RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual For Sunday 5 May 2019 – The Master Sculptor
OPENING PRAYER: Father, mold me to suit your purpose. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 5 May 2019 HYMN)
MEMORY VERSE: “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” –Jeremiah 18:6 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 5 May 2019 HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Samuel 16:11-13 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 5 May 2019)
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
A sculptor is an artist who carves or molds figures, designs in wood, stone, clay, etc. When a sculptor want to carve something out, he looks a piece of wood and begins to see what nobody else can see in it. God is the master sculptor. In today’s lesson, we shall be looking at how God can transform us from ‘logs of wood’ into a finished product.
TEXT REVIEW: 1SAMUEL 16:11-13 – “FROM LOG OF WOOD TO MASTERPIECE”
i. God has absolute reserve on which wood to work upon as a sculptor. 1 Sam. 16:3-6.
ii. Other wood may look alike, they may not possess the desired quality needed for a particular design. 1 Sam. 16:7-10.
iii. God by His spirit seeks for the appropriate species and waits patiently until He gets it. 1 Sam. 16:12.
iv. God, in His characteristic power, had commenced the process of shaping David long before his anointing. He had fulfilled all the conditions and requirements to lead God’s people as king. 1 Sam. 17:34-37.
v. The last stage of the sculpting process is polishing with oil. This is the stage of the anointing. Thus David was transformed from a shepherd boy, at the back of the forest, to a king on the throne. 1 Sam. 16:11-13. This can be you too.
2 LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: YOU ARE A RAW MATERIAL
i. God, the master sculptor looks for raw materials and molds them to what He wants them to be.
ii. God turned a coward Gideon into a mighty man of valour. Judges 6:11-16.
iii. God turned the shepherd boy David into a giant killer and a mighty king. 1 Sam. 16:11-13; 17:50-51; 2 Sam. 2:4.
iv. God turned a runaway Moses, to become a leader of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. Exodus 3:1-10.
v. God molded Peter, a fisherman to become fishers of men. Luke 5:1-10; Acts 2:41; 4:4.
vi. God is waiting and looking for you to turn you to something great in the future. Jer. 29:11.
vii. God will make up for the difference between what you are now and what He wants you to be. He will perfect you. Jer. 32:27; Isaiah 55:8-9.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Mention the difference between what you were in the last ten (10) years and what you are at present.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE PROCESSING STATES
To transform a piece of wood to a finished product, the sculptor (this time, God) passes through the following stages.
i. The sculptor fetches the wood from the bush by cutting the tree down and carries it home/factory. This is the similitude of the salvation stage. Exo. 3:1-2; 1 Sam. 16:11; Judges 6:11-12.
ii. The sculptor saw off (peeled) the back of the wood to remove the unwanted part. This is the sanctification stage. The experience of Saul of Tarsus. Acts 9:1-8.
iii. The sculptor uses hammer and chisel to shape and design the wood. This is the role of the word of God which chops off the unnecessary pieces. Like anger, pride, covetousness, etc. Jer. 23:29.
iv. The 4th stage is the smothering of the rough edges with sand paper. It is sharpening the rough and the blunt to specification. John 15:2.
v. The 5th stage is the polishing of the masterpiece to look attractive and desirable. This is the role of anointing through the Holy Spirit. 2 Sam. 2:4.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Using yourself as an illustration, describe what God did to turn you from a sinner to saint and vessel of honour.
SUMMARY: God is not yet through with you, you are a work in progress.
CONCLUSION: Today, stop struggling with your maker, rather, yield yourself as that log of wood in the hands of the sculptor.
EVALUATION: Give examples of raw materials and finished products from the Bible.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, please don’t stop processing me.
ASSIGNMENT: Find out five (5) requirements to be a vessel of honour.