RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 3RD JANUARY 2021 LESSON EIGHTEEN
LESSON EIGHTEEN SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY 2021 RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
TOPIC: THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
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?
Father, please remove the spirit of fear from my life.
MEMORY VERSE: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. — 2Timothy 1:7.
BIBLE PASSAGE: GENESIS 3:6-10. Genesis:3.6
So when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make [one] wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where [are] you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
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. People have phobia from different things and for different reasons. Some people 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.
TEXT REVIEW: GENESIS 3:6-10.
A. At the instance of the serpent’s temptation, Eve saw that:
i. The tree was good for food.
ii. That it was pleasant to the eyes.
iii. It was a tree to be desired to make one wise.
B. Eve took of the fruit thereof, and
i. …………………………….. V6d.
ii. ……………………………. V6e.
C. The eyes of them both were opened and …………………………..V7a.
i. ……………………………… V7b.
ii. …………………………….. V7c.
iii. ……………………………. V7d.
iv. ……………………………. V8a.
v. …………………………….. V8b.
D. God called Adam and asked…. V9.
E. Adam replied by saying:
i. …………………………….. V10a.
ii. ……………………………. V10b.
1. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FEAR?
2. BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF THE ‘SPIRIT OF FEAR’ IN ACTION
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FEAR?
A. Scriptures clearly reveal that:
Fear is a spirit (2Tim.1:7).
It is a spirit that puts people in bondage and torment (Romans 8:15; 1John.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:
Blessings in the journey of life (Gen. 26:24).
Supplies in Famine (1Kgs. 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).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Students should cite some of the verses of the Bible where the phrase ‘fear not’ appears.
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 (Exodus 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 (1Samuel 17:24).
David, in fleeing from Absalom (2Samuel 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 (2Timothy 1:7).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Class should discuss occasion when they exhibited fear.
The spirit of fear is not from God, therefore, reject it.
Fear is not a component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, therefore refuse to entertain fear in your life.
Father, give me the grace to resist every form of fear.
Student should list five (5) areas of life they have experienced fear.