RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL LESSON THREE 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018 – INGRATITUDE
*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, help me to show gratitude to you for your mere to me in Jesus name.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 17:11-19.
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
And they lifted up [their] voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
So when He saw [them,] He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
and fell down on [his] face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where [are] the nine?
“Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
MEMORY VERSE: “And Jesus answering sad, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” Luke 17:17.
Ingratitude negates the will of God (1Thessalonians 5:18). It is a sign of backsliding. Though people are ungrateful for various reasons, we must not be ingrates because of its attendant dangers (Romans 1:21-22).
TEXT REVIEW : LUKE 17:11-19 – “THE PRIEST AND LEPROSY”
Leviticus 13:1-59 clearly spells out details of how to declare a person as leprous. It explains the stages of leprosy while the immediate treatment is to quarantine the fellow for the number of days ranging from 7 days and 14 days and so on. Open Heaven 16 September 2018
The leper so identified would have to cry “Unclean! Unclean!!” all the days of his leprosy. Leviticus 14:1-57 details out the procedures and sacrifices before the priest could declare the “unclean” person as “clean”. One of the procedures is to offer a male lamb, oil, etc, as sin/trespass offering by the Priest. Leviticus 14:12-13. The priest would atone for the sin of the leper. Other requirements and long procedures are stated.
Jesus carried out the 57 verse procedures in one statement “Go, show yourselves unto the Priests”, Luke 17:14, and as they went, they were cleansed. The fearful misdeed of these lepers was that they did not appreciate what was given to them FREELY by a special priest who did not charge them a dime.
The same way Jesus saved thousands from sin which would have quarantined them forever, yet, they did not see good reason to return and worship him. Luke 17:16-18. Open Heaven 17 September 2018
Sin is more grievous than leprosy but our High Priest’s blood has atoned for it and we are “cleaned”. Hebrew 9:11-12. Therefore, we need to be grateful to our High Priest for cleansing our spiritual leprosy. Hebrew 13:12-13.
1. Reasons for ingratitude
2. Dangers of ingratitude
REASONS FOR INGRATITUDE
(I) Teacher should explain ingratitude as lack or absence of giving thanks. It is un thankfulness or thanklessness. 2Timothy 3:2.
(ii) Teacher should ask students to identify reasons why some people are unthankful to their benefactors.
(iii) Teacher should give reasons while people show unthankful attitude to God as follows:
(a) Sin occasioned by spiritual blindness. Isaiah 29:16; Romans 1:21-22, 28.
(b) Failure to take account of what God has done. Psalms 103:1-3.
(c) Ignorance, foolishness and slowness of heart. Luke 17:17; 24:25; Deuteronomy 32:6.
(d) Spiritual immaturity and insensitivity. Luke 24:13-16; Psalms 106:7.
(e) Keeping of bad company./ Corinthians 15:33.
(f) Pride, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 4:22-25, 30-31
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
How can Christians constantly show gratitude to God?
DANGERS OF INGRATITUDE
(i) Teacher should find out how the students feel when their good deeds were not recognized.
(ii) Teacher should identify and explain the dangers of being ungrateful to God as follows:
(a) The ungrateful person can lose his/her blessing, salvation/heaven. 2 Sam. 6:20-23; Luke 12:16-21.
(b) The ungrateful fellow can attract divine curses. Proverbs 3:33.
(c) He/she stands the risk of blocking personal blessing
(d) The ungrateful cannot access the presence of God. Psalms 100:3.
(e) The knowledge of the unthankful can become reprobate and their hearts become foolish and darkened. Romans 1:21, 28.
(f) They can attract God’s wrath including death. Numbers 14:2-12.
(g) Ingratitude to God could be regarded as an act of wickedness which attracts severe punishment. Psalms 9:17.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
How can we remember God’s goodness always?
Be grateful to God at all times.
Repent and return to God with a heart of thanksgiving. Make thanksgiving a lifestyle.
Father, let me remember to thank you at all times.
Find out five (5) persons in the Bible who demonstrated ingratitude.
State what they did.