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STUDY 1                  

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS    JANUARY 1 2023   

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: God‘s Reign 1

TOPIC: The sovereignty of God.

TEXTS:          Psalm 97:1-7

AIMS:

  1. to understand the sovereignty of God and
  2. to see how God can use any situation or creature to fulfil His purpose.

      

INTRODUCTION: The sovereignty of God simply means that God has the authority (right), power, and wisdom to exercise his rule over his creation. Every part of His creation: all places, objects, creatures, people, and even Satan is under His will and rule. He takes order from none of His creatures. His order is supreme. However, the sovereignty of God is never to will or do evil but can use any of His creatures to fulfil His purpose on earth and in eternity.

 

STUDY GUIDE:

  1. In your understanding, explain the Sovereignty of God in the context of Psalm 97:1-7; Psalm 135:5-7; Rom 11:33; Col 1:16.————————————————————————————-
  2. Read the following Bible passages: Dan 3:22-25; Acts 12:5-8; Acts 16:25-26 and explain how God manifested His sovereignty on both living and non-living creatures. ————————————————————————————-
  3. How can you prove the sovereignty of God over Satan in Job 1:12? Compare with Mk 5:6-13 and Luk 10:17-19. ————————————————————————————-
  4. How can God use unfavourable situation and occasional wickedness to fulfil His purpose for His people? Compare Gen 39:20 with Gen 41:14,38-40 and Gen 45:4,5,7; Also Compare Job 1:9-11and 42:12. ————————————————————————————-

 

CONCLUSION: God’s supremacy cuts across everything He created and uses any to fulfil His purpose.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: God is supreme and only His will is final.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 135:6 “Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places”.

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STUDY 2  

 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY     JANUARY 8 2023

THEME:   GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: God’s Reign 2

TOPIC: God’s Reign on Earth

TEXTS:  Col 3:12-17; Rev 3:20

AIMS:

  1. to study how God whose throne is in heaven does reign on earth and
  2. to expound on the manner of His reign on earth.




INTRODUCTION

The stunning question that can arise from today’s topic is: how could God whose throne is in heaven, reigns at the same time on earth? Before Jesus Christ left the world, He promised us His peace (John 14:27) and always to be with us till the end of the age. Matt 28:20. The reign of God is a peaceful one and it is witnessed wherever His virtues are allowed in peoples’ hearts and livelihood. We can see from our Bible passage (Col 3:12-17) the godly virtues that easily lead to peaceful co-existence; which is an evidence of God’s reign in people’s hearts. How then can we achieve these virtues? Let’s study together for more exposition.
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STUDY GUIDE

  1. From our Bible passage (Col 3:12-17) How can you justify the fact that God whose throne is in heaven reigns on earth?————————————————————————————-
  2. How can God reign in our world? Joel 2:12-13; Jam 4:8; 1Pet 1:22; Rev 3:20. ———————————
  3. How do you understand Jam 4:1-2 in line with what is happening in our contemporary world? ————————————————————————————-Does it mean that God is no more on earth? If not, why are wickedness and ungodliness reigning? Ps 2:2-3. ———————————————————
  4. As Christians, how can we be factors of God’s reign on earth? Phil 4:5-7; Col 3:16; 1Pet 2:11-12.————————————————————————————-




CONCLUSION: Despite the fact that God’s Throne is in heaven, He also rules on earth when we forsake sinful habits, surrender our lives to Him and allow Him in our hearts. Therefore, the more we allow God in our hearts, the more we enjoy His peaceful reign in our world.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The more we surrender to the Lordship of Christ, the more we enjoy His peaceful reign on earth.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Rev 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”.

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STUDY 3  

  SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY      JANUARY 15 2023

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: God’s Reign 3

TOPIC: The Throne of God

TEXTS: Rev 20:11-15

AIMS:

  1. to visualize the heavenly Throne of God and
  2. to expose the essence of God’s reign in heaven.

 




INTRODUCTION

The Bible identifies heaven as the “Throne of God” (Isaiah 66:1), but also locates the Throne of God as “in heaven” (Psa 11: 4) Throne is the symbol of a reigning ruler. Therefore, God sits upon His heavenly Throne to rule eternally. The heavenly Throne of God is full of righteousness unlike some ungodly thrones of wickedness on earth. Only the righteous will be able to behold the face of God on His Throne and without command, the unrighteous will flee from beholding the face of the enthroned God in heaven. (Rev 20:11b)

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STUDY GUIDE

  1. From the Bible passage today, how can you describe the Throne of God? Rev 20:11. What does white symbolised? Ps 33:5————————————————————————————-
  2. From the description f God’s throne, why is it different from the Throne of worldly ruler? Compare Ps 45:6-7a with Ps 2:2-3.————————————————————————————-
  3. In line with Psalm 11:4-6, what is the essence of God’s reign in heaven? Compare with Rev 20:12-15.————————————————————————————-
  4. What is the portion of the wicked and the righteous before the heavenly Throne of God? Rev 20:10; Rev 21:7-8————————————————————————————-




CONCLUSION: Unlike the corrupt earthly rulers who reign with terror and selfishness, the reign of God in heaven is with righteousness. The ungodly can never behold His righteous throne of judgment; therefore, they are bound to flee from His presence. As pilgrims to the heavenly kingdom of God, we have to follow the path of righteousness and manifest as true heirs to the King of kings so as to reign with him in eternity.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: No matter the reign of wickedness on earth, it has  no place before God’s Throne in heaven.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Rev 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them”.

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STUDY 4   

 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY               JANUARY 22 2023

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: The concept of a Pilgrim 1

TOPIC: Universal concept of a Pilgrim

TEXTS: 1Sam 1:1-11.

AIMS:

  1. to define a pilgrim in global usage and
  2. to discuss the religious importance of pilgrimage to mankind.




INTRODUCTION

Pilgrimage is a universal conception of believers in various religions.  It is not limited to a particular religion, but cuts across everyone who believes in the existence of God. Over the ages, various religious believers have their various forms and places for pilgrimage. A pilgrim is therefore, someone who embarks on a journey to some sacred places for a spiritual purpose. Pilgrims are different from tourists. While Tourists travel for relaxation and for fun, pilgrims travel for spiritual reasons, to search for meaning, purpose, values and truth. Our text reveals the annual journey of Elkanah and his family to Shiloh for the unique purpose of worshipping the Almighty God. From Shiloh, it is conceived; they pray and ask God for renewal of blessings. Hannah became a beneficiary of this conception. (1Sam 1:19-20)




STUDY GUIDE

  1. Explain the universal concept of a pilgrim and differentiate between a pilgrim and a tourist.————————————————————————————-
  2. From today’s text, explain the main reason for the annual pilgrimage of Elkanah and his family to Shiloh. Read 1Sam 1:3a, 21, 22, 23-24.————————————————————————————-
  3. The Christians visit Jerusalem, Rome and some other Holy sites for earthly pilgrimage and were awarded Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP). From your experience, are all the pilgrims living up to biblical standards? Share your experience.————————————————————————————-
  4. What should be the essence of Christian pilgrimage on earth? 1Sam 1:3; Matt 28:19; Gal 2:1-2.————————————————————————————-







CONCLUSION: Christians, like other religious believers, visit Jerusalem and other Holy places on earth. Their aim should never be for site seeing nor pleasure alone. Their main aim should be to acquire more knowledge about the Bible and to come back to use their knowledge and conviction to positively impact lives and to make more Disciples of Christ by preaching and teaching about what they have been taught and seen.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Christian pilgrims should never be fun seekers but seekers of more knowledge for Christian discipleship.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 1Sam 1:3a “And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh”.




 

STUDY 5              

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY                       JANUARY 29 2023

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: Concept of a pilgrim 2

TOPIC: Biblical concept of a pilgrim

TEXTS: Deut 12:5-7;Lk 2:41-49

AIMS:

  1. to study the biblical concept of pilgrimage and
  2. to contextualise the essence of biblical pilgrimage to our Christian living

 




INTRODUCTION

Deut 12:5-7, revealed the context of worship as revealed to Moses. From the time of Joshua (Josh 18:1 we see the establishment of the Ark of Tabernacle in Shiloh, where all the Tribes of Israel were to go for worship of the Almighty God; until David brought it back to Zion (2Sam 6:17). Solomon finally placed the Ark inside the Jerusalem Temple (2Chr 5:2-3) thereby turning Jerusalem into a pilgrimage site till the time of Jesus Christ. (Luk 2:41-49). Not many of us will be opportune to go on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, but all of us worship in churches.

 




STUDY GUIDE

  1. Briefly analyse the timeline of pilgrimage in the Bible. 1Sam 1:3; Luk 2:41-49————————————————————————————-
  2. How can you compare our weekly Church worship to pilgrimage as recorded in 1Sam 1:3 and Mk 1:21————————————————————————————-
  3. Some pilgrims encountered Christ on the Pentecost’s day. Acts 2:5, 37. From their response to the gospel, what should be the attitude of pilgrims and worshippers to the gospel message?————————————————————————————-
  4. From the earlier and later pilgrimages of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem on earth, what is the essence of Christian pilgrimage? Compare Luk 2:49 (as had been read in our text) and John 2:12-16.————————————————————————————-

 




CONCLUSION: The essence of pilgrimage in the biblical context is for spiritual cleansing and empowerment. Jesus’ pilgrimages to Jerusalem in his early and later years were not exception to this. Our pilgrimage on earth, if we are opportune is to be for spiritual renewal of our livelihood and for empowerment to preach the gospel in other to disciple others into Christendom.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Every journey to worship centres is like pilgrimage. Utilize them for discipleship.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Luk 2:42 “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover”.

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STUDY 6                            

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY         FEBRUARY 5 2023

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB-THEME: SUB-THEME: Concept of a pilgrim 3

TOPIC: The concept of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom

TEXTS: Psa 90:1-12

AIMS:

  1. to study the concept of heavenly pilgrim,
  2. to visualise mankind as a transient image of God on earth and

iii. to discuss the essence of mankind on earth.

 




INTRODUCTION

Our Bible passage today exposes us to the concept of heavenly Pilgrim. Christians (and especially all mankind) have no permanent home on earth (Psa 90:3-11); our citizenship is not here; we are mere sojourners, and are passing on to our eternal home in the heavens. Ecclesiastes 12:7 reveals to us this transient nature of mankind, created in the image of God with the breath of God. At last, the whole mass shall decompose; reduce to dust, from which it was originally made; and the spirit, (haruach), which God at first breathed into the nostrils of man to become a living soul, an intelligent, rational, discoursing animal, returns to God who gave it. Therefore, how we allow the spirit or the flesh (matter) to control us shall determine our final destination in eternity.




 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Describe Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom in the context of 1Chr 29:15; Psa 90:5-6 and Eccl 12:7; Phil 3:20. ————————————————————————————-
  2. Human beings are composed of flesh (body) and spirit. Explain why we should live according to the spirit and not according to the flesh. Ro 13:14; Ga 5:16; 1Pet 2:11.————————————————————————————-
  3. What is the essence of mankind in the image of God? Eph 2:10; 4:24-27————————————————————————————-
  4. Expatiate the fact that all human beings are transient image of God in the context of Gen 2:7 and Eccl 12:7; Heb 11:16. ————————————————————————————-

 




CONCLUSION: We came from God through the breath of His Spirit and are on pilgrimage here on earth and shall return to God after our sojourn to give account of all we have done. Therefore, the whole essence of mankind is to live according to the Spirit of God and return to Him in the Spirit and not in flesh; so that, after our pilgrimage on earth we shall reign with Him eternally in heaven.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: To end our earthly pilgrimage in heaven we should live by the Spirit of God on earth.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Eccles 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”.

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STUDY 7   

 SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12 2023

THEME:GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB THEME: The Pilgrim’s Lifestyle 1

TOPIC: Salt of the world

TEXT:   Matthew 5:13.

AIMS:

  1. to expose the bitterness in an ungodly life,
  2. to discuss the heavenly pilgrim as the salt of the world and

iii. to point out the dangers of losing value as the salt of the world.

           




INTRODUCTION

The importance of salt in cooking can never be over emphasised. In the ancient world, salt has great value to the point that Roman soldiers sometimes were paid their wages in salt. Jesus in his sermon on the mount called the attention of his disciples to manifest themselves as salt in the decaying world. Jesus also drew their attention to the implication of salt losing its value (Matt. 5:13).

 




STUDY GUIDE

  1. What are the purposes of salt in ancient times and in our present age? Lev. 2:13; Eze 43:24; Mk 9:49————————————————————————————-
  2. Mention some of the signs of a decayed generation 1Cor 5:1-2; 2Tim 3:1-5. How can Christians be salt in such decadence? Rom. 12:9-21; 2Cor 6:14; Tit 2:7,15. ————————————————————————————-
  3. Explain how some Christians are losing their relevance as salt today? Rom. 1:29-32; 2Tim. 4:10;1 Tim. 6:10.————————————————————————————-
  4. What are the benefits of Christians’ manifestation as salt of the world? Hab. 2:14; Ps. 22:27; Jer. 31:34; Rom. 12:18.————————————————————————————-

 




CONCLUSION

As Christians, we should always live as the salt of the world in other to maximize our ability to flavour or bless others through our good works. We must always manifest as preservation so as not to lose our relevance and become insignificant.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We are salt to preserve godliness.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Matt 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”.



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STUDY 8                         

QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY           FEBRUARY 19 2023

THEME:GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB THEME: The Pilgrim’s lifestyle 2

TOPIC: Life of mercy

TEXT:     Matthew 18:23-34

AIMS:

  1. to understand that we ought to show mercy to others just as we receive mercy from God.
  2. to examine the essence of showing mercy in the society and God’s kingdom on earth.

 




INTRODUCTION

Mercy, the topic of today, is the combination of compassion and forgiveness. The parable in today’s text is all about the king who forgave and showed mercy to his servant who owed him. Unfortunately, the servant who had been forgiven vehemently refused to show mercy to his fellow servant thereby making his own issue and debt to be revisited. Our Christian livelihood must always manifest mercy as our Father in heaven is merciful (Luk. 6:36).

 




STUDY GUIDE

  1. What is your understanding of mercy from the texts? How are believers expected to show mercy? Read Luke 17:3-4; Luke 10:33-35. ————————————————————————————-
  2. Why do some people find it difficult to show mercy? Gen 37:18-20; Mk 10:21-22————————————————————————————-
  3. What is God’s injunction on mercy? Prov. 3:3-4; Luke. 6:36————————————————————————————-
  4. What is the effect of mercy in a society, community? Ps. 37:25-26; Prov. 20:28; 21:21. ————————————————————————————-





CONCLUSION

We do ourselves more good when we show mercy to others. To live in an environment of mercy is to live in an atmosphere of peace, healing and growth. Mercy is needed to save and win the world for Christ.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: He who shows mercy establishes God’s kingdom on earth.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Lk 6:36 “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful”.

 



STUDY 9       

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT            FEBRUARY 26 2023

THEME:GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB THEME: The Pilgrim’s lifestyle 3

TOPIC: Lightening the World

TEXT: Matt. 5:14-16

AIMS:  

  1. to understand the functions of light in scriptural context and
  2. to study the relevance of Christians who radiate as light.

 

INTRODUCTION

Light dispels darkness, reveals everything in its state, it enables us to find our way and is essential for growth and healing. Light from the scripture means illumination, something that brightens and brings happiness. Jesus informed his disciples that they are the light of the world. He made them understand that their light is not meant to be hidden. As believers we are called to shine as light in the world through holy living, holding on to the truth always and reconciling men back to God. The truth is, when we illuminate the world, we are granted maximum access to enjoy the kingdom of God on earth and the reign of God will be established.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. What are the physical functions of light? What is the biblical injunction for Christians as light? Eph 5:8.
  2. How can Christians function as light in the world in a morally decadent world? Phil. 2:14-16; 1Pet. 2:9; 2Pet. 1:5-7.
  3. Explain the manifestations of agents of darkness in the world today. John 3:19-21; Gal. 5:19-21.
  4. What are the effects of Christians shining as light in the world? Hab. 2:14; Matt 5:16.

 

CONCLUSION:

The reign of God will be established on earth when Christians shine as light in their families, places of work and in the Society. When Christians fail to shine as light, we would witness chaos in the world.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Shine your light to save the world from chaos.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Eph 5:8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”

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STUDY 10  

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT MARCH 5 2023

THEME: GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH

SUB THEME: The Pilgrim’s Lifestyle 4

TOPIC:          Purity of heart

TEXT: Ps. 24:3– 4

AIMS:

  1. to discuss the concept of purity as related to heart and
  2. to identify the blessings attached to purity of heart

 

INTRODUCTION

A man’s heart is the centre of his life; it is the organ that gives him direction and will, stimulates his purpose and controls his actions.  To be pure means to be blameless, without corruption, clean and without hypocritical behaviour. Purity of the heart therefore connotes absolute and uncompromising desire to please God. The Bible passage today affirms those who can ascend into the presence of God as only those with “clean hands, and a pure heart” because a pure heart can never pander vanity and deceit. As we go into our study guides, we shall discover the habits from pure hearts and the blessings of God on them.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. What is your personal understanding of the phrase ‘pure in heart’? Ps 24:4; Isa 33:15. ————————————————————————————-
  2. How can one have a pure heart? Ps 32:3-5; 1Jo 1:8-10. ————————————————————–
  3. Mention some of the habits from a pure heart? Ps 15:2-5; 24:4; Heb 12:14; ————————————————————————————-
  4. What are the blessings on a pure heart? Matt 5:8, Psalm 24:3-4, Rev 22:4————————————–

 

CONCLUSION

As Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom, a pure heart is highly essential because it overcomes all conscious sin. Let us therefore continuously allow our hearts to be refined and purified by biblical godly living

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The thought of a person produces his or her action.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Matt 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.

 

 

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