MORE URGENT THAN EVER Pt. 2

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON FORTY-SEVEN Sunday, 24th July 2016
MISSION: MORE URGENT NOW THAN EVER (Part 2)
MEMORY VERSE: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14·16
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 15:3-6
 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying 

 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he find it?

 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing 

 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost 
INTRODUCTION:
We live in a world that is uncertain. Current data for mortality rates, life expectancy and the degree of man’s inhumanity to man are alarming, hence, the need for us to rise and do something concrete about missions. Today’s lesson is a continuation of the cry for revival in missions. 
—– LESSON OUTLINES —–
1. THREE TYPES OF LOST SOULS

2. THE TRINITY’S RESPONSE TO LOST SOULS
THREE TYPES OF LOST SOULS
I. The careless (The Lost Sheep) 
Like sheep, many people in the world, wander away. While keeping its focus on its immediate needs and environment, the sheep goes farther and farther away from the shepherd’s care. Sheep gets lost without any intention to do so, but as a result of carelessness. (Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 34:6). So also, many people never ask important questions like; where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? They are lost in the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches (Mark 4:19). Souls of men lost in this category are usually due to personal carelessness.
2. The uncared for (The Lost Coin) 
Some people are lost as a result of the carelessness of others in handling them. Jesus warned His disciples never to offend the little ones (Matthew 18:6,10). The woman in Luke 15:8-9 was responsible for keeping her coin, but due to her carelessness, the coin was lost. The coin cannot help itself, either by bleeping like the sheep or by tracing its way back like the son (John 6:44). 
3. The backsliders (The Lost Son)
The lost son decided deliberately to go astray, just like many have chosen by reason of love for sin and therefore hatred for God and His principles. Souls in this category live in their own wills and go in their own ways. These men live completely ungodly lives. Their talents are wasted on eternally unprofitable ventures (Luke 15:12-13).
THE TRINITY’S RESPONSE TO LOST SOULS
The Trinity is dissatisfied, as long as there are still lost souls, even if only one (Luke 15:4,8). Church growth statistics like only 1% lost sheep (1 out of 100), or 10% lost coin (1 out of 10), or 50% lost sons (1 out of 2), is admirable but not to the Trinity. Rather, this is reason for urgent missions activity. The Holy Spirit seeks the Helpless (John 16:7·8,13). Jesus seeks the ignorant and the Careless. He seeks the sheep until He finds the sheep (Matthew 15:24; Luke 15:4). The Father waits for the rebellious son to return (Luke 15:20-21). The son must first return to himself (Luke 15:17), before returning to his father (Luke 15:18). The Trinity rejoices when lost souls are found, as represented by the shepherd in Luke 15 (v 6), the woman (v 9) and the father (v 32).
CONCLUSION
We must develop a sense of urgency for reaching the lost. Hence, be dissatisfied as long as souls are still perishing and be burdened for the lost. (Matthew 11:29a, 30). Seek till you find, do not give up on any type of lost souls (Matthew 7:8; Acts 10:34-35).
QUESTION
1. Mention the three types of lost souls.

2. How does the trinity respond to the lost souls?
o MONDAY: Ephesians 5:14-16 – Redeem the time.

o TUESDAY: Isaiah 53:6 – Forgive us oh Lord.

o WEDNESDAY: Mark 4:19 – Let your word be fruitful.

o THURSDAY: Matthew 18:6 – Children also need the word.

o FRIDAY: John 6:44 – Draw me nearer.

o SATURDAY: John 10:11 – Jesus the good shepherd cares for you.

o SUNDAY: James 2:26 – Faith without work is dead.

MISSIONS: MORE URGENT NOW THAN EVER (Part 1)

Persecution to killing notwithstanding, the gospel of Jesus Christ will go through out the world. Be involved to be rewarded. God bless you.

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL

LESSON FORTY-SIX Sunday, 17th July 2016

MISSIONS: MORE URGENT NOW THAN EVER (Part 1)

MEMORY VERSE: 

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” – Matthew 24:14
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 4: 17-21
 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written 

 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised 

 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

INTRODUCTION:

The Great Commission tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15). This has been the privilege of every believer throughout the history of the church (2 Corinthians 5:18). While “missions” is a vital and important assignment given by God to every believer, this key to world evangelisation seems to have been lost by the church. Hence, “missions” has become more urgent today, than it has ever been and the question is how relevant is it to you?
—- LESSON OUTLINES —–

I. THE URGENT MISSION

2. ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH MISSIONS
THE URGENT MISSION
The word ‘urgent’ means compelling or requiring immediate action or attention. It is about ‘now’ (2Corinthians 6:2). Jesus from the start of His ministry to the end of it never stopped to rest'(John 4:34; 9:4). The urgent mission is salvation for the lost, today (2 Corinthians 6:2). David recognised the urgency in God’s mission (1Samuel 21 :8). Opportunity for missions is time-bound (Nehemiah 2:6; Psalm 90:12). Life itself is short (James 4:14). The harvest season is brief (Jeremiah 8:20 John 4:35). An eternity of punishment will be too much to bear, yet, hell is unsatisfied (Isaiah 5:14). The urgent task before the church today is evangelism (Matthew 24:14; Luke 10:2). 
ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH MISSIONS
Urgent does not imply ‘anyhow’ or ‘whatever’. One error associated with missions is that in haste, many have embarked on the Great Commission wrongly resulting in “Great Omission”. This implies failure even if we complete the tasks. It is an error to think that we can make disciples without first having converts (Matthew 4:19; 28:19-20). Discipleship that is not centred on soul-winning is incomplete (Romans 10:13-15). True and complete missions outreach involves a good mix of evangelism and discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).
CONCLUSION
“Missions” is more urgent today than before. At the same time, there is the need to do the right thing the right way. We must recover a scriptural sense of urgency for God to be truly glorified.
QUESTIONS
1. How urgent is the work of missions?

2. Mention two errors associated with missions.
o MONDAY: Romans 10:13-15 – Preach the good tidings of the Lord.

o TUESDAY: Matthew 4:19 – God, make me a fisher of men.

o WEDNESDAY: Luke 10:2 – God please send more laborers into the vineyard.

o THURSDAY: Nehemiah 2:6 – God give me grace for your work.

o FRIDAY: 1 Samuel 21:8 -I shall not be lazy in the work of God.

o SATURDAY: Jeremiah 8:20 – God save the body of Christ.

o SUNDAY: James 4:14 – I shall live a purposeful life.

LEARN BEFORE YOU TEACH!

She is always at the church premises by 6am wearing some faded jeans, an old T shirt and some slippers. She always comes to clean the chapel and arrange the seats. For six years she has never missed a single Sunday coming to clean the place.

On this faithful day a young man walked into the chapel while she was still cleaning. He went and sat down watching as the lady cleaned. He was impressed that a lady who looked quite good even in the old cloths and a scarf over her hair could be so dedicated to her work in church. He thought within himself that this was an unfortunate lady who probably had not gotten anyone to take care of her schooling and now she would probably be an orange seller or some petty trader struggling to make ends meet. He watched and within his heart he felt he now knew what God wanted him to do. When he had felt a compulsion to come very early to church he had not understood but now he thought he did. He went back to his car and took out two 500 Naira notes (About 2 USD), and when the lady finished her work and was about to leave he called her and commended her for her service and gave her the notes. She respectfully declined the gift but he insisted pressing it into her hands.

He asked if she lived close by or if he could go drop her so she would not be late. She thanked him and told him that her car was nearby, but he did not comprehend or even try to understand what she had just said. He walked her out determined to find out all he could about this lady that God wanted him to help change her level. They walked out of the chapel with him telling her where he worked and how God had asked him to come early to church that day and how he believed God is directing him to help make a big difference in her life.

He was so busy talking he had not realized they had walked directly to a car parked under some trees in the parking lot. The car made his one year old Benz look like a worn out wheel barrow. The lady opened the driver’s door stepped in and handed over her card to the man and said, “I believe God sent you here for a purpose, but I do not think it was to change my level, May be it was to change yours.”

I am tempted to say it took a forklift to shut the young man’s mouth and move him from the place he was glued to as the lady drove off. God had a purpose for bringing him to church that morning and that purpose was to teach him humility which he learnt well because now two people always clean the chapel when everyone fails to show up.

Many times we think so highly of ourselves that where God sends us to learn we go trying to teach. We may be men created in the image of God but at one time ants shall be the professors seeking to impart knowledge to us only if we are humble enough to learn.
Stay blessed, be humble, trust and obey.