RCCG Sunday School TEACHER Manual For June 27, 2021 Lesson 43 : Topic – Self-Cleansing
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please keep me from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Help me to fear you and keep myself holy.
MEMORY VERSE: “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.” – 2 Corinthians 7:1
BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 10:19-23 KJV
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
LESSON INTRODUCTION: God’s desire is that His people will be clean outwardly and inwardly (Zechariah 3:4). He loved those whose hearts and lives are perfect towards Him and has made adequate provision for their all-round cleansing (Hebrews 10:22). In Psalms 51:7, David prayed for God’s cleansing. We also have a crucial role to play in this matter.
TEXT REVIEW: HEBREWS 10 19-23
Having the lord Jesus as our priest transfers to us certain responsibilities which bother on the life of holiness.
Example of such responsibilities is the duty of washing our bodies with water which symbolises external cleansing.
Identify any other four demands of our high priest on cleansing from the passages.
- SELF-CLEANSING AND ITS BENEFITS
- HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?
1. SELF-CLEANSING AND ITS BENEFITS
Question: What is self cleansing?
Answer: Self cleansing is a conscious and decisive effort put in by man to purge himself of all filthiness (2 Corinthians 1:7)
Questions: What does the word of God says on the cleansing exercise?
i. The word of God reveals our true persons to us. Romans 12:2.
ii. The word of God renews our minds. Romans 12:2
Question: (Isaiah 1:16) gave some instructions on self-cleansing. What are these instructions?
i. Wash yourself.
ii. Cleanse yourself.
iii. Put away evil.
iv. Cease from doing evil.
Question: What instructions did (Jeremiah 4:14) give on self-cleansing?
Wash your heart from Wickedness and evil/vain thoughts
Question: Apostle Paul directed believers to keep their physical bodies from two works of the flesh. What are they?
Question: What did the following Bible passages say about the benefits of self cleansing? 2 Timothy 2:21, 1 John 3:3, Hebrews 10:22; Hebrews 4:6?
i. 2 Timothy 2:21. The person becomes sanctified and become useful to God
ii. 1 John 3:3. It assure the believers of eternal life and the saviour, Jesus Christ.
iii. Hebrews 10:22. Self-cleansing gives believers confidence to come to God’s presence in faith.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Can a dirty person approach the throne of grace? If yes, how? If no, why not?
2. HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?
NOTE: the teacher uses the students’ responses under class activity one as bases to treat the lesson outline 2.
How can a person cleanse himself to be acceptable to God?
i. Ask the lord Jesus Christ to cleanse you of impurities of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 9:14,22).
ii. Allow he word of God to transform the areas of you lives which are not pleasing to God. Strictly abide by the principles of the word of God. Psalms 119:9, Ephesians 5:26; Ezekiel 36:25.
iii. After confessing your sins, never go back to them again (Hebrews 12:1).
iv. Avoid anything that is evil (1Thessalonians 5:22).
v. Avoid the deeds of the flesh or ungodly attitudes and behaviours. Never embrace yourself whatever God disapproves. (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5)
vi. Draw close to God in studying of God’s words, prayer, worship, fellowship, etc(James 4:8).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: How can a person stay cleansed?
SUMMARY: God is clean always. Therefore, believers must be cleansed.
CONCLUSION: God is looking for a clean and pure vessels. You can be available for His use by cleansing yourself.
EVALUATION: What are physical and spiritual cleansing and their benefits?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to be cleansed within and without.
ASSIGNMENT: Find out what it takes to make gold pure. What are the result of the exercise?