RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES 13-19) – TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2023: TOPIC – QUALITIES OF A GRATEFUL HEART 4: A TESTIFIER OF GOD’S WONDERFUL WORKS
RCCG LOWER JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2023/2024
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 12TH OF OCTOBER, 2023
LESSON ELEVEN (11)
TOPIC: QUALITIES OF A GRATEFUL HEART 4: A TESTIFIER OF GOD’S WONDERFUL WORKS
BIBLE TEXT: Mark 5:1-20
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
MEMORY VERSE: John 4:39 – “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did ”
LESSON AIM: Teenagers should be able to understand that testifying of God’s wonderful works is a quality of a grateful heart.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Testifying of God’s wonderful works in our life is one of the qualities of a grateful heart.
INTRODUCTION: Brenda was a teenager who had missed out of childhood due to an illness she’d been battling with since birth. This had affected her education greatly and even her ability to make friends, as she was always in and out of the hospital. One day while on the hospital bed, a group of teenagers who came on hospital visitation introduced her to Christ and His healing power. She gave her life to Christ and that day the journey to healing from the disease began, such that by the end of that month, she had stopped taking all forms of medication.
She was so happy that she decided to show her gratitude by attending the teenage witnesses’ Church, the address of which she found behind the tract she had been given in the hospital on that fateful day. She ensured that she testified during the service of what the Lord had done. She joined the teenage evangelism team to start sharing with other teenagers the testimony that led her to Christ.
A) WHO IS A TESTIFIER?
1. A testifier is someone who reports an event, or someone who is a witness. Mark 5:20, John 4:28-30.
2. A testifier is someone who proclaims some news or an event that happened before his or her very eyes.
3. A testifier is someone who is so grateful for what God has done that he or she can’t keep it to him or herself
B) EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE IN THE: SCRIPTURES THAT TESTIFIED OF GOD’S WONDERFUL WORKS
1 The mad man of Gadarene – Mark 5: 1-20
2. The woman with the issue of blood – Mark 5:35-34.
3. Blind Bartimaeus – Mark 10:46-52.
4 The woman by the well – John 4:28-29
C) WHAT IS THE END RESULT OF A TESTIFIER SHARING HIS TESTIMONY?
1 The testifier draws more men to God in Salvation – John 4:39-4)
2 People are encouraged to stay in faith to receive their own healing
2 The healing becomes divine, there 1S wholeness and all the scars are gone – Luke 8:48, Luke 17:19.
4. The person becomes an Overcomer – Rev. 12:11.
LIFE APPLICATION: Share that news that is too good to be true of what God has done in your life. Don’t keep it to yourself; shout it loud from the mountain top. God is good!
CONCLUSION: Anyone who is grateful will testify of God’s goodness. Are you grateful for life? Share it. Did God heal you? Share it. Did God provide when all hope was lost? Share it. Share your testimony and God will do more for you.
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.