RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
LESSON TWENTY FIVE (25)
DATE: SUNDAY 19TH OF FEBRUARY, 2023
TOPIC: MARRIAGE HAS A PRICE
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 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?
BIBLE PASSAGE: : Ephesians 5:22-33.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
MEMORY VERSE: ‘And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’’ Genesis 2:18 (NKJV).
INTRODUCTION: Marriage is a wonderful institution ordained by God for the good of humanity. However, just as every item of purchase has a price tag on it, marriage is not different. There are sacrifices and commitments to be put in place for a successful marriage.
1. FEATURES OF A GOOD MARRIAGE
2. PRICES TO PAY
1. FEATURES OF A GOOD MARRIAGE
A good marriage is peaceful. This is not the absence of storms (Lk.8:23) but because Jesus, the Prince of peace, dwells in the couple; the peace of God that passes all understanding is evident in the marriage (Eph.2:14; Phil.4:7). Joy is also apparent; this joy is however not dependent on ephemeral things of life alone (Rom. 15:13; Gal.5:22). The free flow of forgiveness between a couple signifies a good union (Matt.6:14). Honouring God and His word is a sign of a healthy union (Job 23:11-12, Ps.119:2-3) as such couples are relieved of unnecessary tensions and confusion. Having a high opinion and being courteous to each other is a characteristic of a good marriage relationship (1Pet.3:6-7). A high level of respect exhibited by couples for each other depicts a noble marriage (Gen.21:10-12). Always doting on each other is a good sign of a good marriage (Gen.26:8). Thorough knowledge of each other in all areas is important; that means, ‘there is nothing to hide’ (Prov.13:16). Sustaining the friendship started in courtship shows a good marriage thus the couple enjoys the company of each other (Prov.5:18-19).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should mention other features of good marriage known to them.
2. PRICES TO PAY
A good marriage comes with a high cost which is beyond the cost of an exotic wedding garment or ring. This cost would be paid with a lot of determination, hard work, and prayers. Some of the prices to pay include:
1. Giving up on individualism in order to achieve unity of purpose, especially in the areas of finance and work balance. (1Cor.3:3; Ps.133:1-3).
2. Discarding all selfish behaviours.
3. Being open to each other: stop hiding necessary information that should be made available to your spouse (Prov.27:5, Amos 3:3). Openness relieves the home of speculations and suspicions.
4. The sole belief and use of ‘my’ should be consciously changed to ‘our’ for instance; it should be ‘our car’ ‘our children’ ‘our responsibilities’ etc. (1 Cor.4:6-7).
5. Couples should develop a strong link and stick together in their drives and accomplishments in order to have each other’s back (SOS.1:14; 2:16).
6. Couples must always yield to God through obedience to His word and saying ‘yes’ to His will (Ps.119:11). The flesh must give way to the Spirit (Gal.2:20; Gal.5:19, 22).
7. Be intentional to make sure your marriage works because a successful marriage requires a lot of commitments (Eccl.9:9).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Are there prices ‘too high’ to pay for a successful marriage? Discuss them.
CONCLUSION: It will take a daily life of sacrifice and commitment to have a good marriage. Are you ready to pay the price?
* Mention four features of a good marriage
* Mention five prices to pay to have a good marriage
ASSIGNMENT: Mention four practical things you will do to make your marriage a godly model for others. (No Mark