RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES 13-19) – TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR AUGUST 20, 20233: TOPIC – JUDGEMENT DAY
RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022/2023
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 20TH OF AUGUST, 2023
LESSON FIFTY ONE (51)
TOPIC: JUDGEMENT DAY
BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
2 Corinthians 5:10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
LESSON AIM: Teenagers are to know that there is going to be a time when all will be judged by God. The way we live our lives matters so let us always check our ways of life to be sure that we are still in Christ Jesus.
CENTRAL TRUTH: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10.
INTRODUCTION: Judgment Day. Also known as the Final Judgment. It is the very last thing that happens before God destroys the old heaven and the old earth, which are corrupt on account of sin. Before He creates His new heaven and new earth, He has to do away with anything that could bring sin into the new creation.
1.) WHY JUDGEMENT DAY?
The devil has just been cast into the lake of fire, where the beast and the false prophet (Antichrist) have already been since they were defeated when Jesus returned before the beginning of the millennium. This is to be the eternal retribution for their sin and rebellion against God. Now the time has come for God to judge who is to join them in the lake of fire, and who is worthy of a place on the new earth.
2.) EXCLUDED FROM JUDGMENT?
Excluded from this judgment will be those who are the brides of Christ. They have already stood before the judgment seat of Christ while they were in the situations of their daily lives. They have let God’s light shine in their hearts, pointing out the sin and unrighteousness that needed to be dealt with. They have, of their own free will acknowledged their sin, taken up a battle against it and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. More than just receiving forgiveness for sin, they have used the power available in the Spirit to overcome it. “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32.
Also excluded are the martyrs-those who went through the tribulation, resisted the beast, did not take the mark of the beast and were killed because of their faithfulness. (Revelation 13:15-17) They have already been tried and proven and have reigned with Jesus through the Millennium. (Revelation 20:4)
3.) THE TWO BASIC JUDGEMENT FOR ALL MANKIND
First, there will be a general judgement of all mankind. There will only be one item considered there that matters whether a person accepted or rejected Jesus payment for their sin. Those who have accepted Jesus’ payment and have chosen to be with God will be judged based on Jesus’ performance. As a result, they will be found “not guilty’ of sin and get to spend all of eternity with him. Those who have rejected Jesus’ payment for their sins get to be judged on their own performance. Since everyone has blown it at some point. those who have chosen to reject God will get what they choose and be sentenced to spend all of eternity separated from God.
The second judgement is just for believers. They will be evaluated on what they did with the Gospel. It’s not a judgement of punishment, but rather a judgement of rewards. Rewards will be passed out based on folks’ obedience to Christ. But they get to skip the punishment part because they accepted Jesus’ payment for the punishment they deserved.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Who are the people to be judged and on what grounds?
4.) WHAT HAPPENS ON JUDGMENT DAY?
The Bible declares that God “has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth.” (Acts 17:31). This day of judgment, also known as the Final Judgment, is when Jesus, the Son of God, will judge “the living and the dead” before destroying the old heaven and earth, which are corrupted by sin. Sin can be defined as anything that opposes God’s will and law. To engage in sin is to disobey or abuse His laws. Because the urge to sin resides in human nature, mankind is corrupted and somewhat driven by the immoral inclinations that live in all people. This is a consequence of the fall into sin in the garden of Eden. Before creating His new heaven and earth, God must do away with anything that could produce or bear sin into His new creation.
Jesus Christ will act as the justice of the last judgment, as the Bible states “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,” (John 5:22). All skeptics will be judged by Christ at the “great white throne,” and they will face punishment in accordance with the acts they have done (Romans 2:5-6).
LIFE APPLICATION: As children of God. we need not cower or hang our heads during the judgment. Nor are we to repent the time for that is past. We will stand before the Lord, clothed in Christ’s righteousness and forgiven of every Single sin. And we will, at last, comprehend how great is the love of our God for us.
CONCLUSION: Jesus Christ will judge every person who has ever lived (Acts 10:42). At the final judgment, the destiny of the wicked and nonbelievers will be in the control of the almighty God who will assess everyone according to their soul’s status.
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: