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Topic: Soteria (RCCG Sunday School Manual For Young Adults And Youths (YAYA)
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please give me an understanding of what genuine salvation is. (Scroll down for RCCG YAYA Sunday School 25 September 2022 HYMN)
MEMORY VERSE: “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.” – Genesis 49:18 (KJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 19:1-10 (KJV)
1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
– RCCG Sunday School Teacher Manual 25 September 2022: Spiritual Sacrifices
– RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 25 September 2022 – Spiritual Sacrifices
INTRODUCTION: ‘Soteria’ is the Greek word for salvation from the root word, ‘Sozo’ which means to save, rescue, or deliver. It describes the rescue or deliverance from danger, destruction, and peril. Sometimes, the Bible uses the word saved or salvation to refer to temporal, physical deliverance, such as Paul’s deliverance from prison (Phil.1:19). More often, the word “salvation” concerns an eternal, spiritual deliverance (Acts 16:30-31). Jesus equated being saved with entering the kingdom of God (Matt.19:24-25). Other concepts that are inherent in salvation include restoration to a state of safety, soundness, health, and well-being as well as preservation from the danger of destruction.
LESSON AIM: To understand the concept of salvation.
Through this study, students are expected to:
a. Discover the mystery of salvation.
b. Identify some of the hindrances to salvation
c. State the benefits of salvation.
A. Jesus was passing through Jericho-V1.
B. In Jericho there was a man named Zaccheus, who was a rich tax collector-V2.
i. He ………………………………V3.
C. Jesus came to the place ………………V5.
D. Zaccheus made haste, and came down, and received Jesus joyfully v6
F. Zaccheus said to Jesus ……………………V8.
G. Jesus said to Zaccheus
The Lecture Method.
1. THE MYSTERY OF SALVATION
A. The salvation experience occurs in phases. These phases come at different times in the life of a believer.
B. Instant salvation is the ‘matriculation’ (i.e conversion) of the sinner to begin a new life in Christ (2Cor.5:17) while the ultimate salvation is the ‘convocation’ of the saints as life-members of the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ (Matt.5:20).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Students should discuss what believers must do to be saved.
2. HINDRANCES TO AND BENEFITS OF SALVATION
A. Satan has blinded and hardened the hearts of some people to the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ (2Cor.4:4). Several things could also hinder a man from receiving the salvation made available by God through Jesus Christ. These include:
i. Fear of persecution (2Tim.3:12).
ii. Comfort and riches (Matt.19:21-22; 1Tim.6:9-10).
iii. Much intellectual/human achievement (1Tim. 6:20-21).
iv. False security (Isa.31:1).
v. Self-righteousness (Rom.10:3).
vi. Worldliness (Jam.4:4).
vii. Lustful adventure and desires (1Kgs.11:3-4; Eccl.2:9-11).
viii. Power and position (Acts 26:28).
ix. Covetousness (Lk.12:15).
x. Desire to please men (1Sam.15:24-26).
xi. Religious activities (Matt. 23:13).
xii. Besetting sins (Heb.12:1).
xiii. Ignorance (1Tim.1:13).
B. There are several benefits attached to being saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. When we accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we receive:
i. Redemption from the slave-market of sin (Tit.2:14).
ii. Forgiveness of sins (Eph.1:7).
iii. The promise of eternal life (Rev.5:9-10).
iv. Righteousness of God (Rom. 5:17).
v. Freedom from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13).
vi. Adoption into God’s family (Gal.4:5).
vii. Peace with God (Col.1:18-20).
viii. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:19-20).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Students should discuss the some of the blessings they received through salvation.
CONCLUSION: If perhaps, you have not embraced instant salvation, you need to do so now. The ultimate salvation is achievable despite all challenges of life.
EVALUATION: Teacher should ask the student to distinguish between instant salvation and ultimate salvation.
Father, thank you for saving me, please grant me the grace to be a partaker of the ultimate salvation
ASSIGNMENT: Make a plan to witness Christ to at least five people this week (2×5=10 marks).
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