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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL MAIDEN SPECIAL (YAYA) LESSON THIRTY-EIGHT SUNDAY 23RD MAY 2021


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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL MAIDEN SPECIAL (YAYA) LESSON THIRTY-EIGHT SUNDAY 23RD MAY 2021

TOPIC: THE ART AND ACT OF DANCING

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?

MEMORY VERSE: “Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod” . — 2Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2SAMUEL 6:12-22
2 Samuel:6.12
Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that [belongs] to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
2 Samuel:6.13
And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
2 Samuel:6.14
Then David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] wearing a linen ephod.
2 Samuel:6.15
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel:6.16
Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
2 Samuel:6.17
So they brought the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
2 Samuel:6.18
And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
2 Samuel:6.19
Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece [of meat,] and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
2 Samuel:6.20
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”
2 Samuel:6.21
So David said to Michal, “[It was] before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play [music] before the LORD.
2 Samuel:6.22
“And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor

INTRODUCTION

Dance is a performing art from consisting of purposefully selected sequence of the body movement. Dancing is one of those issues that have been questioned in the past. Some groups have viewed all forms of dance as evil. There are no Bible verses prohibited us from dancing, rather, joyful dancing has been clearly documented in the Bible. However, dance can be used either as an act of worship to glorify God or for wrongful purposes. Youth should get the correct perspective and act wisely.
LESSON OUTLINE
1. DANCING IN THE BIBLE
2. THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE
DANCING IN THE BIBLE
There are instances of dancing in the Bible that can be categorised into two; dancing to God or with good intentions and dancing for idols or with bad intentions. The first appearance of God’s people dancing as an act of worship is found with Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister (Exodus 15:20). Another instance is found in 2Sam.6:16, which has David “Leaping and dancing before the LORD.” The implication of this is that Christians youths should dance as an act of worship unto God.
In he second category, the Israelites were found dancing before a golden calf in worship and being out of control, they danced naked (Exodus 32:6, 19:15). In this case, dancing led to a very sinful activity. Hence, the fact that you can dance or gifted in the act of dancing does not means that you should dance to any kind of music or at any occasion/gathering where God’s name is not proclaimed or glorifyed (Eccl. 3:4). This is because, in the process, you may be dancing before idols or to demon-insired songs/beats.
THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE
Many Christians have forgotten that the Bible warns against end-time device of Satan (2Cor. 2:11). Christians youths should avoid sexually stimulating, indecent and seductive body movements while dancing so as to create wrong impressions (2Cor. 12:19-20; Ephesians 4:17-19). Holding or touching of sensual part or you body or the body of the opposite gender, in the name of dancing, should be avoided, as this could stimulate sexual urge and impure thoughts (1Thessalonians 5:22). Also, any dancing that stirs up sinful thoughts or desire it yourself or in others is sinful. Dancing to bring attention to yourself or your body, therefore, would be sinful (1Cor. 6:19-20).
As long as dance is decent, God-focused and praiseworthy, it can have a proper place in worship (Psalm 149:3). It is important to understand that dance in the context of worship is not simply self expression. It should be done in a way that is helpful to the entire congregation (Psalm 150:4). Hence, anything during a worship gathering that distracts from a focus on Christ Should be left out.
Moreover, the content of the song (Lyrics) and the personality of the singer (Whether he or she is a child of God) should be verified before you dance to such songs/beats. The believers focus for dancing must be to fulfill 1Cor. 10:31 that teaches, “so, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”


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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL MAIDEN SPECIAL (YAYA) LESSON THIRTY-EIGHT SUNDAY 23RD MAY 2021

CONCLUSION

You can dance in a way that does not tempt or lure others to sin. Let your dance bring glory to God.
QUESTIONS
1. Is dancing condemned by the Bible?
2. What is the right perspective to dancing?


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