RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8 July 2018
TOPIC: Death [Sunday, 8th July 2018] RCCG Sunday School
OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to believe on your word. Let me pass from death to life. (scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL 8TH JULY, 2018 HYMN)
Bible Passage: John 5:17-27 (Sunday School STUDENT Manual July 8, 2018)
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
MEMORY VERSE: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” – John 5:24
What is death? Death is the opposite of life, the departure of life and the cessation of life. To humans, death is the separation of body, soul and spirit. The body goes to the grave and disintegrates while the spirit goes back to God. (Ecc. 12: 7) and the soul goes to one of two places: the soul of the wicked to hell, Lk. 16: 23, and the soul of the righteous to paradise (Abraham’s bosom). Lk. 16: 22.
To study the origin, causes, description and remedy for death.
At the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
i. Discover the origin and causes of death.
ii. Discover death and remedy for death.
TEXT REVIEW: John 5:17-27
The Bible wrote significantly about death. From Genesis to Revelation, death is common. Both great and small would die, even the oldest man in the Bible which was Methuselah who lived nine hundred and sixty nine years still died. Genesis 5;27. I know this is not a cheering news. However, the cheering news is the hope for the dead which is contained in the Bible passage for today. John 5:17-27.
i. John 5:17 states thus, “My father worketh hitherto, and I work”.
ii. John 5:21, “My father raised up the dead and quickeneth them even the son quickeneth who he will”.
The role of “Faith” in the quickening procedures of the dead cannot be over emphasized. Romans 4:17. The Lord Jesus quickens whom He will simply means, the Lord will raise from the dead/to eternal life, those who have faith in Him. These are the ones the Bible called the “dead in Christ”. I Thess. 4:16. I think this good news should be spread by all believers that Jesus is the hope of the dead. However, those who did not believe in Him in their life time also have Him to contend with when all the dead, good and bad, will hear His voice from whichever grave they
are. “For the hour is coming in which ALL that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation- John 5:28-29. God has given to Jesus the authority to execute judgment because He has life in Him. The one that will judge the dead must have life in Him. Jesus has life in Him. John 5:26-27.
Lesson Outline 1:
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN AND CAUSES OF DEATH?
A. ORIGIN OF DEATH
i. There are two kinds of death and both came from the Garden of Eden.
ii. Spiritual death- separation from God. Gen. 2:17. It came from eating forbidden fruit.
iii. Physical death- Cessation of life. Genesis 3:19.
iv. The first examples of spiritual death were Adam and Eve. Gen. 3:24, while the first example of physical death was Abel, son of Adam. Gen. 4:8
B. CAUSES OF SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL DEATH
i. Disobedience to God. James 1:5
ii. Sin. Ezekiel 18:4
iii. Diseases, calamities, etc have their root cause in sin. Rom. 6:23; Ezk. 18:20; Deut. 28:61-62
Class Activity 1:
Mention causes of death according to medical scientist or societal knowledge.
Lesson Outline 2:
HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE DEATH? WHAT IS THE REMEDY FOR DEATH?
A. DESCRIPTION OF PHYSICAL DEATH
i. As sleep. John 11:11
ii. Requiring of soul. Luke 12:20
iii. Putting off this earthly house. 2 Cor. 5:1
iv. Going to place of no return. Job 16:22
v. Going down into silence. Psalm 115:17
vi. Yielding up the ghost. Act 5:10
B. DESCRIPTION OF SPIRITUAL DEATH
i. Banishment from God.
ii. Everlasting destruction. 2 Thess. 1:9
iii. Alienation from God. Eph. 4:18
C. REMEDY FOR DEATH
i. All men may die physical death. Heb. 9:27
ii. Men / women can avoid/escape spiritual death by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. John 5:24
iii. Some people may escape physical death through rapture. These are holy people who are alive when the Lord will come at the second time. I Thess. 4:17.
iv. Resurrection is the hope for the believers who died in Christ. John 14:1-3
v. Those who have Jesus as their shepherd will not be afraid of death. Psalm 23:4
There is sufficient life in Christ for every option of death. You can choose life. 4.
Why did Jesus die on the cross? Was it an accident? Certainly not. God’s word said that someone must die for sin. Jesus volunteered to be the One to die. He died that you and I may live. (Heb. 2: 9). He tasted the bitter dregs for you and me. Do not let His death be in vain over you. Reconsider your stand today. 5.
What is death? What is life in Christ?
Father, let me live with you forever.
Find five differences between physical death and spiritual death.
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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?