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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON FORTY-TWO SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021
TOPIC: BEWARE OF DOGS
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 friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and 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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MEMORY VERSE: “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision”. — Philippians 3:2
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2PETER 2:9-22
[then] the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. [They are] presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.
But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
[and] will receive the wages of unrighteousness, [as] those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. [They are] spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. [They have] a heart trained in covetous practices, [and are] accursed children.
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the [son] of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
For when they speak great swelling [words] of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known [it,] to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire
The word ‘beware’ is ‘to be careful of’ or to ‘be mindful of’ a thing, a person or a circumstance. The scripture warn us to beware of dogs, evil workers and of the concision (fleshly circumcision upon which the Judaizers insisted as being necessary for gentile converts). Dogs are naturally domesticated as per or for security purposes. However, dogs are also dangerous animal; they can bite, destroy, and even kill. In the New testament times, dogs were regarded as scavenger (Matthew 15:26-27). In the content of Philippians 3:2 the word ‘dog’ is used figuratively to represent some classes of people. Who are these ‘dogs’ and why should believers beware of ‘dogs’.
1. DESCRIPTION OF ‘DOGS’
2. DANGERS POSED BY ‘DOGS’ AND THE WAY OUT
DESCRIPTION OF ‘DOGS’
The scripture is explicit in the way the issue of dogs is being addressed. Philippians 3:1-3 describes ‘dogs’ as evil workers; people who are deceitful (2Corinthians 11:13); unfaithfully and deceitfully (2Corinthians 4:1-2). ‘Dogs’ are people who endeavour to subvert the Gospel of Christ, and the faith of men (Acts 13:8-11). Isaiah 56:10-11 further gave a description of dogs as minister or leaders who are lazy, greedy, self-centered, and look out only for their own interests. Gnashing teeth biting, and barking are behaviours common to dogs, so it is with people of violent spirit (Galatians 5:15).
Jesus Christ also speaks in symbolic term about dogs: He instructed “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6). ‘Dogs’ are those who go back to their ‘vomit’-old sinful ways-after salvation (2Peter 2:22; Hebrews 10:38).
Dogs are also mentioned in Deuteronomy 23:18, alluding to the behaviour of homosexually and male prostitution, which is abominable in the judgement of God. From these examples we can conclude that one aspect of the warning about “dogs” is to beware of people who live and promote a sinful lifestyle in doctrines and deeds.
DANGERS POSED BY ‘DOGS’ AND THE WAY OUT
‘Dogs’ are destroyers of the faith; they pollute the faith of believers by confusing fundamental doctrines (2Timothy 3:7-8; 2Timothy 4:3-4). They weaken the conscience of young believers through meanness and inconsiderable behaviours. They live their lives as if they do not have a responsibility to help young believers grow (1Corinthians 8:9-12). They defile the church with their pervasive way of life (2Corinthians 11:13) introducing homosexualism, prostitution and other abominable things into the Christian faith.
To avoid being victims of the antics of dogs, Christians should avoid taking pleasure in those who are regarded as ‘dogs’ by the scriptures (Romans 1:32). Believers should give attention to the study of the scriptures in other not to be tossed by the wind of doctrines (1Thimothy 4:13; Ephesians 4:14); Be watchful and prayerful (1Peter 5:8; Matthew 26:41); Make holiness your lifestyle (Romans 12:1-2) and live in the spirit (Galatians 5:16).
Anyone who goes back to his sins after forsaking them is regarded as dogs, be watchful!.
1. Who are those described as ‘dogs’ in the Bible?
2. Why are ‘dogs’ dangerous?