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RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 19 December 2021 – Lesson 16

RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 19 December 2021 – Lesson 16

TOPIC: Spiritual Knowledge (Part 3) (RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 19 December 2021)

MEMORY VERSE: “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” – 1 Timothy 4:15

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 4:13-16 (KJV) (RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 19 December 2021)

13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

INTRODUCTION: Last week, we considered three of the ways by which one can obtain spiritual knowledge. Searching, seeking and studying. Apart from obtaining spiritual knowledge, we also learnt that studying the word of God leads to divine approval, holy living and learning from the mistakes of others. However, some mysteries of God cannot be known through mere searching, seeking or studying. Therefore in this third part of our series we shall learn other ways of obtaining spiritual knowledge.

LESSON OUTLINES

  1. MEDITATION
  2. WAITING ON THE LORD

1. MEDITATION

Meditation is deeper than studying. Meditating on the word involves ‘eating, chewing’ and regurgitating’ the word, so that it becomes part and parcel of our spirit and life. This is what God Himself recommended to Joshua (Josh.1:8), and the Bible confirms it as a sure way of being blessed by God (Ps.1:1-3). Meditation takes time but then all good things take time and the sweetness which comes from meditating on the word of God compensates more for the time spent (Ps.104:34). One of the best times to meditate on the word is at night, (Ps.63:6).

Meditate on the works of God (Ps.8:3-4) and the lessons of nature (Matt.6:28-22) and you begin to get a glimpse of the mystery of the new birth as you realise how mighty the King of kings is and how nothing shall be impossible unto Him. Meditate on the sufferings of Christ (Heb.12:3) and you may stop asking questions of the mystery of the Bride of Christ and just march on, being grateful that you are a part of it. Meditate on the end of life (Deut.32:7) and you will be grateful that when you enter into eternity you will be with Jesus Christ.

2. WAITING ON THE LORD

Not all truths can be known by searching or seeking (Eccl.3:11). However, what you cannot obtain by searching or seeking you con get by simply waiting on the Lord (Isaiah 40:28-31). Seeking and searching may be tiresome. Waiting is refreshing and renewing.

Moreover, the Lord promises to teach those who wait on Him (Ps.25:5). Even if you do not deserve the information, He will give it to you out of His abundant mercy (Ps.123:2)

Therefore learn to wait on the Lord and as you wait on Him, do so with the expectation of learning something mysterious, something deep, and something beneficial. He will not disappoint an expectant waiter (Ps.62:5-6)

CONCLUSION: A combination of waiting on the Lord and meditating on His Word will surely open many locked spiritual doors and usher you into the secret rooms of spiritual knowledge (lsa.8:17). The ways of the Lord are marvellous, yet, simple.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Name some of the things you could meditate on?
  2. What are the benefits of waiting on the Lord?

FURTHER READINGS:

Monday: Psalm 77:12 (KJV)
12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Tuesday Psalm 119:15, 99 (KJV)
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Wednesday: Psalm 4:4 (KJV)
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Thursday: Job 37:14 (KJV)
14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

Friday: Haggai 1:5-6 (KJV)
5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. 6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Saturday: Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Sunday: Proverbs 24:14 (KJV)
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

ASSIGNMENT:
Students should identify five (5) ways of overcoming distractions when studying the Word of God.

RCCG Sunday School 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?

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