RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-SEVEN
SUNDAY 1ST MARCH 2020
TOPIC: OVERCOMING BARRENNESS
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, according to Your word, bless me above all people. Do not let me and my household be barren.
MEMORY VERSE: “Thou shall be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” — Deuteronomy 7:14
BIBLE PASSAGE: DEUTERONOMY 7:11-14
“Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
” Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
“And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
“You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
God wants us to experience fruitfulness in every area of our lives – spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, relationally, etc. To be fruitful, we need to deal with barrenness. Barrenness means being unfruitful, unproductive, unprofitable, sterile, infertile, etc. It is the opposite or absence of fruitfulness. When you are in a state of barrenness, you have certain feelings such as shame, disgrace, forsaken, deserted or grieved in spirit ( Isaiah 54:4,6). God has good plans for us, if we will be opened to Him. It is to take us from barrenness to fruitfulness (Jeremiah 29:11).
TEXT REVIEW: DEUTERONOMY 7:14
“Thou shall be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” — Deut. 7:14
ACTIVITY: Teachers should find bout from the passage, other promises made by God to His children and how to attract those promises.
1. AREAS OF BARRENNESS
2. FROM BARRENNESS TO FRUITFULNESS
AREAS OF BARRENNESS
A. Teacher should ask the students what barrenness is to test the contemporary knowledge of of the lesson
B. Teacher should ask the students to explain the meaning of the following form of barrenness according to the Bible passage
i. SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS: according to ( Matthew 25:18, 24-28, Luke 13:6-9, Gal. 5:22-23).
ii. PHYSICAL BARRENNESS: according to (Luke 16:20-21; 2Kings 4:1-2).
iii. MARITAL BARRENNESS: according to (Isaiah 34:16; Gen. 11:30; Exodus 23:26).
iv. MENTAL BARRENNESS: according to (1Cor. 8:2; Hosea 4:6).
C. Teacher should check the students responses against the answers below:
SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS: Spiritual dryness, emptiness, loss of zeal for God, disconnection from God, lack of souls winning, unfruitfulness, etc
PHYSICAL BARRENNESS: Lack of fund, begging, lack of food, poverty ailments, indebtedness, emptiness, etc.
MARITAL BARRENNESS: Lack of mate or spouse, lack of child, miscarriages, etc.
MENTAL BARRENNESS: Ignorance, poor knowledge, lack of idea, peril, etc.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Mention the dangers associated with barrenness
FROM BARRENNESS TO FRUITFULNESS
Class should discuss how the following can relocate the people from barrenness to fruitfulness
i. Faith in God (James 1:6-8; Hebrews 11:11).
ii. Prayer (1Samuel 1:9-11, 20).
iii. Prayer in the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26; James 5:16b).
iv. Appropriate use of the word of God (2Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 19:14; 49:3).
v. Giving to God or Sowing (Genesis 26:1,12; 1Sam. 1:11).
vi. Submission to God’s timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; 11a)
vii. Patience (Hebrews 10:36, Job 14:14).
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CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Mention other areas where believers can be fruitful
God hates barrenness and loves fruitfulness. God’s children can break barrenness by applying the Bible principles of faith, prayer, sowing, Patience, and right words
Barrenness is not in the plan and programme of God for our life. You can overcome it by the grace and mercies of God.
Father, let barrenness cease from among God’s people. Let the people be blessed
Those who obey God’s commandments would receive some blessings according to Deuteronomy 7:11-14. Mention any five(5) of such blessings. 10marks