Memory Verse: “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and If I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts and you, O priests, that despise my name, And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?”- Malachi 1:6
Bible Passage: 1 Sam. 2:29-30.
Honour (from the Hebrew word “tiph’arah) means “esteem”. ‘value’ or ‘great respect’. To honour someone is to bestow value upon him or to esteem another highly. It is very important to note that all authority and honour belong to God alone (1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 5;13). The lesson points us to why and how we should honour God.
- WHY SHOULD WE HONOUR GOD
- HOW SHOULD WE HONOUR GOD
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WHY SHOULD WE HONOUR GOD
Answer 1: God deserves all honour (Revelation 4;11).
a. There has never been, nor will there ever be, anyone in any position of power or influence who can claim such an honour (1 Timothy 6;16).
b. God alone is the Creator and the One that sustains the heaven and the earth (Rev. 14:7).
2. As believers, we honour God:
a. For who he is (Is. 45:5-6).
b. Because He is our Father (Matt. 6:9b);
c. in our recognition that the gift of eternal life and the salvation of our souls come through Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 11:25); Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5);
d. For His goodness and wonderful works (Ps. 107:15);
e. For all his benefits we enjoy (Ps. 68:19).
All true believers are to honour God (Ps. 134:1), through our acknowledgement and confession that He is the one and only God (Ex. 20:3).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention other reasons why they must honour God apart from the ones already stated.
HOW SHOULD WE HONOUR GOD
There are several ways to honour God. For instance:
- We give honour and obeisance to Him through our adoration and obedience to His will (1 Sam. 2:29-30).
- To esteem God, as first in our lives, is to totally commit our lives to Him and devote our possessions to His Service and glory (Matt. 22:37-38; Col. 3;17).
- Believers are to honour God with their substances (first fruits, tithes, offerings etc. ) wholeheartedly (Prov. 3:9-10).
- We must honour God by living holy because he is holy and we are created in his image (1 Peter 1:15-16).
- Honouring God has great rewards: God will honour those who honour him (1 Sam. (1 Sam. 2;30) and give them overflowing blessings (Prov. 3:9-10).
SUMMARY: We must learn to honour God always so that we can enjoy His overflowing blessings.
CONCLUSION: God deserves all honour and it must be given to Him.
EVALUATION: The Teacher should ask the students to explain what it means to honour God and how we can honour him.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let my entire being honour you always.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) specific things you will do to honour God this year (2×5=10 Marks).
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