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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’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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My father, save me and my household from evil workers.
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
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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’.
TEXT REVIEW: 2PETER 2:9-22
2Peter 2:9-22 mentioned some manifestations of the dogs. For instance in
2Peter 2:12b indicated that the dogs speak evil of the things they do not understand.
Find out other five descriptions of dogs and evil workers as indicated in the Bible passage.
1. DESCRIPTION OF ‘DOGS’
2. DANGERS POSED BY ‘DOGS’ AND THE WAY OUT
DESCRIPTION OF ‘DOGS’
Teacher should allow student to use the following scripture to answer the question, “Who are the dogs?”
i. Philippians 3:1-3. They are evil workers;
ii. (2Corinthians 11:13). They are deceitful people
iii. (2Corinthians 4:1-2). The unfaithful
iv. (Acts 13:8-11). The subverters of faith and the gospel.
v. Isaiah 56:10-11. greedy, lazy, selfish, self-centered leaders.
vi. (Galatians 5:15). Violent people
How did Jesus Christ describe the dogs, according to the following scriptures?
Teachers should allow some other students to answer the question according to the scripture below:
(Matthew 7:6). The ungrateful, careless and carefree people.
(2Peter 2:22). The unrepentant people and people that revert to their old sinful life
(Hebrews 10:38). The backsliders.
How did Deuteronomy 23:18 describe the dogs? Teacher should allow some students to respond to the Question.
I. The whore, hariot, woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money. Deut. 23:18a.
II. The abominable people/thing. Deut. 23:18a i.e disgusting, detestable , evil things, such things that God forbids. E.g homosexuality lesbianism, etc. 1Corinthians 6:9.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
How should a believer treat or relate with the dogs?
DANGERS POSED BY ‘DOGS’ AND THE WAY OUT
i. Dogs destroy and weaken faith. 2Timothy 4:3-4 ;
ii. Dogs deceive and confuse believers. 2Tim 3:6
iii. They confront and resist truth. 2Tim 3:8
iv. They weaken and pollute minds of believers 2Timothy 3:7-8
v. They cause weak believers to stumble. 1Corinthians 8:9-12
vi. They defile the church with false doctrines 2Timothy 3:7-8; 3
vii. They are devil incarnate. 2Corinthians 11:13-14
What should believers do to avoid the snares of the dogs?
i. Do not participate or take pleasures in the act of the dogs. Romans 1:32
ii. Study the word of God regularly to prevent false doctrines. (1Timothy 4:13; Ephesians 4:14);
iii. Be watchful and prayerful (1Peter 5:8; Matthew 26:41);
iv. Be holy. (Romans 12:1-2)
v. Be spirit filled. (Galatians 5:16).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Why should dogs be avoided?
Believers should heed the scripture’s warning about the dogs.
Anyone who goes back to his sins after forsaking them is regarded as dogs, be watchful!.
Father, save the church from the dogs.
Mention five new strategies adopted by the dogs to attack Believers.