OPENING PRAYER: My Father, save me and my household from evil workers. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 20 June 2021 HYMN)
MEMORY VERSE: “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” – Philippians 3:2
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Peter 2:9-22 KJV
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in there own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it a pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog has turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The word ‘beware’ is ‘to be careful of or to be mindful of a thing, a person or a circumstance. The scripture warns us to beware of dogs, evil workers and of the concision (fleshly circumcision upon which the Judaizers insisted as being necessary for gentile converts). Dogs are naturally domesticated as pets or for security purposes.
However, dogs are also dangerous animals; they can bite, destroy and even kill. In the New Testament times, dogs were regarded as scavengers (Matt.15:26-27).
In the context of Philippians 3:2, the word ‘dog’ is used figuratively to represent some classes of people. Who are these ‘dogs’ and why should believers beware of ‘dogs’.
TEXT REVIEW: 2 Peter 2:9-22.
2 Peter 2:9-22 mentioned some manifestations of the dogs. For instance, in 2 Peter 2:12 indicated that the dogs speak evil of the things they do not understand.
Find out other five descriptions of dogs and evil workers as indicated in the
- DESCRIPTION OF DOGS
- DANGERS POSED BY DOGS AND THE WAY OUT
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DESCRIPTION OF DOGS
Question: The teacher should allow students to use the following scriptures to answer the question, “Who are the dogs?”
i. Philippians 3:1-3. They are evil workers.
ii. 2 Corinthians 11:13. The deceitful people.
iii. 2 Corinthian 4:1-2. The unfaithful.
iv. Acts 13:8-11. The subverters of faith and the gospel.
v. Isaiah 56:10-11. Greedy, lazy, selfish and self-centred leaders.
vi. Galatia 5:15. Violent people.
Question: How did Jesus Christ describe the dogs, according to the following scriptures?
The teacher should allow some other students to answer the question according to the scripture below:
i. Matthew 7:6. The ungrateful, careless and carefree people.
ii. 2 Peter 2:22. The unrepentant people and people that revert to their old sinful lives.
iii. Hebrew 10:38. The backsliders.
Question: How does Deuteronomy 23:18 describe the dogs?
The teacher should allow some students to respond to the question.
i. The whore, harlot, woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
ii. The abominable people/thing. Deut. 23:18 i.e disgusting, detestable, evil things, such things that God forbids. e.g homosexuality, lesbianism, etc 1 Corinthians 6:9.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: How should a believer treat or relate with the d dogs?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: DANGERS POSED BY DOGS AND THE WAY OUT
Question: What dangers do dogs pose to the believers?
i. Dogs destroy and weaken faith. 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
ii. Dogs deceive and confuse believers. 2 Timothy 3:6.
iii. They confront and resist the truth. 2 Timothy 3:8.
iv. They weaken and pollute the minds of believers. 2 Timothy 3:7-8,
v. They cause weak believers to stumble. 1 Corinthians 8:9-12.
vi. They defile the church with false doctrines. 2 Timothy 3:7-8,13
vii. They are devil incarnate. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14.
Question: What should belief do to avoid the snares of the dogs?
I. Do not participate or take pleasure in the acts of the dogs. Rom. 1:32.
ii. Study the word of God regularly to prevent false doctrines. 1 Tim. 4:13; Eph. 4:14.
iii. Be watchful and prayerful. 1 Pet. 5:8; Matt. 26:41.
iv. Be holy. Rom. 12:1-2.
V. Be Spirit-filled. Gal. 5:16.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Why should dogs be avoided?
SUMMARY: Believers should heed the Scripture’s warning about the dogs.
CONCLUSION: Anyone who goes to his sins after forsaking them is regarded as dogs, be watchful!
EVALUATION: Who are dogs? Why should they be avoided?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, save the church from the dogs.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five new strategies adopted by the dogs to attack believers.
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