RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES 13-19) – TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR AUGUST 13, 20233: TOPIC – RAPTURE
RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022/2023
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 13TH OF AUGUST, 2023
LESSON FIFTY (50)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”.
LESSON AIM: Rapture guarantees a true Church of her everlasting union with God in His kingdom.
CENTRAL TRUTH: We don’t know the day or the hour, but Jesus has given us indications as to the season of time with specific preceding events to look out for, hence His encouragement for His people to “watch.” (Matt. 24: 32-36).
INTRODUCTION:When Apostle Paul wrote about those who have fallen asleep, he was talking about Christians who have died. When a person who knows the Lord dies, his body may be in the grave, but his/her spirit goes to be with the Lord, so in a sense, he never dies (John. 11:11-14).
1. WHAT IS RAPTURE?
The word Rapture is a word we use to describe the true Church, those born again of God, being caught up to heaven.
How Will Rapture Take Place?: When Jesus comes down from heaven, verse 14 tells us that He will bring with Him the spirits of those who are in heaven with the Lord. There resurrection bodies will rise first before those who are alive and remain in earth are caught up also to be with the Lord….vs 16-17;1 Thess. 5:9.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Who is the true Church and what are the characteristics of a true Church?
2. WHEN WILL RAPTURE TAKE PLACE?
Some say there are no prophesied events that must occur before the Church is caught away. They believe that the Rapture could occur at any minute. Like a thief in the night is not expected, they say that Christ will come at an unexpected time. But Jesus said that believers will know the season of time, but not the exact day or hour (Matt. 24:32-36).
3. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF RAPTURE IN GOD’S REDEMPTION PLAN?
God’s redemptive plan is to restore what was lost in Adam. The resurrection of believers is part of that restoration (Rm. 8:18-23). However, the scriptures also teach that before the establishment of the Messianic kingdom at the return of Christ, God will pour His wrath out upon the world opposed to His rule. The Church is promised reprieve from this wrath, and the Rapture is the means by which it is protected.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What is the essence of Rapture in the life of a true Church?
LIFE APPLICATION: As true Church that is rapturable, our new body will be like Christ’s glorious body (Phil. 3:20).
CONCLUSION: On the day of Rapture, our bodies will be raised, and we will see His face and be transformed into His image.
ATTENTION: Next week is Revision Day and the following week is Quiz and Interactive Day. Let us read up our past lessons and prepare for the revision and the quiz with our teens. God bless you.
Ask them – What did they learn in today’s lesson?
How can they apply this to their lives?
Let them put their prayer points here: