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Anglican Bible Study Outline for 2023 – Church of Nigeria

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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”.

 




STUDY 11        

 

 

                        THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT                       MARCH 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 5

TOPIC:          Peace-making

TEXT: Hebrews 12:14-15

AIMS:

  1. to understand the concept of peace-making in a heavenly pilgrim’s life,
  2. to enumerate the factors that can destroy peace and

iii. to see ways for peaceful co-existence.




INTRODUCTION

Peacemaking is central to the kingdom of God. The kingdom lifestyle is of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17) Our text is emphatic in describing peace-making as a prerequisite to seeing the Lord. As citizens of God’s kingdom, Christians are called to pursue, follow, ensure and live at peace with all men; even in a world filled with chaos and trouble.




STUDY GUIDE

  1. In your own view, what does it mean to be a peace maker? Gen 13:7-9; discuss on Gen 45:3-7. ———————————————–
  2. What are the factors that can destroy peace? Rom 8:6-7; 1Tim 6:4-5; Jam 4:1———————————
  3. From Prov 16:7, Phil 4:2 and Rom 12:19-21, mention various ways we can live at peace with all men? ———————————————–
  4. What are the rewards of following peace with all men? Prov 12:20; Matt 5:9. ——————————–




CONCLUSION

The entire world requires peace makers to prune the rising tide of war and hatred. As children of God on our journey to His Kingdom, our peaceful living is a virtuous example to those who are yet to encounter Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. Therefore, let us always preach peace and live the peaceful life.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Live wisely! Because, No war in God’s kingdom.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Heb 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”.

 




 

STUDY 12

     FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT (MOTHERING SUNDAY)                               MARCH 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 6

TOPIC:          Forgiving livelihood

TEXT: Matt. 5:23–24

AIMS:

  1. to study forgiveness as a pilgrim’s virtuous lifestyle and
  2. to expose the dangers of an unforgiving spirit.



INTRODUCTION

Forgiveness is an attribute of a God–fearing Christian and a necessary condition for reconciliation. It is an act whereby an injured individual allows the one responsible for the injury to go scot-free Forgiveness lies in the heart of the Christian faith, with our Saviour extending forgiveness even when He was dying on the Cross. As God forgives us, so He requires that we extend forgiveness to others.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. According to Gen 45:4-5, what is forgiveness in your own understanding and why should we forgive and forget? Lk11:4a. ———————————————–
  2. Unforgiving is a capital sin. Discuss in line with Matt 6:15; 11:25; Jam 2:13————————————-
  3. Why do some believers find it difficult to forgive? Rom 1:28,31; Heb 3:12; 12:15. —————————
  4. Forgiveness is an important attribute of a God–fearing man. How can we as Christians cultivate this? Eph. 4:31-32; Col. 3:12-13. ———————————————–




CONCLUSION

Forgiveness is not about the one who hurts us; it is about restoring our relationship with God and man. The more we forgive, the more the love among believers on their earthly journey to the kingdom of God.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: He who forgives ends the quarrel.

 

MEMORY VERSE:  Mk 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”



STUDY 13       

          FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT                        MARCH 26 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Conditions for Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 1

TOPIC: New birth

TEXT: 1Pet 1:18-23

AIMS:

  1. to study the concept of the corruptible and incorruptible birth and
  2. to differentiate between the canal birth and the new birth in Christ.



INTRODUCTION

In our present Sub-themes, we shall be discussing the conditions for Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom. It is about the determining actors for Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom. Without these conditions, it may be difficult to continue the journey beyond earthly morals or lifestyles.

We are starting with the New Birth. The New Birth is an incorruptible one that differs from the natural human birth. The Abrahamic lineage in which the Jews were initially made heirs of the kingdom of God is of corruptible birth, but the new birth is through the incorruptible WORD OF GOD, which is Jesus Christ himself who shed his blood for the redemption of our souls.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. From the context of our study, how can you explain the new birth”? Joh 3:5; 1Pet 1:23———————-
  2. What are the Characteristics of the new born in Christ? 1Joh 3:9; 5:18. ————————-
  3. Differentiate between the canal birth and the new birth in Christ. Heb 9:13-14, 1Pet 1:18-19. ————————-
  4. What are the conditions for the new birth in Christ? 1Pet 1:22-23————————-



CONCLUSION: As Christians, we must know the difference between moral religiosity and a born again Christian. While moral religion ends on earth, the new Birth in Christ Jesus is the visa that takes every believer to the kingdom of God.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Morality ends on earth, but new birth is the Pilgrim’s visa to heaven.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 1Pet 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever”.



STUDY 14

                 PALM SUNDAY                  APRIL 2 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Conditions for Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 2

TOPIC: Courage

TEXT: Matt 16:20-25

AIMS:

  1. to study the courage of Jesus Christ on his way to the cross and
  2. to impart the same courage on all pilgrims to the kingdom of God.



INTRODUCTION

Courage simply means the mental or moral strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. It is also the ability to move on even when others are falling aside. In our Text, we see Jesus Christ revealing his tragic end in Jerusalem to his disciples. What a dangerous path he foresaw, but yet was ready and bold to venture into it Peter’s discouragement has no place in the heart of our courageous saviour to move on in his mission to redeem the world on the cross of Calvary.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. How can you define courage in the context of Jesus’ attitude towards the cross? Matt 16:20; Mk 8:31; 9:31; 10:33; Lk 9:22. ————————-
  2. Explain the phrase “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. What does the cross in Lk 14:27 mean to you?————————-
  3. What are the crosses on the path of Christian pilgrims on earth? Matt 10:16-18, 21-22; Act 5:40; 12:1-4-

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  1. What is the courageous repose to all Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom? Deut 31:6; Matt 10:19-20; Lk 10:18-19. ————————-



CONCLUSION: The heavenly path is rough, narrow and full of dangers, intimidations, persecutions and frustration.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: No Courage, no crown of life

 

MEMORY VERSE: Deut 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you”.



STUDY 15                             EASTER SUNDAY                         APRIL 9 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Conditions for Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 3

TOPIC: Vigilance

TEXT: Mk 13:30-37

AIMS:

  1. to expose vigilance in the context of Jesus’ second coming and
  2. to discuss reasons for Christians’ vigilance.



INTRODUCTION

Vigilance is the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulty. In our text today, Jesus admonished his disciples to keep watching because his second coming would be sudden. There are always the devil’s pranks, the lusts of this world, spiritual slothfulness and other reasons for Christians to be prayerfully vigilant. Our Study guides will expose more of these reasons.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. How do you understand the teachings of Jesus concerning vigilance in our text today?——————–
  2. From the following passages; Mt 24:42; Lu 21:36; 1Pe 4:7. Mention reasons for Christian watchfulness. ———————————————
  3. How best can we be vigilant on our journey to the kingdom of God? 1Co 16:13; 1Th 5:6. ———————————————
  4. What are the warnings for every child of God from the concept of vigilance? Luk 21:34; Rom 13:13. ———————————————



CONCLUSION: Christians must always be alert and prayerful because the devil is always at work to use all available means to divert and trap pilgrims from the path of salvation to the path of eternal condemnation.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Be vigilant and prayerful because the journey is packed with temptations.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 1Pet 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”



 

STUDY 16 

                FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER                     APRIL 16 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 1

TOPIC: Sin

TEXT: Rom 1:18-32

AIMS:

  1. to affirm the knowledge of Christians about sin,
  2. to torchlight the deviant paths of children of God and

iii. to see the reaction of God to sinfulness.

 

INTRODUCTION

Sin can be defined as any transgression of God’s Instructions and all ungodly acts. The text today affirms the fact that Children of God are quite aware of the will of God, (Rom 1:18-19) but some deliberately deviate from the righteous path of God to their own canal dictates (Vs 22) which thereafter lead them into the path of condemnation (Vs 23-32). Our study Guides will torchlight more on the deviant path of Children of God and the implication.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Define sin according to the concept of our text today. See Rom 1:21-23 compare with Gen 3:2-3
  2. Expatiate on this statement: Children of God are quite aware of the will of God, but some deliberately deviate from the righteous path of God to their own canal dictate” in line with Rom 1:18-23 and compare with 1Sam 27:8-10.
  3. In line with Rom 1:25-31, how can sin hinder one’s manifestation of God’s glory and power? Compare with Psalm 66:18 and Isa 59:1-2.
  4. Explain God’s reaction to deviant practices of His Children. 1Sam 28:6; Rom 1:24, 32; 2Th 2:11-12;

 

CONCLUSION: The glorious light of salvation has been shown to us as Christians. We should therefore be always careful on how we live our lives so as not to abuse the grace and thereby allow sin to becloud our manifestation as God’s Children on earth.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sin is a slave master that keeps its victim from manifesting God’s glory.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Isa 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”.



STUDY 17  

                           SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER    APRIL 23 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom2

TOPIC: Unfaithfulness

TEXT: Jer 3:6-9.

AIMS:

  1. to study unfaithfulness in religious and social context and
  2. to discuss how it can hinder Christians from manifesting as Children of God



INTRODUCTION

Unfaithfulness simply means not adhering



STUDY GUIDE

  1. From our Bible passage (Jer 3:6-9), how can you explain unfaithfulness? —————————————
  2. Explain unfaithfulness in the context of the following (a) unfaithfulness towards God-Acts 5:3-5 (b) unfaithfulness in relationships/marriage- Gen 39:7 (c) unfaithfulness in one’s duty post-Matt 24:48-51 ———————————————
  3. Discuss some of the effects of unfaithfulness on the society with reference to Josh 22:20; 1Sam 4:10-11 (Ref 1Sa 2:32,34); Amos 1:13-15 ———————————————
  4. From the summary of the stories of Samuel in 1Sam 8:1,3-5 and Judas in Acts 1:16-18, how can unfaithfulness hinder believers from manifesting as children of God on earth? ———————————————
  5. What is God’s injunction concerning unfaithfulness? Ps.95:10-11; Prov 22:12; Re 22:12 ———————————————

 

CONCLUSION: Any act of unfaithfulness covers the glory of God in a Christian’s life and hinders his or her manifestation as pilgrims to the kingdom of God. Let us determine now to abhor unfaithfulness so that we can continuously manifest as PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Unfaithfulness is a moral burden that only faithfulness can heal.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Prov 22:12: “The eyes of God watch over knowledge; but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.” (WEB version)



 

STUDY 18  

                           THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER                                            APRIL 30 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 3

TOPIC: Legalism

TEXT: Mk 3:1-6

AIMS:

  1. to introduce the concept of legalism and
  2. to expatiate on the menace of legalism to Christianity.



INTRODUCTION

Legalism is a theory relating to, or exhibiting strict adherence to the law, especially to the letter of the law rather than its spirit. Legalism will always criticise virtuous acts in order to prove selfish and man-made tradition. Legalists advocate laws that rigidly prescribe punishments and rewards for specific behaviours. In today’s Bible passage, Jesus placed prominence on love to save the sick rather than obedience of the Sabbath code.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. Explain the word legalism from the context of the Bible passage. ———————————————
  2. Some Christian denomination and settings have laws guiding prayers. What is the right time and posture for prayers? Psa 55;17; 95:6; Mk 1:35; Luk 6:12; 1 Tim 2:8. ———————————————
  3. In the worship of God, what are the godly virtues that transcend legalism? 1Sam 15:22; Pr 21:3; Matt 5:23-24.———————————————
  4. Why is legalism a menace to pilgrims on the road to heaven? Matt 23: 25-28; 2Cor 3:6b ———————————————

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Obeying the laws is meaningless if we do not develop godly virtues

 

MEMORY VERSE: 2Cor 3:6b “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”.

 

STUDY 19

                             FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER                            MAY 7 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 4

TOPIC: Moralism

TEXT: Mk 7:1-13

AIMS:

  1. to introduce the concept of moralism and
  2. to expatiate on the menace of moralism to Christianity.



INTRODUCTION

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. How can you define moralism in the context of our study today? ———————————————
  2. Mention some of the denominational traditions on dressings and use of technology in our generation and how it has affected the Church of God. See 1 Peter 3:3-4. ———————————————
  3. How can moral tradition retard the growth of the Church? Acts 10:28; Gal 2:11-13. ———————————————
  4. How can you explain Christian love in the context of Jesus’ life and ministry? Read Lk 7:36-37; Joh 4:7-10, 27, 40-41. ———————————————

 

 

 

MEMORY VERSE: Col 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.

 STUDY 20

                                                ROGATION SUNDAY                   MAY 14 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 5

TOPIC: Sanctimony

TEXT: Luk 18:9-14

AIMS:

  1. to expose the attitudes of a sanctimonious believer and
  2. to discuss the menace of sanctimony to the pilgrims’ path to God’s kingdom

 

INTRODUCTION

loyalty to God. Our Lord Jesus Christ condemned such an attitude in the Pharisees’ life in today’s Bible passage.

STUDY 21

SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION MAY 21 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 6

TOPIC: Ungodly Company

TEXT:  2Cor 6: 14-18

AIMS:

  1. to discuss the nature of ungodly company and
  2. to emphasise on the dangers in ungodly union with unbelievers.

 

INTRODUCTION

Ungodly Company is associating with carnal and nominal Christians. This type of company poseshigh threat to Christians who are on the path to eternal life. The ground of the injunction in our text today is that the difference between Christians and those who are not is so great as to render their union improper and injurious. Our study will expose us to more of the dangers in ungodly union with unbelievers.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. In your own understanding, how can you defineungodly company with reference to the text today? ———————————————
  2. What should be the stand of Christians on marriage between Christians and non-Christian? Deut 7:2-4; Judg 14:3.———————————————
  3. Read Gen 6:1-7 and discuss the dangers of Christian marriages with non-Christians. Compare with Gen 34:1-2 and 1Kings 11:1-4.———————————————
  4. Mention some of the ungodly unionto be abhorredby Christians today and how can we easily abhor them? Matt 5:14-16.———————————————

 

CONCLUSION: Our Choice in friendship and unionism is very important to the stuff and standard of our Christian belief. We must therefore be very vigilant to know and refrain from every union that will never glorify the name of Jesus Christ on our journey to the kingdom of God.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Your friends reveal your person

 

MEMORY VERSE: 2Cor 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness”?



STUDY 22

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 28 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 7

TOPIC: Divided Loyalty

TEXT: Matt. 26:14-16, 47-50.

AIMS:

  1. to study the concept of divided loyalty,
  2. to identify various ways it is exhibited today

iii. to enumerate the consequences of divided loyalty.

 

INTRODUCTION

Our text today reveals what divided loyalty means. It is working passionately to please two different personalities at the same time. Jesus emphasized the same matter in Matt 6:24 by telling His disciples that it is impossible for one to serve two mastersas the loyaltywould be divided.  However, Judas, His Treasurer and possibly one of the closest to Him in administration displayed a very good example of divided loyaltyto his master and saviour. Whoever has the kingdom of God as their eternal destination after their earthly pilgrimage should strive hard to desist from whatever can affect their total loyalty to God.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. How would you describe divided loyalty in the context of ourtext today? (Matt 26:14-16, 47-50)———————————————
  2. Identify some ways of divided loyalty among Christians today with reference to Gen. 39:7-10; 1Sam.28:7-9; Matt.6:24.———————————————
  3. Discuss the possible effects of divided loyalty on PILGRIMS TOHEAVENLY KINGDOM in the light of the disloyalty displayed by Aaron in Ex 32:1-4, 7-10.———————————————
  4. How best can we have total and undivided loyalty as Pilgrims to the kingdom of God? Deut 10:12; Eccl.5:4-6; Luk 12:42-43.———————————————

 

CONCLUSION: Our God is a jealous God. He will never allow us share loyalty with any other creature. As Christians that has heaven as our goal, we must always live a committed life to the worship and obedience to the only God Almighty.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Any attempt to share the loyalty to God Almighty disqualifies us from His kingdom.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Matt. 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”.

 

 

STUDY 23

TRINITY SUNDAY JUNE 4 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 8

TOPIC: Profane utterances

TEXT: Eph 4:29-32

AIMS:

  1. to explain profane utterance in etymological context,
  2. to identify the bane of profane speeches in the bible

iii.to see how profane words can obstruct our path to eternity.

 

INTRODUCTION

Profane stems out of the Latin root profanus which means “unholy.”  It simply describes behaviour that is deeply offensivebecause it shows lack of respect, especially for divine matters. According to our topical context, the word rendered “corrupt” is saprov in Greek language meaning bad, decayed, rotten. Therefore, when the Apostle Paul warned the Ephesian Church against “corrupt words”, he tried to emphasise on words that can easily spring up hatred, anger, envy, depression, division, arrogance and all that can debar the manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God in a Christian’s life.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Explain ‘profane utterances’ in the context of our lesson today and give examples.———————————————
  2. In clear narratives, how can profane utterances issue out death with reference to 2Sam 1:15-16; Acts 5:3-5, 8-10.———————————————
  3. Expatiate with concrete examples Ephesians 5:4 “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving”. Explain the underlined words.———————————————
  4. How can profane utterances debara child of God from accessing His blessings and His eternal kingdom? Num 20:10, 12; Luk 12:18-20.———————————————

 

CONCLUSION: The best that can happen to any human is to enjoy eternity with God. Therefore, as Christian pilgrims on earth, we must obey the injunction of Psa 34:12 that says: “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile”.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Be wise! Let your tongue issue out life instead of death.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Psa 34:12 “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile”.

 



STUDY 24

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JUNE 11 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 9

TOPIC: Remiss

TEXT: Luk 21:29-38

AIMS:

  1. to define remiss from the biblical and Christian point of view
  2. to see how it can affect the eternal destiny of a pilgrim on the Kingdom path.

 

INTRODUCTION

Today, we shall be discussing a very terrible danger thatmay not be prominent, butat the same time very dangerous on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom. It is Remiss. To be remiss simply means lacking care or attention to duty. It is a negligent attitude to important things. Some Biblical heroes that fell off the track of obtaining the glorious crown missed it because they are remiss. Our Text today exposed us to the importance Jesus attached to the Fig season and thereby compared it to His second coming. Carelessness to observe these will easily make one miss out on the Lord’s second coming.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Define Remissaccording to ourintroduction. ———————————————
  2. Analyse how Eli the priest became a victim of remiss. 1Sam 2:22-24, 3:16-18, 4:16-18. Relate this to a Christian home.———————————————
  3. Mention some of the serious precautionsChristians must take on the path of God’s kingdom with reference to Luk 21:34 compare with Matt 24:38-39.———————————————
  4. Highlight how best to deal with the virus of remiss in our Christian lives?  1Co 8:9-12; 1Tim 4:11-16.———————————————

 

CONCLUSION: Though an unpopular sinful habit, yet it posesthreat on the path of PILGRIMS TO HEAVENLY KINGDOM. Let us all beware of all negligence to heavenly matters so as not to fail the test of the Lord’s second coming.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Beware of Remiss; a hidden obstruction on the kingdom path

 

MEMORY VERSE: Luk 21:34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



STUDY 25

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (FATHERS’ SUNDAY) JUNE 18 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 10

TOPIC: Corrupted heart

TEXT: Matt 15:10-20

AIMS:

  1. explain the concept of corrupt heart in biblical perspectives,

ii.to study the causes ofcorrupted heart

iii. to discuss the consequences and way out.

 

INTRODUCTION

According to Jer 17:9; a corrupted heart is a heart that is in a degenerate, debased, invalid, spoiled, fainted, and unsound status. The heart is the psychological factory for the manufacturing of all thoughts. However, the heart of an unregenerate person manufactures the principles and seeds of all sins before it is spoken or acted. Jesus emphasised on the outpouring of all evil deeds from the heart. What are the causes of this, the consequences in human lives and how can our hearts be purged of all evil machinations? All these shall be the focus of our discussions today.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. Explain the main cause of corrupted hearts? 2Kings 17:14-17; Psa 53:1; Rom 1:21.———————————————
  2. From Psa 53:1; Matt 15:19and Rom 1:24-25, what are the products of a corrupted heart?———————————————
  3. What are the consequences of corrupted hearts according to Gen 6:5-7; 2Kings 17:18.———————————————
  4. How can we be delivered fromcorrupted heart? Josh 1:8; Joel 2:12-13; Acts 8:22.————————–

 

CONCLUSION: We are all conceived and born amidst the corruption of sins. However, as Christians, we need to continuously meditate on the word of Godbecause it is the only soap and sponge that cleanses the heart from all corruption.



FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Meditate on God’s word and be heartily purified.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Mk 7:21-23 “Out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man”.

 



STUDY 26

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JUNE 25 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 11

TOPIC: Busy bodies

TEXT: 2Thess 3:11-14

AIMS:

  1. to inform us of the possibility of busy bodies within the Christian Church

ii.to discuss the possible guide against busybody.



INTRODUCTION

A busybody is a person who gets involved in the affairs of others, or someone who butts in where he is not wanted or needed. They eavesdrop on peoples’ conversation and come over to suggest solutions without being asked or invited. In our text today, Paul warned believers to desist from this stigma. There are many ways by which Christians through their Characters indulge in busybodies. Our study guide shall justify these.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. Define busy bodiesin the context of today’s study. Ref: 1Th 4:11; 1Ti 5:13————————————-
  2. What are the characteristics of busy bodies? 2Thess 3:11; 1Tim 5:13. ————————————-
  3. From your experience, give examples of busy bodies in your area or Church and their effects. ————————————-
  4. How can we avoid busy body livelihood? Eph 4:28; 1Thess 4:11. ————————————-



CONCLUSION: If there are people in our Church who love to be idle and always want to depend on the Church for everything, let us courageously tell them to engage in a particular vocation; otherwise, they will constitute communication threat within the congregation.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Always busy without godly benefit is dangerous for the Church.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 1Thess 4:11 “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.”

 



STUDY 27

 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JULY 2 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 12

TOPIC: Slothfulness

TEXT: Matt 25:24-30

AIMS:

  1. to narrate the meaning and works of the slothful from biblical perspective
  2. to describe how slothfulness can endanger a Christian on the path to God’s kingdom.



INTRODUCTION

Slothfulness simply means unwillingness to work or do something that can bring progress and goodness to the body of Christ. The central point of the Talent’s parable is the importance of being a faithful servant of all that God has entrusted to one’s care. However, the third servant in our text today, was slothful and therefore became unproductive. He ended as a condemned person.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. From today’s text, define slothfulness and relate your answer to your Churchcongregation. ————————————-
  2. With reference to Prov 26:13-15, Matt 21:28-31 how can you narrate the behaviours of a slothful person with reference to our society. ————————————-
  3. How can a Christian be slothful? and what is the fate of the slothful in heaven? Matt 25:41-46————————————-
  4. How can we conquer the spirit of slothfulness as pilgrims to the kingdom of God? Matt 28:18-20; Joh 9:4; 2Tim 4;1-2. ————————————-

 

CONCLUSION: Using one’s God’s-given abilities and talents wisely and productively is a vital aspect of discipleship and will be rewarded with additional opportunities to serve God faithfully and fruitfully.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Usefulness is the basis forfruitfulness.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Joh 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work”.

  

STUDY 28

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JULY 9 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits 1

TOPIC:  Love

TEXTS: Matt. 5: 43-48

AIMS:

  1. to discuss the extent of Christian love ii. to expose the implication of loving all people in our earthly pilgrimage.



INTRODUCTION

Love simply means a deep feeling, affection, interest and pleasure in another person or something. In the context of today’s study, Jesus emphasised the unlimitedness, immeasurability and inexhaustibility of love by Christians. Christian love has no geographical, ethnic, cultural or religious boundary. It can’t be limited or measured by these factors. Whoever will inherit the kingdom of God must understand this teaching; otherwise he or she will be exhausted by worldly factors and thereby loses the tendency to win souls into the Kingdom of God.



STUDY GUIDE:

  1. From Jesus’ teaching in our text, how can you define love? Read again Matt 5:44, 46————————————-
  2. How can we easily put boundary or limit to love in our Christian race? Read Luk 10:30-32; John 4:6-8. ————————————-
  3. According to Luk 19:5-9, what is the implication of loving all people?  ————————————-
  4. How best can we love our enemies especially our persecutors? Matt 5:44; Rom 12:19-20 ————————————-



CONCLUSION: Love by a Christian should never be limited to friends, relatives, tongues and tribes; but to all that comes across us including those that persecute us. By so doing, we replicate our Lord Jesus Christ who prayed for His persecutors on the cross.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A limited love is a godless love. Christian love is unlimited.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Matt. 5: 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”



 

  STUDY 29

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JULY 16 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits 2

TOPIC:  Joy

TEXT: Heb 12:2; 1Pet 4:12-16;

AIMS:

  1. to define joy in the context of the Christian pilgrimage on earth
  2. to look beyond the suffering of this world unto the everlasting joy of the overcomers.



INTRODUCTION

Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Our text today exposed us to the fact that Christians need to see beyond the earthly gain, success and victories that give us temporary joy. Despite the fact that Jesus knew His place in heaven, he took pleasure in dying on the cross for the ransom of our souls. We also, must always know that beyond the shame, mockery, frustration and even death for the sake of Christ, we have eternal Joy awaiting us in heaven. However, we must be careful never to surfer as unbelievers and sinners.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. How can you define Joy in our study t today? Read 1Pet 4:12-13; Jas 1:2. —————————–2. From Heb 12:2, explain the Joy of Jesus on earth? What lesson can you derive from this?

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  1. Mention some of the challenges that can bring sadness to us as Christians according to Mt 5:11; 10:17-18; 2Co 12:10. —————————–
  2. What is the warning to Christians on their earthly journey to the kingdom of God? 1Pet 4:15. —————————–



CONCLUSION: No matter the earthly enjoyment, it is very temporal and can never be compared to the eternal joy of the victorious pilgrims in heaven. Therefore, whatever challenges for the sake of Christ and His kingdom; let us continuously rejoice with the hope of eternal Joy.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Earthly Joy is temporal, but heavenly Joy is eternal.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 1Pet 4:13 “rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”.



  

STUDY 30

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JULY 23 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits3

TOPIC:  Peace

TEXT: Rom 5:1-5

AIMS:

  1. to differentiate between having peace and being a peace-maker

ii.to discuss how to have internal peace in a world of wars and challenges.



INTRODUCTION

In Study 12 of this year’s outline, we studied peace-making as one of the life-style of the Christian on the journey to the kingdom of God. Moreover, our study today will focus on Peace as a spiritual fruit to be seen in any Christian on the path of God’s kingdom. Peace is the freedom from disturbance and warfare. It is a state of tranquility. One can possess the ability to make peace with people without having peace in their own lives. Therefore, this study will focus more on how Christians can be at peace within themselves in a world filled with warfare.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. Differentiate between a peace-maker and having peace with reference to Exod 2:13-15; Isa 32:17; Rom 5:1. —————————–
  2. What is the role of Faith in having internal peace? Gal 3:28; Eph 2:13-15; Col 1:20. ————————-
  3. Mention some of the challenges that can steal our peace as Christians. Rom 8:35,38. —————————–
  4. Analyze the various stages to having peace through Faith in Jesus Christ- Rom 5:2-5; Col 1:20-22.

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CONCLUSION: The world is filled with warfare; ranging from ethnic, economic and religious conflicts. Our ability to focus on Christ and hold firmly to our faith will give us internal comfort that generates joy from the heart. This is peace.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: In Christ alone is our Peace.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Joh 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.



STUDY 31

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY JULY 30 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits4

TOPIC:  Longsuffering

TEXTS: 2Cor 6:1-10

AIMS:

  1. to understand longsuffering in biblical context and

ii. the significance of longsuffering in our Christian race.



INTRODUCTION

Long-suffering is from the Greek word “makrothumia,” which means “long-tempered” or “patient”. Contrary to popular view, a person who is long-suffering is not weak; instead, he or she is strong in character and bold in resisting rash reactions. It is simply having or showing patience in spite of trouble, affliction and oppression.



STUDY GUIDE:

  1. Carefully analyze our text today with particular emphasis on 2Cor 6:3-5 and explain longsuffering. —————————–
  2. Expatiate on Est 4:13-17 and from the passage, how can you describe Esther as a paragon of longsuffering? Compare with Est 5:4, 8, and 7:1-6. —————————–
  3. What can we learn from the prototype of Jesus’ longsuffering in Phil 2:5-10; 1Tim 1:16 —————————–
  4. What is the significance of longsuffering in our Christian race? Jam 1:12; Rev 2:10 ————————–



CONCLUSION: Our Lord Jesus Christ endured as human on earth even though he is one with God and also endured the longsuffering on the cross to win the crown of victory. Therefore, our ability to radiate the spiritual fruit of longsuffering is an attestation of our Christlikeness.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Longsuffering is never weakness, but spiritual fruit for the crown of life.

MEMORY VERSE: Jam 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him”.



  

STUDY 32

NINETH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY) AUGUST 6 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits5

TOPIC:  Gentleness

TEXT: John 8:1-11

AIMS:

  1. to explain in clear terms, the word gentleness,
  2. to expatiate on the attributes of a gentle person

iii. to examine how gentleness can impact the spread of the gospel.



INTRODUCTION

Gentleness is an ability to show love and care for others in speech and action. A gentle person is calm and rational in a state of anger. They are never rash in their action and speech; instead, they are always aware of the needs of others and are open to new experiences and ideas. In our text today, we can see all these attributes in Jesus Christ, as he gently (without rashness) bent down before passing judgment on the case of the woman caught in adultery.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. From the Introduction, define gentleness and mention three of the attributes of a gentle person.

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  1. What can you learn from Jesus’ example in today’s text? Compare with Mk 9:38-39 —————————–
  2. Carefully examine Acts 6:1-7 and analyze how gentleness can be an attribute of soul winning. Read also Gal 6:1 —————————–
  3. How best can we live a gentle life as Christians? Rom 14:1; 15:1; 2Tim 2:24-25. —————————–



CONCLUSION: In order to be gentle, we must not view ourselves as better than others. Rather than assert superiority, we must be ready to help others, even when they have been found in sinful habit.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Be gentle, but not with holier than thou attitude.

MEMORY VERSE: Gal 5:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”.



STUDY 33

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY AUGUST 13 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits6

TOPIC:  Goodness

TEXT: Mk 3:1-6

AIMS:

i. to analyze the act of goodness as more significant than the observance of law

ii. to expose how an act of goodness can liberate the oppressed.



INTRODUCTION

Goodness is the quality of being kind, helpful, and honest. It is the rightly-ordered motivation behind our desire to act well; and it prioritizes what God desires: love of others, rightness, justice, and mercy. In our study today, Jesus demonstrated that the law has no effect where there is no act of goodness. Healing by giving comfort to the one under the oppression of sickness is more important than the observance of the Sabbath.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. How will you analyse an act of goodness from today’s text? —————————–
  2. Describe how the observance of religious laws over goodness can inflict pain and result to wickedness? Mk 2:23-24; Joh 9:13-16. —————————–
  3. In relating to Nigerian situations, describe how religious activities without goodness hadresulted in wickedness and evil. Ref: Dan 3:19-20. —————————–
  4. How can acts of goodness liberate the oppressed from spiritual and physical bondage? Luk7:44-48; 10:33-34 —————————–



CONCLUSION: The focus of Jesus on goodness rather than bowing to Sabbath laws reveals the fact that goodness takes pre-eminence over the law. Christians must therefore be ready to do good at all times, in all places and at any time; either convenient or not.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Loyalty to religious laws without goodness can result to wickedness.

MEMORY VERSE: Gal 6:9 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith”.



STUDY 34

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY AUGUST 20 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits7

TOPIC:  Faith

TEXT: Heb 11:1-6

AIMS:

  1. to analyse various manifestations of faith by Biblical heroes

ii.to study how manifestation of our Christian faith can set the basis for soul-winning into Christ’s kingdom.



INTRODUCTION

Our text today gave the Biblical definition of Faith as the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. It is a strong belief or trust in the existence and ability of a person or thing. It is one thing to say we are Christians; it is another thing to daily manifest our faith to unbelievers especially the world around us.

From our Bible passage, we can see the manifestation of the belief of Heroes of Faith in the Almighty God. It is a manifestation of total reliance on the person, existence, ability and saving grace of the Almighty God. Theseshould continuously serve as prototypes to us on our pilgrimage to the kingdom of God.



STUDY GUIDE

  1. Define faith according to the study and from your perspective. —————————–
  2. Narratethe manifestation of Faithin the following passages: Gen 39:9; Job 19:25-27; Heb 11:4. —————————–
  3. How were the hearts of unbelievers won through the manifestation of Faithin the following passages? Dan 3:28-29; 6:23, 25-27; Acts 4:1-4. —————————–
  4. We are living in a world of miracle, magic, signs and wonders. How best can we manifest our Faith for soul winning into Christ’s kingdom? Acts 2:42, 46; 1Cor 2:1-2, 4, 1Thess 1:5 —————————–



CONCLUSION: Faith is the spiritual fruit that nourishes the spread of the gospel. It is what feeds the unbelievers and impact them to give their lives to Christ. Therefore, the manifestation of the Christian’s Faith should always point people to Christ and the power of His resurrection for the redemption of sinners.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Point others to Christ and never to yourself as faithful Christians.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.



 

STUDY 35

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY AUGUST 27 2023

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

SUB THEME:  Manifesting Spiritual fruits8

TOPIC: Meekness

TEXT: Tit 3:1-7

AIMS:      

  1. to study meekness from the biblical point of view.
  2. to expatiate on the gains of meekness

 

INTRODUCTION

Meekness is one of the fruit of the spirit and it meansmild, gentle or humble.  Our Bible passage today explains that a meek person submits to authority; puts his power or fame under constraint; and at the same time is humble. Meekness is not weakness, but exercising strength under control, demonstrating power without undue harshness but acting boldly when we sense injustice or ungodly act. The meek relates the good news of the kingdom of God with the strong, the weak, the poor and the rich without prejudice.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Differentiate between being meek and being weak with the examples of Moses and Aaron in Num 12:2-3 and Exod 32:1-4. —————————–
  2. How can we live a life of meekness? Gen. 13:7-9; 2Tim. 2:24-25; Tit 3:1-2. —————————–
  3. What is the adverse effect of lifewithout meekness?  Num 12:1, 9-10; 2Cor. 12:20. ————————
  4. What are the benefits of living a meek life? Ps.22:26; 25:9; 69:32; 149:4; Isa. 29:19. ————————

 

CONCLUSION

As Christians, let us continuously strive to be meek by total dependence on God for our spiritual and physical growth. This will in turn develop us more as pilgrims of the heavenly Kingdom.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: PILGRIMS TO HEAVENLY KINGDOM are to be meek but never weak on godly virtues.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Psa 22:26 “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever”.

 

STUDY 36

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SEPTEMBER 3 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Manifesting Spiritual fruits9

TOPIC:  Temperance

TEXT: 1Sam 26:6-12

AIMS:

  1. to contextualise temperance inChristian perspective

ii.to analyse the value to our Christian race.

INTRODUCTION

Temperance or perseverance is the speed by which a person reacts to situation. In the context of our text, it denotes the control of a person over his natural attitudeespecially self-control over potential evil deeds. In our Bible passage today, David manifested temperance by avoiding killing of King Saul. This is a manifestation of his total control on evil act that would have led him to untimely kingship.

 

STUDY GUIDE:

  1. From the context of our Bible passage, how canyou define Temperance? Read again 1Sam 26:6-12.

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  1. Analyse temperance in 2Sam 9:6-8; Compare 2Sam 16:5-7 and 2Sam 19:21-23. —————————–
  2. What is the value of temperance to our Christian race? 1Cor 9:25? Compare Luk 23:33-34 with Matt 27:54 —————————–
  3. How best can we manifest the spiritual fruit of temperance in a corrupt and wicked generation?  Matt 5:16; Rom 12:21; 1Thess 5:15. —————————–

 

CONCLUSION: There will always be an opportunity for us to access ungodly opportunities. Our ability to reject such opportunity through our attitudes and actions is a clear manifestation of the spiritual fruit of temperance. Unbelievers will see this and praise the name of God in our lives.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Defeat the evil in you and win souls for Christ.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Rom 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”.

   

 

STUDY 37

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SEPTEMBER 10 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Challenges to Manifestation as Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 1

TOPIC: Filthiness

TEXT: Jud 1:8-13

AIM: To show how filthiness can hinder the manifestation of the heavenly pilgrim.

 

INTRODUCTION

Filthiness is a condition of being extremely dirty. Biblically, it means engaging in acts that defile God’s temple which is our bodies. One thing is to give our lives to Christ (become born-again),another to consciously separate ourselves from things that God abhors. The passage today differentiates between the filthy believers and the Arch –Angel Michael in speech and action. Christians must be very careful never to turn themselves to dirty spots in Christendom.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Define filthiness according to the biblepassage today and from Ps 14:3; Jer 2:22 ————————–
  2. Differentiate between the attitudes of the filthy believers and that of Arch-Angel Michael according to Jud 1:8-10 —————————–
  3. From the following passages, identify filthy acts.  Rom 1:23-27; Gal. 5:18-21 —————————–
  4. As Christians, how can we be cleansed from filthiness? 2Cor 7:1; Col. 3:5-9 —————————–

 

CONCLUSION: Unholy living is the bane of today’s Church. Our being part of this study today is an indication of God’s call on us to embrace holiness aspre-requisite for the manifestation of citizens of heaven.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:Beware of dirty spots in your royal garment.

 

MEMORY VERSE: 2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY 38 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SEPTEMBER 17 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Challenges to Manifestation as Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 2

TOPIC: Loss of Godly appetite

TEXT: Rom 3:10-18

AIMS:

  1. to study the concept and context of loss of appetite for godliness

ii.show how best to revive or develop our Christian appetite for godliness.

 

INTRODUCTION

Loss, the first key-word in our topic today simply means taking something that is precious away from a person. Appetite, simply means a strong desire or liking for something. Therefore, loss of Godly appetite means; taking away the strong desire for godly livelihood from Christians. Our Bible passage exposes the behaviours and attitudes of those who had totally loss appetite to God’s words and His ways. Is our Christian generation not fast loosing appetite to godly matters?

STUDY GUIDE

  1. Explainloss of Godly appetite from the context of our study today. Ps 14:2-3; Rom 1:21 —————————–
  2. From Rom 3:10-18, mention the results ofloss for godly appetite. —————————–
  3. Mention some of the manifestations ofloss of appetite for godliness in our Christian generation. Jer 23:11; Hos 7:3; Rom 1:25, 29-31. —————————–How can these challenge our manifestation as pilgrims to the Kingdom of God? —————————–
  4. How best can we revive or develop our appetite for Godliness? Ps 27:4; 119:16; Eph 4:17-18;

 

CONCLUSION: God’s desire is for usto be hungry for His words and paths of righteousness. As Christians, we need to be on the lookout for attitudes that can destroy our appetite for godly livelihood. We should wagespiritual war against such attitudes so as to always be on the path of God’s kingdom.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:Be alive to godliness because the dead can never be hungry

 

MEMORY VERSE: Rom 3:11 “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY 39 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  SEPTEMBER 24 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Challenges to Manifestation as Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 3

TOPIC: False Teachings

TEXT: 2Pet 2:1-3

AIMS:

  1. to define and analyse the contexts of false teachings

ii.how false teachings can hinder our manifestationChristians and PILGRIMS TOHEAVENLY KINGDOM.

 

INTRODUCTION

False teaching is an arrogantly attempt to fashion new interpretations of the scriptures to demonstrate that these sacred texts should not be read as God’s words to His children but merely as the utterances of uninspired men, limited by their own prejudices and cultural biases. Peter exposed us to the lifestyle and doctrines of false teachers in our text today. This study is a focus on this and how it hinders manifestation as PILGRIMS TO HEAVENLY KINGDOM.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. What isfalse teachings according to ourtext today and relate to Jude 1:4,7-8,10,16. —————————–
  2. Analyse some of the attitudes of false teachers and their doctrines. 1Cor 15:12; 1Tim 6:3-6; Jude 1:4.

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  1. How can false Teachingshinder the manifesting of Christians as Pilgrims to heavenly kingdom?

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  1. How can a Christian effectively resist or guide against false teachings? 1Ti 1:4,7; 2Ti 2:23; Tit 3:9

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CONCLUSION: Some of the prevalent false teachings in our generation are worshipping pastors and other personalities apart from the Triune God; that Jesus Christ is not God; Christ’s blood does not atone; baptism by any means other than by water and the spirit; teaching how to speak in tongues;Spirit baptism. Christians must be careful of all these

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Only spiritual babies eat anything anyhow. Therefore, Grow in Bible knowledge!

 

MEMORY VERSE: 2 Pe.2:1 – “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY 40   SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY(INDEPENDENT DAY October 1 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Challenges to Manifestation as Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 4

TOPIC: Compromise

TEXT: 1Kings 11:1-8

AIMS:

  1. to explain compromise insecular and biblical concept,
  2. to help us understand the negative effect of compromise and how to overcome it on the path of our Christian pilgrimage on earth.

 

INTRODUCTION

Compromise in its universal definition is a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute. In Christianity, Compromise is simply changingbiblical standard in other to fit canal or worldly standard. It is a change that worsens Christ-like standard and quite often ends in dishonour.  Many have changed from who they are supposed to be in Christ. Many also find compromise to be a more fashionable option, to among other reasons, avoid being persecuted by those who are probably close associates. Compromise is a major hindrance to the manifestation ofPilgrims to heavenly kingdom.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. From the biblepassage and the introduction,define compromise. —————————
  2. According to the text, (1Kings 11:1-8) how did King Solomon compromise his godly standard? Analyse these types of compromise among Christians today? —————————–
  3. How dangerous is compromised Christianity to our generation with reference to Rom 1:23, 25, 27; Rev 3:14-16 —————————–
  4. Mention some biblical heroes who never compromised their godly standard. (Ref Gen 39:7-9; Dan 1:8) and how can we overcome the life of compromise and double-standard especially in a society where it is difficult to stand firm because of social challenges? Dan.1:8; Matt 6:14; 2Cor 6:14; Eph 5:11

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CONCLUSION: Compromise is a major threat to the heavenly-minded Christians. Many Christians have lost their faith and are even dead spiritually because they compromised with unbiblical and ungodly standards. Let us learn courage from biblical heroes to live as Christians without soiling our righteous garment amidst contemporary social challenges.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:Godliness and ungodliness are drivers to heaven. Be wise in choosing your driver.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Matt. 6:14 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY 41 EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY OCTOBER 8 2023

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

SUB-THEME: Challenges to Manifestation as Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 5

TOPIC: Soiled garment-

TEXT: Zech 3:1-7

AIMS:

  1. to explain the concept of soiledgarment in our Christian race
  2. to discuss the factors and

iii. to analyse the basis for continuous purity of our pilgrim’s garment of righteousness.

 

INTRODUCTION

Soiled garment is the appearance of dirt like oil, vomit and blood on a very clean white apparel or uniform. In our text today, Zechariah the prophet saw the vision of Joshua, a high priest clothed indirty garment. The basis for this is to disqualify Joshua from standing in God’s presence. However, God was on his side to defend him. Joshua represents the Church of God and the dirty garment is sin. How does this vision affect the Church of God today? Ourstudy will shed more light.

 

STUDY GUIDE

  1. How do you understand soiled garment in the context of our study? See Zech 3:1 and 3. —————————–
  2. According to Rev 7:9 and 14, what is the concept of the Christians’ royal garment and how can it be soiled? Gen 9:20-21; 1Chr 28:3; Isa 59:3-4. —————————–
  3. What is the implication of soiled garment on our path to God’s kingdom? Matt 22:11-13; Rev 21:8

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  1. As Christians, analyse the basis for continuous purity of our garment of righteousness? Jam 4:7-8, 10-11; 1Jn 1:7-9; Rev 7:9 —————————–

 

CONCLUSION: As pilgrims to the heavenly kingdom, we are bound to be arrayed ingarment of glory and righteousness. However, one of the basic strategies of satan is to make sure that this garment is soiled through conscious and unconscious sin. Therefore, Pilgrims to God’s kingdom must be very carefulnever to allow their garment of righteousness to be soiled by satanic manipulations.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Are your garments washed in the blood of the lamb

 

MEMORY VERSE: Rev 7:14 “And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.

 

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