SUNDAY SCHOOL – SUNDAY 11/06_2017

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

LESSON FORTY-ONE

SUNDAY, 11TH JUNE 2017

TOPIC: AVOIDING GENERATIONAL DEPARTURE

MEMORY VERSE: ‘’Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set” – Proverbs 22:28

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1Samuel 2:12-17

INTRODUCTION:

God has laid down principles for children upbringing which must not be departed from (2Timothy 2:19). The anger of God kindles upon children who disobey God (Ephesians 5:6; Eccles 10:8). The role of parents is therefore crucial to the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for His children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). While there are records of children raised in godly ways who remained on that narrow path, the Bible also has records of those who departed from the path of truth.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. Children that departed from godly upbringing

2. How to avoid generational departure

CHILDREN THAT DEPARTED FROM GODLY UPBRINGING

Biblical examples of children that departed from godly ways include:

1. Samson (Judges 13:3-5; 14:1-3, 8-9; 16:16-17).

2. Hophni and Phinehas; sons of Eli (1Samuel 2:12-17, 22; 4:11).

3. Solomon (1Kings 11:4-7; Eccles 1:1; 2:10-11).

4. Nadab and Abitur; sons of Aaron (Leviticus 10:1; Numbers 26:61).

5. Demas (2Timothy 4:10).

HOW TO AVOID GENERATIONAL DEPARTURE

In other to keep our children on the path of righteousness, parents have the following obligations to fulfil:

1. Love God fervently (Deuteronomy 6:4-6). Have a deep personal relationship with God. You cannot pass on to your children what you do not possess (John 14:21; 15:10; 1John 5:3).

2. Teach your children diligently about God (Deuteronomy 6:7-9). If God’s Word is on your heart continually, then you will be talking about it constantly with your children (Proverbs 4:3-4, Ephesians 6:4).

3. You need to answer your children’s questions about God and the Christian life (Deuteronomy 6:20-25; 1Peter 3:15).

4. Focus on obeying and pleasing God only (Deuteronomy 6:17-18) and also train your children, in agreement with your spouse, to please God in all their endeavours.

5. Live out/model godly lifestyle before children (James 5:12; Matthew 5:16-17; Titus 2:7; 1Peter 5:3).

6. Discipline your children in love (Hebrews 12:6; Proverbs 3:11-12).

7. Inculcate emotional stability but do not indulge your children (Proverbs 19:18; Colossians 3:21).

CONCLUSION:

We should pray and seek God’s direction in training our children that they would love God wholeheartedly. If you want to raise godly children, you must love God fervently, teach your children about Him diligently and live out a godly life for them to see.

QUESTIONS

1. Mention four biblical examples of children who departed from godly ways.

2. State five obligations of parents to keep their children on godly path.

Nigeria’s Power Issue Seems Spiritual!

​Memories of Midnight

Simon Kolawole
It was midnight, not so long ago, when I woke up, used the toilet and returned to my bed to continue from where I stopped. For almost an hour, I closed my eyes in vain. I could neither induce nor seduce sleep. I was rolling from one end of the bed to the other, like a footballer faking injury. I decided to go into my study, to prove to sleep that I could use the time for something else. My study is a junkyard. I tip-toed through the wreckage of books, old newspapers and all sort, and aimed for a particular Ghana-must-go housing old magazines. I randomly picked three editions of Newswatch magazine and went back to bed.

The first was the March 12, 1990 edition, “Cult of Deaths”, on the growing horror of secret cults in Nigerian universities. I flipped through within one minute. I took the second. It was the February 20, 1989 edition. The cover story was “IBB’s Surprise Move: The Sacking of AFRC”. The all-powerful Armed Forces Ruling Council was the three arms of government rolled into one: executive, legislature and judiciary (it could overrule the Supreme Court). Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the military president, had shocked the whole world by dissolving the body. I flashed back to the controversy that followed, particularly fears that IBB was about to become a full-blown dictator.

I leafed through the magazine again and shook my head on seeing the pictures of some of Nigeria’s most powerful military men at the time. David Mark, Nura Imam, Ndubuisi Kanu, John Shagaya, Gado Nasko, Larry Koinyan, Paul Omu, Yohanna Kure, Oladipo Diya, etc. Newswatch speculated that most of them would be dropped from the reconstituted AFRC. I looked at their 40-something-year-old faces and shook my head again. “Nothing lasts forever,” I muttered to myself. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Fact of life. So whenever I see the “men of power” today chasing us off the road with their siren, I imagine where their convoy would be heading in 2027 or 2037.

On page 19 of the same edition, I saw a story on the arrest of Chief Chris Okolie, publisher of Newbreed. His magazine had written a story, “A Harvest of Generals”, following a spate of promotions in the army. The military authorities did not like the story. Punishment? He was detained without a word. That was the fate of journalists under military rule. A little story considered to be an irritation was met with excessive deployment of state power. Today’s publishers of fake news would not have survived under a military regime. You didn’t need to publish fake news to be jailed. Just publish anything considered nauseating or “radical” and SSS or DMI would snatch you.

Flipping to page 31, I saw a short story in which Chief Ernest Shonekan, then chairman of UAC, warned that “there is little prospect for a return to the petroleum price which we enjoyed five years ago”. He was referring to the 1984 price of $28, comparing it to the $18 in 1989. He was wrong. Oil would later sell for $147 in 2008. Nigerians did not “enjoy” it, though. So maybe he was right. He also said the 20-fold increase in oil revenue in the 1970s killed productivity and only encouraged local assembly and packaging industries which “rather than become locally self-sufficient, depended on imported raw materials”. He was very right. And we are still saying the same thing in 2017.

I threw the magazine aside. I then made the mistake of my life: I picked the May 30, 1988 edition. I wish I hadn’t. I still believe it was the work of the devil. The cover design was completely black, but for the two big eyeballs in darkness as well as a slender white outline and a thick red border. It screamed: “NEPA — A Nation in Darkness.” It was a special focus on Nigeria’s power problems. This edition could have been reproduced 29 years after — I mean this year — with just little changes: the principal characters and the anecdotes. At the risk of exaggeration, I would say things were even better in those days than today, especially comparing the expenditure with the results.

Ray Ekpu, the editor-in-chief, started his weekly note thus: “Sometime in 1981, the then president of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, was poised to make a budget speech to the National Assembly… Everyone was seated and as the president began to make a speech, the brightly lit hall turned into pitch darkness. For 15 minutes the hall was enveloped in darkness and it remained so.” He also wrote about the embarrassment Babangida faced in Kano on April 16, 1988 when he was entertaining Flt. Lt. JJ Rawlings, Ghana’s head of state, to a state dinner. There were three power cuts during the event. Everybody was embarrassed, but Rawlings managed to make a joke of it.

Ghana also had power problems at the time. Today, Accra, its political and economic capital, enjoys uninterrupted electricity. Nigeria? Now don’t get me started. According to Newswatch, NEPA’s installed generation capacity as at 1988 was 4,000 megawatts. It wrote: “This is expected to increase to between 10,000 and 12,000 megawatts by the year 2000.” I’m not joking. A few days ago, some 29 years after,  the ministry of power happily informed Nigerians that power generation has now hit 3,000-4,000mw again. I’m not joking. Between 1988 and 2017, we have spent at least $30 billion on the power sector to generate uninterrupted darkness.

Let me amuse you a bit. In 2001, my landlord had promised to buy a generator big enough to power his flat and mine. Someone was relocating to the US and wanted to “fling” his generator. Suddenly, my landlord changed his mind. “If you noticed,” he lectured me, “power has improved in recent times. President Obasanjo has finally fixed the problem. There is no need to waste money on generator.” I nodded stupidly. According to official statistics, power generation had hit 3,000mw by 2001. It was time to roll out the drums. And so, 16 years after, we are still rolling out the drums to celebrate 3,000mw. Can you believe that?

When Obasanjo came up with Vision 20-2020, we were promised power generation would hit 10,000 megawatts by 2007 and 35,000mw by 2020, when Nigeria was expected to be among the 20 biggest economies in the world. The projections were brought in dead. When Obasanjo was leaving office in 2007, we were still celebrating 3,000mw of power supply. The plan, reviewed and re-presented by his successor, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, projected that installed capacity would grow from 6,000mw in 2009 to 20,000mw by 2015. Ladies and gentlemen, this is 2017 and we are still so glad to announce that we have hit 3,000mw again. A round of applause.

The excuses, or let me say the reasons, for epileptic power supply in 1988 are virtually the same excuses, I mean reasons, in 2017. Mr. David Oyeleye, then NEPA’s general manager, told Newswatch that “we cannot run many of the machines at Egbin because gas is not there yet… the amount of high pour fuel oil, HPFO, which is needed is not even produced in the country in sufficient quantity”. There was also the regular excuse, I mean reason: “Low level of water at Kainji and Jebba dams.” There were less than 80 million Nigerians in 1988; we are now well over 170 million. And we’re still celebrating 3,000mw. Another round of applause please.

After allowing the devil to torment me for 30 minutes, I said “No Más”, like Roberto Duran, and moved to the next story: “Why Food Prices Are Up”. An Agege housewife said she used to feed her family of six with a weekly budget of N20. “A mudu of garri now sells for N16 [so] where does that leave my N20?” she asked. At that stage, I told myself I had had enough. Get thee behind me Satan! I flung the magazine far away like Christmas banger, switched off my bedside lamp and cuddled my pillow, muttering: “But where do I get this reckless confidence from — that Nigeria will change someday?” God so good, I lapsed into unconsciousness, snoring away my midnight sorrows.
“According to official statistics, power generation had hit 3,000mw by 2001. It was time to roll out the drums. And so, 16 years after, we are still rolling out the drums to celebrate 3,000mw. Something is terribly wrong with us in this country”

Hallelujah! There’s Hope For The STUMP (and The BACKSLIDDEN)!!

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

LESSON THIRTY-ONE

SUNDAY, 2ND APRIL 2017


TOPIC: LESSONS FROM THE STUMP


MEMORY VERSE: ‘’For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” – Job 14:7
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 13:6-9


INTRODUCTION:

A stump is the base of a tree left in the ground when other parts are gone. It is similar to the remnant of something cut, broken or worn down. Just like a tree, certain factors can turn a man to ‘a stump’. There is virtually nothing good about the stump aside the fact that it is just occupying the ground. Anyone that has become like a stump will just be existing on earth without making meaningful impacts. It is dangerous to be like a stump. However, the mercy of God can revive a stump.
LESSON OUTLINES

1. Dangers of becoming ‘a stump’

2. There is hope for ‘a stump’


DANGERS OF BECOMING ‘A STUMP’

One should completely avoid becoming ‘a stump’ because of its dangers and consequences. As a stump is fruitless and barren so is anyone that refuses to fulfil the purpose of his calling or election (Luke 13:6; John 15:16). Like the stump, many remain spiritually malnourished even in the midst of nutrient (i.e. the word of God) probably due to lack of faith (Hebrews 4:2; Psalm 68:6c). A stump encumbers the ground unnecessarily so is anyone that refuses to produce fruit in the kingdom of God. Anyone that is like a stump is useless and may be rooted from the ground (Matthew 21:19; John 15:2). A man becomes a vessel unto dishonour just as a stump is dishonoured in the field (2Timothy 2:20-21). A man may also receive blessings from God, like the stump among other plants on the farm, yet may not manifest the goodness of God (Hebrews 5:12; Colossians 2:6-7).      
THERE IS HOPE FOR ‘A STUMP’

As long as the stump remains in the earth, God’s mercy is available in the midst of judgement (Habakkuk 3:2). According to 2Peter 3:9, God is rich in patience, perseverance and endurance. He does not want anyone to perish otherwise the stump could have been taken from the roots (Luke 13:7-9; Ezekiel 33:11). This act of mercy is an indication that God has not finished with the individual who exhibits the traits of a stump hoping there would be a change (2Peter 3:9). The expectation of the Almighty God is that everyone, like the stump, will sprout again having contacted the Spirit of God afresh (Job 14:7-8).

 

CONCLUSION:

A flourishing tree can become a stump, therefore, be careful (1Corinthians 10:12). If you have become like a stump, submit yourself to God, humble yourself, repent and ask for mercy today (Jonah 3:9-10; Genesis 8:21).
QUESTIONS

1. Mention the dangers of becoming ‘a stump’

2. Discuss how hope can be restored to anyone that has become like ‘a stump’
Special appreciation to the RCCG DCE for the permission granted to widely distribute this piece. Thank you and God bless you all in Jesus name.

COMPARING WIVES OF TODAY AND BEFORE NOW

The idea of comparing today’s wives become so necessary, due to the very wide gap in what most older generations/guys hear from their mums when talking with their dads, and what we hear today. Read and enjoy.

Comparative Analysis Between Wives of Today and Those of Yesterday:

(Purportedly written By Prof. Yusuf Dankofa)

1). Yesterday’s Wives:
Welcome my husband, hope the office was not stressful., your favorite food is ready, let me lead you to the bathroom first, then you take your dinner, you look so tired, am sure you’ll be okay after taking your dinner, welcome my one and only.

Today’s Wives:
Please don’t put unnecessary pressure on me, you can go to the fridge pick up the stew, microwave it and boil the remaining rice, I am your wife and not your cook.

2). Yesterday’s Wives:
Darling stop thinking about our lack of money. It’s going to be temporary. God will see us through and we are going to come out of it stronger. After all, we can still feed ourselves and the children. We need to give the Almighty that glory. I am with you through thick and thin, my husband, the owner of my dowry.

Today’s Wives: ________________Look I am sick and tired of living in this abject poverty with you. Why did you bring me to your house when you know that you are not ready for marriage? Every day is one complaint or the other. Are you the Complainant General of the Nation? We don’t have cars, our house is Face me and slap you, when your mates are in GRAs. Look if you don’t find solutions to your problems, you will come back and not find me in this your rotten house.

3). Yesterday’s Wives: ___________My husband, we only have 2 children, don’t you think we should have more. You know children are gifts and mercies from God. And the more the merrier.

Today’s Wives: _______________Look am sick and tired of this marriage. You won’t allow me to rest by your constant urge to have more children. I am okay with our two children. I can’t allow you to spoil my figure 8 by bearing another 4 children. You are so wicked that I feel you want to spoil my psychedelic looks. If you dare force me, I will sue you for rape.

4). Yesterday’s Wives: ___________ My husband, take heart and don’t worry. I shall go with you to Zaria. Your being transferred from the glitterati of Abuja to Zaria might be a blessing in disguise. We shall take the advantage of the educational institutions to advance our education. Some disappointments could be a blessing.

Today’s Wives: ______________ Me I can’t follow you to Zaria o. God forbid bad thing. From Abuja to Zaria? I can’t cope with such a demotion. To start living in a village? You had better look for another wife. I can’t live in a city without silver birds, Amigo Supermarket or Dunes

5) Yesterday’s Wives: __________My husband, I have enough clothes. This N30.000 you are giving me, pls keep it and save for a rainy day.

Today’s Wives: ________________Why are you so stingy? Do you have super glue in your palms?What an insult. What kind of shopping do you want me to do with N50,000?What can I buy? Is it Swiss lace or Dubai gold. I am disappointed in you. Your mates are giving their wives $5,000 to shop, here you are humiliating me with naira. I don’t blame you. It is because I refused to marry Chief Antonio that’s why you are messing up with me.

6) Yesterday’s wives ________________ Darling our children will resume next week, I have bought new bags and sandals for them, I have also kept some money for their text books, may God bless u for their tuition fees.

Today’s wives _____________ Your children are resuming next week, I don’t want to hear story of no money o, they will change their school bags, sandals, water bottles etc and their textbooks, make sure the money is completed this time o, after-all they bear your surname not mine.

(Many other more, you may add what you know at the comments section)

Uhhhm!! Though we still have some good wives in today’s wives. But, where do our wives belong? Yesterday or Today 😳😳?????