Sunday School ( 1st Quarter 2019 )

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3RD FEBRUARY, 2019

EPIPHANY IV

READINGS:

Gen.32:24-30; Ps.88:1-5; Eph. 6:16-19

TOPIC:  SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS OWN ELECT?

TEXT:     LUKE 18:1-8

AIM:      To show that Christians who in faith remain constant and  persistent in prayer shall receive their request.

INTRODUCTION:

In this parable, the Lord Jesus Christ describes the victory of the widow in the hand of an ungodly and wicked Judge as assurance that God will certainly protect, defend and avenge His followers who continue to pray with faith and fervency. How is your prayer life?

QUESTIONS:

       1 –  Explain the character of (a) the Judge in verses 2, 4-6,

            (b) the widow vv 3 & 5; (c) the adversary v.3, Jn.10:10; 1Pet.5:8, Lk.22:31.

       2 – (a) Who are God’s “elect” (v.7)? 1Pet.2:9-10

                (b)      Point out what Christ expects from them in v.1, 7,8. See also Heb.12:1-2, Lk.11:9-10, Gal.6:9; Isa.62:6,7.

      3 –  Mention the benefits of persisting and persevering in prayer from v.8. See also James 5:17-18; Gen.32:28, 29;

              Acts 12:5 & 11;Exo.17:11-13; Dan.6:10&27-28; 2Cor.1:10; Matt.15:22-28, Deut.9:18-20

      4 – What other lesson(s) do we learn from today’s passage?

CONCLUSION:

The widow kept her request constant before the unjust judge and received her request. Like her, everyone who in faith, persist and persevere in prayer shall despite temporary delays, receive their requests and grow in character, faith, and hope.

MEMORY VERSE:

And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isa.62:7).

27 JANUARY, 2019

EPIPHANY III

READINGS:

Ps.9:1-10; Lk.18:1-8,, Titus 2:7-8

TOPIC:  AVENGE THEMSELVES ON THEIR  ENEMIES

TEXT:     ESTHER 8:7-14

AIM:      To show that God prepares and helps His people to overcome   and rule over their enemies.

INTRODUCTION:

Empowered by the King, Queen Esther and Mordecai without revoking Haman’s earlier decree writes in the name and authority of the King counter-acting every provision of it; and empowering the Jews to organise, defend themselves, and to fight back, and destroy everyone that attacks them. This study examines the provision of the Jews’ decree as a reminder that God will avenge (speedily) and defend His children who trust in HIM and wait on HIM.

QUESTIONS:

  1. (a) Further identify and explain the privileges given to the Jews in this decree from verse 11.

                (b)          How do these provisions relate to today’s Christians?

  1. What does “avenge themselves on their enemies” (v.13) suggest? See also v.13 (PRB), Deut.7:24, 33:27; Lk.18:7-8; Ps.107:47, 9:8
  2. How were the enemies of Israel avenged in the following passages? Judges 16:28-30, Exo.12:35-36, Josh.10:10-14; Esther 9:1-5, 10, 16.
  3. Point out and explain the lesson(s) in Exo.22:23, Ps.88:1-2; Rom.8:23.

CONCLUSION:

God hears and answers the cry of the oppressed who cry to Him for justice. He intervenes in different ways to defeat and overcome their enemies and enable them to fight back to the spoiling of the enemies.

MEMORY VERSE:

On the (very) day that the enemies of the Jews had planned for a massacre of them, it was turned to the contrary and the Jews had rule over those who hated them (Esther 9:1 AMP).

20 JANUARY, 2019

EPIPHANY II

READINGS:

Ps.135:1-12; Jn.19:17-22; Acts 5:33-39

TOPIC:  MAY NO MAN REVERSE

TEXT:     ESTHER 8:7-14

AIM:      To show that God’s blessings are permanent and cannot be changed.

INTRODUCTION:

Today’s study shall examine the King’s response to Queen Esther’s request for the reversal of Haman’s letter to destroy the Jews as a reminder that God’s plan, blessings and decision to revenge for His people cannot be annulled or changed by the enemy.

QUESTIONS:

1. (a) Comment on the contents of the King’s answer to Esther’s request in verses 7 & 8.

                (b)          What does “may no man reverse” (v.8) demonstrate? See also Isa.43:13, Ps.62:11 33:11 (NLT), Job 9:12; Num.23:20 (NIV), Dan.4:35; Acts 5:39

2. How did God ensure that what He had planned or done was not changed in V.8, Exo.1:9-12, 15-20, Gen.37:18-28, Jonah 1:1-3, 14-17 & 2:10; Matt.9:18-25, Num.23:7-12?

3. (a) Point out the similarities and differences in the content, method of dispatch, and extent of circulation between the Jews’ letter in verses 9-14 and that of Haman in Esther 3:12-15.

                (b)          What does the above comparison teach us?

CONCLUSION:

Whereas God can stop and/or reverse the plans of the devil and its agents against His people, no man, power or principality can stop or change His decision to bless, revenge or defend His people. The plans of the enemy contrary to God’s plan cannot work.

MEMORY VERSE:

For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And His hand is stretched out and who shall turn it back? (Isa.14:27).

13 JANUARY. 2019

EPIPHANY I

READINGS

Ps.113; Jn.16:31-33; Rom.8:31-34

TOPIC:  MY MOUTH IS ENLARGED OVER MINE ENEMIES

TEXT:     1 SAMUEL 2:1-10

AIM:      To show that victory evokes praise and gratitude even in the presence of the enemy

INTRODUCTION:

From praying with lips sealed by grief and confusion and with groaning that cannot be uttered (1Sam.1:10,13); Hannah here prays with her mouth wide open as she poured out abundant praise with thanksgiving to the LORD who answered her prayer and silenced her enemies. How grateful are you to God for the great increase He gave to you?

QUESTIONS:

1. Further comment on the situation that led to Hannah’s song and thanksgiving from 1Sam.2:6-7, 10-16, 19-20, 24-28.

2. Point out other situations that may necessitate thanksgiving from Judges 4:15-16, 23-24; Lk. 1:36-38, Jn.16:33; Rom.8:31-32, 1John 5:4.

3. (a) Who did Hannah focus her joy and gratitude on? V.1

   (b)    What does ‘a’ above teach us about the proper attitude towards the “gift” and “the giver”?

4. (a) Mention the attributes of God that were acknowledged in verses 1-10.

     (b)      What other lesson(s) do we learn from v.1, 9 & 10?

CONCLUSION:

Hannah in victory focused on God who answered her prayer by giving her a son, as she testified of His purity, power, wisdom, justice and dominion; as well as expressed a sure confidence in the future. Like her, let us with joy show forth our gratitude to God for His numerous and diverse blessings and promises to us.

MEMORY VERSE:

…My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation (1Sam.2:1 NASB).

6 JANUARY, 2019

THE EPIPHANY

READINGS

Ps.107:A1-9;  Lk.17:11-19; 1Thess.5:16-18

TOPIC:  THEREFORE I WILL GIVE THANKS   UNTO THEE

TEXT:     2 SAMUEL 22:47-51

AIM:      To show that Christians need to acknowledge and give thanks to God for His numerous blessings.

INTRODUCTION:

King David in this chapter takes stock of the events of his life and acknowledges the manifold blessings of God upon him, and decides to give HIM thanks. How have you responded to God’s mercies and goodness in the previous year(s)?

QUESTIONS:

  1. What does “therefore I will give thanks unto thee” (v50) suggest?

2. (a) Point out the reasons for David’s decision to thank God in verses 47-49, 51; Ps. 18:16-19

(b)   Identify other reasons for thanking God from Deut. 8:10; Ps. 95:1; 107:1-9; Acts 2:47, Lk.17:15-16; 2 Cor.9:15;                                 1Thess. 5:18, 1Tim.2:1; Rev. 5:12

3. What are your reasons for thanking God today?

4. Where and how should we thank God? v.50, Ps.66:13-16; 107:22; Rom.12:2, 2 Chron. 5:13; Ps. 100:2-4; Prov. 3:9

CONCLUSION:

King David gave thanks to God for His deliverance and many blessings. Like him, let us think carefully about God’s acts of kindness and mercy, and thank Him for them.

MEMORY VERSE:

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever (Ps.136:1).