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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 4TH OF JUNE, 2023
LESSON FORTY (40)
TOPIC: THEOLOGY OF REST
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?
OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, please give me rest on every side, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:8-11.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
MEMORY VERSE: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Genesis 2:2.
INTRODUCTION: Rest is the cessation of work or movement in order to relax or recover strength. It can also be referred to as peace, ease or refreshment. To relax means to become less tense, anxious or firm; to relieve stress; to have a milder manner. God created for six days and then He rested, not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow (Gen.2:2-3; Ex.20:10).
TEXT REVIEW: Exodus 20:8-11.
A. The teacher should identify five reasons why the Sabbath should be treated the way it was stated in Exodus 20:8-11.
B. Why should it be so (2 reasons).
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHY REST?
-The teacher should explain the following as reasons why rest is essential:
i. God rested to serve as an example for us to follow. Gen.2:2-3.
ii. Rest is a divine command. Ex.20:10.
iii. Rest is a gift from God to mankind. Mark 2:27.
iv. The Lord Jesus Christ took times off to refresh and also ensured His disciples did the same. Mark 6:31; John 18:1-2.
v. When we rest we exercise our faith in God as the one who can complete everything we had started. Matt.6:25.
vi. Rest brings about recuperation from fatigue. Luke 8:23.
vii. Rest serves as a relief from anxiety of mind and spirit. Ps.55:22.
viii. God desires that His people should rest. Ex.33:14; Job 11:18.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Despite the benefits of rest, why is it that some people still fail to rest? (Students should discuss).
LESSON OUTLINE 2: HOW DO WE REST?
i. The teacher should allow each student to
mention how they rest.
ii.The teacher should also allow each student to mention how many hours they sleep per day against the medical recommendation of six to eight hours per day.
iii. The teacher should explain the following as suggestions on how to rest:
a.We must trust God to take care of things for us. 1 Pet. 5:7.
b. When we obey God’s commandment we
shall have peace and rest of mind. Heb.3:7-
C. We must avoid unnecessary stressors or
things that over burden our hearts and minds
e.g. bills, career, families, etc. Ps.127:2.
d.We must develop absolute faith in God.
e.We should rest properly after each day’s work. Eccl.5:12a.
f. We could have a day off (at least) to rest or relax in every week. Ex.20:10.
g.We can go on vacation or visit recreation centres to relax our brain, mind and body.
iv. The teacher should point out to students that the command to rest is not an excuse to be lazy. You have to work for ‘six days’ to get to the ‘Sabbath.’
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should discuss some of the reasons people give for not resting as they should.
SUMMARY: Take time out to rest.
CONCLUSION: For the Christian, the ultimate rest is found in Christ. He invites all who are weary and burdened to come to Him and cast their cares on Him. (Matt.11:28; 1 Pet.5:7)
EVALUATION: Explain why and how to rest.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father please give Your children understanding to take the matter of rest seriously.
ASSIGNMENT: Do you take time to rest? Share your rest routine (No Mark).