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RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 6 September 2020 Lesson 1 – Praise And Worship

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TOPIC: Praise And Worship

OPENING PRAYER: Lord, give me an understanding of what it means to praise and worship You. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 6 September 2020 HYMN)

MEMORY VERSE: “And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.”. – 2 Chronicles 29:30b

BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 95:1-6 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 6 September 2020)

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

INTRODUCTION:

Generally, people view worship as the slow and melodious songs that often require the closing of eyes and lifting hands in reverence to God. While praise is as the singing of songs, usually fast ones and dancing to God. However, these two words mean more than just singing, dancing or raising of hands. Praise and Worship have many things in common but they are not exactly the same. Understanding these two concepts can take us to a new realm in our relationship with God.

TEXT REVIEW: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
In this passage, the Psalmist admonishes believers to:
i. Sing unto the Lord – V1a
ii. Make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation – V1b
iii. …..…………….…………………. V2a
iv. ………………….…………………. V2b
v. ……………………………………… V6a
vi. …..…………….…………………. V6b

He also identifies for praise and worship as follows:
i. The Lord is a great God – V3
ii. He is a great King above all – V. 20-21.
iii. …..…………….…………………. V4a
iv. …..…………….…………………. V4b
v. …..…………….………………….. V5a
vi. …..…………….…………………. V5b

LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1. PRAISE AND WORSHIP DESCRIBED

PRAISE
A. Here are some Hebrew words in the Bible translated as PRAISE
i. “Yadah” meaning praise (Genesis 29:35), give thanks (Psalms 18:49) or confess (1Kings 8:35).
ii. “Zamar” meaning sing praise (Psalms 9:2; 92:1)
iii. “Hala” (the root of Halleluyah), meaning to praise, honour, or commend (Psalms 18:3; 159:6)
iv. “Barak” meaning to bless (Psalms 103:1-2)
The above terms contain the idea of giving thanks and honour to one who is worthy of praise.

B. In the Greek language, praise takes it’s root from the following words:
i. “Aineo” meaning to praise (Like 2:13)
ii. “Doxa”to give glory (Luke 17:18)

C. Praise is the expression of one’s gratitude and request towards a deity, especially in songs. Hence:
i. Christian praise can be defined as the expression of gratitude and respect towards God, especially in songs(1Chroniles 16:23-25)
ii. Christian praise is the joyful recounting of all that God has done for us (Psalms 48:1-2, 100:1; 2 Chron.20:30).

D. The reasons Christians must praise God include:
i. It is a prescription for God’s ‘righteous’ people (Psalms 22:23, 33:1) in fulfillment of their vows vows to their Maker (Psalms 61:8)
ii. It is a good means of letting the world know about the greatest of God (Psalms 145:11).

WORSHIP:
A. The root words for worship:
i. In Hebrew, it is “Shachah” which means x to bow low or to prostate oneself” (Genesis 18:2; Exodus 34:8; Psalms 29:2; etc)
ii. In Greek, the word that is most often translated as worship in the New Testament is “proskuneo”, which means to “fall down before or bow down before” or to kiss like a dog licking his matter’s hand or to prostate oneself in homage or reverence. (John 4:24; Revelation 22:9; Matthew 2:11; etc)

B. To worship is to show reference and adoration for a deity it to something that represent a deity.

C. Christian worship, therefore is:
i. An expression of reverence and adoration for God. (Psalms 95:6-7, 89:7).
ii. The solemn acknowledgment and appreciation of the personality of God (Psalms 100:3).

D. Christians should note that worship is an attitude of the heart (Matthew 15:8-9; John 4:23-24) because a person can go through the outcome motions and not be worshipping (Psalms 51:16-17; Matthew 6::5-6).

E. To truly worship God, we must:
i. Let go of ourselves.
ii. Be willing to humble ourselves before God.
iii. Surrender every part of our lives to His control (2 Samuel 7:18)

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should Students should express their views about how to praise and worship God.

LESSON OUTLINE 2: PRAISE AND WORSHIP COMPARED

Similarities: Praise is part of worship and both are complementary in fellowship with God (Psalms 66:4)
Praise as well as worship is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity (Hebrews 13:15).
Differences: There is a thin line between praise and worship.

PRAISE/WORSHIP
i. Praise is ‘opening up’ (Psalms 100:4).
Worship is ‘entering in’ (Psalms 86:9)
ii. Praise is ‘boldly declaring’ (Psalms 197:22)
Worship is ‘humbly bowing’ in the presence of God (Psalms 95:6).
iii. Praise applauds what God has done (Isaiah 25:1)
Worship is honouring God for who He is (Psalms 29:2).
iv. Praise can be given to anyone (1 Samuel 18:7-8).
Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8; Matthew 4:8-10).
v. Praise is intertwined with thanksgiving (Psalms 79:13).
Worship is intertwined with surrender (Psalms. 95:6).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should recall the differences between praise and worship.

SUMMARY: Praise as well as worship has deep meanings. Though, they are complimentary, there is still a thin line between them.

CONCLUSION: Praise and worship are part of the common goal of getting closer to God. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us (James 4:8)

EVALUATION: Distinguish between ‘Praise’ and ‘Worship’.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, inspire me to praise and worship you appropriately.

ASSIGNMENT: List five (5) differences between praise and worship.

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RCCG 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 friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old 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 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?



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