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How the Bride Can Prepare for the Second Coming



LESSON INTRODUCTION:
Just as marriage is the union between the bride and the bridegroom, so is the Union between the church and Christ (Eph. 5:32). A wise bride will prepare herself for the coming of her husband (Matt. 25:1-10). In like manner, Christ expects the Church to be prepared for His coming (Rev. 21:2). The bride is the body if believers known as the Church that trusts in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have hope of eternal life. Jesus Christ is the bridegroom who had sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Eph. 5:25). The bride of Christ must therefore understand the reason for, and the rudiments of her preparation.

OPENING PRAYER: Father, don't let me lose my relationship with you.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 19:7-9  
7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

MEMORY VERSE: "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:2

TEXT REVIEW : REVELATION 19:7-9 - "ALLELUIA"
i. The word "alleluia" is a combination of two (2) Hebrew words which are "Halal" which means "praise" and "Jah" which means "Yahweh" or "Lord". The full meaning is therefore, " Praise the Lord" i.e. "praise our God" Rev. 19:5.
ii. "Alleluia" occurred four (4) times in Rev. 19:1-6 for the following reasons:
a. The first reason is because God's judgement is true and righteous. V.1.
b. The second reason is because God has judged (pronounced sentence and convicted) the great and notorious harlot who corrupted and demoralized the earth with her lewdness and adultery and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand. V.2.

c. The third reason is because the Lord God omnipotent (the all Ruler, all powerful) reigns and sits in the throne. V.6,4.
d. The fourth reason is because the marriage of the lamb, at last has come and His bride, the church has prepared herself. Rev. 19:7.
Perhaps, you need to know that the reason that the world has been filled with corruption and fornication is to pollute, poison and demoralize the bride to make the marriage of the lamb to the church, impossible because God is holy and will joy be joined with the unholy things. Rev. 19:2; Hosea 4:17-19.
But praise be our God who has judged the great whore and has liberated the church from its grip through Christ and Hus righteousness. Rev. 19:8-9.

2 LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: HOW TO BE PREPARED
To qualify as the bride of Christ, the following must happen in your life in accordance with the word of God.
i. Confess his sins and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. John 3:3, 5, 16.
ii. Let holiness be your lifestyle. 1 Peter 1:15-16; Heb 12:14.
iii. Avoid self indulgence and worldly lifestyle. 2 Tim. 3:1-5.
iv. Avoid being lukewarm. Rev. 3:15-16.
v. Be led by the Spirit and possess your vessel by sanctification. Gal. 5:16, 25; 1 Thess. 4:4.
vi. Grow in faith and understanding. Col. 1:9; 1 Cor. 14:20.
vii. Serve the Lord faithfully and diligently to the end. Luke 12:42; 9:62; 1 Cor. 4:2.
viii. Be an additive soul winner. Matt. 28:19; Prov. 11:30; Dan. 12:3.
ix. Watch and pray. Mark 13:33; 14:38; Luke 21:36.
x. Earnestly desire the coming of the Lord and be ready to go the extra mile. Matt. 25:1-13; 2 Cor. 5:2.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class should discuss the roles of holiness in our preparation as bride of Christ.

LESSON OUTLINE 2:WHY MUST WE BE PREPARED
i. Not to be caught unaware. Mark 13:33; Matt 24:44.
ii. To be presented spotless, and without wrinkle to Christ. Eph. 5:27.
iii. To be with Christ and reign with Him at His second coming. 1 Thess 4:15-17.
iv. To be part of the glorious wedding of the lamb. Rev. 19:6.
v. To receive the crown of righteousness as a reward. 2 Tim. 4:7-8; Matt. 16:27.
vi. Not to be condemned and judged with the world. 1 Cor. 11:32; Matt 25:10.
vii. To enter into His rest eternally. 2 Thess. 1:7; Heb. 4:11.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What are the consequences of not being prepared as the bride of Christ?

SUMMARY: Be prepared.

CONCLUSION: The bride (the church) and the bridegroom (Jesus Christ) shall be officially wedded at rapture (Isaiah 62:5). Be prepared till the end.

EVALUATION: How and why must the bride of Christ be prepared?

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, don't let me be unprepared when you will come.

ASSIGNMENT:Mention five (5) means by which the would be bride of Christ should prepare and give reasons why they should do so.

SOURCE : RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER'S MANUAL

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