RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 2 DECEMBER 2018 LESSON 14 – CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS (PART 1)
TOPIC: Christians and Politics (Part 1)
OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to play my role to ensure that only the righteous are in authority. (Scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN)
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Teacher should allow students to review the previous week’s lesson.
MEMORY VERSE: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2 (scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Nehemiah 5:14-19 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 2 December 2018)
14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.
15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.
17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.
19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Generally, politics can be described as the methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization or a movement. Politics is all about influence. It is this influence that further births positive or negative changes in the lives of the people. The involvement of Christians in politics is neither secular nor beyond the ideologies of Christianity because it is the desire of God that believers take charge and have influence here on earth. Gen. 1:28; Matt. 5:13-16.
LESSON AIM: To study the role of Christians in politics.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through the lesson, students should be able to:
(i) Discover misconceptions about politics.
(ii) Understand why Christians should be involved in politics.
TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teachers should:
(I) Allow the students to read the bible passage, recite the memory verse, review the previous week’s lesson, participate in the class activities and do the assignment.
(ii) Allow Assistant teacher to conduct the class, mark attendance and assignment, grade performance and close the class session with the closing prayer.
(iii) Lead the opening prayer, review previous week’s lesson, teach the lesson outlines, summarize, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignment.
TEXT REVIEW: Nehemiah 5:14-19- “GET INVOLVED”.
(i) In addition to the ruin of the city wall of Jerusalem in about 430 BC, the city was bedeviled by all manner of economic hardship of extortion, treachery, hunger, famine, poverty and political gangsters of the governors and rulers who compounded the hardship of the people. Nehemiah 5:1-9.
(ii) This wicked state of the land gave Nehemiah sleepless nights and aches and he decided to consult and address other governors who were grievously oppressing the people. He also put them under oath to desist from the evil and walk in the fear of God instead. Thank God they promised to change their evil ways. Nehemiah 5:9-13.
(iii) Nehemiah on his own part was a true agent of change and demonstrated the following six spheres of commitments to the people as the Governor of Judah. Nehemiah 5:14.
(a) Commitment to transparent and accountable administration. Neh. 5:14-15.
(b) Commitment to the fear of God and to the people. Neh. 5:15.
(c) Commitment to the work of God and restoration of the dignity of the city of Jerusalem and Judah. Neh. 5:16.
(d) Commitment to the welfare of the people. Neh. 5:17.
(e) Commitment to poverty alleviation. Neh. 15:18.
(f) Commitment to good governance. Neh. 15:19.
Nehemiah changed the structure and attitude of the people by being involved. Therefore, get involved.
TEACHING METHOD: Combination of questions/answers and lecture method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Standard time for two (2) lesson outlines.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT POLITICS
(i) Teacher should first ask students to explain why many Christians do not get involved in politics (political apathy)
(ii) Teacher should enumerate five (5) points given below which Christians use as excuse for not engaging in political activities:
(a) Politics is a dirty game and worldly affair.
(b) Political involvements will take one to hell.
(c) All politicians are liars, corrupt ad promiscuous.
(d) It is an opportunity to embezzle money or amass wealth unlawfully.
(e) Most politicians are fetish or occultic.
(iii) Teacher should emphasize the following truth:
(a) Although the kingdom of the believers is in heaven, God gave us the earth/land to possess as possession. Obadiah 1:17.
(b) Believers heritage includes the country/cities and towns which God has given us. We own it and need to reign on it. Rev. 5:10
(c) The earth is the Lord’s … What belongs to our God belongs to us. Psalms 24:1; 8:6.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why are people afraid of politics?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS
(I) It is the desire of God that believers take charge and have influence here on earth (Deut. 28:13). We are to take the lead and
(ii) The leaders we elect, or fail to elect have great influence on our freedom, well-being and the fulfillment of our God-given mandate. They can choose to protect our right to worship and spread the gospel, or prevent us from exercising such rights. Esther 4:14; Daniel 6:7.
(iii) Politics like other sectors of national developments (health, finance, etc.) should be explored to “teach all nations” in order to demonstrate the exemplary life and flavor of godliness. Daniel 6:1-3; Prov. 29:2.
(iv) The involvement of godly Christians in politics will reduce corruption, disorderliness, mischief and other socio-economic vices in the society. 2 Chron. 14:1-6; Prov. 29:2.
(v) To effect positive and lasting changes that will benefit the society. Gem 41:33-40; Prov. 14:34.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What can believers do to eliminate the fear of failure or defeat in politics?
SUMMARY: Believers must be involved in politics.
CONCLUSION: God is still looking for the righteous few, in order to uplift our nations. Gen. 18:32.
EVALUATION: Why must the believers be involved in politics?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let all your children awake from political slumber and apathy.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) consequences of appointing/electing ungodly/bad people to lead. 2 marks for each point.
RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?