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Spiritual Awakening. RCCG Sunday School Teachers.

 

Spiritual Awakening. RCCG Sunday School Teachers

 

Opening prayer: Father, deliver us from the spirit of spiritual sleep and slumbering. Give us strength to watch and be sober.
Previous knowledge: The teacher should allow the assistant teacher to review the previous week’s lesson.
Bible Passage: 1 Thess. 5:1-8
Memory Verse: Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober”- 1 Thessalonians 5:6

Lesson Introduction
Scripturally, sleep could either be caused naturally (Prov. 3:24), or supernaturally (Gen. 2:21). Sleep is also used as a figurative expression of death (John 11:11-13), spiritual weakness or Lukewarmness (Eph. 5:14). Spiritual sleep is considered dangerous for any believer. This calls for spiritual awakening, i.e. waking up from spiritual sleep.

Lesson Aim
To study the signs, dangers and remedies for spiritual sleep.

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Teaching Objectives: Through the lesson, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the signs and dangers of spiritual sleep.
  2. Discover the remedy for spiritual sleep.

Teaching Plan
To achieve the above stated objectives, the teacher should:

  • Explain the meaning of spiritual sleep.
  • Enumerate the remedy for spiritual sleep.
  • Summarise, conclude, evaluate and give assignments.
  • Allow the assistant teacher to conduct the class, take the closing prayer and mark the assignment.

 

Text Review

The Apostle Paul distinguished between children of the day and the children of the night in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8(5). The Teacher should identify any five of such differences from today’s passage. For instance:

  1. The children of the day are children of light while the children of the night are children of darkness.
  2. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  3. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  4. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  5. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Teaching Method: Lecture method.
Time Management: Two lessons outline time allocation.

Lesson Outline 1: SIGNS AND DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL SLEEP

  1. Manifesting the work of the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21.
  2. Loss of appetite for spiritual food (The word of God). 3:15-16.
  3. No longer impacted by the word of God. Isaiah 6: 9-10; Jer. 15:16.
  4. Loss of interest in prayer. Romans 11:7-8
  5. Loss of hearing from God. Romans 11: 7-8
  6. Loss of thirst for righteousness. 5:6
  7. Feeling of knowing it all (master of knowledge). 18:2, Gal. 6:3
  8. Pursuit of fame and self-glory. 45:5
  9. Unmindful of a consequence of action or proximity of danger. 10:25.
  10. Lack of commitment in relationship with spiritually-minded Christians. Judges 16:16-25; Jonah 1:3-5.
  11. Loss of discernment of spiritual matters. 10:25
  12. Loss of spiritual sight. 13: 14-18; Jer. 17:5-6.
  13. Exposure to spiritual attack. 1 Kings 19: 1-8; Matt. 13: 24-30.
  14. Sudden destruction. Acts 20: 9-12, Judges 4: 17-21.
  15. Spiritual weakness. Judges 16:20.
  16. Experiencing disappointment. 2 Tim. 4:10
  17. Missing spiritual appointment. 25: 1-12.

 
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Mention signs of dangers of spiritual sleep.

LESSON OUTLINE 2: REMEDIES FOR SPIRITUAL SLEEP

  1. REMEDIES
  2. Spiritual Awakening – Waking up out of all forms of spiritual sleep slumbering, weakness, or death Romans 13:11.
  3. Regular preparation for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is fast approaching. Matt 24: 42-44.
  4. Maintaining our position as “light” and avoiding the world of “darkness” 1 Thess 5:5.
  5. Conscious effort to wake up and be alive. 5:14.
  6. Being filled with the knowledge of God and living a life of righteousness. 1 Cor. 15:34.

 

  1. REASONS WHY SLEEPERS MUST WAKE UP
  2. To emit light and chase away darkness 5:14.
  3. To be free from the snares of the devil. 2 Timothy 2:26.
  4. To win more souls to the kingdom of God. Luke 10:2.
  5. To raise a defence against the wars and attack of the enemy, the devil. Matt 13:25; 1 Peter 5:8.
  6. CHECKLIST FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
  7. Heed the warning to awake to righteousness and be dead to sin, 1 Corin 15: 34.
  8. Ask yourself these questions.
  9. Am I asleep or awake? 2 Cor. 13:5, Luke 21:34.
  10. Am I watching? Luke 21:36, Matt. 26:41.
  • Am I praying? Luke 21:36, Matt. 26:41.

 
SUMMARY: Awake now if you are sleeping.
 
Conclusion: Learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in order not to sleep spiritually. If you are already sleeping, wake up!

Evaluation: What do you understand by spiritual awakening?

Closing Prayer: Father, release the power of the Holy Spirit to wake up all your children who are sleeping spiritually right now.

Assignment: Mention any five things which God can do to wake the believers from their sleep.

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