RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES 13-19) – TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR OCTOBER 15, 2023: TOPIC – WHO DESERVES GRATITUDE 5: GOVERNMENT OF A NATION
RCCG LOWER JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2023/2024
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 15TH OF OCTOBER, 2023
LESSON SEVEN (7)
TOPIC: WHO DESERVES GRATITUDE 5: GOVERNMENT OF A NATION
BIBLE TEXT: Romans 13:1-7
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 13:1- “Let every soul be subject unto higher power: for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
LESSON AIM: At the end of the study, teenagers should be able to understand why the government of a nation deserves gratitude and how it should be expressed.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Our Government deserve gratitude for all they do for the citizens and the country as a whole.
INTRODUCTION: The Government of any nation is responsible for its people, security, the daily running of the country to ensure their peace and prosperity. Their success depends on the law-abiding citizens. Good Govermance is all about government officials sacrificing their time and expertise to ensure the country is doing well. As law-abiding citizens, we need to appreciate their efforts and sacrifice to ensure law and order in the nation.
DEFINITION OF A GOVERNMENT
The government is the constituted or elected authority of a state or nation to oversee the land, control the people and/or organizations, legislate, and even enforce laws or decrees to the end that all may live in obedience to the law of the land and lead a peaceable life.
WHY THE GOVERNMENT DESERVES OUR GRATITUDE
• They provide leadership.
• They are ordained of God – Romans 13:1-2.,
• They are ordained of God – Romans 13:1-2.
• They help maintain law and order.
• They provide public services such as hospitals, electricity, water, education, etc.
• They provide national security.
• They provide economic security and assistance.
• They provide assistance to small scale industries.
HOW TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO THE GOVERNMENT: Romans 13:1-7
• Pray for those in power and in authority – 1 Tim. 2:3-4, Ps. 122:6-8.
• Obey the laws of the land – Matt. 22:21.
• Protection of public property.
• Celebrate and appreciate people in power.
• Speak positively about them and to them.
• Good citizenship begins with good attitude – Titus 3:1-2.
LIFE APPLICATION: Governmental authorities are ordained by God for our own good. Even though some people may find it hard to trust politicians or even government employees, we are commanded to show them respect and appreciate their efforts in enforcing law and order. They need our prayers to perform effectively, to enforce law and order for us to live a peaceable life.
CONCLUSION: The Government deserves gratitude because they are ordained of God for our own good. Apart from obeying the law, we also need to pray for them always to enable us live a peaceable life.
TODAY’S LESSON REFLECTION:
What truth have you learnt in today’s lesson?
Write down one way in which you are going to apply what you now know.