RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL LESSON FIVE SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018 – THE NEW BIRTH
*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 friend 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 be 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?
Father, let the light of salvation shine in every family and nation of the world.
BIBLE PASSAGE: JOHN 3:1-13.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
John:3.2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
“Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, [that is,] the Son of Man who is in heaven.
MEMORY VERSE : “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.
Simply put, the new birth is the creation of a new life in a man by the Holy Spirit. The new birth also referred to as being born again, is to be born of God with His seed (Christ The Word) dwelling in man. John 3:3, 5; 1John 3:9; 1Peter 1:23). Everyone born of a woman is born unclean. Psalms 51:5. Therefore, to become clean as well as enlist as a member of the family of God, a new birth becomes necessary.
TEXT REVIEW: JOHN 3:1-13-“MYSTERY ABOVE TRIVIALITIES”
The issue of being born again goes beyond the trivialities of re-entering into the mother’s womb and be born as opined by Master Nicodemus. John 3:4. Jesus blamed his ignorance on his perception centered on the process of natural procreation. John 3:4, 9-10.
New birth is a deep truth which cannot be scratched on the surface to unveil. Jesus said, “the wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou heareth the sound there of but cannot tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth. So is everyone that is born of the Spirit”.
It is this mystery which made Saul of Tarsus to abandon his deadly mission of binding the early Christians into captivity in Jerusalem. Acts 9:1-5 and later suffered greatly for the same cause he had opposed. 2Cor. 11:23-28. Click To Read – Open Heaven 1 October 2018
It is the same mystery that turned Saul, a one-time servant and enemy of the Church to become a Minister of Christ. 2Cor 11:22-23. The same mystery made a Man of Ethiopia, and Eunuch of Great Authority under Candace Queen of Ethiopia to surrender to the great wisdom with which Apostle Philip (who was lesser by wealth and position to the Eunuch) exposed the mystery of the new birth through Jesus Christ.
Acts 8:28-30. If new birth were to be by wealth or age, the Eunuch might have purchased it with the great wealth he possessed. New birth is by the Spirit. (The spirit said unto Philip) Acts 8:29, 35, 39.
It is an experience which authority or power or wealth or age, education cannot acquire. It is purely spiritual matters which end result is rejoicing. Acts 8:39.
1. Reasons for a new birth
2. Steps to a new birth
REASONS FOR A NEW BIRTH
The whole world should experience the new birth because of the following reasons:
(i) Because we were all born sinners. Psalms 51:5, Romans 3:23
(ii) Because the heart of all sinners (un-generated persons) is deceitful and desperately wicked. Jeremiah 17:9.
(iii) Because men’s hearts cannot be tamed like domestic animal through training and secular education. Jeremiah 13:23.
(iv) Because new birth is the only channel through which human beings can live a godly life and have constant fellowship with God while on earth. Psalm 4:3; Galatians 2:20.
(v) Because it is only through new birth human being can make it to heaven. John 3:3-5.
(vi) Because it is only through new birth we can follow peace with all men and be holy to God. Hebrew 12:14; 1Peter 1:16.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Every student should mention one thing at least which they use to do which was contrary to God before they had the experience of new birth but which had forthwith ceased.
STEPS TO A NEW BIRTH
The following steps are crucial to experience a new birth:
(i) Hear the word of God. Romans 10:9-10.
(ii) Acknowledge that you are a sinner, helpless and hopeless and that you need the mercy of God. Romans 6:23; 1 Thess. 5:9.
(iii) Believe the word of God. 1 Peter 1:25.
(iv) Believe that God came in the flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ to save all mankind from their sins. Titus 2:11; John 1:14; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-18.
(v) Confess your sins to God. Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9.
(vi) Genuinely repent of your sins. Acts 2:38; 3:19.
(vii) Accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. John 1:12.
(viii) Request the Lord Jesus to come and dwell in your heart. Revelation 3:20.
Now that you are born again and have become a new creature. 2Cor. 5:17, you must cherish the following truth:
(I) That salvation is by grace. Ephesians 2:4-9.
(ii) Determination to keep/retain the new birth through uprightness is essential. Proverbs 28:18.
(iii) The love and fear of God is paramount. Philippians 2:12.
(iv) “Endurance to the end” is the watch word Matthew 24:13.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Students should explain why a regenerated person should endure to the end.
You must be born again. John 3:3.
The new birth is a necessity for all. Without the new birth experience, it is impossible to live godly in this world let alone reigning with Christ in Heaven eternally.
Father, don’t let me lose my salvation.
Write five (5) benefits of new birth.