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.
2. 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.
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 be 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?
Father, help me to love righteousness and hate iniquity. Please anoint me with gladness and joy.
MEMORY VERSE:” Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”– Hebrews:1.9
BIBLE PASSAGE: ACTS 19:13-17
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
It is popular saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is why power can be a dangerous things if it is in wrong hands. God is Omnipotent, that is, “All powerful” and you cannot separate His power from purity. Isaiah 6:1-3. Purity is freedom from anything that contaminates. It is the quality of being faultless, uncompromised or unadulterated. Purity is often used in Scripture as a means to communicate holiness or perfection (1Peter 1:15-16; Matt. 5:8, 48). Like in electricity, power can only flow through a pure conductor. It is therefore reasonable that purity must precede power.
TEXT REVIEW: ACTS 19:13-17
“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, But who are you?”
Arising from this assertion of the evil spirit, teacher should find out five (5) characteristics of the evil spirit from the passage.
- WHY PURITY MUST PRECEDE POWER
- HEAVEN IS THE GOAL
WHY PURITY MUST PRECEDE POWER
A. The truth of the matters:
i. Everyone wants power, but believers need power. Acts 1:8.
ii. There is a joy to be powerful or to be in control.
iii. There аre many sources of power available to people. The holy and the evil sources. Therefore, there are holy and devilish powers.
iv. Both sources have specific requirements.
v. Holy power are for holy people and not dogs. Acts 19:13-17, Matthew 7:6.
vi. God wants His children to have holy powers and be in charge. Deut. 28:13.
Why must God’s children be holy before they can receive power?
i. God is holy and His power is holy. 1Peter 1:16.
ii. The more powerful a christian is, more severe the devil will be willing to attack him or her. Dan. 6:3-5.
iii. Purity is the divine tool to frustrate the enemy’s attack. John 1:5.
iv. God will only anoint holy and righteous people with power and not sinners. Psalm 45:7, Acts 10:38, Mark 16:15-18.
v. Demons will only submit to the authority of pure believers. Acts 19:13-17.
vi. To be carriers of power and vessel unto honour, believers must purify themselves. 2Tim. 2:20-21
CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Discuss how believers could be fully charged always and not experience/spiritual flat battery?
HEAVEN IS THE GOAL
i. The ultimate goal of every believer is to Heaven.
ii. Some people will be channels to heal others and performing miracles, yet they will not make it to Heaven. Matt. 7:22-23.
iii. To make it to Heaven is not by performing miracles but by being holy. 1Cor. 9:24-27.
iv. Without holiness, no man can see God. Heb. 12:14.
v. Believer must be holy in thoughts, words and actions.
vi. Purity in heart or holiness is the condition to see God or make it to Heaven. Matt. 5:8.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Discuss why so many people what to be in the church but only a few members are holy or want to be holy?
For you to get a holy power from the Holy God and make it to heaven, you must be holy.
You can have pure power from above and still make it to Heaven if you are ready to be holy.
Father, endue me with divine power from above to cast out devils and make it to heaven at last.
Differentiate between carriers of holy power and evil power in five points.