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 serve You wholeheartedly so that my name can be written in the Book of life
MEMORY VERSE: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the Books, according to their works.” — Revelation 20:12
BIBLE PASSAGE: REVELATION 20:1-15
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number [is] as the sand of the sea.
They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet [are.] And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
The scripture establishes that there are two kind of eternity: eternal life and eternal damnation (Revelation 20:6). The Scripture also establishes that there are ‘Books’ are there is in ‘Book’; which is the ‘Book of life’ (Revelation 20:12). This Book of life is different from ‘the Book of the living’ mentioned in Psalm 69:28. This ‘Book of life’ according to the Bible is the same with the ‘Lamb’s Book of life’ (Revelation 21:27).
God is the greatest Recorder and Rewarder. He knows those who are His and has their records. He also has the records of those who do not belong to him (2Timothy 2:19).
TEXT REVIEW: REVELATION 20:1-15
“And the dead-were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works” Rev. 20:12c.
This is an eye opener to every reader of the Bible that a man may be dead but not his works. A man may die and be buried in the sea or elsewhere but his work is still in the books of remembrance and judgement.
Teacher should identify those who will not be written in the “Books” according to the passage.
- THE ‘BOOKS’ VERSUS THE ‘BOOK OF LIFE’
- WHO WILL NOT BE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?
THE ‘BOOKS’ VERSUS THE ‘BOOK OF LIFE’
A. CONTENTS OF THE BOOK OF LIFE:
i. The book of life contains: the names of the overcomers that will be clothed in white raiment in Heaven. Revelation 3:5
ii. The names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus (Revelation 5:9; 21:27).
iii. The names of people who have truly laboured for the sake of the gospel (these are men and women) (Philippians 4:3)
iv. Those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and the word of God. Rev. 20:4
B. CONTENTS OF THE “BOOKS”
i. All sinners are doomed for ever. Rev. 20:10
ii. All those who will appear at the Great White Throne judgment. Rev. 20:12a
iii. All those who will not take part in the first resurrection. Rev. 20:5-6
iv. Those who abandoned their faith (Apostasy). Heb. 6:4-6; Rev. 3:5
C. Teacher should identify the requirements to be enlisted in the “Book of life” as indicated below:
i. Salvation, faithful service to God and sanctified life. (Heb. 12:14; 1Cor. 15:58)
ii. Remain in the Lord to the end (Matthew 10:22b, 1Thess. 4:14-16).
iii. Steadfast in faith till the end. (Hebrew 6:4-6; Revelation 3:5).
D. Teacher should inform the students that there are rewards for those whose names are written in the “Book of life”. 1Cor. 3:13-14
WHO WILL NOT BE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?
Teacher should identify and explain the following categories of people whose names would not be written in the “Book of life”.
i. The unbelievers in Christ (John 3:18; 5:24).
ii. Those who engage in the work of the flesh (Gal. 5:20-21).
iii. The abominable, unbelieving, lairs, sorcerers, idolaters, etc. (Revelation 21:8, 27)
iv. Sinners (those who engage in all manner of sins). (Romans 1:29-32; 1Timothy 1:9-11; Colossians 3:5-8; 1Corithians 6:9-10)
Class should discuss how to escape from the “Books” to the “Book of life”.
Every human being’s name would either appear in the “Books” or in the “Book of life” after death.
To appear in the “Book of life” you must be born again and remain born again with focus of Heaven (Philippians 2:12; Luke 10:20).
Father, do not ever let me be blotted out of the Book of life
Identify five(5) contents of the “Books” and the “Book of life”