Opening Prayer: Father, give me the understanding of what I need to do to know you.
Previous Knowledge: The teacher should allow the Assistant teacher to review the lesson for the previous week.
Memory Verse: ” We also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual storehouse, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”. – 1 Peter 2:5.
Bible Passage: Hebrews 13:15-16.
The Christian faith, like every other religion, involves components like a Tempe, altar, and sacrifices (Gen. 4:3-4; 8:20; 1 Sam. 1:9). Spiritual Sacrifices, however, replaced the material sacrifices of the Old Covenant (Ex. 29:36). No longer do we offer bulls, goats and lambs on the altar (Heb 10:1-11). Our worship today involves the offering of spiritual Sacrifices. what are the spiritual Sacrifices and who qualifies to offer them acceptably?
To teach spiritual sacrifice, especially as pivotal to the Christian faith.
Through this study, students are expected to:
a. Know what spiritual sacrifice is.
b. Identify the elements of Spiritual sacrifice.
c. Discover who can offer it.
d. Distinguish between material and spiritual sacrifice.
To achieve the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:
a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the bible passage, 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.
In the above text, the writer admonishes believers to offer two kinds of spiritual sacrifice.
i. The sacrifice of………………………….v15a.
That is ………………………………..v15b.
ii. The sacrifice of ……………………………v16a.
Teaching Method: The Lecture Method.
Time Management: The teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES
- Spiritual Sacrifices are:
a. Continuous offerings from believers to God in faith.
b. They are words or deeds motivated by a desire to glorify God alone (Heb. 13:16).
2. Just as the smoke of the incense ascended to the sanctuary in the Old Testament, so our spiritual Sacrifices ascend to God (Ps. 141:2; Revelation 5:8).
3. These include the believer’s prayers, praise, will, body, time, treasures, talents and spiritual gifts.
i. The fact that the incense was always burning means we should always pray (Luke 8:1; 1 Thess. 5:17).
ii. Fasting is also a spiritual sacrifice that aids the believers’ prayer (Dan. 9:3).
iii. God created us to praise Him, and we must offer the “sacrifice of praise to Him continually (Heb. 13:15).
iv. Just as Jesus surrendered His will to the Father (Luke 22:42), so should we, though it’s an ongoing battle (Romans 7:18-20).
v. Our talents and spiritual gifts are from God and should be offered for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edification of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:7,12).
vi. Our treasures (Financial/material resources) contribute to the spiritual Sacrifices to be offered to God, the kingdom work on earth, the ministers of God, and the people in need (Phil. 4:18; Prov. 19:17; Gal. 6:10).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should share with the class the spiritual sacrifices they have made to God.
How To Offer Acceptable Spiritual Sacrifices
Believers constitute the new priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Therefore, to offer Acceptable spiritual Sacrifices:
i. We must appear before God is sanctified (Ps. 24:3-4; Lev. 10:1-3).
ii. we must present our bodies as ” living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20).
a. Our bodies are the temple of the Lord (1 Cor. 6:18-20).
B. The believer’s body is yielded to God as an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:12-13; 8:11-13).
3. This implies that we are to maintain good sexual boundaries (Eph. 5:3).
ii. Refuse to use our bodies for theft or to bring harm to another person (1 Peter 4:15; Col. 3: 12-13).
B. Spiritual Sacrifices must be offered:
i. obediently (1 Sam..15:22),
ii. willingly (2 Cor. 9:6).
iii. cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7)
iv. Timely (Eccl. 11:6)
v. In reverence to God (Mal. 1:8).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should narrate how they offered a spiritual sacrifice in a timely manner.
SUMMARY: Spiritual sacrifices are part of the Christian’s worship and must be offered on God’s terms to be acceptable.
CONCLUSION: Sacrifice is part and parcel of worship. Jesus promised us rewards for every kind of action done in His name (Mark 9:41).
EVALUATION: Teachers should ask the students to list three ways to offer an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let my whole life be a pleasing sacrifice unto You.
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