Opening Prayer: Father, please open my eyes of understanding as I learn today in Jesus’ name.
Previous Knowledge: The teacher should review the lesson for the previous week.
Memory Verse: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification“- 1 Cor. 14:10.
Bible Passage: Ps. 29:3-9.
We live in a world of voices (1 Cor. 14:10): demonic voices, the voices of friends, the voices of enemies, the voices of those who love us, the voices of those who hate us, the voices of God etc. Also, different voices come with different impacts. 1 Cor. 14:10b says there is not one of those voices without meaning. It is, therefore, expedient for all believers to learn about the impact of those voices they listen to and the value of listening to God.
LESSON AIM: To teach students to be careful who they listen to and obey.
At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
a. Mention the types of voices in the world.
b. Analyse the impact of who they listen to on their destinies.
c. List the blessings accrued to listening and obeying God.
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 to the students.
TEXT REVIEW: Psalms 29:3-9.
The Psalmist in this passage describes the impact of the voice of the Lord.
A. He says the voice of the Lord is:
i. Upon many waters. He thunders and he is upon many waters……………………………….v3
ii. Powerful and full of ……………………………………..v4.
B. He goes further to emphasise the efficacy of the voice of the Lord. He says the voice of the Lord:
The Question and Answer Method.
The Teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time.
1. THE IMPACT OF VOICES
2. THE VALUE OF LISTENING TO GOD.
THE IMPACT OF VOICES
Question 1: Are there Bible characters who listened to people or voices?
Answer: Yes. there are people who took advice or instructions from other people in the bible and this had an impact on their lives. The voice you listen to affects your outcome. For instance:
i. Even listened to the
The voice you listen to affects your outcome. For instance:
i. Eve listened to the serpent (Gen. 3:1-7).
ii. Samson listened to Delilah (Judges 16:6.7).
iii. Amnon listened to Jonadab (2 Samuel 13:4-14).
iv. The young prophet listened to the old prophet (1 kings 13:11-24).
v. Saul of Tarsus listened to Jesus Christ (Acts 9:1-6).
Question 2: What are the things that can be affected by the voice you listen to?
Answer: Who you give your ears to can affect:
1. Your mindset and invariably your thought pattern (Prov. 23:7).
2. Your choices and decision-making (1 Kings 12:6-14).
3. Your emotion, feelings, and psychological well-being (Num. 13:32-33; 14:1-4).
4. Your lifestyle and the steps you take (John 4:25-29).
5. Your life’s outcome and fulfilment of destiny (Acts 26:13-16; Jer. 1:4-5).
CLASS ACTIVITY: Students should share their experiences with the class on how positively they were once affected by who they listened to.
THE VALUE OF LISTENING TO GOD
Question 1: What are the blessings of listening to God?
Answer: There are innumerable blessings in listening to God. Some of these are:
1. A fulfilling life and destiny. The most important choice you will have to make in life are choices that will require God to assist you in having a fulfilled life. For example, the choice of who to marry (Prov. 18:22), the business career to pursue (Jer. 1:5), the place to live or settle (Gen. 26:1-3) etc. These decisions will require God’s assistance as you put your trust in Him (Prov. 3:5-6).
2. The fulfilment of life’s purpose and vision. This is the reason for living as a whole. It seemed God was telling Jeremiah, “I planned for you, I prepared for you, I organised what you should do with your life before you come (Jer. 1:5). In Acts 26;12-19, Paul narrates the details of his assignment in life.
3. Supernatural supply or divine provision. As long as God is the one leading, you do not need to struggle for “pasture” (Ps. 23:1-2). God knows where your supply is and will direct you to the right place (1 Kings 17:27; Luke 5:4-7).
4. Supernatural power and authority. The voice of God comes with power (Ps. 29:4). When God speaks to you, power rushes into you (Ex. 37:1-10). There is a boldness that is backed up by the voice of the Lord (Ex. 3:1-10). You can face the future without fear (Gen. 12:1-4).
5. Victory over enemy forces including afflictions, battles, or conspiracies (Is. 30:31, 1 Sam. 30:1-8,18-19; 2 Sam. 5:17-21). Many people are victims of battles, only because they do not know what God is saying, and what they ought to do.
6. Escape from danger and disaster (Prov. 22:3; 1 Sam. 23:7-13).
7. The impartation of divine wisdom. When God guides you cannot be foolish (Prov. 1:5) If you hear from God, your wisdom is not contestable (Luke 21:15). You need divine wisdom to handle the affair of life successfully (Eccl. 10:10).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What are the dangers of refusing to listen to God’s voice?
SUMMARY: There are many voices in the world with various significations. Listen to God always, for a fulfilled life.
The voice you listen to determines your direction and destination. To end well, always listen to the voice of God.
EVALUATION: What are the possible impacts of those we listen to on our life’s decisions?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, I choose to listen to you always. Help me to always obey your voice in Jesus’ name.
1. Mention four (4) ways the voices we listen to affect our lives.
2. Mention three (3) benefits of listening to the voice of God.
Mention five (5) definite things you will do to control the voices you hear apart from God’s voice (2×5=10 Marks).
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