RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 2 September 2018 Lesson One – Thanksgiving: Reasons and Benefits
TOPIC — Thanksgiving: Reasons and Benefits
MEMORY VERSE: “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 136:1 (scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalm 100:1-5 (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 2 September 2018)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Opening Prayer: Lord God Almighty, help me to thank you always for your goodness and mercy. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 2 September 2018)
It is the will of God for Christians to be thankful to Him (1Thessalonians 5:18). It is the master key to gaining entrance into His gate (Psalm 100:4). When thanksgiving is complemented with praise, you have access into God’s master bedroom (Courts). The primary reason God created us in His image is for fellowship, dominion and to show forth His praise (Isaiah 43:21; 1Peter 2:9).
TEXT REVIEW: PSALM 100:1-5 – FIVE THINGS GOD LOVES
The psalmist identify five(5) things that God does not joke with:
i. Joyful noise (Believers should be joyful noise makers) Psalms 100:1
ii. Service with gladness (God hates service with bitterness and acrimony) Psalm 100:2a
iii. Singing in His presence ( God hates moaning and groaning) Psalm 100:2b
iv. Thanksgiving in all His gates ( Not complaints giving) Psalm 100:4a
v. Blessing His name ( Not berating His name) Psalm 100:4b
Giving the above- stated gifts to God at all times indicates that we are (believers)appreciate Him for His goodness. (Psalm 100:5b). It also confirms that we accept Him as God and we are His children. Psalm 100:3.
1. Why give thanks?
2. Some benefits of thanksgiving.
WHY GIVE THANKS?
Why should believers give thanks to God?
A. For His goodness to us:
i. Because of salvation of our souls. Psalm 103:3-4
ii. Because of His enduring Mercy. Psalm 130:7-8
iii. Because He restores our lives and gives us hope. Eze 37:1-7
iv. Because He is ever faithful. Heb. 6:18, Num. 23:19.
v. Because He gives us victories over enemies. 2Chr. 20:20-27
vi. Because of His provisions. Gen. 22:8, 1:26-29
B. For His personality:
i. He is miraculous and a deliverer. Exo. 14, 2Kings 5:1-14
ii. He is the Almighty God. Gen. 17:1
iii. He is Love. 1John 4:8
iv. He is Holy. 1Sam 2:2
What position should Thanksgiving occupy in our prayers?
The first, middle and last position. i.e every request should be backed up with Thanksgiving. Phil. 4:6, 1Thess. 5:18
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Identify why some people seldom give thanks to God only on special occasions and suggests way out.
SOME BENEFITS OF THANKSGIVING
What are some benefits/blessings of giving thanks to God?
i. Answered prayers (John 11:41-44).
ii. Multiplication of provisions (Mark 8:6-8).
iii. Deliverance from bondage (Acts 16:25-26).
iv. Divine peace and joy (Philippians 4:6-7).
v. Divine presence (Psalm 22:3; 95:2).
vi. Complete restoration and wholeness (Luke 17:16-19).
vii. Victory without a fight (2Chronicles 20:21-23).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Students should identify/mention at least one personal benefit which they derived from God and for which they will ever remain grateful
The major duty of believers to God is Thanksgiving at all times. Psalm 34:1, 30:4
Ingratitude is the result of vain imaginations and a darkened heart. Sometimes your thanksgiving is senseless to the ordinary person but it is more profitable to be thankful than to grumble or complain (Romans 1:21).
Father, help me to give thanks and bless your holy name at all times. Don’t let your praises ever depart from my mouth. Psalm 34:1
Identify five (5) things which people tend to forget or refuse to give thanks to God. Identify five (5) things which people frequently remember to thank God for.
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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 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?