(28 April 2019 RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual)

28 April 2019 RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 28 April 2019 – Lesson 35

MEMORY VERSE: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” – Matthew 22:37 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 28 April 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:3-5 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 28 April 2019)

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

LESSON INTRODUCTION:

An idol is anything that replaces the one true God in our lives. It can be anything that appeals to our own heart more than God does, and anything that takes significant amount of our time leaving us with little or no time to spend with Him. While the scriptures condemn idolatry in strong terms (Jer. 25:6: Exodus 20:5), many Christians engage in idol worshipping today without knowing it.

OUTLINES:

  1. FORMS OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY
  2. CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY

1. FORMS OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY

Unlike the past, where idol worship is bowing down to statues and objects typical of pagans in many cultures, modern day idol worship rather, is expressed through various insatiable pursuits and cravings of man, driven by his sinful nature. This shifts all attention to him, leaving God out of the equation (Isaiah 42:8). It is also expressed by portraying and painting God contrary to sound band total biblical precepts but revealing Him to suit personal values and ideologies (2 Tim 4:3). Quite often, modern day idolatry takes the form of self worship expressed through aggressive pursuit and realization of goals and dreams in which God is excluded. It may also include ‘materialism’- excessive regards for worldly possession (1 Cor. 7:31; Col. 3:5); ‘pride and ego’- which often takes the form of obsession with careers, business or job in order to raise social status (Eccl. 2:21-23; Prov. 8:13); ‘idolizing fellow humans’- referencing renowned individuals above God e.g. musicians, actors, footballers, ministers of God, politicians, spouse, etc.; ‘naturalism and the power of science’- this clings to the illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs (2 Peter 3:10-13); ‘self indulgence’- through alcohol, drugs, excessive watching of television, excessive and abnormal use of the social media (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, etc.), clubbing/partying, pornography, gambling among other things (1 Cor. 10:31).

2 CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY

Just like the conventional idolatry, modern day idolatry will incur divine curse upon the perpetrators (Daniel 4:30-33). It usually leads to a deviation from the laws and teachings of the Lord (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 3:1-4). And loss of zeal for things of God (2 Timothy 4:10). Generational departure from the one true God (Hosea 4:17) and eternal separation from God (1 Samuel 2:29-36) are other consequences to watch out for.

CONCLUSION: The worship of ‘self’, is the basis of all modern day idolatry. God warns against it (Exodus 20:30). It is a lifelong battle in Christian life that must be resisted (Eph. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:3).

QUESTIONS:

  1. Mention at least five forms of modern day idolatry.
  2. What are the consequences of modern day idolatry?

For Further Reading: Genesis 35:2; Exodus 20:23; Revelations 21:8; 2 Timothy 4:4.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) things which have gradually taken the position of God in some peoples’ lives and their consequences (either physical or spiritual).

RCCG Sunday School 28 April 2019 HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well, 
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher, 
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, 
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain, 
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today? 
    Without my being blest?