RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday, 22nd May 2016
TO HOLD AND TO HAVE FOREVER
MEMORY VERSE: “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” – Ephesians 5:33
BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 5:22-23
Discussions on Christian living will be incomplete without a thorough discussion on marriage and family life. This is an institution that the Lord Jesus Christ likened to the relationship between Him and His Church. May the Holy Spirit teach and bless us the more, in Jesus’ name.
—– LESSON OUTLINES —–
1. THE WIFE IN TRUE SUBMISSION
2. THE LOVING HUSBAND
3. DIVORCE AND GOD’S REMEDY
THE WIFE IN TRUE SUBMISSION
The truly Christian wife must recognise and joyfully accept the God-ordained headship of the husband and be submissive (1 Peter 3:1; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:11-14). The scope of the submission should be as unto the Lord Jesus in everything. Other qualities of the wife include obedience (1 Peter 3:1, reverence – Ephesians 5:33; 1 Peter 3:5, humility in outward appearance -1 Peter 3:4; 1 Timothy 2:9. The true Christian wife should adorn herself with meekness, quiet and prayerful spirit, which will make greater impact in the home, church and the nation -1 Peter 3:4; Titus 2:5. Other qualities are purity and holiness – Titus 2:4-5; 1 Peter 3:5, loveliness- Titus 2:4; Songs 1:6-7, mother’s heart- Psalm128:3; 1 Samuel 2:19; Proverbs 6:20-25, diligence and dependability – Psalm 144:11-12; Proverbs 12:14; Proverbs 31:30-31, hospitality- Psalm 31:20; 2 Kings 4:8-10 and prayerfulness- Matthew 15:22-28; Acts 1:14.
THE LOVING HUSBAND
The husband, by a Godly plan, is the head of the wife- Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinth 11:3. It has nothing to do with education, talent or wealth. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church – Romans 5:6-10. He must love in sickness, pain, sorrow or weakness. His love must be sacrificial – Ephesians 5:25; Phil. 2:5-8. The love must not be because of what the man can get from the woman but be God-ordained. The head stays with the body until death – Ephesians 5:28-29, 31. Where the home is blessed with children, the husband is to train them and not to provoke them to wrath – Colossians 3:21.
DIVORCE AND GOD’S REMEDY
Divorce is not the will of God, hence He hates it (Matt.19:8). Many things could be responsible for divorce among which are: failure to actually leave and cleave to the wife as instructed – Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6, giving the devil a place-Ephesians 4:27; 1 Peter 5:7-9. The devil can come through gossip, false prophecy and suspicion -1John 4:1. Other things responsible for divorce include extravagance and worldliness – Ephesians 5.22-31; Romans 12:1-2, comparing your family with others, criticism and failure to forgive – 2 Corinthians 12:5; John 17:20, and lack of love and affection – Ephesians 5:25-28; Titus 2:4.
Tolerance, forgiveness and demonstration of genuine love between a married couple can serve as antidotes to divorce if applied in the fear of the Lord.
CONCLUSION: The family life is a precious relationship ordained by God. How is yours? You can prayerfully answer the question today as you turn to the perfect architect and master builder, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ who can perfect all about your home.
1. What is the Lord’s command to the wife? Justify with scriptures.
2. What is the responsibility of the husband in the family?
3. Why does God hate divorce?
Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit
o MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 7:32 – God will have us care more for the things of heavenly value because that is the ultimate, anyway.
o TUESDAY: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – God is Love. Christian marriages should be wrapped up in Godly love.
o WEDNESDAY: Psalm 127:3-5- Children belong to the Lord and are of great significance at home.
o THURSDAY: Exodus 20:14-17 – The word of God is forever settled about Christian marriage. Ask for grace to adhere to these precepts.
o FRIDAY: Leviticus 20:10 – The sin of adultery is not ordinary as far as God is concerned.
o SATURDAY: Ephesians 5:25 – The instruction to the husband is clear and simple and absolute obedience would usher in the blessings.
o SUNDAY: 1 Timothy 3:11 – The duty of the wife is simple enough for the sober and sanctified heart.
Ononowo Ayobami Olusegun
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