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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON NINETEEN SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
LESSON NINETEEN
SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

TOPIC: HEALTHY LIVING

*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 friend 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?

MEMORY VERSE: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished”. — Proverbs 27:12

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1CORINTHIANS 6:19-20

1 Corinthians:6.19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1 Corinthians:6.20
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

INTRODUCTION
Healthy living is some time taken for granted by many believers. Taking care of our body is not about vanity. The decision to learn and implement healthy lifestyle is as important as the desire to prosper (3John 2). True prosperity can only be enjoyed when we are in a state of good health. Some believers get too busy with work, families, ministry, etc. and barely have time to rest (Ecclesiastic 3:1). Sound physical and mental health is achievable with the right application of the knowledge of healthy living.

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. Reasons for healthy living
2. How to remain healthy

REASONS FOR HEALTHY LIVING

As believers, taking care of our body is taking care of the temple of God (1Corinthians 6:15a) because our bodies are the temple of God (1Corinthians 6 19-20). Our bodies are precious to God and should be presented to Him as a living and healthy sacrifice ( Romans 12:1). Being healthy makes the believers a good witness of the Christian faith and an example of a true child of God ( Matthew 5:16; Titus 2:7a). In bearing one another’s burden, only the healthy can take care of the unhealthy (Galatians 6:2). Believers will have more energy to do God’s work (Ephesians 2:10). We should know that we are labourers together with God, created to do the things that He had planned a long time ago for us to do (1Corinthians 3:9).
We cannot do God’s work at our best if our bodies and minds are not in good state.

HOW TO REMAIN HEALTHY

1. Eat Right: believers should eat healthy and balanced diets (Genesis 1:29-30). It is good to abstain from foods that will have negative impact on our bodies.

2. Personal Hygiene: proper washing of our body parts (private and public)/is essential for healthy living. Wash your underwear regularly, be well kept in and out and look neat.

3. Regular Medical Check-Up: right medical check-up is part of preventive healthy habit.

4. Physical Exercise: find time to exercise your body regularly in order to keep fit. (1Timothy 4:8). You can take a walk, jog or do some light indoor games/recreations.

5. Social/Emotional Wellness and Adequate Rest: associate with lively believers, watch your mood and beware of symptoms of depression or anxiety. Take time to rest and sleep well (Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 12:25; Psalm 4:8).

6. Avoid living in an overcrowded room/environment to prevent easy spread of diseases.

7. Obedience to God’s Command: the ultimate way of living well is to do what God says (Exodus 15:26; Proverbs 4:20-22).

CONCLUSION
It is wise to plan well for our health The prudent sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keeps going and pays the penalty (Proverbs 27:12).

QUESTIONS
1. Why should believers live heathy?

2. How can one remain healthy?

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-FOUR

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
LESSON TWENTY-FOUR
SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2020

TOPIC: POTENTIAL CHRISTIAN LEADERS

*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 friend 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?

MEMORY VERSE: “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” — Matthew 23:11

BIBLE PASSAGE: MATTHEW 20:25-28

Matthew:20.25
But Jesus called them to [Himself] and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Matthew:20.26
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew:20.27
“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave —
Matthew:20.28
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew:20.29
Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
Matthew:20.30
And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

INTRODUCTION
Christian leadership van be described as ‘knowing where God want people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s methods to get them there in reliance on God’s power’. Every believer in Christ must see himself/herself as a potential leader who carries the grace of God to lead others I’m the fulfilment of the divine mandate (Hebrews 5:12-14). This mandate or assignment is to propagate the gospel and mature believers in the faith whose lives will glorify God (Mark 16:15,Matt. 28:19-20). Christian leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is at changing people. It is therefore, important to understand what Christian leadership entails and how to harness the potentials in us as leaders ain any capacity (1Peter 5:1-4).

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. ESSENTIAL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
2. PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

ESSENTIAL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

There are some essentials of Christian leadership which make it a little different from the leadership theories and definitions of the modern world.

1. CALLING. Christian leaders are usually called by God. There are quite a number of examples of leaders in the Bible who received genuine call from God e.g. Moses , Gideon, Peter, Paul, etc. Any believer can be called for a specific purpose in God’s vineyard (Ex.3:1-4,10; Judg. 6:12-14; Matt. 4:18-19; John 21:15-17; ROM 1:1).

2. CHARACTER. This is a test of the real you from the inside. It refers to the set of moral qualities that distinguish you from others. These qualities includes honesty, courage, integrity, humility, perseverance and decisiveness. (Proverbs 4:23).

3. GIFT/POTENTIALS. These enhance the call and character of a leader in order to effectively achieve set goals of leadership (Proverbs 18:16).

4. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. These are corresponding complements to the calling , character and the gifting/potentials of a would-be leader (Exodus 18:19-24; Neh. 4:9-17). Leadership competencies are enhanced through knowledge and skills (Acts 22:3).

5. COMMITMENT. A potential Christian leader must develop sense of responsibility and commitment to impart lives positively. The concern should not be that of profit making (1Peter 5:1-4).

6. THE POWER OF CHRIST. The inner fuel, guide, and force at work through the Christian leader in advancing eternal results is the very power of Christ which is characterized by a walk of faith and the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 14:12; Romans 8:14; Col. 1:27; Phil. 2:13, Phil. 4:13).

PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

There are certain things expected from Christian on preparation for leadership.
These include:

1. Ability to follow Christ and inspire others to follow Him as well (1Cor. 11:1).

2. Adopting the servant-leader model of leadership as exemplified by Christ. Christians should be service-oriented, willing and ready to go or do as commanded (John 13:12-15).

3. Being charismatic: good communication skill, ability to share visions with people and carry them along as well as manage material resources (Hebrews 2:2; Nehemiah 2:17-18; Nehemiah 4:15).

4. Being proactive and firm with decisions (1Samuel 25:14-19; Esther 4:16).

5. Having emotional intelligence: ability to manage emotions such as anger, anxiety, fear, excitement, etc. (Ephesians 4:26; 2Timothy 1:7).

6. Being a good role model: live an exemplary lifestyle (1Timothy 4:12).

7. Manifesting the fruit of the spirit and other Christian virtues such as integrity, compassion, empathy, confidentiality, etc. (Proverbs 11:3; Phil. 4:8).

CONCLUSION
Those who would lead God’s people must in addition exemplify sacrifice, devotion, submission and lowliness.

QUESTIONS
1. State six essentials of Christian leadership
2. What constitutes preparation for leadership?

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RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL

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RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL

DATE: JANUARY, 26TH, 2020
LESSON: TWENTY – TWO (22)

*TOPIC: MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU*

HOUSE FELLOWSHIP ANTHEM
1. I Love This Family Of God,
So Closely Knitted Into One,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And `am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

2. I Bless This Family Of God,
So Greatly Prospered By The Lord,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

3. I Know This Family Of God,
So Deeply Rooted In The Word,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

4. I See This Family Of God,
So Highly Lifted Above All,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

5. Come, Join This Family Of God,
So Highly Favoured By The Lord,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

*PRAYER POINT*: Father, help me to be contended in You.

*BIBLE PASSAGE*: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

INTRODUCTION: Grace is usually described as unmerited favour. God’s grace is an unmerited favour from Him upon a person who is not in any way qualified. When God’s grace is upon a person he will enjoy divine abilities and the capacity over his deficiencies. Is there any deficiency or incapacity in your life?

*MEMORY VERSE*: “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

*TEXT REVIEW*: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
1. In this world, there will troubles/challenges
2. Never exalt any challenge above God.
3. Seek the Lord always and wait to hear what He say to every situation.
4. Speak what you want to see and not your present circumstance.
5. Glorify God always. In challenging a and good times. At all-time speak of His Goodness.

*LESSON OUTLINES*:
*WAYS IN WHICH GOD’S GRACE CAN BE SUFFICIENT IN YOUR LIFE*
1. When you have challenges with your health and it seems not changing.
2. When you cannot do what your mates are doing, after several trials.
3. When you cannot get money to settle life issues like further your education, rent, feeding etc..
4. When you want to serve God in a particular capacity and you are unable.
5. When you have come to the end of the road.
6. When you have lost hope and people seem to have abandoned you.
7. When you have lacked strength and the ability to face your enemies in your battle.

*SUMMARY*: Are you stuck, tired and seems you want to find alternatives to those challenges? God’s grace is still and ever sufficient. Wait and stay on Him. He would not fail; you can trust Him.

*CONCLUSION”: Grace as used here means God’s favour that we do not merit or qualified for. When God’s grace is UPI a person, he will enjoy divine abilities and capacity over his deficiencies. Is there any deficiency in your life, God’s grace is what you need.

*ASSIGNMENT*: Add contentment to your godliness.

*PRAYER POINTS*:
1. Father, please put Your strength and power upon me when I have lost hope in my abilities.
2. Lord, my strength is not enough to carry the burden laid upon me. Please lift the burden off me.
3. Father, let Your sufficient grace come upon all Your children with sickness and bodily afflictions which are considered terminal.
4. Father, in my journey through this wicked world, please let Your sufficient grace be available for me till I see You in glory.

GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 – Father, please let Your grace be sufficient for me.
TUESDAY: Romans 8:37 – Father, please grant me the grace to overcome all challenges.
WEDNESDAY: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through God’s sufficient grace..
THURSDAY: Matthew 17:20 – Every mountain before me; I shall overcome you by His grace.
FRIDAY: Psalm 91:1-end – Lord, establish Your sufficient grace with my family and fellowship.
SATURDAY: Romans 8:14 – Lord, make Your Spirit direct me always and make Your grace overwhelm me.
SUNDAY: Romans 8:37 – God’s grace is sufficient for you in that battle. It will soon be over.

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-ONE SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
LESSON TWENTY-ONE
SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

TOPIC: LONGEVITY

*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 friend 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?

MEMORY VERSE: “For by me the days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased”. — Proverbs 9:11

BIBLE PASSAGE: PSALM 91:14-16

Psalm:91.14
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
Psalm:91.15
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
Psalm:91.16
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

INTRODUCTION
Longevity is most commonly used to describe the length of one’s lifetime. The word of God give us straight forward principle that will enable us enjoy long life on earth. Believers should note that as much as God want us to live long on earth, He equally desires that we live a quality life (John 10:10b).

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO LONGEVITY
2. WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUALITY LIFE?

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO LONGEVITY

To live long, we must live by divine principles. Some of these principles are clearly stated in the Bible. For instance, it is important to fear God and keep His commands (Proverbs 3:1-2, 7-8; 10:27). Positive confession supported with a disciplined lifestyle is another key (Proverbs 18:21; 1Peter 3:10; Colossians 4:6). Aside spiritual empowerment, fasting can also boost one’s health and prolong life (Isaiah 58:5-8). The Bible also talks about honoring our parents as a secret of longevity (Proverbs 4:10; Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12).

In addition, we need to have a balanced lifestyle. Everything may be permissible, but not everything is beneficial (1Corinthians 10:23; 1Corinthians 6:19). Eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, observing good rest and avoiding stress constitute some of the other ways to have a balanced lifestyle.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUALITY LIFE?
There are biblical examples of those who lived long. Moses lived for 120 years ( Deut. 3:2; 34:7) Abraham -175 years (Gen. 25:7), Enoch -363 years (Gen. 5:23), Sarah -127 years (Gen. 23:1), Noah -950 years (Gen. 9:29), etc. However, it should be noted that neither Genesis 6:3 nor Psalm 90:10 is God-ordained age limits for humanity. Genesis 6:3 is a prediction of the timetable for the flood. Psalm 90:10 is simply stating that as a general rule, people live 70-80years (which is still true till today).

Believers should know that living long is good but the quality of such life is equally important (Psalm 90:13-14; Jer. 29:11). We should live purposefully (In service to God and humanity) in fulfilment of God’s plan for our lives.

CONCLUSION
Not only foes God and want each one of us to have long life, but also to have a life of abundance spiritually, materially, emotional and physically (John 10:10)

QUESTIONS
1. Mention four biblical principles of longevity
2. What constitute a quality life?

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