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RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 15 November 2020 Lesson 11 – Temptation

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TOPIC: Temptation

OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to understand the devices of the devil. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 15 November 2020 HYMN)

MEMORY VERSE: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

BIBLE PASSAGE: James 1:12-16 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 15 November 2020)

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.


In the Bible, the word ‘temptation’ primarily denotes a trial in which man has a free choice of being faithful or unfaithful to God (Gen.22:1). Secondarily, it signifies allurement or seduction to sin. The latter is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goals. Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted (Matt.4:1; Heb.4:15). This is why the Lord taught us to include in our daily prayer the petition, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.


I. LESSON AIM: To teach extensively about temptation.
II. TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
a. Describe the term, Temptation.
b. Discover the sources of temptation.
C. Understand the reasons for temptation.
d. Explain how temptation arises.
III. TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teacher should:
-Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to discussion, do class activities and assignment.
-Allow the Assistant Teacher see to the well-being of the class, mark attendance and assignment.
-Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignment.

IV. TEXT REVIEW: James 1:12-16
The blessing of the Crown of Life awaits believers that endure temptation. v12.
James further attempted to correct the misconceptions some have about temptation.
i. No one should say he is tempted of God. v13a.
ii. …………………………………………………… v13b
iii. …………………………………………………… v13c.
Temptation comes when:
i. …………………………………………………….. v14.
ii. …………………………………………………….. v15a.
iii. ………………………………………………………v15b.
James finally admonishes believers to …… v16.

V. TEACHING METHOD: Question and Answer Teaching Method.
VI. TIME MANAGEMENT: Teacher should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time.



A. Question:
Where does temptation come from?
Answer: God never tempts any man although He may:

i. Give permission to the devil to do so when He is certain that the end result would be to His glory (Jam. 1:13).
ii. In which case, He sets the boundaries (Job 1:1-12; 2:6).
The actual sources of temptation are:

  • Satan (Matt. 4:1).
  • The flesh (Jam. 1:14).
  • Evil associations (Prov. 1:10).
  • Carnal Christians (Matt. 16:22-23).
  • Lust of the flesh (1Jn.2:15-17).

B. Question: When can God allow temptations to come our way?
Answer: i. When He wants to test our faith (Jam. 1:2-3).
ii. When He wants to test our obedience (Gen. 22:1).

C. Question: Why does God permit temptation?
Answer: God permits temptation to know
i. The depth of our love.
ii. The sincerity of our testimonies that we would obey Him in all things at all times.
iii. It is easy to say that we love God and that He can do all things. It is only at the
time of severe trials that we can discover if we mean what we say or not.

D. Question: Can a believer escape or overcome temptation?
Answer: Yes, according to 1Corinthians 10:13:
i. God is faithful and will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability.
ii. With the temptation, God will also make a way of escape for us to overcome.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention some practical things that can tempt a believer.


A. Question: What are the avenues for temptation?
Answer: Temptation can come through many avenues such as:

  • Poverty or prosperity (Prov. 30:8-9).
  • Discouragement (Ps. 42:11; 1Kgs. 19:4).
  • Pride, the case of Nebuchadnezzar’s fall (Dan. 4:30).
  • Pleasure, that led Demas astray (2Tim. 4:10)
  • Desire for power, that brought a Curse on Simon (Acts 8:19).
  • Lust after women, that ruined Solomon and caused the anger of God against David (Neh. 13:26, 2Sam. 11:2-4).
  • Love of money or greed for material possessions that ruined Achan and led to the
  • destruction of Gehazi and Judas Iscariot (Josh.7; 2Kgs.5; 1Tim. 6:9-10; Jn.13:21-30).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Class should discuss how to manage desires that could lead to temptation.

SUMMARY: Temptation is not from God. Lustful desires usually lead men into temptation.

CONCLUSION: To be tempted is not a sin. However, to yield to temptation is sin.

EVALUATION: Teachers should test the knowledge of the students on the sources of temptation.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to resist temptation always.

ASSIGNMENT: List five (5) areas of life you have been or are being tempted.



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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