RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 13 October 2019 – Dimensions Of Sin

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TOPIC: Dimensions Of Sin

OPENING PRAYER: Father, open my eyes to see myself in the mirror of your word. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 13 October 2019 HYMN)

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BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 John 1:7-9 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 13 October 2019)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

MEMORY VERSE: “All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” – 1 John 5:17 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 13 October 2019 HYMN)

LESSON INTRODUCTION: Sin connotes evil and lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It is derived from the Greek word “hamartia” which means to “miss the mark”. It can also refer to doing something against God and a person (Exo. 10:16). It is also failing to do something you know is right (James 4:17). Since the Bible says all unrighteousness is sin, we shall attempt to unravel some of the forms sin takes as well as it’s consequences

TEXT REVIEW: 1 John 1:7-9

i. Apostle John outlines the remedy for sin.

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a. Walking in the light of God and having fellowship with one another prevents us from sinning. v.7a

b. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins. v.7b

c. Believer should avoid self-deceit. v.8

d. ………………………………………….v.9a

e. ………………………………………….v.9b

f. ………………………………………….v.9c

2 LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1: FORMS OF SIN

The teacher should identify the various forms of unrighteousness and lawlessness man engages in as established in the Bible.

1 Trespass: is a form of sin that occurs when we cross a line we ought not to and do that which annoys or inconveniences one another. It could be intentional or unintentional. It occurs as a result of our sinful nature and tendencies of self (Gen. 50:17). We all cross the line in thought, words or attitude many times a day and we should be quick to forgive others who do the same (Matt. 6:15).

2 Transgression: refers to presumptuous sin (Deut. 1:43; 2 Peter 2:10). It means to intentionally choose to disobey. It can be called wilful trespass. Samson intentionally broke the Nazarite’s vow (Num. 6:1-5; Judges. 14:8-9; 16:17). When we deliberately disobey public laws, tell a lie, or blatantly disregard an authority, we are transgressing (Ps. 19:14).

3 Iniquity: is a sin that becomes so consuming that a person can be identified by that lifestyle. It means guilt worthy of punishment. It is sin at its worst because it is premeditated, continuing and escalating. David was found with iniquity. (2 Sam. 11:3-4; 2 Sam. 12:9; Ps. 51:2).

4 Reprobacy: When a man continues in his abominations until repentance becomes difficult, he is reprobate (Titus 1:16). In other words, it is the progression of sin in which the sinner no longer has the desire or ability to repent. It is to be “thoroughly depraved, given over to evil until the conscience is seared” and given to unnatural affections (Rom. 1:28-32; 1 Sam. 3:13-14; 2 Tim. 3:8).

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5 Apostacy: derived from the Greek word “apostasia” means a defiance of an established system or authority. It is an abandonment or breach of faith. It is expressed as either a falling away from key and true doctrines of the Bible into heretical teaching or a complete renunciation of the Christian faith which results in full abandonment of Christ (Heb. 6:4-6; 1 John 2:19).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Discuss the differences between reprobacy and apostacy.

LESSON OUTLINE 2: CONSEQUENCES OF AND REMEDY FOR SIN

I. CONSEQUENCES OF SIN

The teacher should explain there are consequences for what a man does and sin is no exception (Gal. 6:7). Below are some of the consequences of sin:

1 The ultimate and severest consequence of sin is death both physical and spiritual (Rom. 6:23; Ezek. 18:4).

2 Sin leads to regression. (Prov. 14:34).

3 It leads to broken fellowship and eventual lack of spiritual growth (Isaiah 59:2a; Gal. 5:19-21), which further brings about shame, confusion, loneliness and sense of guilt (Gen. 3:6-7).

4 It is harmful to others. (Matt. 2:16; Rom. 5:12).

5 It can bring about severe discipline which can sometimes lead to death when a heart is hardened to a point of no return (1 Cor. 11:30; 1 John 5:16).

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6 It can enslave a man, that is, it brings about more sin if not checked on time (1 Cor. 2:14; John 8:;34).

II. REMEDY FOR SIN

God’s remedy for sin is the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). The death of Jesus on the cross is sufficient to pardon all sins (John 1:29; Rom. 5:18).

a. Whenever we accept the divine substitution He made on the cross, by confessing all our sins, repenting and believing the sacrifice He made on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21), God sees us as righteous. Our sins are pardoned and we are no longer considered guilty and deserving of punishment (Rom. 3:21-26).

b. The only sin that God cannot forgive is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as well as the final rejection of His drawing to repentance (Matt. 12:32; Luke 12:10).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The teacher and students should discuss their experience on the consequences of sin.

SUMMARY: Every sinner should embrace God’s provision for salvation in order to escape the consequences of sin.

CONCLUSION: Sin, in whatever dimension, is destructive. No matter how far you have gone down the lane of sin, when you genuinely repent (Acts 2:37-38), and confess (1 John 1:19), the blood of Jesus is enough to cleanse you from all sins.

EVALUATION: What are the forms of sin known to you?

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to overcome sin.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) reasons some believers still fall into sin

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