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RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 27 October 2019 – Lesson 09

TOPIC: Dynamics of Grace (PART 2) [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 27 October 2019]

MEMORY VERSE: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” – Hebrews 12:28 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 27 October 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 8:6-9 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 27 October 2019)

6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
In addition to the description of ‘Grace’ given in the previous lesson, grace can also be referred to as the divine influence in a human heart which reflects on the outside. It produces favour, beauty, goodwill, loveliness and ability. It increases as one grows in the knowledge of God’s word (2 Pet. 3:18). We shall, therefore, consider the various dimensions of grace mentioned in the Bible as well as some actions that can be taken with or against grace.

LESSON OUTLINES

  1. DIMENSIONS OF GRACE
  2. WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH/AGAINST GRACE

DIMENSIONS OF GRACE

The Bible talks about grace in various dimensions. For instance, we have common grace (Ps. 145:9; Matt. 5:45), saving grace (Eph. 2:4-9: Titus 2:11), abundant grace (2 Cor. 4:15), sanctifying grace (Titus 2:12; 1 John 2:15-16), sustaining grace (Rom. 6:14; Jude 1:24-25) supernatural/enabling grace (Phil. 4:13; Luke 1:37) service (gifting) grace (Rom. 12:6; Eph. 4:7) sufficient grace (2 Cor. 9:8; 1 Pet. 5:10) victorious grace (1 Sam. 17:36-37) sacrificial giving grace (Gen. 22:9-10; 2 Cor. 12:15), great grace (Acts 4:33), eternal grace (1 Cor. 9:27), etc.

The key to access and operate at any of these levels or dimensions of grace lies in the degree of one’s connection with Christ from whom all grace originates and the desire to grow in Him (John 15:5; Phil. 4:13; 2 Peter 3:18).

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH/AGAINST GRACE

There are lots of benefits that a believer can derive from grace apart from salvation. Grace can impart great blessings (Ps. 84:11). It also impart faith (Acts 18:27). In addition, it makes one God’s elect (Rom. 11:5-6), gives boldness (1 Cor. 15:10), calls believers to the ministry (Gal. 1:15), helps render acceptable service (Heb. 12:28), gives seasoning to speech (Col. 4:6), gives strength (2 Tim. 2:1), helps in times of need (Heb. 4:16) and can bring hope (2 Thess. 2:16), among others.

However, it is possible to do the following against grace:

i. Receive grace in vain (2 Cor. 6:1).

ii. Frustrate grace in one’s life (Gal. 2:21).

iii. Fall from grace (Gal. 1:6-8; 5:4).

iv. Fail of the grace of God (Heb. 12:15).

v. Turn grace into lasciviousness (Jude 4).

vi. Sin in spite of grace (Rom. 6:1).

vii. Reject grace through pride (James 4:6).

CONCLUSION:
Every believer must aspire to grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18). It is a dangerous thing to abuse grace despite its benefits.

QUESTIONS:

  1. State the dimensions of Grace you know.
  2. What can you do with/against grace?

FOR FURTHER READING:

Monday – 1 Cor. 15:10

Tuesday – 1 Peter 5:5-6

Wednesday – Ephesians 6:24

Thursday – Colossians 4:6

Friday – Philippians 1:7

Saturday – Hebrews 12:28

Sunday – 2 Peter 3:18

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention five (5) Biblical examples of those who took the grace of God for granted.

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