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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Domestic Violence Part 1


OPENING PRAYER
Father, please let love and peace reign in every Christian home in Jesus' name.

MEMORY VERSE: "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12  

BIBLE PASSAGE: Proverbs 15:1-7

Proverbs:15.1
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs:15.2
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
Proverbs:15.3
The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Proverbs:15.4
A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Proverbs:15.5
A fool despises his father's instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.
Proverbs:15.6
[In] the house of the righteous [there is] much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs:15.7
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool [does] not [do] so.

INTRODUCTION:
Violence can be defined as extreme force, action intended to cause destruction, pain or suffering, widespread fighting, injustice or wrong while domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the perpetrator is or has previously been in intimate relationship (Proverbs 27:4; Ecclesiastes 7:9).  Other terms used for domestic violence include domestic abuse, battery and family violence. This ranges from use of abusive/derogatory words, physical assault to the use of dangerous weapons. It has been observed that some family members, in spite of the love they proclaim, still engage in acts of violence against one another. Therefore, we need to find out why this is so and remedies to this act.

TEXT REVIEW: PROVERBS 15:1-7

The writer of Proverbs 15, verse1-7 proffered some remedies to anger which is a form of violence:

i. Soft answer to aggressive question/demand. Prov. 15:1

ii. Wise application of knowledge to foolish information. Prov. 15:2

iii. Understanding the truth that the eyes of the Lord is watching every home and act. The fear of the Lord is capable of stemming ungodly act of violence. Prov. 15:3

iv. A gentle word has power to heal wound of misunderstanding and contrariness. Prov. 15:4

v. Application of Godly parent's instructions and corrections has capacity to produce well nurtured/cultured children. Prov. 15:5

vi. Living a righteous life is an antidote to sin which include violence. Prov. 15:6.

vii. Wisdom will sift chaff from grain, wisdom will help to discover that not all battles are worth fighting. Prov. 15:7.

NOTE:
The opposite of the stated above remedies will spur violence.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. Forms of domestic violence
2. Causes of domestic violence

FORMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Teacher should explain the forms of violence as presented below:

i. Physical Violence: This include flogging, bullying, battering, stoning, strangling, pushing, kicking, slapping, punching, hitting, confinement, assault with weapons, destruction of victim's personal property/possessions or treat to do so, and murder. Gen. 4:8.

ii. Verbal Abuse: This include verbal threats or intimidations to gain compliance, instilling fear or further violence, yelling or screaming, constant harassment and name calling. 1Sam. 20:30.

iii. Sexual violence: This include sexual assault (forcing someone to participate in unwanted/unsafe or degrading sexual activity), sexual  harassment (ridiculing another person to try to limit their sexuality). Sexual exploitation (such as forcing someone into sex hawking). 2Sam.13:12-14.

iv. Psychological Violence: Such as smoking, imitating, isolating, threatening, intimidating and exclusion from meaningful events. 2Sam.13:22-23.

v. Emotional Violence: Such as rejection, pretending not to notice one's presence. Gen. 21:9-11.

vi. Economic Violence: This include withholding economic resources (such as money), stealing from or defrauding a partner, withholding physical resources such as food, clothes, necessary medications or shelter from a partner or children, preventing a spouse from working or choosing an occupation. 1Tim. 5:8

vii. Religious Violence: This include preventing one's spouse from practicing his/her religious or spiritual belief, forcing the children to be reared in a faith that a spouse has not agreed to, using a spouse religious or spiritual belief to manipulate him/her. Dan. 3:20

CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Class should share their experience, be it personal or told, on any of the above forms of violence.

CAUSES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Teacher should explain the causes listed above to students and should allow them to discuss them using their experiences:

i. Economic hardship, unemployment, stress, provocation by the spouse.

ii. Emotional/psychological issues such as depression, desperation, feeling of insecurity, suspicion and fear. Sexual infidelity, etc.

iii. Character defects (jealousy, anger) alcohol and drug related issues, insincerity and deception/failed expectations.

iv. Complex issue ( inferiority/superiority).

v. Failure to yield to divine instructions. Gen.4:4-8.

vi. Third party/interference from family, friends, colleagues ,etc.

vii. Environmental factors, spiritual attack, generational curses, etc.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Class should discuss how peace can reign in Christian homes.

SUMMARY
Domestic Violence in its forms should not raise its ugly head in Christian homes.

CONCLUSION
If there is no peace  in the home, the society will also be void of peace. Let us identify the root cause of violence in our families and deal with it prayerfully.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, let Your peace return and abide in every Christian homes.

ASSIGNMENT
Identify five(5) causes of societal violence and suggest remedies. 2marks for each point

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 old 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?

Reference : RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual Lesson Twenty- Four, Sunday 10th February 2019

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Hope For The Widows And Orphans


OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me and my parish to be involved in the welfare programs for the less privilege, fatherless and widows.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1TIMOTHY 5:3-16

3.Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4.But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

5.Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

6.But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

7.And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

8.But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

9.Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,

10.Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

11.But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

12.Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

13.And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

14.I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15.For some are already turned aside after Satan.

16.If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

MEMORY VERSE :
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world". James 1:27

LESSON INTRODUCTION :

A widow is a woman who has lost her spouse by death and usually has not remarried.

Orphans are children whose parents are dead, or for whatever reasons are not there in their lives(unknown, or have permanently abandoned them).

God loves and cares very deeply for widows and orphans.

He, therefore, commands us to protect and care for these people in our churches and communities. Psalms 82:3.

TEXT REVIEW : 1TIMOTHY 5:3-16 "

A. WIDOWS INDEED

i. Widows indeed are widows who are solitary dependent and without support. 1 Tim. 5:3.

ii. They (widow indeed) fix their hope only on God and persevere in supplication day and night 1 Tim.5:5.

iii. Widows indeed must have good reputation and are devoted to good work always 1 Tim. 5 :10.

iv. Widows indeed must be supported by the church. 1 Tim. 5:16.

B. WIDOWS 1. They have children. 1 Tim. 5:8

ii. Their children must support them. 1 Tim. 5:8.

C. YOUNG WIDOWS

i. They should go and get married and bear children. 1 Tim.5:14.

ii. They should not be busy body or give occasion to Satan.1 Tim.5:13-15.

iii. They should not be enrolled on the list of the church to take care of or become burden to the church. 1 Tim.5:11, 16. The bible made the clarifications to support widows indeed and liberate young widow from falling into temptations and to relieve burden on the church.

2 LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1:

GOD'S DISPOSITION
Teacher should explain the following points to the students and allow them to make contributions to each of the points.

i. God is highly concerned about orphans and widows, that is why He is called the Father of the fatherless and protector of widows. Psalms 68:5.

ii. God hears them when they cry and does not want them to be maltreated or afflicted. Exodus 22:22-24.

iii. Anyone who maltreats them is looking for God's trouble.

iv. God wants believers to defend, sustain and relieve the widow and orphans. Isa. 1:17, Psalms 146:9.

v. God Himself provides and preserves widows who trust in Him. Deut. 10:18; 26: 12-13 and Jer. 49:11.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Class to discuss what it means to neglect, abuse or take advantage of widows and orphans.

LESSON OUTLINE 2:

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
A. The church and the family has responsibilities towards the orphans and the widows who are usually vulnerable. Class should discuss the role of the church and family in this regard:

1. The Family

i. Family should take care of the orphans as a duty/responsibility of God. 1 Tim.5:4.

ii. Family should not enslave or abuse them, rather family must care for and help them. James 1:27. 2. The Church

i. Church should identify the widows and orphans and give them necessary support. Gal.6:10.

ii. Church should institute special welfare scheme for widows and orphans. Acts 6:1-6. 3.

Family and Church Collaborative effort of the families can provide great relief to their needs and save them from becoming destitude.

B. The teacher should call the attention of the students to the following biblical guides and directives to the young widows and physically strong orphans:

i. Young widows and physically strong orphan should engage themselves in productive ventures to meet their needs. 1 Tim. 5:9.

ii. Young widows are encouraged to to remarry. 1 Tim.5:4.

iii. Young widows and orphans should avoid any social or moral vices that could tarnish their image(s) and that of the church. 1 Tim.5:13.

iv. Young widows and orphans should be good examples for younger women in the family with proof of good work, prayer and faith. 1 Tim.5:10,15.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Class should suggest ways by which more widows and orphans could be assisted.

SUMMARY :
Widows and orphans must be supported.

CONCLUSION:
Do not close your ears to the cry of the widows and orphans. Assist them in church and around you. Widows and orphans should not be lazy. They should also learn to trust God.

EVALUATION:
What is the family and church responsibilities to widows and orphans?

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help us to support widows and orphans.

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention ten(10) ways by which widows and orphans could be helped, and select one for implementation.


SUNDAY 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 old 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?


Reference: RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual Lesson Twenty- Three (23)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Christian Couples And In- Laws

OPENING PRAYER
Father, help couples to treat their in-laws with the fear of God.

MEMORY VERSE: "And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore". Ruth 2:11.  

BIBLE PASSAGE: RUTH 1:1-18

Ruth:1.1
Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
Ruth:1.2
The name of the man [was] Elimelech, the name of his wife [was] Naomi, and the names of his two sons [were] Mahlon and Chilion -- Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.
Ruth:1.3
Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.
Ruth:1.4
Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one [was] Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.
Ruth:1.5
Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
Ruth:1.6
Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.
Ruth:1.7
Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
Ruth:1.8
And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each to her mother's house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
Ruth:1.9
"The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
Ruth:1.10
And they said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your people."
Ruth:1.11
But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? [Are] there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
Ruth:1.12
"Turn back, my daughters, go -- for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, [if] I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,
Ruth:1.13
"would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me!"
Ruth:1.14
Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
Ruth:1.15
And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
Ruth:1.16
But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, [Or to] turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people [shall be] my people, And your God, my God.
Ruth:1.17
Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If [anything but] death parts you and me."
Ruth:1.18
When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.

INTRODUCTION:
Christian couples are expected to live according to the dictates of God's word. For instance, the bible tells us that a man should leave his parents and cleave to his wife. Gen. 2:24. This shows that a line must be drawn between the families from which both parents originated and the new family the couple is building. However, bible admonishes us to honour our parents. Exodus 20:12; Deut.5:16 and do good to all men especially the members of our household. Gal.6:10. It should be noted that in-laws are people related to us by marriage and we should deal with them with godly wisdom. James 3:17.

TEXT REVIEW : RUTH 1:1-18- "SPONTANEOUS SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY"

i. The farewell speech of Naomi elicited sympathy from her daughter in-law, Orphah and Ruth. Both women from the country of Moab (Ruth 1:4) lifted up their voices and wept  Ruth 1:9-14.

ii. In their sympathy, both women wept, kissed their mother-in-law and promised to return to Judah with their mother-in-law. Ruth 1:9-10.

iii. But soon, one of the women, Ruth empathized Naomi hopeless condition and saw light in the cloud of emptiness. She WA's moved to declined the offer to return to Moab. She made up her mind to go to Judah where God has visited the people with abundance and she said, I will lodge where you lodge....your God will be my God. Ruth 1:6,16-17.

iv. The other woman, Orpah was beclouded with reality of sympathy. She must have concluded that truly, the situation was hopeless as posited by Naomi. She decided to go back to Moab and that was the end that was ever heard about her. Ruth 1:14.

v. But for Ruth, a new story line has just begun. Because she was steadfastly minded (Ruth 1:18), her story lingered on to New Testament and till today. God granted her true rest according to Naomi's prayer. Matt. 1:5; Ruth 1:9

LESSON OUTLINES
1. Build a cordial relationship
2. The thin line

BUILD A CORDIAL
RELATIONSHIP

i. Teacher should sample the kind of relationship which exists in our society between the spouses and in-laws.
ii. Teacher should use Ruth & Naomi's relationship to buttress the scriptural pattern of relationship between spouses and their in-law.  
iii. Teacher should enumerate some guidelines which can foster good relationship between spouses and their in-law as indicated below:

a. Avoid preconceptions: Do relate with your in-laws from a biased perspective. Be open in your dealings with them. Rom. 12:10,16; 1Peter 3:8

b. Avoid acting like strangers: Do well to let your in-laws see you as another child of theirs and not a stranger. Prov.18:24; John 15:15.

c. Avoid damaging rules: Make sure you avoid rules that can destroy the relationship with your in-laws. (1Tim. 5:1-2). Be wise in all decisions relating to your in-laws especially in speech. Psalm 34:13; Col. 4:6.

d. Treat in-laws as important people and avoid strife.( Phil. 2:3). Exhibit maturity and patience with in-laws. 2Cor. 6:4.

e. Remain humble and encourage mutual submission. 1Pet. 5:5; Eph. 5:21.

f. Always seek peace and pursue it
Psalms 34:14; Rom.12:18
.       
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Identify advantages/benefits of relating well with in-laws.

THE THIN LINE

The following guidelines would help parents or in-laws in their relationship with their sons/daughters in marriage:

i. In-laws to give breathing space to their married sons or daughters to enable them build a godly home. Col. 3:21.

ii. External interference should be avoided or be kept at lowest level. Matt. 19:4-6.

iii. In-laws can give godly counsels to their married sons and daughters without imposing their views  Eph. 6:4; Prov. 11:14; 19:20-21.

iv. In-laws can support their children in prayers. 1Tim.2:1

v. Couple should be allowed to take their own decisions.  

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Class should discuss why it is important to allow couples to take decisions on matters that bother their families.

SUMMARY
Christian couples should dignify their in-laws with respect and honour while the in-laws too should reciprocate same gesture.

CONCLUSION
Christian couples must relate with their in-laws in love and as light/salt of the world( Matt. 5:13-14).
Live at peace and remain humble at all times  Hebrews 12:14.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, help our in-laws and spouses to maintain scriptural-based cordial relationship with appropriate caution.

ASSIGNMENT
Identity five(5) things that can cause disaffection between in-laws and their married sons and daughters. Two mark for each points

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 old 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?

Reference: RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual Lesson Twenty- Two,  2018/2019 Session.

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