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Sunday, 21 May 2017

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON - RAISING GODLY CHILDREN

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON RAISING GODLY CHILDREN MAY21ST, 2017

OPENING PRAYER: My father, do not let our parents be guilty of their children, in the name of Jesus.

Student’s Manual
MEMORY VERSE: ‘’Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

BIBLE PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

INTRODUCTION:

Raising a godly generation in the midst of a godless society is a challenging task. While the responsibilihty of nurturing godly children falls primarily on parents, it is not confined to them only but to the entire believers’ community. Notice the sequence according to Deuteronomy 6:6-9. God’s commandments must be central in the lives of fathers and mothers first before they are taught to the children.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. Good and godly children

2. Examples of godly children raised in the bible

GOOD AND GODLY CHILDREN

Too often, if a father spends any time with his children it is on things like sports and other technicalities. His principal concern is that the children get good college degrees and high paying jobs. Mothers on the other hand, are concerned about things like clothes, fashion, beauty, cooking, etc. Such things are good but are potentially harmful without the knowledge and fear of God.

In Proverbs 4:1-7, Solomon shared some insight into what his father, David, taught him when he was young. Above all, he instructed him to seek wisdom and understanding. No wonder Solomon asked only for divine wisdom (2Chronicles 1:6-12).

Hence, Christian parents should lay more emphasis on godly living than achieving good success in human endeavours. It is godliness with contentment that gives great gain (1Timothy 6:6).

EXAMPLES OF GODLY CHILDREN RAISED IN THE BIBLE

a. Josiah walked in the ways of his father, David, and did not deviate (2Chronicles 34:1-3).

b. Timothy was blessed to have a godly grandmother and mother who taught him the scriptures as a child (2Timothy 1:5; 3:15).

c. Sons of Rechab kept the instructions of their father for generations even when persuaded to do contrary by a reputable prophet of God (Jeremiah 35:1-6; 2Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:8).

d. Daniel and the three Hebrew boys upheld the godly training they had received and refused to compromise with others even in a strange land (Daniel 1:4-8; 3:16-18, 28; 6:3-10).

e. Samuel grew in the knowledge and fear of God (1Samuel 2:26; 3:1, 19).

CONCLUSION:

We should remember that a godly child is more than a virtuous child or well-trained child. A godly child has those qualities, but he also has a great affection for God, His word and His ways.

QUESTIONS

1. Good and godly virtues should be instilled in children. Discuss

2. Mention five characters in the Bible who maintained their godly virtues all through their lifetime. Discuss how they were able to achieve these feats.
Teacher’s Manual
BIBLE PASSAGE: DEUT 6:6-9 KJV

6: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

7: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou

walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8: And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9: And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
MEMORY VERSE PROVERBS 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Riasing a godly generation in the midst of a godless society is a challenging task. While the

responsibility of nurturing godly children falls primarily on parents, it is not confined to them only but to the entire believers’

community. Notice the sequence according to Deuteronomy 6:6-9. God’s commandments must be central in the lives of

fathers and mothers first before they are taught to the children.

LESSON OUTLINE 1: GOOD AND UNGODLY CHILDREN

i. Goodly children are not the same as Godly children

ii. A child may be good looking or beautiful[in dress] but ungodly in heart. Such good looking is vanity- Prov 31:30

iii. David taught Solomon with the following instructions:- Prov 4:1-7

a. Let your heart retain my words. V4

b. Keep my commandments

c. Get wisdom and understanding

d. Forsake not wisdom and understanding for thy shall preserve you

iv. Solomon grew to love wisdom in line with his father’s teaching and he prospered by it. -II Chronicles 1:6-12

v. The father and the mother must emphasize the significance of godliness with contentment to their children- 1 TIMOTHY 6:6
LESSON OUTLINE 2: EXAMPLES OF GODLY CHILDREN RAISED IN THE BIBLE.

i. Josiah walked in the ways of his father, David, and not deviate- II CHRONCILES 34:1-3

ii. Timothy was blessed to have a godly grandmother and mother who taught him the scriptures as a child- II Tim 1:5; 3:15

iii. Sons of Rechab kept the instructions of their father for generations even when persuaded to do contrary by a reputable Prophet of God- JEREMIAH 35:1-6; II CORINTHIANS 11:3-4; Gal 1:8

iv. Daniel and the three Hebrew boys upheld the godly training they had received and refused to comprise with others even in a strange land- Dan 1:4-8; 3:16-18,28;6:3-10

v. Samuel grew in the knowledge and fear of God- 1Samuel 2:26; 3:1,19.
SUMMARY- Believers children should not only be good looking but godly in their behaviors.
CONCLUSION- We should remember that s godly child is more than a virtuous child or well-trained child. A godly child has

those qualities, but he also has a great affection for God, His Word and His ways.
CLOSING PRAYER-

i. Father, help all parents to bring up their children in the fear of God.

ii. Every wrong foundation laid for our children, scatter, in the name of Jesus.

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