RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES 13-19) – TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR NOVEMBER 5, 2023: TOPIC – QUALITIES OF A GRATEFUL HEART 3: A WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL
RCCG LOWER JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2023/2024
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 5TH OF NOVEMBER 2023
LESSON TEN (10)
TOPIC: QUALITIES OF A GRATEFUL HEART 3: A WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL
BIBLE TEXT: Acts 3:1-10; Romans 10:13-15
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 1:8- “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”
LESSON AIM: At the end of the study, teenagers should be able to know that being a witness of the gospel is a quality of a grateful heart.
CENTRAL TRUTH: A grateful heart will witness to others about Christ.
INTRODUCTION: Being grateful goes beyond appreciative gestures and just saying thank you. We see this displayed in product adverts where people who have used a certain product not only show their gratitude to people who introduced them to it, but also tell others about it, especially those who need it. The same goes for every grateful child of God who has experienced not just salvation but all the other good things we enjoy in Christ. One of the ways by which we are expected to show our gratitude is being a witness of the Gospel.
WHAT IS WITNESSING?
Witnessing is sharing your personal experience with Jesus through the gospel. It is a call to all believers because it’s subject to even the great mission that all should preach the gospel. Nevertheless, you cannot teach if you have not learnt or been taught. Witnessing involves having a relationship with Jesus and carries a lot of responsibilities.
WHO IS A WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL? Matthew 28:18-20
•A witness is firstly, a child of God – a born-again Christian.
•A witness is a person who spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ.
• A witness is a carrier of GOd’s power and presence.
• A witness is Christ-like in nature.
HOW CAN WE BECOME WITNESSES OF THE GOSPEL?
• Accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.
• Sharing our faith and testimony in Christ Jesus – 1 John 1:1-3.
• Consecrating and separating ourselves unto the Lord -2 Tim. 2:21.
• Prayers & intercession for unbelievers – Eph. 6:18, 1 Tim. 2:1.
LIFE APPLICATION: Only a grateful heart can be a true witness of the gospel through the testimonies of what God has done and the salvation he/she has experienced. Nevertheless, this can only be done by the help of God through the Holy Spirit.
CONCLUSION: Witnessing to others can only be done effectively with good results when we have encountered Christ to the extent of our lives being transformed. This results in our being grateful and having the zeal to share with others about Christ and His goodness to us.
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.