TOPIC: Lord, Sanctify Your Great Name
OPENING PRAYER: Oh Lord, please sanctify Your holy name in my life.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should ask the members to mention how someone can grieve the Holy Spirit.
MEMORY VERSE: And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. – Ezekiel 36:23
BIBLE TEXT: Ezekiel 36:17-36 (KJV)
17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:
19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be built.
34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.
To sanctify means to make holy, set apart or consecrated or hallowed. Our God is a great God and His name is great. Our God is holy and all He does is holy. Even when we profane or desecrate God’s name, God keeps His reputation as Holy.
LESSON AIM: To state categorically that God will not allow any defilement concerning His name.
At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Steer clear from defiling God’s name.
ii. Also teach others not to defile God’s name.
TEXT REVIEW: EZEKIEL 36:17-36
i. God will not want His name to be profaned.
ii. Therefore, as a child of God whatever you do, make sure you sanctify God’s name.
The leader should use the teaching/lecture method.
Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are three outlines:
1. WAYS BY WHICH GOD’S NAME IS PROFANED OR DEFILED:
- By our behaviour. – Ezekiel 36:17
- By what we do in the land. – Ezekiel 36:17
- By the worship of idols. – Ezekiel 36:18
- By the shedding of innocent blood. – Ezekiel 36:18
- When the heathen mock us and mock our God. – Ezekiel 36:20
2. WHY GOD WILL SANCTIFY HIS NAME – EZEKIEL 36:21-23:
- To protect the reputation of His name.
- To make the heathen to know that He is the Lord.
3. HOW GOD PROMISED TO SANCTIFY HIS GREAT NAME:
- He will take His people always from the heathen. – Ezekiel 36:24
- He will bring them to their own land (destiny). – Ezekiel 36:24
- He will sprinkle clean water (now: the blood of Jesus) for cleanliness. – Ezekiel 36:25
- He will give a new heart and take away the stony heart. – Ezekiel 36:26
- He will give a new spirit and put the spirit within you to keep you from falling into sin again. – Ezekiel 36:27
- He shall bring you to dwell in the land that He had promised you (your destiny). – Ezekiel 36:28
ACTIVITY: What does it mean to defile God’s name?
SUMMARY: God is holy, so please don’t defile His name.
Can we examine ourselves individually and identify ways by which we have debased the name of the Lord among the heathen? The Bible says that God will not allow His name to be polluted again. – Ezekiel 39:7
- Father, please have mercy on us for defiling Your name many times.
- Father, please for Your great name’s sake, take away our reproaches.
- Father, sanctify Your name in all RCCG parishes.
- Father, defend your great name in the life of Daddy G.O. and his family.
- Individual prayers
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
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