RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL – 24 OF MARCH, 2019 – SUBMISSION
*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?
MEMORY VERSE: ‘’Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme” –1Peter 2:13
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1Peter 2:13-17
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,
or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and [for the] praise of those who do good.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men —
as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
Honor all [people.] Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
God instituted certain authorities to coordinate various affairs on His behalf on earth (Romans 13:1-2). Everyone is expected to submit to governing authorities (1Peter 2:13-17). Servants must submit to their masters (Colossians 3:22; 1Peter 2:18-21). Wives must submit in all meekness to their husbands (Colossians 3:18; 1Peter 3:1-6). Children must submit to their parents (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3). Ultimately, all of God’s creations (including all authorities) must submit to God (Psalm 72:11; Isaiah 66:23).
1. Why submit?
2. Consequences of rebellion
Some people submit to authorities for diverse reasons ranging from personal gain, eye-service, etc. However, reasons for godly submission include the following:
1. God commanded it (Romans 13:1-2; Hebrews 13:17).
2. It is an act of obedience and honour to God (Mark 14:36).
3. To present ourselves as good examples (Philippians 2:5-9).
4. To obtain grace from God (James 4:6).
5. It establishes our lifting (1Peter 5:6).
6. It ensures the believer’s victory (James 4:7).
CONSEQUENCES OF REBELLION
Rebellion is the opposite of submission and it is an act of insubordination or resistance to constituted authorities which could be motivated by pride, envy, hatred, etc. Rebellion comes with grave consequences. These include:
1. Demotion (either temporal or permanent) – Nebuchadnezzar was proud and he lived like a beast in the field for seven years (Daniel 4:30-33).
2. Loss of authority and position – Vashti discountenanced her husband, the king, and lost her position to Esther (Esther 1:11-12; 2:1-4).
3. Destruction – Pharaoh consistently disdained God and he perished together with his army in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-28; Psalm 135:8-9). Read – Open Heavens 24th March 2019
4. Loss of destiny – Samson waved away the instructions of his parents and his life and destiny were cut short (Judges 14:1-3; 16:20-21).
5. Untimely death – Korah, Dathan band Abiram rebelled against the authority of God and were buried alive (Numbers 26:9-10; 1Samuel 2:22; 4:10-11).
There is no authority that is without the knowledge of God (Romans 13:1). Believers in Christ must therefore see submission to every authority as service to God.
1. Mention 3 reasons believers must submit to authority.
2. Identify some Bible characters that rebelled and the consequences of their actions.