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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS MANUAL 16TH JANUARY 2022 – BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE OF SELF-DEFENCE

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 16TH JANUARY 2022 LESSON 20.

RCCG Sunday School manual is used in Sunday School Classes in the RCCG. In This post, you will see:

  • Memory Verse For RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 16th January 2022.
  • Bible Passage/Scripture References for RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 16th January 2022.
  • Lesson Outlines, Questions RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 16th January 2022.
  • Hymns for the RCCG Sunday School Student Manual 16th January 2022.
  • RCCG Sunday school Hymn (click to see lyrics ) 
  • Rccg Open Heavens for Today

MEMORY VERSE: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” – Psalm 149:6

Bible Passage: Luke 22:23-38

35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

INTRODUCTION

As Christians we believe that God is able to protect us from both physical and spiritual attacks (Psalm 7:10; Zachariah 12:8). We must be trusting and depending like little children toward God and he must be our strength and safety (Psalms 28:7). However, in the world today, crime and violence are on the increase. Christians are like sheep among wolves (Matthew 10:16). In most cases, they are in the most vulnerable state partly due to Christ injuction in Matthew 5:39 and Paul’s word in Romans 12:17-21.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SELF DEFENCE?
2. WHAT SHOULD A CHRISTIAN DO?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SELF DEFENCE?

Self defence is defined as “protecting oneself from injury at the end of others”. Self defence involves preserving one’s own health, life and property when it is threatened by the actions of others (Nehemiah 4:7-23; Luke 11:21).

There is a distinction between self-defense and vengeance, retaliation or reprisal attack. Self-defence is neither about taking vengeance nor about premeditated attack on others. The commandment of Jesus to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) has to do with our response to personal slights and offences.



Some situations may call for self-defence, but not retaliation in kind. The context of the command of Jesus is his teaching against the idea of “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” (verse 38). Our self defence is not a vengeful reaction to an offence. In fact, many offences can simply be absorbed in forbearance and love (Romans 12:17-21)

The Bible gives some clues about God’s attitude toward self-defence: “if a thief found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him, for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft (Exodus 22:2-3). Two basic principles taught in this text are the right to own private property and the right to defend that property.

Also, Jesus explicitly commands his followers to buy a sword even if they have to sell their clock to do so (Luke 22:35-38). Jesus knew that there would be a time when His followers would be threatened, and he upheld their right to self-defence. However, Jesus told Peter not to use his sword because he must be arrested, put on trial and die (Matthew 26:51-52) Jesus took prudent measures to protect himself from harm until it was time for him to die.

WHAT SHOULD A CHRISTIAN DO?

The Bible never forbids self-defence (Psalm 144:1), and believers are allowed to defend themselves and their families (1Samuel 30:1-8; Acts 7:24). The proper use of self-defense has to do with wisdom, understanding and tact. We must have wisdom that comes from heaven regarding when to fight back and when not to, so as not to make a dangerous situation worse (James 1:5; 3:17)

The full exercise of the right to self-defence depends on the situation. No one should be too quick to use deadly force against another, even someone who means to do harm. Deadly force is expected to be a last resort in the event of a panicked “surprise attack” scenario where the victim is confused and disoriented. A godly person should try to restrain the attacker rather than an immediate result to killing him.
It is important for every Christian to undergo some basic trainings on safety and self-defence.

CONCLUSION

The Shepherd risk his life by combating wild animals that threatens the flock (1Samuel 17:34-36). A pacifist or fearful Shepherd would soon have no flock

QUESTION
1. What does the Bible say about self-defence?
2. Should a Christian defend himself against physical attacks?

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