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RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 12 April 2020 – Lesson 33

Today’s Lesson 33 RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 12 April 2020

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TOPIC: Sexual Vices [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 12 April 2020]

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MEMORY VERSE: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

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BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 6:13-20 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 12 April 2020)

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

INTRODUCTION

The very fact that God created humanity as “male and female” reveals that we are created as sexual beings (Genesis 1:27). God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” cannot be fulfilled without sex (Genesis 1:28). Sex was designed to consummate the lifetime Union between a man and woman (Genesis 4:1; Matt. 19:6). Purity is a reflection of God’s own character. Hence, sexual purity is a treasure to be guarded and valued. However, sex has been misused and abused (Romans 1:24-25) in the world because of sin (Romans 3:23).

OUTLINES:

  1. SOME SEXUAL VICES
  2. CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY OUT

1. SOME SEXUAL VICES

Apart from adultery, which is a voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse (Ex. 20:14) and fornication which is sexual sins between unmarried people, the world as also invented so many sexual acts or practices contrary to God’s intended purpose. Here are some of the sexual perversions that believers must guide against.

  1. Homosexuality: Refers to sexual acts between people of the same gender. A man having sex with another man is gay while woman and woman sexual relationship is termed lesbianism (Lev. 18:22; Romans 1:26-27). This abominable act led to the destruction of the people of Sodom (Genesis 19:4-13),
  2. Incest: Sexual activities between family members (Lev. 18:7-18),
  3. Paedophilia: Perverted sexual attraction towards children,
  4. Bestiality: Sexual affair with an animal (Leviticus 18:23),
  5. Rape: Forceful sexual intercourse with an unwilling partner (2Samuel 13:10-14),
  6. Pornography: The explicit literary or visual depiction of sexual subject matter with lustful intent; a display of materials of erotic nature e.g. Erotic videos, pictures, graphics or writings designed to provoke sexual lust. Pornography is addictive (1Corinthians 6:12; 2Peter 2:19) and destructive (Proverbs 6:25-28),
  7. Masturbation and use of sex toys,
  8. Cyber-sex/Phone-sex: Sex-oriented messages or conversations over the internet or using of phone to have improper sexual conversation or to listen to explicit erotic messages for the purpose of sexual perversion. It is fantasizing about that which is immoral and impure (Philippians 4:8).

2. CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY OUT

Involvement in sexual vices, if not repented of, can lead to destruction of destinies (Genesis 49:3-4; 1Corinthians 6:16), contacting of strange disease (Sexual Transmitted Infections) and defiles the body thereby hindering the fulfilment of God’s purposes (1Corinthians 6:17). Unrepentant sexual sin defile the heart, making it impossible to experience the power of the holy spirit in your life because it takes away spiritual covering (1Corinthians 10:8). It brings God’s wrath (Numbers 25:1-11) and gives the devil (and his agents) the legal ground to operate (1Corinthians 6:19). Guilt and self-condemnation set in (Psalm 51:3). Sexual sin can destroy marriage and families.

In order to overcome sexual vices ( if you are already a victim), you must take the following steps:

  1. Confess your sins to God (1John 1:9) and ask him to cleanse, renew and transform your mind (Romans 12:2)
  2. Ask God to fill your mind With things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable (Philippians 4:8).
  3. Learn to possess your body in holiness (1Thessalonians 4:3-4)
  4. Understand the proper meaning of sex and rely on your spouse only to meet that need,if you are married (1Corinthians 7:1-5)
  5. Realise that if you walk in the spirit you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
  6. Exercise self-control and practically avoid things or places that can trigger lust (Genesis 39:7-9;1Corinthians 6:18).
    7.Get involved in spiritual exercise (study the Bible, fast, pray and fellowship with genuine brethren).
  7. Seek counsel from those who are in right standing with God and be willing to forgive yourself once God has forgiven you (Proverbs 11:14)RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 April 2020 – Child Training

CONCLUSION:
Remember Jesus is coming back. We all will have to give account of our lives, even our sex life

QUESTIONS:

  1. Identify five sexual vices known to you.
  2. What are the ways out of sexual vices?

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention 5 ways by which those who have become addicted to sexual vices can can be liberated.

RCCG 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 old 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 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?

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 12 April 2020 – Sexual Vices

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 12 April 2020 Lesson 33 – Sexual Vices

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TOPIC: Sexual Vices

OPENING PRAYER: My father, help all believers worldwide to shun sexual vices in Jesus name. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 12 April 2020 HYMN)

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MEMORY VERSE: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 6:13-20 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 12 April 2020)

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

INTRODUCTION:

The truth that God created humanity as “male and female” reveals that we are created as sexual beings (Genesis 1:27). God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” cannot be fulfilled without sex (Genesis 1:28). Sex was designed to consummate the lifetime Union between a man and woman (Genesis 4:1; Matt. 19:6). Purity is a reflection of God’s own character. Hence, sexual purity is a treasure to be guarded and valued. However, sex has been misused and abused (Romans 1:24-25) in the world because of sin (Romans 3:23).

TEXT REVIEW: 1 Corinthians 6:13-20

Apostle Paul stated in verse 13 of the above scripture that, “Now the body is not for fornication”. Why did the Apostle make this categorical statement? The answers are:
i. Because the body belongs to the Lord. (1Cor. 6:13).
ii. God will raise the body by His power after death. 1Cor. 6:14).
iii. Those who are joined to harlot will receive the reward of an harlot. (1Cor. 6:16).

ACTIVITY: Teacher should identify from the passage at least five other reasons the body is not for fornication.

LESSON OUTLINES:

  1. SOME SEXUAL VICES
  2. CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY OUT

1. SOME SEXUAL VICES

A. Teacher should state the following ten (10) forms of sexual vices as indicated below:
i. Fornication.
ii. Homosexuality.
iii. Insect.
iv. Paedophilia.
v. Bestiality.
vi. Rape.
vii. Pornography.
viii. Masturbation.
ix. Cyber/Phone-sex.
x. Adultery.

B. Teacher should allow students to give their contributions or make comments on the ten (10) forms of sexual vices so identified.

C. Teachers should look out for the following brief explanation from the students’ comment and where the students’ explanations are devoid of the right words, teacher should supply the right answer.

NOTE: Hypothetical illustration or examples are allowed.

i. Fornication: sexual activity between unmarried people.
ii. Homosexuality: Sexual acts between/among same gender. Lev.18:22, Romans 1:26-27.
iii. Incest : Sexual activity between family members. Lev.18:7-18
iv. Paedophilia: Sexual activity towards children.
v. Bestiality: Sexual activity with animals. Lev. 18:23
vi. Rape: Sexual violence without consent of partner. 2 Sam. 13:10
vii. Pornograghy: Sexual stimulations though visual depiction of erotic materials, pictures, substance, writing, etc.
viii. Masturbation: Sexual activity through stimulation of the genital organs by self or another or toys.
ix. Cyber/Phone-sex: Sexual activity using Phone/Internet to stimulate erotic intent.
x. Adultery: Sexual activity between persons other than spouse. Ex 20:14

2. CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY OUT

A. CONSEQUENCES:
i. Destruction e.g Sodom and Gomorrah. Gen.19:4-13, Prov. 6:25-28, Eph. 4:19
ii. Some could become addictive e.g Pornography. 1 Corinthians 6:12; 2pet. 2:19
iii. Sexual Transmitted diseases (STD) 1Corinthians 6:17
iv. Limit the powers of the holy spirit 1Corinthians 10:8
v. Brings God’s wrath Numbers 25:1-11; Eph 4:31
vi. Attract devil/demons to operate 1 Corinthians 6:19
vii. Guilt and condemnation Psalms 51:3
viii. It can destroy marriage.

B. WAYS OUT/SOLUTIONS:
i. Confess and ask the Lord for cleansing 1John 1:9; Romans 12:2
ii. Ask the lord to give you a pure mind. Philippians 4:8
iii. Possess your body holy 1 Thess. 4:3-4
iv. Have sex with your spouse ONLY. 1 Corinthians 7:1-5, Prov. 5:15,18-19.
v. Walk in the spirit only not in the flesh Galatians 5:16
vi. Exercise self-control. Genesis 39:7-9; 1 Corinthians 6:18.
vii. Engage yourself in spiritual activities of prayer, fasting, studying the scripture etc,
viii. Seek right counsel from God’s people and forgive yourself after God has forgiven you. Proverbs 11:14.

SUMMARY: Flee sexual vices.

CONCLUSION:
Do not give your body to sexual vices, give it to the Lord by holy presentation.

EVALUATION: Mention a few consequences of sexual vices and the ways out.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Pray to God that those who have become addicted to sexual vices would be liberated in Jesus name.

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention 5 ways by which those who have become addicted to sexual vices can can be liberated.

 

RCCG 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 old 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 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?

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 April 2020 – Child Training

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 April 2020 – Child Training

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 April 2020 Lesson 32 – Child Training

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TOPIC: Child Training

OPENING PRAYER: Father, help all parents to train up their children in the way of the Lord. Help all children never to depart in the way of the Lord in Jesus’ name (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 5 April 2020 HYMN)

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MEMORY VERSE: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 18:18-19 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 April 2020)

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

INTRODUCTION

The Bible tells us that children are a reward from God (Psalm 127:3). Raising and training a child within the context of Proverbs 22:6 means that it beings with the Bible. This is because ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for in righteousness’ (2Timothy 3:16). God testified of Abraham, that he would train his children in the way of the Lord (Genesis 18:19). Lois and Eunice also trained Timothy (2Timothy 1:5). Training must begin as soon as a child recognises gestures or responds to communication. Therefore, parent, guardians or care-givers must train up children appropriately.

TEXT REVIEW: Genesis 18:18-19.

The divine promise for Abraham that he would become a great and mighty nation and that through him all nations of the world would be blessed. (Genesis 18:18) was factored on some promises.

ACTIVITY: Teacher should identify these promises in Verse 19 of the bible passage.

LESSON OUTLINES

  1. WHAT ARE WE TO TEACH CHILDREN AND HOW?
  2. REASONS FOR CHILD TRAINING

1. WHAT ARE WE TO TEACH CHILDREN AND HOW?

A. Teacher should outline the direction of teaching which should be giving to children as indicated below:
i. Morals and good attitudes. Proverbs 1:8-15
ii. Respect for rules, authority, elders and order. 1 Peter 2:13.
iii. Spiritual discipline of praying, fasting, attending the Bible, praying, fasting, worshiping and attending Church services and programmes. Joshua 1:8; Hebrews 6:10-25.
iv. The word of God. Ephesians 6:4
v. Fear of God. Proverbs 8:13; 9:10
vi. Righteous living. 1Timothy 6:11
vii. Diligent at work. Proverbs 6:6-11; 22:29
viii. Genuine service to God/sowing to the kingdom. 1Samuel 2:18; John 6:9.

B. Teacher should outline how the above lessons/trainings should be handled/executed as indicated below:
i. Through constant prayer. 1 Thess. 5:17
ii. Through discipline in love. Proverbs 3:12; 29:17; 13:24.
iii. Through wisdom. Ephesians 6:4
iv. Through presence (with the family). Acts 10:33
v. Through dignity ant curtsey. Eph. 6:4
vi. Through conducive friendly atmosphere at home. Psalms 128:1-6

C. DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY: Class should discuss why some parents have failed to train their children or why some children are symbol of lack of home training

2. REASONS FOR CHILD TRAINING

The reasons for and benefits of child training are numerous. They include:
i. The need for children to recognise and obey God’s command’s. Deut. 6:7-9.
ii. To live safely in the world and enjoy the blessings of God. Lev. 25:18; Deut.12:28; 30:16
iii. To please God and live victoriously. Proverbs 16:7.
iv. To acquire necessary skills and knowledge for success in life. 1 Samuel 16:17-18; Daniel 1:4, 17.
v. To give the parents, guardians and care-givers rest, peace Proverbs 29:17 and respect. Hebrews 12:9
vi. To thoroughly equip them to do good works. 2 Timothy 3:17.
vii. To prepare for the future (Eccl. 12:1); make them fit well into the society and stand in the defence of faith.1Peter 3:15.

DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY: Class to identify the impact of untrained children in our society

SUMMARY: Parents should train their children, while children should accept their parental training.

CONCLUSION: Parents, guardians and care-givers must teach, discipline and love their children. Children are precious to God and must be well taken care of Psalm 127:3.

EVALUATION: Why and how should children be trained.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let all parents who have failed in their responsibilities to train their children be awake to their duties.

ASSIGNMENT: Find out five societal woes that are traceable to lack of child training.

 

RCCG 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 old 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 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?

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 5 April 2020 – Lesson 32

TOPIC: Child Training [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 5 April 2020]

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MEMORY VERSE: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 18:18-19 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 22 March 2020)

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

INTRODUCTION

The Bible tells us that children are a reward from God (Psalm 127:3). Raising and training a child within the context of Proverbs 22:6 means that it beings with the Bible. This is because ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for in righteousness’ (2Timothy 3:16). God testified of Abraham, that he would train his children in the way of the Lord (Genesis 18:19). Lois and Eunice also trained Timothy (2Timothy 1:5). Training must begin as soon as a child recognises gestures or responds to communication. Therefore, parent, guardians or care-givers must train up children appropriately.

OUTLINES

  1. WHAT ARE WE TO TEACH CHILDREN AND HOW?
  2. REASONS FOR CHILD TRAINING

1. WHAT ARE WE TO TEACH CHILDREN AND HOW?

Children should be taught morals and good attitudes (Proverbs 1:8-15); respect for rules, authority, elders and order (1 Peter 2:13). Spiritual discipline (reading/studying the Bible, praying, fasting, worshiping and attending Church programmes) should be emphasised (Joshua 1:8; Hebrews 10:25). Children should be nurtured with the word of God (Ephesians 6:4) and trained to live righteously in the fear of God (Proverbs 8:13; 9:10). They should be trained to work diligently in order to forestall laziness (Proverbs 6:6-11; 22:29) and to serve/glorify God with their talents/gifts as well as their resources (1 Samuel 2:18; John 6:9)

Parents and other care-givers should pray daily for their children (1 Thess. 5:17), discipline them with love (Proverbs 3:12; Proverbs 29:17; Proverbs 13:24), handle them with wisdom, spend quality time with them and treat them with dignity and courtesy (Ephesians 6:4). The home and family should be the centre of a child’s happiness (Psalm 128:1-6).

2. REASONS FOR CHILD TRAINING

The reasons for and benefits of child training are numerous. They include:

  1. The need for children to recognise and obey God’s command’s (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).
  2. To live safely in the world and enjoy the blessings of God (Lev. 25:18; Deuteronomy 12:28; 30:16).
  3. To please God and live victoriously (Proverbs 16:7).
  4. To acquire necessary skills and knowledge for success in life (1Samuel 16:17-18; Daniel 1:4, 17).
  5. To give the parents, guardians and care-givers rest peace (Proverbs 29:17) and respect (Hebrews 12:9).
  6. To thoroughly equip them to do good works (2Timothy 3:17).

To prepare for the future (Eccl.12:1); make them fit well into the Society and stand in the defence of faith (1Peter 3:15).

CONCLUSION:
Parents, guardians and care-givers must teach, discipline and love their children. Children are precious to God and must be well taken care of (Psalm 127:3).

QUESTIONS

  1. Mention the various things parents must teach their children.
  2. Mention a Bible passage that supports child’s discipline.

ASSIGNMENT: Find out five societal woes that are traceable to lack of child training.

RCCG 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 old 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 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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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?

OPENING PRAYER
My father, please give the right spouses to your children and children to spouses in Jesus name.

MEMORY VERSE: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” — Proverbs 18:22

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BIBLE PASSAGE: GENESIS 29:15-21

Genesis:29.15
Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you [are] my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what [should] your wages [be?”]
Genesis:29.16
Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder [was] Leah, and the name of the younger [was] Rachel.
Genesis:29.17
Leah’s eyes [were] delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.
Genesis:29.18
Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”
Genesis:29.19
And Laban said, “[It is] better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.”
Genesis:29.20
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed [only] a few days to him because of the love he had for her.
Genesis:29.21
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.”

INTRODUCTION
Marriage is an institution ordained by God since the creation of man (Gen. 2:18). The divine order is that man should not be alone and that no one should lack his/her mate (Isaiah 34:16). Marital delay is, therefore, a situation whereby someone who is ‘due’ or ‘ready’ to marry is not yet married as a result of circumstances, sometimes, beyond his/her control. It should be noted, however, that anyone who chooses not to marry for ‘genuine’ reasons may not be in error (Matthew 19:12, 1Corinthians 7:7-8). Marital delay is a global phenomenon that gives parents, pastors, relatives, church members, marriage counsellors and the society at large serious concern. Hence, as believers, it is important to learn how to manage such a situation.

TEXT REVIEW: GENESIS 29:15-21

Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” And Laban said, “[It is] better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” Laban conceded to the proposal of Jacob to serve him for seven years. Gen. 29:18-19

However, soon after the expiration of the service year, the agreement was breached the service year was extended Gen. 29:27

ACTIVITY: Teachers should identify and discuss (at prep) the underlying factors behind this delay (extension) according to the Bible passage.

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. LIKELY CAUSES OF MARITAL DELAY
2. WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT

LIKELY CAUSES OF MARITAL DELAY

A. Teacher should first allow the students to mention how the following issues/behaviour can cause marital delay

i. CHARACTER DEFECT
ii. HIGH MINDEDNESS
iii. EXCESSIVE CAREER FOCUS
iv. EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
v. RACIAL/TRIBAL SENTIMENTS
vi. DELAY IN OTHER OF LIFE ACHIEVEMENT
vii. DEMONIC INFLUENCE OR GENERATIONAL CURSE

B. After the teacher has listened to the students’ comments, teacher should explain the seven identified factors as presented below:

i. CHARACTER DEFECT: Such as anger, malice, laziness, dirtiness, inferiority/superiority complex, overbearing, stubbornness, pride, etc. May repel prospective partners from someone due for marriage (Proverbs 21:9,19, Eccl. 10:1, 2Corinthians 10:12, Proverbs 16:18).

ii. HIGH MINDEDNESS: Waiting for or insisting on marrying a partner of high educational status, high standard of living, and high paying job in a reputation organization, wealthy family background, and top position in office or society, high level of spirituality, tall and heavily built, physically beautiful etc. Although, these qualities are good and desirable, such personalities may not be easily found (Phil. 2:3).

iii. EXCESSIVE CAREER FOCUS: Excessive focus on one’s career or business at the expense of preparation for marital relationship sometimes leads to delay in getting married (Eccl. 1:3-4).

iv. EMOTIONAL TRAUMA: Past experiences of failed relationships, sexual abuses, disappointment, domestic violence, parental/guardian misconduct, etc. usually constitute emotional imbalance for the victim and may lead to marital delay (Isaiah 43:18, Psalm 147:3)

v. RACIAL/TRIBAL SENTIMENTS: Most people who practice this are sometimes compelled or supported by their parents who insist they only get married to people from a particular race or tribe (Romans 10:12, Galatians 3:28).

vi. DELAY IN OTHER OF LIFE ACHIEVEMENT: Experience of delay in other spheres of life like educational pursuit, employment, financial stability etc, may be stumbling blocks to timely marriage (Psalm 90:14)

vii. DEMONIC INFLUENCE OR GENERATIONAL CURSE: Like in the case of Daniel’s petition, some marital delays are as a result of demonic influence (Daniel 10:12-13). Others may experience marital delay due to unbroken generational covenants or curses.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Mention any ten factors that can bring about marital delay

WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT

i. Hold on to God’s promises (Hebrews 10:36)

ii. Be self-descipline and avoid unnecessary hang-out with opposite sex (1Corinthians 6:12).

iii. Be humble and define your relationship with the opposite sex, beware of exploiters (Prov. 6:3, Proverbs 12:26).

iv. Refine flawed character by crying out to the Holy Spirit to help and live by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

v. Be positive and maintain right balance in faith that God will do it (Jeremiah 32:27).

vi. Pay good attention to your health, physical appearance and mannerism (S.Sol 2:14, 5:15,)

vii. Be responsible in your affairs (Psalm 112:5)

viii. Pray against the forces of delay and (demonic influence) (1Corinthians 4:10).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Why is prayer very important to those experiencing marital delay?

SUMMARY
i. Marital delay can be cause by demonic influence, racial/tribal sentiment, emotional trauma, high mindedness etc.

ii. There is hope for those experiencing marital delay if they can hold on to God and take necessary correction where flaws are identify

CONCLUSION
Where God the Father is present delay factor must leave

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, please break chains of delay over all your children

ASSIGNMENT
Give five biblical examples of people who experience marital delay in the Bible. 10marks