarter.
• They should discuss challenges and set new goals.
• They should pray for success of the Sunday School and all officials in the new quarter.
SUMMARY OF LESSONS 14-26
LESSON FOURTEEN (14)
TOPIC: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
BIBLE PASSAGE: Galatians 5:13-18
MEMOORY VERSE: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city: Proverbs 16:32.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: ‘Emotional intelligence’ is the concept of knowing our feelings, managing and expressing them appropriately. It is also the ability to skilfully recognise or gauge how others feel and modify our own behaviour depending on the situation at hand in order to live in harmony with them. It is obvious that our God is emotionally intelligent (Ps.78:38). His emotions are positive, holy, noble and appropriate. Since we are created “in the
image of God”, then it means that, as we mature in Christ, our emotions should, in great measure, share His divine qualities with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: CLASSIFICATION OF EMOTIONS
We shall attempt to break down emotions into three classes for easy identification.
1. Holy Emotions: These are emotions expressed by God such as compassion (Ps. 78:38), joy (Zeph. 3:17), jealousy (Exo. 20:5b) and holy indignation (Deut. 32:16).
Jesus, during His earthly ministry, also expressed some emotions (Matt. 9:36; 21:12).
Holy emotions can also accompany a believer’s life in the spirit in times of praise, worship and adoration (Eph. 5:19). They are not necessarily religious or pious emotions. They are good and beautiful (Phil. 4:8).
2. Human Emotions: These are based on our human nature and situations.
a. Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ expressed some natural human emotions during His time on earth, for instance:
He wept at the tomb of Lazarus (Jn.11:35).
He scattered and sent parking those trading in the temple of God (Matt.21:12-13)
He groaned in the spirit being troubled (Jn.11:33).
b. It is a feeling or an expression such as happiness, excitement, surprise, ecstasy, grief, disgust, embarrassment, pain, fear, sadness abandonment, sorrow, anxiety, stress, anguish and vulnerability.
c. For the Christian, they are temporary.
d. While some of these emotions may be bad, they are not evil or toxic if and when properly managed.
3. Fleshly Emotions: a. These are toxic, poisonous and destructive emotions such as untamed anger, malice, envy, selfish ambition, carnality, bitterness, lusts, hatred, etc.
b. They are closed tied up with the works of the flesh and with evil deed (Gal.5:19-21)
c. Their outcome is spiritual death (Rom.8:6, 13; Gal.5:21b).
d. These emotions were not part of mankind at creation (Gen.1:31a).
e. Fleshly emotions constitute what Apostle Paul calls the ‘old man’ that put off and crucified (Rom.6:6; Eph.4:22).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: MANAGING EMOTIONS
A. The concept of emotional intelligence is quite helpful in opening our understanding to how we can manage our emotions and relate better with others.
Here are some practical steps to take in order to be emotionally balanced.
-Self-awareness: identify and admit that you have issues with emotions and have a clear picture of how you appear to most people in order to make self improvements (2 Cor.13:5).
-Self-control: regulate your emotions by putting it under check so that it does not take you over (Prov.16:32; 29:11; Eccl.7:9).
-Self-motivation: regardless of the situation or circumstance, rather than being depressed, moody, sad or aggressive, try to encourage yourself and maintain a stable temper (1 Sam.30:6).
-Self-expression and empathy: You should always find an appropriate channel and time to politely express your feelings (Prov.15:1) and judge people less by seeing things from their points of view (Matt.7:1-5; 1Pet.3:8-9).
-Self/social-skill development: Develop the right level of rapport (relationship) with people you come across and be patient in your dealings with them (Prov.16:32, 18:24; Rom.12:18; 2Tim.2:24).
B. All the practical approaches mentioned above may not yield the expected result unless the believer yields himself first to the Holy Spirit who helps him/her respond differently to each of the three categories of emotion (Gal.5:16, 18).
1. The Holy Spirit rejoices and assists us when we engage in holy responses.
2. He produces them within us so they can justly be called “the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23).
3. The Holy Spirit comforts us when the human emotion such as grief overwhelms us (Jn.14:16).
4. He helps us to break the grip of fleshly emotions such as hatred, lust and revenge.
5. The Holy Spirit wars against such impulses so that we cannot fully give way to our worst desires (Gal.5:16-18).
6. The Holy Spirit becomes the source of our intelligence when we take heed to His promptings.
SUMMARY: It is important for every believer to understand the nature of the emotions being expressed and let the Holy Spirit take control.
CONCLUSION: The power to defeat deep and difficult emotions comes from God and involves the human spirit coming into contact with God’s Spirit.
LESSON FIFTEEN (15)
TOPIC: LIFE AND COVENANT IN THE BLOOD
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 24:4-8
MEMORY VERSE: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Biologically, blood is that vital liquid flowing in the bodies of many types of animals that usually conveys nutrients and oxygen. In vertebrates, it is coloured red by haemoglobin, conveyed by arteries and veins, pumped by the heart and usually generated in the bone marrow. Biblically, blood is used in the Old Testament to designate the life principle in
animal (Lev.17:11a). In the New Testament, it is commonly used in relation to the atoning blood of Christ. Without the blood, life ceases to exist in the body physically. There is also a link between the cleansing power of the blood
physically and spiritually. This is why it is important to understand the basic principles underlying blood covenant.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BIBLICAL EVIDENCES THAT LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD
1. Question: Are there biblical evidences that life is in the blood?
Answer: Yes.
2. Question: What is the proof?
Answer: The proof that the life of an animal (including humans) is in the blood can be found in the fact that:
The voice of Abel’s blood cried out from the ground (Gen.4:10; Heb.12:24)
It is also unlawful to eat flesh with the blood (Gen.9:4).
The shedding of man’s blood aLmounts to destroying God’s creation and image (Gen.9:6; Ps 106:38).
It is the blood that activates the body to praise God (Ps.30:9)
More importantly, the blood of Jesus redeems and gives eternal ife (In.6:53; Eph. 1:7).
The blood is a witness to the fact that God sacrificed His Son (Jesus Christ) to save the worid (1Jn. 5:7-9).
That shed blood has the power to purge us from all sins (Heb.9:22; 13n.1:7).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discus the reason Christians usually plead the blood of Jesus.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: MEANING AND BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF BLOOD COVENANT
1. Question: What does the term ‘covenant mean?
Answer:
i. Generally, a covenant is a contract or agreement between two or more parties.
ii. It is a solemn promise made binding by an oath which may be either verbal or symbolic.
2. Question: How does the Bible describe the word ‘covenant’?
Answer: Biblically, the Hebrew word ‘beriyth’ translated “covenant means “to cut” which literally has the idea of a blood covenant (1 Sam.18:3; Heb.9:18).
3. Question: What is the significance of the blood to covenant?
Answer: i. The divine covenants were ratified by the sacrifice of a victim to show that without atonement there could be no communication of blessings and salvation from God to man (Gen.15:1-8; Exo. 24:6-8).
ii. In some parts of the world and most of the times, a blood covenant is the strongest type of covenant two people could enter into.
iii. In fact, every spiritual covenant is sealed with the blood (Heb. 9:18)).
4. Question: What are the forms of blood covenant that existed in the days of the Bible?
Answer: Blood covenant existed in diverse forms of relationships in the days of the Bible. Such instances existed between:
i. Man and idols (1Kgs 18:26-28).
ii. Man and man (1Sam. 18:3).
ii. Man and God (Exo.12:13; 24:8).
SUMMARY: There is life in the blood. This is the reason real covenants are sealed with the blood.
CONCLUSION: The blood covenant is the strongest form of Covenant. There is an existing blood covenant between God the Father and Jesus Christ which every believer benefits from.
LESSON SIXTEEN (16)
*TOPIC: FORBIDDEN BLOOD COVENANTS
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 9:15-28
MEMORY VERSE: “Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood”. Hebrews 9:18.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Promise, vow, bond or oath is used interchangeably as declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a
particular thing will happen. However, blood covenant is the most binding agreement in that it involves cutting and shedding of blood. Hence, in this study, we shall attempt to consider the significance and the saving power in the blood
of Jesus.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BLOOD COVENANT
A. We cannot speak of spiritual covenants without speaking of blood.
Every spiritual covenant is enacted through the shedding of blood. “Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.” (Heb. 9:18-NKJV).
The difference between a covenant and a partnership is that covenant involves blood.
The covenants of the Old Testament were sealed with the blood of circumcision (Acts 7:8) and the sacrifices of animals but in the New Testament, by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:11-14).
B. Hence, the blood covenant is the seal of the Bible (Heb. 9:18; Luke 22:20)
C. When we understand the blood covenant and who we are, as well as what we have in the Lord Jeşus, we are then no longer bound to our feelings but can stand with boldness (Hebrew 4:15-16).
D. This blood covenant, made on our behalf, by Jesus Christ is a steadfast promise and an unbreakable covenant (Gen.17:7; Gal.3:17).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE SAVING POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUSS
A. Every human being has the opportunity to be reconciled to God through the blood covenant with the body of Christ, the Saviour, who died for us.
B. The blood of Jesus personifies the covenant of salvation (1 Cor. 11:25)
C. We receive God’s righteousness, not because of our own worth, but because of a covenant made long before we were ever born.
D. Cod and Jesus created a platform for the redemption of mankind (John 3:16).
E. Every sinner is deformed (Rom. 5:12), dethroned (Rom. 3:23) and awaiting death (Rom. 6:23).
F. The blood of Jesus has brought forgiveness (Eph.1:7), restoration Heb.9:15) and salvation (Acts 4:12; 1Tim.2:5-6) to as many as will receive Him (1Jn.1:8-9), thereby making them a part of God’s family (John 1:12; 1Cor1:9).
G. God has also given us an inheritance (Acts 26:18).
H. The saving power in the blood of Jesus neutralises and destroys every evil covenant entered into knowingly or ignorantly (Colossians 2:13-14).
SUMMARY: There is power in the blood of Jesus.
CONCLUSION: The blood of Jesus is the covenant of God for the remission of sin. To enjoy the full benefits of this covenant, you must accept the sacrifice that Jesus offers through His blood (Heb. 9:28).
LESSON SEVENTEEN (17)
TOPIC: POTENCY OF THE BLOOD COVENANT
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 9:15-28
MEMORY VERSE: “Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood”. Hebrews 9:18.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Promise, vow, bond or oath is used interchangeably as declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a
particular thing will happen. However, blood covenant is the most binding agreement in that it involves cutting and shedding of blood. Hence, in this study, we shall attempt to consider the significance and the saving power in the blood
of Jesus.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BLOOD COVENANT
A. We cannot speak of spiritual covenants without speaking of blood.
Every spiritual covenant is enacted through the shedding of blood. “Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.” (Heb. 9:18-NKJV).
The difference between a covenant and a partnership is that covenant involves blood.
The covenants of the Old Testament were sealed with the blood of circumcision (Acts 7:8) and the sacrifices of animals but in the New Testament, by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:11-14).
B. Hence, the blood covenant is the seal of the Bible (Heb. 9:18; Luke 22:20)
C. When we understand the blood covenant and who we are, as well as what we have in the Lord Jeşus, we are then no longer bound to our feelings but can stand with boldness (Hebrew 4:15-16).
D. This blood covenant, made on our behalf, by Jesus Christ is a steadfast promise and an unbreakable covenant (Gen.17:7; Gal.3:17).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE SAVING POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUSS
A. Every human being has the opportunity to be reconciled to God through the blood covenant with the body of Christ, the Saviour, who died for us.
B. The blood of Jesus personifies the covenant of salvation (1 Cor. 11:25)
C. We receive God’s righteousness, not because of our own worth, but because of a covenant made long before we were ever born.
D. Cod and Jesus created a platform for the redemption of mankind (John 3:16).
E. Every sinner is deformed (Rom. 5:12), dethroned (Rom. 3:23) and awaiting death (Rom. 6:23).
F. The blood of Jesus has brought forgiveness (Eph.1:7), restoration Heb.9:15) and salvation (Acts 4:12; 1Tim.2:5-6) to as many as will receive Him (1Jn.1:8-9), thereby making them a part of God’s family (John 1:12; 1Cor1:9).
G. God has also given us an inheritance (Acts 26:18).
H. The saving power in the blood of Jesus neutralises and destroys every evil covenant entered into knowingly or ignorantly (Colossians 2:13-14).
SUMMARY: There is power in the blood of Jesus.
CONCLUSION: The blood of Jesus is the covenant of God for the remission of sin. To enjoy the full benefits of this covenant, you must accept the sacrifice that Jesus offers through His blood (Heb. 9:28).
LESSON EIGHTEEN (18)
TOPIC: THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 3:6-10
MEMORY VERSE: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Generally, fear can be described as a strong uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger
threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our body to respond to danger with a fight or flight response. The key word for fear in Greek language is ‘phobos’ from which the common word ‘phobia’ originates. Pecple have phobia from different things and for different reasons. Some pecple are said to be ‘aquaphobic’ -fear of water, ‘acrophobic’-fear of height, ‘nyctophctic’-fear of darkness, ‘gerascophobic’-fear of ageing, ‘anthropophobic-fear of insects, etc. What does the Bible say about fear? What are the common causes of fear? Getting answers to these questions and many more shall be the focus of this study.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FEAR?
A. Scriptures clearly reveal that:
Fear is a spirit (2 Tim.1:7).
It is a spirit that puts people in bondage and torment (Romans 8:15; 1 John.4:18).
B. The Bible also tells us that:
Believers are sometimes tempted to fear (Psalms 55:5) but are delivered from it
(Prov.1:33; Isa.14:3) by trusting in God (Ps.27:1).
A guilty conscience leads to fear (Gen.3:8, 10; Ps.53:5; Prov.28:1).
Fear seizes the wicked (Job 15:24; 18:11) and characterises the wicked (Rev.21:8).
Fear is the consequential opposite of faith (Matt.14:28-31).
One can also be a victim of his fears (Job 3:25).
C. For the righteous, the Bible admonishes that they should ‘fear not’ (KJV) in several passages and for seven key reasons.
D, This is to assure them of the:
Bessings in the journey of life (Gen.26:24).
Supplies in Famine (1 Kgs.17:13), e
Protection in peril (2Kgs. 6:16).
Strength in weakness (Isa.41:10).
Companionship in trial (Isa.43:1-3).
Overshadowing care (Matt.10:30-31).
Life beyond the grave. (Rev. 1:17-18).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF THE SPIRIT OF FEAR IN ACTION
A. There are instances in the Bible where the spirit of fear operated in or through the lives of some characters.
Adam, in hiding from God and attempting to shift responsibility for his sin upon Eve (Gen.3:8-12).
Abraham, in calling his wife his sister (Gen. 12:11-19; 20:2-12).
The Israelites, when Pharaoh and his host pursued in the wilderness before the red sea (Exo.12:10).
Aaron, in yielding to the Israelites, when they demanded an idol (Exodus 32:22-24).
The ten spies, in dissuading the Israelites from entering the Promised Land (Num.13:28, 31-33).
The Israelites, in the battle against Goliath (1 Samuel 17:24).
David, in fleeing from Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13-17).
Parents of the blind man, whose sight was restored (John 9:22).
The disciples, during the storm at sea (Lk.8:25), when they saw Jesus walking on the sea (Matt.14:25-26) and when Jesus was apprehended (Matt.26:56).
Pilate, in condemning Jesus, through fear of the people (Jn.19:12-16).
Peter and other Christians, at Antioch (Galatians 2:11-14).
B. If you are truly a believer, resist any attempt at being a victim of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
SUMMARY: The spirit of fear is not from God, therefore, reject it.
CONCLUSION: Fear is not a component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, therefore, refuse to entertain fear in your life.
LESSON NINETEEN (19)
TOPIC: DEALING WITH FEAR
BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 41:10-14
MEMORY VERSE: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” 1John 4:18.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. First is the ‘fear of the Lord’ which is beneficial and is to be encouraged
(Josh.24:14; Ps.111:10). It is a reverential awe of God, a reverence for His power and glory. It is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. The second type is harmful and is to be overcome (1John.4:18). It is to be afraid of
something or someone. The focus of this lesson is to learn how to deal with the detrimental type of fear.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BASIC CONSTITUENTS OF DETRIMENTAL FEAR
A. Usually, the devil capitalises on our limited knowledge of the word of God and what the future holds for us (Jer.29:10-11).
B. The constituents of fear vary but usually include:
Wild or negative imaginations (2Kgs.6:15).
Remembrance of a painful past event (Genesis 50:15-18).
A threat of harm (Gen.20:9-11).
C. Fear is common among humans:
The fear of criticism (Matt.26:69-73).
The fear of losses (Job 3:25).
The fear of old age (Ps.71:9).
The fear ofill-health/death (1Kgs.19:2-3).
The fear of loneliness (Matt.26:29).
The fear of rejection (Gen.32:3-8).
The fear of failure/success (Prov.30:7-9).
The fear of defeat (1Sam.17:4, 10-11).
D. The Bible also reveals the close associates of fear:
(i) Discouragement (Deut.1:21; Josh.1:9)
(ii) Anxiety (Phil.4:6);
(iii) Worry (Matt.6:25-34);
(iv) Panic (Deut.20:3-4); etc.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: CONSEQUENCES OF FEAR AND HOW TO OVERCOME
A. Teacher should allow the class discuss and then emphasise the consequences of detrimental fear in that:
When people live in constant fear, whether from physical danger in their environment or perceived threats, they can become incapacitated.
Fear can cause emotional shock which is injurious to our health and can lead to death (Gen.32:7; 1Sam.4:13-18).
Medically, fear can weaken our immune system and can also cause cardio-vascular damages.
It can cause gastrointestinal problems such as ulcer, irritable bowel, syndrome and decreased fertility. It can lead to accelerated ageing and pre-mature death.
Spiritually, fear stifles our thinking and actions (Matthew 25:25).
It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation (Exodus 14:10-133).
It puts its victims in perpetual bondage and torments (Romans 8:15; 1John.4:18).
Fear may lead to failure, pain and destruction of destiny (Genesis 3:6-10; Num.14:1-4).
Fear creates doubt, blocks blessings and hinders prayer (James 1:6-8).
B. Teacher should stimulate the class to think and suggest what one can do to overcome harmful fear. He should then guide the class through the following points:
i. You must be sure of your salvation and stand firm in the faith (2Cor.5:17; Gal.5:1).
ii. Put your trust in the Lord and rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit always.(Ps.125:1-3; Prov.3:5-6).
iii. You need to confront your fears and refuse to be intimidated by the enemy, unfavourable situations or negative circumstances. (Ps.27:1, 3;56:11).
iv. Above all, constantly apply the word of God, engage in spiritual exercises and visualise the way out and solution through the lens of the word of God (John 5:39; Colossian 3:16).
v. Finally, strive to resist fear and break its hold over your heart (James 4:7; Rev.12:11).
SUMMARY: Fear is not a positive emotion. It has grave consequences but you can overcome it as a child of God.
CONCLUSION: Fear cannot solve or improve but complicate a situation. Reject every seed of fear and receive the spirit of courage and boldness
(Prov. 28:1).
LESSON TWENTY (20)
TOPIC: THE FEAR OF THE LORD
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 111:4-10
MEMORY VERSE: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The fear of the Lord is a reverential trust of God coupled with a hatred of evil. It is also an inward attitude of humble
reverence toward God, in light of His self-revelation, that results in outward expression of Christ’s likeness. You cannot serve God or keep His commandments if His fear is not in you (Deut.6:13; Eccl.12:13; Prov.8:13).
However, believers should not be scared of God but see the fear of God has respecting, obeying, submitting to His discipline and worshiping Him in awe.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO FEAR GOD?
Teacher should ask the class to think and mention the reasons people should fear God.
Answers:
1. We are commanded to fear God (Ps.33:8) because of:
God’s holiness (Rev.15:4).
God’s greatness (2 Kgs.17:36).
God’s goodness (1Sam.12:24).
God’s forgiveness without which we would all have ended up in hell (Ps.130:4)
2. The fear of the Lord is also necessary:
For worship (Ps. 5:7).
In service (Heb. 12:28).
To keep us from sin (Exo. 20:20).
For administration of justice (2Chron. 19:6-9).
For good governance (2Sam. 23:3).
For the perfecting of holiness in our Christian lives (2Cor.7:1).
Because of coming judgements against which there is no appeal (Rev. 14:7).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING THE FEAR OF GOD?
Teacher should ask the class to mention the benefits of having the fear.
Answer: The fear of God brings pleasure to the Lord which in turn brings blessings to man (Ps.147:11; 112:1).
•It gives deep knowledge and wisdom (Prov.1:7; Ps.111:10).
•It is a unique weapon against sin (Prov.8:13).
•It brings protection for believers and their loved ones (Prov.14:26).
•If you fear the Lord, His pity will increase upon you (Ps.103:13).
•It makes a man acceptable to God (Acts 10:35).
•It brings down His mercy (Ps.103:17).
•It brings long life (Prov.10:27; 14:27).
•It brings answers to prayers (Ps.145:19).
•It brings separation from evil (Prov.16:6).
•It brings confidence (Prov.14:26).
•It guarantees true riches, honour and life (Prov.22:4).
SUMMARY: There are numerous blessings for those who fear God.
CONCLUSION: Fear the Lord God Almighty.
LESSON TWENTY-ONE (21)
TOPIC: THE GOD CHASERS
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 63:1-8
MEMORY VERSE: “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me” Psalms 63:8.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: A God chaser is a person whose passion for God’s presence presses him to chase the impossible in the hope that the uncatchable might catch him. A child chases a loving parent until suddenly the strong arms of the father enfold the chaser (Gen. 5:24; Phil. 3:12).
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: EXAMPLES OF GOD CHASERS
Teacher should allow the students mention the Bible characters they regard as God chasers and then explain why the following examples are chosen in this study, using the appropriate scriptural references
A. The Bible records examples of those who diligently sought after God and were found of Him. They include:
• Enoch (Gen. 5:22, 24).
• Moses (Exo. 33:13-23).
• Jacob (Gen. 32:24-30)
• Ezra (Ezra 7:10).
• Daniel (Dan. 6:10-22)
• David (Psalm 63:1-8)
• Paul(Phil. 3:7-14)
B. They were not chasing after God because of what they wanted for themselves alone, but whole-heartedly believed God (John 6:55-69.
C. They also acknowledged their emptiness and nothingness without lout God (John 15:5).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE GOD CHASER’S MAP
Teacher should endeavour to show the class a piece of paper or use the mobile phone to show the class what a map looks like. He/she then explain that:
A. A map gives a representation of a location needed for navigation.
B. Anyone chasing after God must understand His spiritual location.
C. While God is omnipresent; His manifest presence is only for those who diligently chase after Him. Hence, among others:
The Lord will be found in the place of praise (Ps. 100:3-4; 22:3).
He will be found in the place of prayer and fasting (2 Chron. 20:3; Ezra 8:21; Dan. 9:1-3).
You will also find the Lord when you strive to live in holiness (2 Chron. 34:3:
Ezra 6:21; Heb. 12:14).
Ultimately, the Lord will be found in His Word (John 5:39; Ezra 7:10; Psalm 34:4).
SUMMARY: There is a lot to gain from being a God chaser.
CONCLUSION: We require the Lord to help us and be on our side when seeking Him. We cannot do it by human efforts. Let us call on the Lord today to help us.
LESSON TWENTY TWO (22)
TOPIC: THE HOLY SPIRIT.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 2:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The day of the Pentecost marked the beginning of the dispensation of the Holy Ghost and will continue till Jesus comes to carry His own people away just before the great tribulation period. The
coming of the Holy Ghost has been foretold by Jesus as the one coming to take charge of the activities of the church.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS RELEVANCE
There are some basic facts every student of the Bible should know about the Holy Spirit:
-The Holy Spirit is the third person in Trinity (1Jn.5:7).
-He is the person in charge of this dispensation (Jn.14:16).
-He is in total control of all situations (Jn.16:13-14).
-He is called another Comforter (Jn.14:16,26).
-He is an expert in comforting those that mourn and are sorrowful (Jn.14:26).
-He is the Spirit of Truth (Jn.15:26).
-He possesses all secrets (2Kgs. 6:8-10).
-He is the Testifier (Rom.8:16).
-He is the Teacher (Jn.14:26).
-He is full of all knowledge, wisdom and understanding (In.14:26).
-He is the Power behind every activity of the church (Acts 1:8; Lk.24:49).
-Power for holy living and exploit is with Him (Acts 1:8, Lk.10:19).
-Power to change and transform a person is also with Him.
-He is the Revealer of the mind of God and the plan of the kingdom of darkness
(Rom.2:9-11).
-He convicts for genuine repentance (Eph. 1:13-14).
He is the Intercessor (Rom. 8:26-27).
-Peace is available with Him (Mk. 11:23).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: FELLOWSHIPPING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
A. Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit is about seeking to know, developing intimacy with and carrying the favour of this higher Authority (2 Cor. 3:3).
B. Without the Holy Spirit you cannot go far in the Christian journey (John 14:16, 26).
C. This indispensability was further established as He was the power behind our Lord Jesus Christ’s exploit all through His ministry on earth (Matt. 3:16; Acts 10:38).
D. For a believer, the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is not optional but mandatory, especially if such a believer will want to be relevant in the kingdom (1Jn. 2:20, 27).
E. In the place of fellowship, issues are tabled before God – the believer will becomforted, challenges will become stepping stone and ways will be made where there is no way (Acts 27:10).
F. Fellowship can be sustained or lost with grave consequence (Ps.51:11).
G. Power to live a sanctified life and grace to pray through are also available in place of fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2Kgs.6:8-10; Acts 10:9-16; Acts 16:25-39).
H. To enjoy fellowship with the Holy Spirit, a believer must abstain from sin at all cost and make himself available in His presence (Eph.4:30).
SUMMARY: Every believer must know who the Holy Spirit is, what He does and engage Him in deep fellowship.
CONCLUSION: Fellowship with the Holy Spirit for mutual benefits.
LESSON TWENTY THREE (23)
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL MATURITY.
BIBLE PASSAGE:. Hebrews 5:12-14
MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith
toward God”. Hebrews 6:1.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: After salvation, every believer is expected to begin the process of spiritual growth. Just like a baby grows from living on ordinary milk to some light solid meal and eventually to cracking real bones at adulthood, a Christian must grow from just taking the milk of the word (1 Pet.2:2) to a spiritual bone-cracker (Heb.6:1). It is not correct to claim that the Spirit of God lives in you without any effect on your lifestyle. Spiritual
maturity is achieved through becoming more like Jesus Christ.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: CHARACTERISTICS OF A SPIRITUAL CHRISTIAN
Teacher should highlight some of the things that characterise a spiritual Christian.
A. A spiritual Christian lives as a son and not as a slave (Rom. 8:14-16, Luke 8:21).
B. He is led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 18, Eph. 5:2, 15).
C. He bears the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23, Ps. 92:13-14).
D. He is mindful of spiritual things (Rom. 8:5, Phil. 2:5)
E. He is free from the law (Rom. 8:2, Jn. 8:32) and its condemnation
(Rom.8:1, Luke 6:37).
F. He has mortified the deeds of the flesh (Col.3:5-9, Gal. 5:20).
G. He is divinely guided and has spiritual insight (1Cor.2:10-13, 15).
H. Peace is available with Him (Mk. 11:23).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: SIGNS OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY
Naturing believers possess some of these indicators:
An appetite for ‘strong meat, i.e. love for deeper doctrines (Heb.5:12-
14).
B. Not yielding to personal offence(Phil 1:15-18).
C. Conscience informed by Scripture, not opinions (Rom.14:1-3).
D. A sense of humility when used by God in ministry (1Tim.3:6; 2Cor.4:7).
E. A tendency to give credit for spiritual growth to God, not people (1Cor.3:4-7).
SUMMARY: Christian are expected to be spiritual and not carnal. The signs of maturity must be evident in their lives.
CONCLUSION: Becoming spiritual is Christ’s aim for the Church. We should all strive towards spiritual maturity, so as to be ready for the coming of Christ.
LESSON TWENTY FOUR (24)
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL GIFTS
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 12:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” 1 Corinthians 12:1.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: A spiritual gift is a special divine empowerment bestowed on a believer by the Holy Spirit to accomplish a given
ministry. The gift is to be used in God’s way according to His grace and discernment within the context of the Body of Christ and to help the church execute her mission on earth. The bible makes it clear that every genuine Christian is given spiritual gifts according to the Lord’s choice. Spiritual gifts can be given to us at salvation or/and cultivated through our walk with God.
LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: LISTS OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
A. There are three passages of the Bible that contain the lists of spiritual gifts
Romans 12: 3-8 lists the spiritual gifts as follows: prophecy, service (as deacon deaconess), teaching, exhorting, generosity, leadership, and showing mercy
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 lists the gifts as the word of wisdom (ability to communicate spiritual wisdom), the word of knowledge (ability to communicate practical truth), faith (unusual reliance upon God), the working of miracles
prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues (ability to speak in a language that one has not studied), and interpretation of tongues.
The third list is found in Ephesians 4:10-12, which speaks of the ministry gifts of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
B. You can seek a spiritual gift from God and be zealous after it by seeking to develop that area (1 Cor.12:31). However, if it is not God’s will, you will not receive a certain spiritual gift no matter how strongly you seek after it.
C. It is also possible that the biblical lists are not exhaustive and that there are additional spiritual gifts beyond the ones the Bible mentions as witnessed in the body of Christ today.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: TALENTS AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS COMPARED
There are similarities and differences between talents and spiritual gifts.
A. Similarities:
Both are gifts from God.
Both grow in effectiveness with use.
Both are intended to be used on behalf of others, not for selfish purpose (1 Cor. 12:7)
Natural talents are often the vehicle through which spiritual gifts can be used
B. Differences:
Natural Talents versus Spiritual Gifts
i. Natural talents are physical abilities to do special things.
Spiritual gifts are spiritual abilities to do certain things
ii. A person is given a natural talent as a result of a combination of genes: some have natural ability in music, art, mathematics, carpentry or mechanical aptitude and surroundings (Exodus 31:1-6)
Spiritual gifts are given to all believers by the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:3; 6) at the time they place their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
iii. A talent can be possessed by anyone (Christian or non-christian),
Spiritual gifts are only possessed by believers in Christ, The Holy Spirit gives to the believer the spiritual gifts He desires the believer to have (1 Corinthians 12:11).
iv. One may develop his talents and later direct his profession or hobby along those lines for personal gains.
Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit for the building up of Christ’s church generally (Eph.4:12)
v. Talents can be used entirely for non-spiritual purposes.
Both talents and spiritual gifts should be used for God’s glory and to minister to others (1 Pet.4:10). Spiritual gifts are focused on these tasks.
SUMMARY: Every genuine Christian has been given spiritual gifts. It is your duty to discover and use the gifts to the glory of God.
CONCLUSION: God is infinitely wise, and He knows through which gifts you will be most productive for His kingdom.
LESSON TWENTY-FIVE (25)
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL GIFTS: IDENTIFICATION AND USAGE
BIBLE PASSAGE: ROMANS 12:6-8
MEMORY VERSE: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
INTRODUCTION:
It is definitely commendable for God’s children to desire to know the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of service in the Church and glorify God in the world (2 Tim. 1:6). The existence of a gift is a call to exercise it. Therefore, Apostle Paul advised Timothy, “Neglect not the gift that is in you” (1 Timothy 4:14).
LESSON OUTLINES
1. Identifying Your Spiritual Giftedness
2. Effective Use Of Spiritual Gifts
IDENTIFYING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTEDNESS
Identifying your spiritual giftedness can be accomplished in various ways:
A. Effective fervent prayers is very vital because the One who knows exactly how you are spiritually gifted is the gift-giver Himself-the Holy Spirit. You can ask Him to show you how you are gifted in order to better use your spiritual gifts for His glory (Luke 11:9, 13).
B. Confirmation from others also gives light to your spiritual giftedness. Other people who see you serving the Lord can often identify a spiritual gift in use that you might take for granted or not recognise (1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:5-6).
C. In addition, you can carry out a self-test. There are questions you can ask yourself as pointers to your spiritual gifts.
Questions like:
“What spiritual activity do l enjoy doing?”
“What ministry in my life is God blessing?”
“What is the Holy Spirit telling or prompting me to do?” (Rom. 12:5-8; 1 Cor. 7:20, 24).
EFFECTIVE USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Teacher should emphasise the following key points:
A. Every Christian is given at least a gift at conversion (Ephesians 4:7).
B. As you manage well your initial gift and as your ministry expands, you may
ask God for other gifts under the direction and promptings of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:39).
C. Every gifted person has a proper function in the body of Christ (the church).
D. No gift is superior to others but gifts differ in function (1 Corinthians 12:20-25).
E. No one believer has all the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:28-30), so we need one another.
F. Spiritual gifts are given:
• To edify (build up) other believers (1 Corinthians 14:12; 26: Ephesians 4:12);
• To promote growth, unity and love (Ephesians 4:16);
• To assist in the care of one another (1 Corinthians 12:25; 1 Peter 4:10);
• To glorify God, especially in the ministry of the Word (1 Peter 4:11).
SUMMARY: Identify your spiritual giftedness and start making use of it to the glory of God.
CONCLUSION: Faithful utilisation of a gift brings increased effectiveness in the ministry, but failure to develop a gift curtails ministry
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

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Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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