RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022

RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022
RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022 || Lesson 37 | Cultism is Evil

LESSON THIRTY SEVEN (37)
TOPIC: ‘CULTISM IS EVIL

SUNDAY SCHOOL 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.

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Thy friend friendship suits me well,
    Both young and will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.

  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.

  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee

  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds be black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.

  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

OPENING PRAYER: Father, deliver me from the power of the enemy.

BIBLE PASSAGE: PROVERBS 1:10-19

RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022 | Lesson 37

MEMORY VERSE: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.”

INTRODUCTION: Cultism can be traced to the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians had many magicians who practiced occultism and used occult means to acquire more powers. These magicians belong to groups that kept their activities secret (Ex.7:11). The spread and explosion of cultism to other nations of the world happened for diverse reasons. Cultism is otherwise known as secret cult or secret society.

TEXT REVIEW: Proverbs 1:10-19.
In this passage,
A. We are advised not to yield to the enticement of sinners when they ask us to: V10.
i. Lay in wait for blood and wait secretly for the innocent soul without a cause. V11.
ii. ……………………………………………V12.
iii. …………………………………………..V13.
iv. …………………………………………..V14.

B. We are further admonished not to follow the.m or take their path because: V15.
i. ………………………………………………..V16.
ii. ……………………………………………….V17.iii. ………………………………………………V18.
C. ………………………………………………V19.

LESSON OUTLINES:
1. DESCRIPTION AND CONSEQUENCES
2. ACTIVITIES AND PRECAUTIONS

LESSON OUTLINE 1. DESCRIPTION AND CONSEQUENCES
Teacher should allow the youth to bear their mind on the subject of cultism and guide the class through the following:

A. Description of cultism
i. A cult is a group of people who have extreme beliefs and ideas which only members have access to.

ii. Cultism is an association or organisation of people whose membership, initiation, policies and activities are done secretly.

iii. The activities are carried out at odd hours of the day and are at variance with the accepted norms of the society. (RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022)

iv. Cultism cuts across all spectra of society. However, the youths are the most vulnerable.

v. Occultic groups use signs and symbols such as green ribbons on berets, cross bones, human skull, axes and so on. They usually adopt some handgrip as means of mutual recognition among the members.

B. Consequences of cultism
i. Although the benefits promised members of secret cults may be enticing, the reality is that ‘cultism is suicidal’.

ii. It leads to fear, insecurity, failure, shedding of innocent blood, destruction of lives, destinies and properties.

iii. When caught, it gives bad names to the family.

iv. Cultists are unforgiving and revengeful (Jer.20:10).

v. Cultism attracts God’s punishment, causes spiritual death and loss of eternal life among others (Rom.1:18; Col.3:5-6).

C. A child of God must not allow anything or anyone to lure him/her into joining a cult group (Ps.1:1).

D. Just like fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, cultism should not be named at all among believers (Eph.5:3).

RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022 | Lesson 37

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discuss the impact of cultism on the youth.

LESSON OUTLINE 2. ACTIVITIES AND PRECAUTIONS
A. Scripture warns us against fellowshipping with them (Eph.5:11) because their activities have negative effects on both members and non-members.
Teacher should allow the students to mention some of the activities of cultists.

a. The activities of these cults take various destructive forms which include:
i. Consumption of alcohol and hard drugs that tend to give false courage.

ii. Stealing, Violent behaviours, Killing, Use of guns and dangerous weapons, Torture, Sexual harassment, Stripping to the pants, Flogging,

iii. Making destructive cult marks on the bodies of new members with red hot swords during initiation (Rom.3:15-18).

b. Regardless of the motives for setting up or joining a cult group, it is shameful to imagine the evil they perpetrate and the destruction they cause to themselves and their victims (Eph.5:12; Rom.6:21). RCCG YAYA Sunday School Teachers Manual 15 May 2022

B. To avoid being lured into cultism, a Christian must take the following precautions:
1. Stand firm on your faith and do not allow situations or circumstances to dictate your position in Christ. This can lead one into bondage (Gal.5:1).

  1. Dissociate yourself from friends, class/course/room-mates, family members, etc. whose ways of life are suspicious. Let them know your stand in the Lord (Prov.1:10; 1 Cor. 15:33).

  2. Let your fellowship with God and the brethren be strong (Matt.22:37-39). Spend your spare time with godly people (Heb.10:25).

  3. Avoid misrepresentation of your person. Let people see you as a genuine child of God in your mode of dressing, use of language/slangs, gestures, etc. (2Cor.6:17-18).

C. If you are already a cultist, you must be ready to cut ties with the group and believe that Jesus can save you. It is important to seek counsel from a matured Christian. You must confess your sins, renounce your membership and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour (Rom.10:9-13; Prov.24:6).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should discuss other ways that youths can steer clear from cultism.

SUMMARY: Cultism is evil and has grave consequences. Youths should beware of the activities of cultists and take necessary precautions in other not to be a victim.

CONCLUSION: Shun cultism. It only leads to destruction of lives and destinies.

EVALUATION: How can a Christian avoid being lured into cultism?

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, guide me against every appearance and activities of cultism.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) consequences of cultism.

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