RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, STAND OUT

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL

LESSON SIXTEEN

SUNDAY, 18TH DECEMBER 2016

TOPIC: STANT OUT


MEMORY VERSE:’Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” – 2Corinthians 6:17

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Corinthians 6:14-18


INTRODUCTION:

Another word for ‘stand out’ is ‘be separate’. In 1John 2:15, we are told not to love the world. Ephesians 5:1-8 admonishes us to live as children of light. We must shine as light in a world filled with darkness as imitators and representatives of God on earth.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. Stand out as a believer in Christ

2. Why and How?

STAND OUT AS A BELIEVER IN CHRIST

Believers in Christ are to stand out from all forms of sin, worldly pleasure and be separate unto God. Basically, a believer must:

1. Stand out from all forms of sin such as fornication, adultery, alcoholism, smoking, etc (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:22)

2. Stand out from all works of darkness (Ephesians 5:8;11)

3. Stand out from heresies, false doctrines and their perpetrators (2John 9-11; 1Timothy 6:5)

4. Stand out from customs and traditions of men that contradict scriptures (Colossians 2:8)

5. Never marry an unbeliever. It is forbidden (2Corinthians 6:12-17)

6. Stand out from any relationship, association, business partnership or friendship in which Christ is not glorified or proclaimed.

WHY AND HOW?

To gain divine acceptance and approval as a son or daughter of God, every believer in Christ must stand out (2Corinthians 6:17-18). Hence, it is important to know how to really stand out. Here are some steps to take:

1. Be sober, vigilant and prayerful (1Peter 5:8; Matthew 26:41)

2. Abstain from all appearance of evil: evil communications and corrupt companies (1Thessalonians 5:22; 1Corinthians 15:33)

3. Be a fruit producer: bear the fruit of the spirit and win souls (Matthew 12:33; Galatians 5:22-23)

4. Examine and renew your mind daily (2Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:2)

5. Study and meditate on the word of God to know His plan and purpose for your life (2Timothy 2:15; Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8)

6. Put all your trust in God and not in mortals (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 118:8).

CONCLUSION:

If you stand out completely from sin and worldly amusement and separate unto God, you shall be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 3:18); the Lord shall receive you (2Corinthians 6:17) and you shall be a vessel unto honour fit for the master’s use (2Timothy 2:20-21).

QUESTIONS

1. In what ways should a believer stand out?

2. Why and how should a believer stand out?

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, VIRTUE

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

LESSON FIFTEEN

SUNDAY, 11TH DECEMBER 2016

TOPIC: VIRTUE

MEMORY VERSE: ‘’According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” – 2Peter 1:3

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Peter 1:3-7

INTRODUCTION:

There are two root words in Greek translated virtue. The first “dunamis” as in Luke 6:19; 8:46 meaning ‘miraculous power’. The second is “arete” meaning ‘moral excellence’ or ‘goodness’. A virtue is a right inner disposition, and a disposition is a tendency to act in certain ways. It is not a sudden impulse but a settled habit of mind. Virtues are general character traits that provide inner sanctions on our particular motives, intentions and outward conduct.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. How to achieve virtue (Excellence)

2. The desire to excel

HOW TO ACHIEVE VIRTUE

Our God is excellent in all ways (Psalm 76:4; Matthew 5:48). He expects His children to be like Him (Genesis 17:1, 1Peter 1:15-16). Hence, the main aim of a Christian should be to walk to please God. Virtue is attainable only if we follow the divine guidelines (Philippians 4:8).

2Peter 1:5-7 tells us how to achieve virtue. It is like a ladder; the attaining of one leads to the next, and so on. The sequence begins with faith and ends with love. Without faith, nobody can have virtue. Faith supplies moral excellence as taught in the Bible (Hebrews 11:6). After we have attained some knowledge, we add self-control, or self_discipline. This is the opposite of the excess of the world. Perseverance means to view the unfolding of time with God’s eyes (2Peter 3:8-9; Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 6:33). Godliness means that we have a very practical awareness of God in every aspect of our life (1Timothy 6:6; 2Peter 1:3). Kindness is described here as “philadelphia”, the kind of love that we have for brothers and sisters. The most magnificent virtue of all: Christian love. The love is “agape” and results self-sacrificing action for another (1Corinthians 13; John 3:16; 1John 3:16)

THE BENEFITS OF LIVING RIGHT

The desire to excel comes with the recognition of excellence, and a consciousness of falling short of it. The goal is to be like Jesus Christ because He is the glory of God revealed (Hebrews 1:3; John 17:3; Romans 3:23). This desire to excel also involves: willingness to give up lesser things to achieve a greater goal (Matthew 19:16-26) and willingness to work hard towards perfection (Luke 10:17-20; Matthew 17:15-21). There must also be willingness to be taught, not only by those who are in a higher position, but anyone regardless of position or age (1Corinthians 1:19-29).

CONCLUSION:

Now we see that if we indeed have these virtues as an integral part of our being, and if they continue to increase as we apply them, then we lead a useful, fruitful life for Christ.

QUESTIONS

1. What is the will of God for His children?

2. How would you recognise the desire to excel in you?

REJECTED OF GOD?

​OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL


DATE: SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2016


THEME: REJECTED OF THE LORD? 


Memorise: 
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Psalms 51:11
Read: Proverbs 1:24-29 (KJV)
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
MESSAGE
Rejection is a terrible form of punishment that God sometimes uses to call the attention of His backslidden children to quit their sins and immoralities. Therefore, experiences and feelings of rejection are to be dealt with through the prayer of forgiveness and perseverance. In many cases in the Bible, God’s rejection came as a shock because everything seemed normal until a sudden calamity struck as a result of the departure of God’s Presence. Such was the case with Samson and the nation of Israel. The reality of God’s rejection dawned on them by the terrible defeats that they suffered in the hands of their enemy. Judges 16:20 says:
And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.”
All houses appear to have strong foundations until they go through the test of storms. In Matthew 7:24-27, the Lord talked of two houses; one built on the rock and the other on sand. Both appeared quite strong and promising until the floods came, one collapsed while the other stood firm. Do not wait till the day of the storm to discover your status with God, check yourself today and do everything possible to reconcile with God if need be.
In the same vein, all children are the same until they commit an offence. While the bona fide ones are immediately corrected and disciplined, the bastards are left on their own. A child left to himself is doomed. If God does not correct you for wrong speech, reaction and conduct, it simply means He is not your Father! When last did God cane you for wrong doing? May you never be above correction!
That God calls you does not mean He cannot call you something else. As our Creator, He has that right. Matthew 15:21-28 says, “the children’s bread shall not be given to dogs” and Revelation 22:15 says “dogs have a place outside”. This means that no matter how much a dog is loved, sooner or later, it will end up outside and the gate of Heaven will be shut against it. Do you feel as if the gates of Heavens are shut against you? Do you feel as if you are shut out of God’s blessings? It could mean that you are a ‘dog’. Why not accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today? Why not reconcile with your Maker?
Prayer Point:
Father, please, cast me not away from Your Presence in the Name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Exodus 33:7-35:29 and Psalms 119:65-80
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus

Daily let me go;

Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,

More of grace to know.
Chorus:

O deeper yet, I pray,

And higher every day,

And wiser, blessed Lord,

In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,

Take me deeper still,

Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,

And His perfect will.
Chorus:
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,

Deeper let me go!

Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,

Let me fruitful grow.
Chorus:
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,

Till all conflict past,

Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image

Perfected at last.
Chorus:
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,

Holy faith and true;

In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom

Let me peace pursue.
Chorus.

LIVING RIGHT

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL (2016/2017 EDITION)

LESSON FOURTEEN (14)

Sunday 4th December 2016

TOPIC:- LIVING RIGHT

MEMORY VERSE: ‘And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me, and be thou perfect.’’- Genesis 17:1

BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 4:8-9

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon, to whom God gave wisdom, said, ‘‘Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any any people’’ (Proverbs 14:34). Solomon came to recognize that only God can a man find real significance and lasting satisfaction (Ecclesiastes 12:13; Psalm 103:5).

Examples of righteous men in the Bible include Noah (Genesis 6:8-9), Abraham (James 2:21-23) and Job (Job 1:1,8).

LESSON OUTLINES

1. Understanding A Righteous Life

2. The Benefits Of Living Right

UNDERSTANDING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE

Righeousness is defined as ‘‘the character or quality of being right ot just.’’ It is doing right and refers to the state of one who is such as he ought to be before God and man (Acts 10:35).

It is holy and upright living, in accordance with God’s standard and it is given through faith in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9).

God’s character is the source of all righteousness (Genesis 18:25; Romans 9:14). God takes great pleasure in righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24).

Righteousness reuires a voluntary change (Ephesians 4:24). It is at the heart of combating sin (Psalm 119:10-11). It regards discipline as productive (Hebrews 12:11). Righteousness reveals genuine salvation (1John 2:29).

Works of righteousness include love for each other (1John 3:10b).

it produces spiritual and visible fruits (Mathew 7:16).

We ought to be living every day the kind of life that reflects Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:5, 4:8).

THE BENEFITS OF LIVING RIGHT

Righteous living makes you a partner with the Almighty God (Genesis 18:17-19; Amos 3:3) and this attracts certain things to you. These include:

1. The good of the land (Isaiah 1:18-19)

2. Overflowing blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).

3. Victory without a fight (Deuteronomy 28:7).

4. Continuous Success (Psalm 1:3).

5. Becoming a terror to your enemies (Deuteronomy 28:9-10).

6. Eradication of poverty (Deuteronomy 30:9).

7. Permanent open heavens (Leviticus 26:4).

8. Being the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:23).

9. Boldness and fearlessness (Proverbs 28:1b; Psalm 23:4).

10. Answer to prayers (1Peter 3:12).

11. Good health and victory over sickness and diseases (Exodus 15:26; 23:25).

12. Unspeakable joy and peace of mind (Romans 14:17; 15:13; Psalm 118:15).

CONCLUSION: God expects us to live right. Are you numbered among God’s righteous? The danger of unrighteous living is that whatsoever holiness is drving away, sin will be attracting.

QUESTIONS

1. What Is righteous living?

2. What are the benefits of partnership with God?