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RCCG Sunday School Teacher’s Manual 28 January 2024 || Modern-Day Idolatry

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RCCG Sunday School Teacher’s Manual 28 January 2024 || Modern-Day Idolatry

This is TEACHER’S SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL OF THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, RCCG (SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2024)

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL*
SUNDAY 28TH OF JANUARY, 2024
LESSON TWENTY TWO (22)

TOPIC: MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

RCCG Sunday School Teacher’s Manual 28 January 2024 || Lesson 22

OPENING PRAYER: Father, open my heart to know everything that constitute idolatry through this teaching in Jesus’name.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:3-5
[3]Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
[4]Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
[5]Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

MEMORY VERSE: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37.

INTRODUCTION: An Idol is anything that replaces the One and only True God in our lives. It can be anything that appeals to our own heart more than God does, and anything that takes a significant amount of our time leaving us with little or no time to spend with Him. While the Scripture condemns idolatry in strong terms (Jeremiah 25:6), many Christians engage in idol worship today without knowing it.

TEXT REVIEW: Exodus 20:3-5.
This Scripture spells out certain commandments God gave the children of Israel on their way to Canaan.
i. Thou shall have no other God before me. V3.
ii. Thou shall ……………………………………..V4.
iii. Thou shall not ………………………………V5.

LESSON AIM: To teach the students about things that constitute idolatry in modern days.

TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
a. Identify things that may substitute for the olden-day idolatry presently.
b. List the consequences of engaging in Idolatry.

TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:
a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to the discussion, do class activities and assignment.
b. Allow the Assistant Teacher to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment.
c. Teach the lesson outline, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson, and give an assignment to the students.

OUTLINES:
1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

1. FORMS OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
Unlike the past, where idol worship is bowing down to statues and objects typical of pagans in many cultures, modern-day idol worship is expressed through various insatiable pursuits and cravings of man, driven by his sinful nature.
i. These shift all attention to man, leaving God out of the equation (Isaiah 42:8).
ii. It is also expressed by portraying and painting God contrary to sound and total biblical precepts but revealing Him to suit personal values and ideologies (2 Timothy 4:3).

B. Quite often, modern-day idolatry takes the form of:
i. Self-worship – expressed through aggressive pursuit and realisation of goals and dreams in which God is excluded.
ii. Materialism – great or excessive regard for worldly possessions (1 Corinthians 7:31).
iii. Pride and Ego – which often takes the form of obsession with careers/ business to increase social status (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23; Proverbs 8:13).
iv. Idolising fellow humans – reverencing renowned individuals above God e.g. music stars/actors, footballers, ministers of God, politicians, spouses, etc.
v. Naturalism and the power of science – this clings to the illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs (2 Peter 3:10-13).
vi. Self-indulgence – through alcohol, drugs, excessive watching of TV, excessive and abnormal use of social media, clubbing, and gambling among other things (1 Corinthians 10:31).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: From your understanding of modern-day idolatry mention other forms of present-day idolatry not in the aforementioned.

2. CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY
The teacher should explain the consequences of Modern-day idolatry as follows:
1. Deviation from the laws and teachings of the Lord (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
2. Loss of zeal for the things of God (2 Timothy 4:10).
3. Generational departure from God (Hosea 4:17).
4. Eternal separation from God (1 Samuel 2:29-36).
5. Incurring a divine curse (Daniel 4:30-33).
1. Deviation from the laws and teachings of the Lord (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
2. Loss of zeal for the things of God (2 Timothy 4:10).
3. Generational departure from God (Hosea 4:17).
4. Eternal separation from God (1 Samuel 2:29-36).
5. Incurring a divine curse (Daniel 4:30-33).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should share with the class the consequences suffered for any form of idolatry they engaged in.

CONCLUSION: Self-worship is the basis of all modern-day idolatry. It is a lifelong battle in Christian life that must be resisted (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:3-4).

QUESTIONS:
* Mention at least five forms of modern-day idolatry.
* What are the consequences of modern-day idolatry?

EVALUATION: The teacher should ask the students to state five consequences of Idolatry.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, deliver me from every form of idolatry in Jesus name.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five ways of avoiding modern-day idolatry (2×5=10 marks).

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 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?

RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual 28 January 2024 || Modern-Day Idolatry

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