RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 30 September 2018 Lesson Five – The New Birth
TOPIC: The New Birth
OPENING PRAYER: Father, let the light of salvation shine in every family and nation of the world (Scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 HYMN)
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Teacher should allow students to review the previous week’s lesson.
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 (scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: John 3:1-13 (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 30 September 2018)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 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.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: 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; 1 John 3:9; 1 Peter 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.
LESSON AIM: To study the significance of new birth to all human beings.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through this lesson, students should be able to:
(i) Discover the importance of new birth
(ii) Understand the steps to experience a new birth
TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teacher should:
(I) Allow students to take the opening prayer, review the previous week’s lesson, recite the memory verse, read the Bible passages, do the class activities and assignment.
(ii) Allow the Assistant Teacher to mark the attendance and conduct the class.
(iii)Teach the lesson outlines, summarize, conclude, evaluate the lesson, give assignment and take the closing prayer.
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”. John 3:8.
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. 2 Cor. 11:23-28. It is the same mystery that turned Saul, a one-time servant and enemy of the Church to become a Minister of Christ. 2 Con 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.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: 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; 1 Peter 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.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: 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.
SUMMARY: You must be born again. John 3:3.
CONCLUSION: 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.
EVALUATION: Why must human beings be born again?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, don’t let me lose my salvation.
ASSIGNMENT: Write five (5) benefits of new birth. ZERO Mark.
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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 30 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?