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, please make me an instrument to convert souls to Your kingdom.
MEMORY VERSE: “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest what thou readest?” — Acts 8:30
BIBLE PASSAGE: ACTS 8:27-35
So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer [is] silent, So He opened not His mouth.
In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”
So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
Having understood the ‘Sychar Ministry’ as personal evangelism, involving the believer and a person in need of salvation, it is important to know who the subject is, how to approach him/her and the caution to exercise (Luke 19:1-5; John 3:1-5). Surely, there are rewards for soul winners.
TEXT REVIEW: ACTS 8:27-35
Some people imagined that the poor are the best candidates for Heaven and therefore excluded the rich from making Heaven in their wildest imagination. This erroneous imagination must be corrected at once because “poverty” is not one of the requirements to make Heaven. That means, the rich people must be approached in haste, with the message of salvation, in the comfort of their houses, cars, offices, etc as Philip did …… “And Philip ran thither to him” Acts 8:30.
ACTIVITY: Teacher should identify from the passage the other thing which Philip did to win the man of Ethiopian, an Eunuch of great authority, to the side of Jesus.
- APPROACHING THE SUBJECTS
- CAUTIONS AND REWARDS
APPROACHING THE SUBJECTS
STEP 1: Teacher should state the types of subjects which one may likely meet during evangelism as stated below:
i. The Careless: These are people commonly found in the society having business life, homes and their pleasures as their limited fields of operation. (Luke 12:19). God is never in their thoughts or agenda. Psalms 10:4
ii. The Deceived: These are victims of false doctrines/prophets. (1Timothy 4:1; Jeremiah 14:14; Matthew 24:11,24)
iii. The Objectors: These categories of people question the authority of the Bible and announce that it is full of contradictions. They usually oppose the truth. (Acts 13:8; 18:6; 2Timothy 3:8)
iv. The Skeptics and Atheists: The skeptics are in doubt of the existence of God and the authenticity of the Bible, while the atheists, foolishly and flatly deny the existence of God. (Job 21:15; Psalms 14:1)
v. The Excusers: These highlight circumstances surrounding their failure to do what they know they ought to have done. (Genesis 3:10-13; Luke 14:18-20)
vi. The Heathen: These are completely ignorant of the living God, His word, the Lord Jesus Christ or His Gospel. (Acts 17:23)
vii. The Anxious: These are people that have a conviction of their sins and the need for help, but do not know how to go about it. (Acts 2:37, 8:30-31, 16:30)
viii. The Backsliders: These were once joyous Christians who are now miserable because they have lost the joy and possibly the assurance of their salvation. (Psalms 137:1-4; Proverbs 14:14a; Hebrews 6:4-6)
ix. The Discouraged Christians: These are Christians who have lost their confidence in the Lord, due to the adversities of life-failure in business, ill health, bereavement in the family or any other trial. (Prov. 24:10)
STEP 2: Teacher should state the following truth about personal evangelism.
i. No two individuals are exactly the same
ii. Personal evangelism demands different approaches based on the personality and situation at hand.
iii. Therefore, those engaged in personal evangelism must absolutely depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance
STEP 3: Teacher should identify the following approaches as applicable:
i. Those who are zealous may be reached through their zeal. (Acts 9:4-6)
ii. The intellectually inclined personality could be reached through intellectual activities. (Acts 8:27-30; John 3:1-3,10)
iii. Those inclined to curiosity and inquisitiveness. (Luke 19:1-5)
iv. An approach to the listeners conscience is a sure way of leading a sinner to Christ. E.g. the jailor. (Acts 16:27-31).
CAUTION AND REWARD
A. CAUTION TO THE SOUL WINNERS:
Soul winners should avoid the following pit falls on personal evangelism.
i. Self advertising (John 3:30). Advertise Christ instead.
ii. Avoid dealing with more that one person at a time. (John 3:1-4)
iii. Avoid being unnecessarily flamboyant in appearance. Be moderate. (Philippians 4:5)
iv. Avoid dominating the conversation. Allow for a feedback or contribution. (John 4:7-26)
v. Be cautious with the opposite sex. (1Corinthians 10;12)
vi. Do not result into argument. (2Timothy 2:23)
vii. Do not impose your experience of salvation. (Acts 15:1)
viii. Avoid unnecessary familiarity
B. REWARDS FOR THE SOUL WINNERS
i. Over reflowing joy for the soul winner. (Luke 10-17-20)
ii. Shining as a star. (Daniel 12:3)
iii. Crown of rejoicing. (1Thess. 2:19)
Why should soul winners exercise caution?
With the help of the Holy Spirit, more souls can be won
God cherishes the soul winners. Ezekiel 33:11
Father, use us to bring children to your kingdom
Identify five (5) consequences of being an unguarded soul winners. 2 Marks for each point.