A Lifestyle Of Righteousness. RCCG Sunday School Teachers

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Opening Prayer: Father, open my heart to understand righteous living. 

Previous Knowledge: The Teacher should review the lesson from the previous week.

Memory Verse: “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger”– Job 17:9. 

Bible Passage: Phil. 4:8-9.

 

Lesson Introduction

Some people think that it is not possible to live righteously in this perverse world. However, the Bible admonishes believers in Christ to make righteousness a way of life (Phil. 4:8-9). God instructed Abram to walk uprightly (Gen. 17:1). just as Job admitted that if anyone continues on the way of righteousness, their lives will get better and shine brighter (Job 17:9; Prov. 4:18). It is, therefore, important for us to understand what it means to live a righteous life and its attendant benefit. 

 

Lesson Aim: To Teach the students about the means to live righteously and its benefits. 

Teaching Objectives

At the end of the study, students should be able to:

a. Understand what it is to have a life of righteousness. 

b. Realise that it is possible to live righteously in this world. 

c. Mention the benefits of having a lifestyle of righteousness.

 

Teaching Plan

To achieve the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:

a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passages, contribute to the discussion, and do class activities and assignments. 

b. Allow the Assistant Teacher to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment. 

c. Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments.

 

Text Review 

Apostle Paul highlights eight important things that the Philippians believers should think on and the benefits.

 

i. Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true……………..v8a.

ii. ……………………………………………8b.

iii……………………………………….v8c.

iv…………………………………………v8d.

v…………………………………………….v8e.

vi……………………………………………v8f.

vii. If there be any virtue……………………………..v8g.

viii. If there be any praise………………………………v8h

B. He further says:

Those things ………………………………….v9a.

ii…………………………………………………v9b.

 

TEACHING METHOD: Question and Answer method.

TIME MANAGEMENT: The Teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time. 

 

LESSON OUTLINE 1: UNDERSTANDING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE 

UNDERSTANDING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE

I. Righteousness is the character or quality of being right or just. It refers to a state of one who is as he ought to be before God and man (Acts 10:35; 24:16). 

II. It is holy and upright living by God’s standard.

iii. Righteousness reveals genuine salvation (1 John 2:29).

Question 2: What are examples /instances of works of righteousness?

Answer: Works of righteousness include:

i. Love for each other (1 John 3:10). 

ii. Production of spiritual and visible fruits (Matt. 7:16).

iii. Living the kind of life that reflects Jesus Christ Christ every day (Phil. 2:5; 4:8). 

 

Question 3: How can one become righteous?

Answer: Righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:9). This is because God’s character is the source of all righteousness (Gen. 18:25; Rom. 9:34). and He takes great pleasure in righteousness (Jer. 9:24). 

 

Question 4: What other biblical viewpoints are there on righteousness?

Answer: i. Righteousness requires a voluntary change (Eph. 4:24). 

ii, It combats sin (Ps. 119:10-11). 

iii. It requires discipline (Heb. 12:11). 

 

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discuss why some believers find it difficult to live righteously.

 

LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE POWER OF RIGHTEOUS LIVING

Question 1: Why is it important to live righteously?

Answer: Righteous living makes you a partner with the Almighty God (Gen. 18:17-19).

Question 2: What are the benefits of being a Partner with God in Righteousness? 

Answer: The moment you become God’s partner:

i. certain things will begin to run away from you. These include:

 

i. Sickness and diseases (Ex. 15:26)

ii.  Devourers (Mal. 3:10-11)

iii. Sorrow (Prov. 10:22)

iv. Fear (Prov. 28:1).

 

2. Righteous living attracts certain things to you. These include: 

  1. The good of the land (Is. 1:18-19)
  2. Overwhelming blessings (Deut. 28:1-2). 
  3. Victory without a fight (Deut. 28:7)
  4. Continuous success (Ps. 92:12; Jer. 17:7-8). 
  5. Dominion (Deut. 28:9-10,13).
  6. Living in abundance (Deut. 30:9; Lev. 26:4).
  7. Answer to prayers (1 Peter 3:12).
  8. Eternal life (Matt. 25:46).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention the benefits you have enjoyed so far from adopting a lifestyle of righteousness. 

 SUMMARY: A lifestyle of righteousness is a pleasing life to God. Its attendant benefits cannot be over-emphasised.

CONCLUSION: The danger of unrighteous living is that whatsoever holiness drives away, sin attracts. Therefore, God expects us to live righteous lives. 

EVALUATION: Students should mention three things unrighteous living attracts.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to adopt a lifestyle of righteousness.

ASSIGNMENT: Students should mention five (5) instances where they did what was considered righteous and the blessing they enjoyed from doing such (2X5=10marks). 

 

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