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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR 25TH OF FEBRUARY, 2024: QUARTERLY REVIEW AND SUMMARY

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 25TH OF FEBRUARY, 2024
LESSON TWENTY SIX (26)
TOPIC: QUARTERLY REVIEW AND SUMMARY

SUMMARY OF LESSONS 14-25
LESSON FOURTEEN (14)
TOPIC: STRENGTH IN QUIETNESS

BIBLE PASSAGE: Proverbs 10:19-21

MEMORY VERSE: For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. James 3:2

INTRODUCTION: Words are powerful and can make or mar (Proverbs 6:2). Words can save or put one in trouble. It takes forte, maturity, and self-discipline to be a person of few words (spoken in wisdom). Therefore, being in a rush to speak always is a sign of weakness and foolishness.

OUTLINES:
1. THE FOOL’S MOUTH
2. BEING SLOW TO SPEAK AND ITS BENEFITS
1. THE FOOL’S MOUTH

A. The teacher should explain the following truths about a fool:
i. A fool is a person who acts unwisely or imprudently.
ii. One of the downfalls of a fool is his mouth which is very quick to expressions.
iii. According to Proverbs 18:7, a fool’s mouth is his destruction and his rash words are a trap to his own soul.
B. The nature of a fool among others is such that:
i. No bridle is employed to keep the mouth shut and to speak only when necessary.
ii. A fool’s mouth is used to engage in ceaseless and unprofitable arguments (Proverbs 18:6) which may end up in a fight.
iii. The mouth of a fool runs without control thus bringing about restlessness (Proverbs 17:28).
C. A fool is not trusted because of:
i. Irregularity in speech (Proverbs 19:1).
ii. A fool utters his entire mind (Proverbs 29:11).
iii. A fool believes he is always right and hates accountability.
D. The talk of a fool will destroy him because:
i. A fool does not take to instruction and rejects responsibilities (Ecclesiastes 10:12).
ii. A fool argues and expresses frustrations openly and thus cannot cease from strife (Proverbs 20:3).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The students should share with the class instances where they were quick to talk and the outcome.

2. BEING SLOW TO SPEAK AND ITS BENEFITS
A. Being slow to speak is never a sign of weakness. Apostle James, in the book of James 1:19, admonishes everyone to be slow to speak. In order to be slow to speak, we must learn to do the following:
1. Think before talking (Proverbs 23:7; 29:20).
2. Choose and use words wisely (Proverbs 25:11).
3. Let our words be gracious (Colossians 4:6).
4. Avoid being rash with words and decisions (Proverbs 15:1; Acts 19:36).
5. Speak with wisdom (Psalm 37:30).
6. Talk less (Proverbs 15:28) and listen actively and attentively to others (Job 29:9-10).
7. Ask the Lord to set a guard at your mouth (Psalm 141:3; James 3:2).
B. Being slow to speak has a lot of benefits. For instance:
1. It shows we are knowledgeable (Proverbs 17:27; 15:2).
2. It depicts understanding (Proverbs 10:13; 17:28b) and the right use of words (Proverbs 8:8).
3. If we are able to ‘bridle’ our tongues, we will command attention and respect (Proverbs 12:14).
4. Our words will be sound and seasoned (Titus 2:8; Proverbs 15:23).
5. We will avoid needless arguments, troubles, battles, and keep safe (Proverbs 13:3; 21:23).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The students should share any experience where they were slow to speak and its outcome.

CONCLUSION: We can create unneeded tension if we are rash with our mouths. Relationships grow by listening actively and speaking slowly.

*LESSON FIFTEEN (15)*
TOPIC: LESSONS FROM THE FOUR LEPERS
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Kings 7:1-5.

MEMORY VERSE: And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 2 Kings 7:3.

INTRODUCTION: In Bible times, people suffering from skin diseases like leprosy were treated as outcasts. There was no cure for the disease, which gradually left a person disfigured through loss of fingers, toes, and eventually limbs. It is, therefore, surprising and challenging how God decided to use these categories of people to bring relief to the nation of Israel during the famine, despite their limitations (1 Corinthians 1:27).

OUTLINES:
1. LIVING ABOVE LIMITATIONS
2. LESSONS TO LEARN
1. LIVING ABOVE LIMITATIONS

A. Teachers should explain the meaning of limitations as:
i. Obstacles on our way to the fulfilment of God’s plans and purposes for our lives especially as Christians.
ii. Setbacks, stagnations, and losing out in the battles of life.
B. The sources of limitations may include but are not limited to:
i. Spiritual (Daniel 10:12-13).
ii. Human misdeeds or errors (2 Samuel 4:4).
iii. Natural occurrences (Exodus 14:10).
iv. Afflictions (Exodus 3:7).

 

C. In our Bible passage – 2 Kings 7:1-5, leprosy (among other diseases) confined and restricted the purpose for living of some men:
i. These lepers were treated as outcasts; they stayed outside the camp (Numbers 5:2-3).
ii. They could not live among their brethren (Leviticus 13:45-46).
iii. They were confounded to the entering of the gate (2 Kings 7:3; Luke 17:12).
D. We are bound to have challenges as Christians (Jeremiah 1:19).

i. The good news is that God has assured us of being more than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:37).
ii. However, we have a lot to learn from the case of the lepers in 2 Kings 7:1-5, who asked themselves a fundamental question “Why sit we here until we die?”
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should share any experience where they succeeded in spite of difficulties.

2. LESSONS TO LEARN
The teacher should ask the students to mention the lessons that can be learned from the actions of the four lepers. He/she should then explain the lessons as follows:
1. Unity: The lepers were united. Unity is strength and it is easy to accomplish a feat when we are unified (Amos 3:3; Psalm 133:1-3).
2. Purposefulness: They were determined to achieve their goal and this helped them to conquer their fears despite their condition (2 Kings 7:4; Daniel 1:8).
3. Understanding: They were able to analyse and interpret the situation they found themselves in. This informed the decision they made and there was no strife amongst them (Proverbs 20:3).
4. Daring: They were audacious. They made up their mind to go to the camp of the enemy irrespective of the odds (Esther 4:16; 2 Kings 7:4).
5. Resolute: Twilight is a period of obscurity or haziness but the lepers were not deterred. Even in this period of uncertainty, they still went ahead with their plans. Do not give up on your dreams (2 Kings 7:5a, Daniel 3:15-18).
6. Saving Culture: Do not eat with “10 fingers!” After eating to the full they still kept some behind. Savings is important to grow big (2 Kings 7:8; Proverbs 21:20).
7. Compassion: They rebuked themselves and went to report their findings to the king’s household so that everyone could benefit from the booty (2 Kings 7:9; 1 Peter 3:8).
8. Stop Procrastinating: Immediately they decided to tell the porter of the city their discovery they followed it with a decisive step. They did what they thought in their mind (Proverbs 13:4; 2 Kings 7:10a).
9. Share Information: They did not wholly withhold information about all that they saw at the Syrian camp. They took the good news to the right source; the king (Hebrews 13:16; 2 Kings 7:10).

 

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should mention other lessons that can be learned from the lepers other than the ones stated above.
CONCLUSION: As believers, we must see beyond our limitations and fulfil our purpose (Philippians 4:13).

 

*LESSON SIXTEEN (16)*
TOPIC: HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH
BIBLE PASSAGE: Job 36:13-14.
MEMORY VERSE: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27.
INTRODUCTION: A person who pretends to be something that he/she is not is a hypocrite. It is not just making a mistake but a deliberate plan to pretend, deceive or cheat. The person is dirty inside but appears clean outside (Matthew 23:27).

OUTLINES:
1. FORMS AND REASONS FOR HYPOCRISY
2. CONSEQUENCES AND REWARD OF HYPOCRISY
1. FORMS AND REASONS FOR HYPOCRISY
A. Hypocrisy can take three forms:
i. Professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief (Isaiah 29:13).
ii. Looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed (Matthew 7:3-5; Romans 2:1).
iii. Projecting ourselves to be what we are not (Romans 12:3) – this is common on social media.
B. Jesus describes hypocrites as:
i. Wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).
ii. White-washed tombs (Matthew 23:27).
iii. Snakes and broods of vipers (Matthew 23:33).
iv. Graves (Luke 11:44).

 

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C. There are several reasons people engage in hypocrisy. Some of these include:
i. Pride of life (1 John 2:15-16).;
ii. Desire for men’s honour (John 12:43).
iii. A feeling of insecurity (2 Corinthians 10:12).
iv. They want to be respected in the church as being holy but in secret, committing sins (1 Samuel 15:13-15, 20, 25-30). Ananias and his wife wanted the praise given to Barnabas when they were not as faithful (Acts 4:34-37; 5:1-10).
v. Some people pretend to be who/what they are not to cheat (Genesis 27:20-22). People who declare false records and inaccurate tithing fall under this category (Proverbs 11:1).
vi. Self-indulgence may be another reason for hypocrisy (Romans 16:18).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The teacher should ask students about other reasons for hypocrisy in the church.

 

2. CONSEQUENCES AND REWARD OF HYPOCRISY
A. The consequences of hypocrisy may include:
i. Bad leadership (1 Samuel 15:24).
ii. Shame and disgrace (Jeremiah 13:25-26).
iii. Punishment (Proverbs 11:21).
iv. Curses (Job 15:34-35).
v. Untimely or spiritual death (Job 36:13-14).
B. God knows all things including the secret deceit of the heart (Psalm 44:21) and all the ways of man (Job 31:4; Psalm 1:6). Therefore:
i. No one can hide from Him or deceive Him (Psalm 139:7-12).
ii. He will repay every man according to his works (Revelation 22:11-12).

CONCLUSION: Hypocrisy is a sin against God,the only solution is repentance (Isaiah 55:7).

 

*LESSON SEVENTEEN (17)*
TOPIC: A LYING TONGUE
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 5:1-10.
MEMORY VERSE: The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19.
INTRODUCTION: A lie is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive or convey a false impression. Lying is the premeditated act of deviating from the truth. It brings about difficulties and it can be mentally tiring. A lying tongue is a tongue given to telling lies. Some people have branded lies and given them different colourations like; white lies, grey lies, black lies, and red lies. Also, some justify the reasons for lying in the course of their businesses or to save their faces but all unrighteousness is sin.

OUTLINES:
1. TRAITS OF A LIAR
2. ANTIDOTES TO LIE
1. TRAITS OF A LIAR

The teacher should explain the traits of a liar as follows:
1. According to 1 John 2:22, a liar is a person who denies that Jesus Christ is Lord.
2. The devil is a liar and the father of all liars (John 8:44).
3. A liar claims to know God but does not obey His commandments (1 John 2:4).
4. The Scripture so relegates a liar so much that it says a poor man is better than a liar irrespective of the liar’s achievements in life (Proverbs 19:22b).
5. Anyone given to lies is an individual with the old man fully at work in him/her (Colossians 3:9).
6. No matter how smart a liar may be, the lie or falsehood will only be for a limited time before the truth is established (Proverbs 12:19).
7. A liar is a proud person who must lie to sustain the fake lofty height and the wrong impression created (Psalms 119:69; 59:12; 12:3).
8. A liar is disloyal, unfaithful, and a betrayer who deceives at will (Proverbs 14:5, 25).
9. A liar destroys by executing a well-planned misrepresentation that may endanger lives (Psalm 109:2; Jeremiah 14:14).
10. Anyone who lies or is always given to falsehood is regarded as a wicked person (Proverbs 17:4; Psalm 58:3).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Have you ever told a lie, what prompted it?

2. ANTIDOTES TO LIE
A. Believers must be conscious of their new status in Christ and be watchful (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, it is expedient to:
i. Be intentional about telling the truth all the time (Romans 9:1).
ii. Learn to bridle our tongues (Psalm 39:1).
iii. Ensure our words are few and devoid of exaggerations (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 10:19).
iv. Learn to be slow to speak (James 1:19).
v. Let our Yes be Yes and No be No (James 5:12).

B. Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) takes a lot of discipline but it brings peace and honour to God – who cannot tolerate liars (Psalms 15:1-2; 24:3-5).

C. Above all, we must remember eternity! No liar will get to heaven (Revelation 22:14-15).
Believers must be conscious of their new status in Christ and be watchful (2Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, it is expedient to be intentional about telling the truth all the time (Romans 9:1). As believers we must learn to bridle our tongues (Psalms 39:1), ensure our words are few and devoid of exaggerations (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 10:19). We must learn to be slow to speak (James 1:19). Let our Yes be Yes and No be No (James 5:12).
Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) takes a lot of discipline but it brings peace and honour to God – who cannot tolerate liars (Psalms 15:1-2; 24:3-5). Above all, we must remember eternity! No liar will get to heaven (Revelation 22:14-15).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What other things can be done to stop telling lies?

CONCLUSION: A liar has no worth on earth and no place in heaven.

*LESSON EIGHTEEN (18)*
TOPIC: FOUNDATIONAL TRUTH
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 3:13-17
MEMORY VERSE: Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17:17.
INTRODUCTION: The Greek word fortruth is aletheia, which means to un-hide or hide nothing. It conveys the thought that truth is always there, always open and available for all to see, with nothing being hidden or obscured. The Hebrew word for truth is emeth, which means firmness, constancy, and duration. Such a definition implies an everlasting substance and something that can be relied upon. Truth must originate from somewhere. Ignoring the truth always leads to undesired consequences.

OUTLINES:
1. THE WORD IS THE TRUTH
2. BEWARE OF FALSE DOCTRINES
1. THE WORD IS THE TRUTH

1. Jesus made the simple statement I am the truth (John 14:6) and John 1:1, 14 tells us that Jesus is the Word.
2. Mathematically, it means:
a. If Jesus=The Truth ……(John 14:6) …………. equation 1.
b. And Jesus=The Word…(John 1:1)…………….. equation 2.
c. Therefore, the Word is the Truth (John 17:17).
3. The Truth is not relative; rather it is absolute, accurate, and unchangeable (2 Corinthians 13:8; John 6:63).
4. The truth of God’s word is divinely inspired and therefore profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:9).
5. The word gives wisdom and direction (Colossians 3:16; Psalm 119:105).
6. God’s word is sharp and powerful (Hebrews 4:12).
7. If we know the word of God, we know the truth that will deliver and make us free (Psalm 107:20; John 8:32).
8. The word of God is incorruptible: it gives us a solid spiritual foundation in the faith and an inheritance among the saints of God (1 Peter 1:23; Acts 20:32).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should share some experiences that showed them that the scripture is the truth.

2. BEWARE OF FALSE DOCTRINES
Almost speedily as the word is running with sound doctrines, the devil is also making efforts, as a busybody, to counter the effort of God through his diverse and varying false doctrines such as:
i. That Jesus is not the Son of God (1 John 4:1-3).
ii.That there is no resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:13-19).
iii. That the days of miracles are over (Hebrews 13:8).
iv. That the days of tithing are over (Malachi 3:10-13).
v. That holiness is impossible (Philippians 4:13; Luke 1:37).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The class should discuss more on how to recognise false doctrines and teachers.
CONCLUSION: Time spent in ensuring that the original truth is well known is not a wasted one, after all, we know that Satan is more organised in these last days in the spread of his doctrines.

*LESSON NINETEEN (19)*
TOPIC: GRATITUDE
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 107:21-22.
MEMORY VERSE: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. Psalms 9:1.
INTRODUCTION: Gratitude is fundamentally about not taking things for granted. Many believe that most things they get are their rights. They believe in their sweat, smartness, and intellect, hence, they see no reason they should give thanks to anyone, not even God Almighty. This is not only wrong but a wicked and dangerous act. To be grateful is to recognise the influence and blessings of the Lord in our lives. Gratitude also means thanksgiving, thankfulness, or appreciation.

OUTLINES:
1. SHOWING GRATITUDE
2. BENEFITS OF SHOWING GRATITUDE
1. SHOWING GRATITUDE
SHOWING GRATITUDE

Question 1: What are the things involved in showing gratitude?
Answer: To show gratitude:
i. Thanksgiving should be the first fruit of our lips (Hebrews 13:15).
ii. It should come out of a pure, broken, and contrite heart (Psalm 51:16-17).
iii. Thanksgiving should not be offered grudgingly or of necessity but willingly and cheerfully (Psalm 69:30).
Question 2: In what ways can we show our gratitude to God?
Answer: We can offer thanks to God:
i. With joyful noise (Psalm 95:2).
ii. Singing (Psalms 13:6; 126:1-2).
iii. Clapping of hands (Psalm 47:1).iv. With Musical instruments and dancing (Psalm 150:3-6).
Question 3: What other acceptable ways can we show our gratitude to God?
Answer: We can also show our gratitude to God through:
i. The offering of quality substances like our time, materials, properties, and money (Proverbs 3:9-10).
ii. Our labour of love in God’s vineyard (Hebrews 6:10).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention other ways of showing gratitude to God apart from the aforementioned.
2. BENEFITS OF SHOWING GRATITUDE
Question: Are there benefits in showing gratitude to God?
Answer: Some benefits of showing gratitude to God are stated below:
i. Our gratitude helps us glorify God as we focus on the giver and not the gifts (2 Corinthians 4:15).
ii. It helps us feel God’s presence, His care, and perfect timing (Psalms 95:2; 103:13-14).
iii. It makes us conform to God’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
iv. It brings peace, joy, and contentment (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Timothy 6:6-8).
v. It perfects our testimony (Luke 17:17-19).
vi. It deepens our faith. Keeping a record of God’s past faithfulness is a faith booster when we face new difficulties (Psalm 103:2).
vii. It aids our prayers (John 11:41-44).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention the benefits you derived from being grateful to God.
CONCLUSION: Gratitude should be part of our daily lives so that we can enjoy unending benefits.

 

*LESSON TWENTY (20)*
TOPIC: THE BLAME GAME
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 3:9-13
MEMORY VERSE: And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Genesis 3:13.
INTRODUCTION: The blame game signifies accusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept responsibility for some undesirable events or outcomes. These people shift fault and liability to another person or thing while they paint themselves as flawless. We need to examine some negative effects of the blame game and learn to take responsibility for our actions instead of passing the buck.
OUTLINES:
1. NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE BLAME GAME
2. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY
1. NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE BLAME GAME
The following, amongst others, are some negative effects of the blame game:
i. Chasing shadows: It makes us leave the main issue and continually look for excuses. For example, a slothful person will rather transfer blame to his boss, colleagues, government, etc. instead of dealing with laziness (Proverbs 20:4).
ii. Stagnation: It keeps us in one spot for a long time. This is counter-productive to human progress. Some people fold their arms to do nothing about their predicament because they blame and believe others are responsible for their conditions (Proverbs 22:13; Ecclesiastes 11:4).
iii. ‘Never wrong’ syndrome: We get quick at clearing ourselves of any wrong while we see every other person as being at fault (1 John 1:8; Genesis 3:12).
iv. Depression: It births unhappiness and despair which can degenerate into depression, ill health, hopelessness, etc.
v. Mental blindness: Like a veil, it prevents one from seeing clearly as the supposed wrong of others are only seen (Matthew 7:3).
vi. Hatred: It produces deep-rooted hatred as the blame gamer condemns or speaks derogatorily about the person being blamed. Hatred is a terrible sin (1 John 3:15).
vii. Pride and Ignorance combined: Pride sets in when we over-rate ourselves. It combines with ignorance because we refuse to be sincere with ourselves (Philippians 2:3).
viii. Ingratitude: Blame gamers are unappreciative as they believe their benefactor can do more (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
ix. Bitterness: Blame gamers become offended and allow bitterness to take an evil root in them (Ephesians 4:31; Hebrews 12:15).
x. Destruction of relationships: It tears relationships through suspicion and a lack of trust (1 Samuel 18:8-9).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should discuss how to correct a blame gamer with love.
2. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY
1. Taking responsibility for one’s actions or inactions may not be easy but it is worth it in the long run. Hence, we must learn to sincerely acknowledge our wrongs when we are at fault (Psalm 51:4a; 1 Kings 21:29).
2. We must show a high level of personal accountability for our actions/inactions even in the face of failure (2 Samuel 12:13).
3. Let us ask God to create the right spirit in us so we are swift to acknowledge that there is a problem when a mistake is made or conflict arises (Psalm 51:10; 2 Samuel 24:17).
4. Identify your role in a blunder and plan on how to avoid a future occurrence (James 1:13-14).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share their experiences on what happened when they sincerely own up to a fault.
CONCLUSION: Stop trading blames, take responsibility for your actions/inactions, and be accountable.
*LESSON TWENTY ONE (21)*
TOPIC: ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITY
BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 47:13-14
MEMORY VERSE: Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:31.
INTRODUCTION: Alternative spirituality is a loosely defined term generally used to describe spiritual practices that do not conform to true Christianity. It is largely characterised by some spiritual practices and rituals that are often chosen by the participants to fit their individual needs. In this lesson, we shall attempt to highlight some of them and scripturally view what our perspectives should be as believers.
OUTLINES:
1. ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITY PRACTICES
2. SCRIPTURAL PERSPECTIVES
1. ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITY PRACTICES
The teacher should explain some of the alternative power people seek after today:
A. Astrology and the Zodiac is the “interpretation” of an assumed influence the starry hosts (and planets) exert on human destiny (Isaiah 47:13; Daniel 2:27). According to astrology, the sign you were born under, like Aquarius, Pisces, etc. impacts your destiny.
B. Crystal sphere is the belief that a precious stone has an inherent power that can be used to man’s benefit like attracting wealth, rekindling romance, and warding off evil spirits or bad energy thus bringing good luck.
C. Necromancy is the conjuring of the spirits of the dead to magically reveal the future or influence the course of events. In the Bible, necromancy is also called “divination,” “sorcery” and “spiritism” (Exodus 7:11; 2 Kings 17:17).
D. Others include practices like:
i. Palm reading, visiting false Prophets, spiritual bathing, etc.
ii. Playing some seemingly harmless games designed to initiate people into divination
iii. Visiting websites that promise to guide and reveal destiny to unsuspecting victims
iv. Perfumes and cosmetics capable of bringing good luck or warding off bad luck
v. Using charms, amulets, or talismans, etc. (Leviticus 19:26).
2. SCRIPTURAL PERSPECTIVES
A. Astrology, crystal sphere as well as necromancy are forms of divination expressly detestable and forbidden in Scripture (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).
i. Stars, along with the sun and moon, were given for “signs” and “seasons” (Genesis 1:14).
ii. To “worship the starry host” is a clear violation of God’s law (Deuteronomy 4:19).
iii. The royal astrologers of the Babylonian court were put to shame by God’s prophet, Daniel (Daniel 1:20; 2:27).
B. Our wisdom comes from God, not the dead (James 1:5).
i. Those who are dead, either go to Heaven to rest or to hell for condemnation. Anything outside this is the conjuring of demonic spirits.
ii. Anything that seeks to manipulate the spirit world can be categorised as witchcraft.
iii. Witchcraft is named along with idolatry as ungodly behaviour (Galatians 5:19-21).
C. All the aforementioned practices involve demonic manipulations.
i. They open the one who practices them to demonic attacks.
ii. It is worshipping created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).
D. The word of God is and must remain our guide through life (Psalm 119:105).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share with the class the consequences suffered for any form of idolatry they engaged in.
CONCLUSION: Self-worship is the basis of all modern-day idolatry. It is a lifelong battle in Christian life that must be resisted (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:3-4).
*LESSON TWENTY TWO (22)*
TOPIC: MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:3-5
MEMORY VERSE: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37.
INTRODUCTION: An Idol is anything that replaces the One and only True God in our lives. It can be anything that appeals to our own heart more than God does, and anything that takes a significant amount of our time leaving us with little or no time to spend with Him. While the Scripture condemns idolatry in strong terms (Jeremiah 25:6), many Christians engage in idol worship today without knowing it.
OUTLINES:
1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
Unlike the past, where idol worship is bowing down to statues and objects typical of pagans in many cultures, modern-day idol worship is expressed through various insatiable pursuits and cravings of man, driven by his sinful nature.
i. These shift all attention to man, leaving God out of the equation (Isaiah 42:8).
ii. It is also expressed by portraying and painting God contrary to sound and total biblical precepts but revealing Him to suit personal values and ideologies (2 Timothy 4:3).
B. Quite often, modern-day idolatry takes the form of:
i. Self-worship – expressed through aggressive pursuit and realisation of goals and dreams in which God is excluded.
ii. Materialism – great or excessive regard for worldly possessions (1 Corinthians 7:31).
iii. Pride and Ego – which often takes the form of obsession with careers/ business to increase social status (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23; Proverbs 8:13).
iv. Idolising fellow humans – reverencing renowned individuals above God e.g. music stars/actors, footballers, ministers of God, politicians, spouses, etc.
v. Naturalism and the power of science – this clings to the illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs (2 Peter 3:10-13).
vi. Self-indulgence – through alcohol, drugs, excessive watching of TV, excessive and abnormal use of social media, clubbing, and gambling among other things (1 Corinthians 10:31).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: From your understanding of modern-day idolatry mention other forms of present-day idolatry not in the aforementioned.
2. CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
The teacher should explain the consequences of Modern-day idolatry as follows:
1. Deviation from the laws and teachings of the Lord (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
2. Loss of zeal for the things of God (2 Timothy 4:10).
3. Generational departure from God (Hosea 4:17).
4. Eternal separation from God (1 Samuel 2:29-36).
5. Incurring a divine curse (Daniel 4:30-33).
1. Deviation from the laws and teachings of the Lord (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
2. Loss of zeal for the things of God (2 Timothy 4:10).
3. Generational departure from God (Hosea 4:17).
4. Eternal separation from God (1 Samuel 2:29-36).
5. Incurring a divine curse (Daniel 4:30-33).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share with the class the consequences suffered for any form of idolatry they engaged in.
CONCLUSION: Self-worship is the basis of all modern-day idolatry. It is a lifelong battle in Christian life that must be resisted (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:3-4).
*LESSON TWENTY THREE (23)*
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL MATURITY
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 5:12-14
MEMORY VERSE: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:3.
INTRODUCTION: Spiritual maturity is consciously leaving the longings for continuous “milk and baby steps” and growing to be like Christ. This involves feeding on “strong meats” and living for Christ alone. Every believer is expected to grow up to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
OUTLINES :
1. SIGNS OF SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY
The following are some of the signs that a believer in Christ is not growing in the faith as expected by God:
1. Selfishness – Like babies, such a believer cares about him/herself alone (2 Timothy 3:2; Philippians 2:21).
2. Gifted but lacking the corresponding fruit of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7).
3. Quick to speak, slow to hear (Proverbs 12:18; James 1:19).
4. Given to complaining and murmuring at all times (1 Corinthians 10:10).
5. Quick at judging others and justifying him/herself (John 8:7; Matthew 7:1).
6. Inability to endure sound doctrines (2 Timothy 4:3): loves to be pampered and listens to only what is soothing.
7. Controlled by sights/emotions/feelings (2 Corinthians 4:18).
8. Engaging in envy, strife, heated arguments, and disagreements (James 3:14-16).
9. Gets upset over petty things (Proverbs 19:11).
10. Flowing with the world (1 John 2:15-17).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discuss how they can know a believer is mature spiritually.
2. JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY
A. The journey to spiritual maturity begins with a deliberate walk with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4, 14).
i. It is about feeding intensely on the word of God (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15), and doing what the word says (James 1:25).
ii. Also, there must be visible manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24).
B. Spiritual maturity also entails:
i. Forgiving and growing to forget (Colossians 3:13).
ii. Taking to corrections and heeding instructions (Proverbs 1:8; 4:13).
iii. Managing our emotions and living beyond our feelings (Proverbs 16:32).
iv. Having integrity and not going with the ‘current’ of the world (Job 27:5; Proverbs 20:7).
v. Doing away with strife (Proverbs 20:3);
vi. Being humble (Proverbs 22:4; James 4:6);
vii. Putting on the righteousness of Christ to produce pure fruits always (Ephesians 4:24).
The journey to spiritual maturity begins with a deliberate walk with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4, 14). It is about feeding intensely on the word of God (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15), and doing what the word says (James 1:25). Also, there must be visible manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24).
Spiritual maturity also entails forgiving and growing to forget (Colossians 3:13); taking to corrections and heeding instructions (Proverbs 1:8; 4:13); managing our emotions and living beyond our feelings (Proverbs 16:32); having integrity and not going with the ‘current’ of the world (Job 27:5; Proverbs 20:7); doing away with strife (Proverbs 20:3); being humble (Proverbs 22:4; James 4:6); putting on the righteousness of Christ to produce pure fruits always (Ephesians 4:24).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share how higher dimensions in their walk with God began.
*LESSON TWENTY FOUR (24)*
TOPIC: THE REDEMPTION PACKAGE
BIBLE PASSAGE: ‭‭3 John‬ 2‭-‬4‬ ‭KJV‬‬
MEMORY VERSE: Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish. Psalms 49:20
INTRODUCTION: After we surrendered our lives to Jesus, He gave us our redemption package. Inside this package is everything that will make life enjoyable. These things make Christianity delightful and beautiful. It is, therefore, expedient that we unfold our redemption package to enjoy its benefits.
OUTLINES:
1. REASONS FOR NOT ENJOYING THE REDEMPTION PACKAGE
2. UNFOLDING THE REDEMPTION PACKAGE
1. REASONS FOR NOT ENJOYING THE REDEMPTION PACKAGE
Certain factors may be attributed to the inability of a Christian to enjoy the benefits of redemption.
A. Ignorance is one of them (John 8:32).
i. These benefits are written all over the pages of the Bible.
ii. We must search them out to know them (John 5:39; Acts 17:11).
iii. Until we discover them, we cannot enjoy them (Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6).
B. Another reason is that some Christians have been wrongly taught to be content with their present state.
i. Sometimes you hear them say, “Thank God, I am saved: at least, I am going to Heaven.”
ii. Some Christians may decide to live and die like Lazarus: sick, afflicted, and poor; while others decide to live and die like Abraham; rich and healthy (Luke 16:20-21; Genesis 25:8-10).
iii. Do not be content with your present state, if it is not a pleasant one.
iv. We must revolt against lack, want, sicknesses, affliction, and any other thing that does not bring glory to God in our lives.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: How can one enjoy the Redemptive package?
2. UNFOLDING THE REDEMPTION PACKAGE
Some of the things that accompany salvation can be broadly categorised as follows:
1. Deliverance: This is being set free from the power of darkness. This include:
i. Deliverance from curses and evil covenants (Galatians 3:13; Romans 8:1).
ii. Deliverance from the spirit of fear (2 Timothy. 1:7). Fear has torment (1 John 4:18).
iii. Deliverance from demonic oppressions (Isaiah 49:24-26; Luke 10:19).
iv. Deliverance from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 5:6).
2. Victory: This means triumphing, dominating, etc. (1 Corinthians 15:57). In the victory package is victory over:
i. Sin (Romans 6:14).
ii. Enemies (Isaiah 59:19).
iii. Devil (Revelation 12:11).
iv. Sickness and diseases (Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 53:4-5).
v. Death (both physical and spiritual) – Isaiah 28:18a.
3. Prosperity: Abundant provisions have been made for us (2 Corinthians 8:9; Job 36:11). However, some Christians are suffering, not because they are not saved, but because they are not meeting the conditions of the covenant of prosperity (sowing, giving, tithing, etc. – 2 Corinthians 9: 6, .
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share with the class what changed in their lives since they gave their lives to Christ.
CONCLUSION: If we, as Christians, look mournful and sickly, it may be that we have not been claiming our redemption benefits. We must claim our redemption package. It is our covenant right.
*LESSON TWENTY FIVE (25)*
TOPIC: CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS
BIBLE PASSAGE:Jude 3-4
MEMORY VERSE: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. 1 Peter 3:15.
INTRODUCTION: The English word apology comes from a Greek word that means “to give a defense.” Christian apologetics, then, is the science of giving a defense of the Christian faith. Many sceptics doubt the existence of God and/or attack belief in the God of the Bible. Some critics attack the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16) while false teachers promote false doctrines and deny the key truths of the Christian faith. The mission of Christian apologetics is to combat these movements and instead promote the Christian faith and truth.
OUTLINES:
1. REASON AND BIBLICAL INSTANCES
2. WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT
1. REASON AND BIBLICAL INSTANCES
A. There is no excuse for Christians to be completely unable to defend their faith (Jude 3-4).
i. Christians should know what they believe, why they believe it, how to share it with others, and how to defend it against lies and attacks (Colossians 4:6).
ii. We are all commanded to be ready and equipped to proclaim the gospel and defend our faith (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15).
iii. The only way to do this effectively is to study why we believe what we believe (2 Timothy 2:15).
iv. This will prepare us to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” as Paul said we should (2 Corinthians 10:5).
B. Jesus was His own apologetic:
i. He often stated that we should believe in Him because of the evidence He provided (John 10:25; 10:38).
ii. In fact, the whole Bible is full of divine miracles that confirm what God wants us to believe (Exodus 4:1-8; 1 Kings 18:36-39; Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12).
C. Paul practiced what he preached; in fact, defending the faith was his regular activity (Philippians 1:7).
i. He refers to apologetics as an aspect of his mission in the same passage (V.16).
ii. He also made being an apologetic a requirement for all believers (Titus 1:9).
D. Jude, an apostle of Jesus, wrote, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3).
2. WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT
i. Defending the Christian faith, as apologetics, should never involve being rude, angry, or disrespectful (2 Timothy 2:24).
ii. While practicing Christian apologetics, we should strive to be strong in our defence and at the same time Christ-like in our presentation (Matthew 10:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:7).
iii. If we win a debate but turn a person even further away from Christ by our attitude, we have lost the true purpose of Christian apologetics (2 Corinthians 6:3).
CONCLUSION: We are commanded to use apologetics in as many or more places as we are told to preach the gospel.

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