Youth/Young Adult -Teacher's Manual
SUNDAY JUNE 4th 2023
TOPIC:DYNAMICS OF GRACE (PART 1)
BIBLE Passage: Ephesians 4:2-10
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Spiritual Gifts
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” Titus 2:11 (NKJV).
The word translated ‘Grace’ in Hebrew is ‘chen’ which means to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a superior to an inferior (Gen.6:8). The Greek word for Grace is “charis” which connotes something beyond the ordinary course of what can be expected and therefore commendable (1Cor.15:10). When used in reference to God, it is the benevolent action of Him stooping down to us in kindness to reach us in our needs and convey upon us a benefit. His grace has been termed ‘unmerited favour’ but it is more than an attitude of favour or mercy.
To study the dynamics of grace.
Through the lesson, students should be able to:
i. Explain the term ‘grace.’
ii. Highlight how to receive grace.
The teacher should combine Lecture and Discussion teaching methods.
The teacher should identify five things God did for the believer through Christ in reference to the passage.
1. UNDERSTANDING GRACE
2. HOW TO RECEIVE GRACE
A. The teacher should ask students to mention what they understand by the term “grace.”
B. The teacher should explain the meaning of grace in the light of the following:
i. Grace is God’s favour towards the unworthy or His benevolence on the undeserving. Rom. 8:5-10.
ii. Grace is God’s favour translated into action that releases the enabling power into our lives. 1Cor.15:10.
iii. Grace is God’s gift of salvation for mankind. Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11.
iv. Grace is the enabling power of God for service. Eph. 3:7-8; 4:7.
v. Grace is the virtue which believers manifest. 2Cor. 8:7.
vi. Grace is the benediction which believers enjoy in Christ. Eph. 6:24.
vii. Grace is the divine help which believers receive in the time of need. Phil. 4:19; Heb. 4:16.
viii. Grace is the divine ability to do exploits. Dan. 11:32; Phil. 4:13.
Upix. Grace is the appearance of kindness and the love of God our Saviour towards man. Titus 2:11; 3:4.
C. The teacher should identify some significant differences between the law in the Old Testament and grace in the New Testament as stated below:
i. The law blessed “the good” in the Old Testament but grace save “the bad” in the New Testament.
ii. The law accuses and convicts the offenders in the Old Testament but grace cancels bonds and relieves the debtor. Rom. 6:14.
D. The teacher should point out that the difference between Mercy and Grace is that mercy withholds a punishment we deserve; grace gives a blessing we do not deserve.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
The class should discuss the relationship among “Law” “Grace” and “Mercy.”
2. HOW TO RECEIVE GRACE
The teacher should enumerate the following ways by which grace can be received as indicated below:
i. By accepting God’s love towards all men. John. 3:16; Rom. 5:8.
ii. By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9-10) through God’s mercy and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. 1Tim. 1:13; Heb. 4:16; Matt. 9:13.
iii. By exercising our faith (no matter how little) at all times. Matt. 17:20; Rom. 1:17.
iv. By being humble before God. James 4:6; 1Pet. 5:5.
v. By loving the Lord Jesus with all our hearts. Eph. 6:24.
vi. Through sufferings and trials arranged for us by God. Rom. 8:28; 1Pet. 5:10; 2Cor. 12:9.
vii. Through the prophetic words of prayer contained in the Bible or spoken to us by our spiritual heads and fellow believers in Christ. Ps. 107:20; Acts 20:32; 2Tim. 4:22; 1Thess. 1:1.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
The class should discuss the benefits of grace upon the believers.
Grace is the spring and source of all benefits received from God (Rom.11:6). God’s grace should not be taken for granted (Rom.6:1-2; Gal.2:21).
What is grace and how can a person receive it?
List 10 things you have accomplished by grace
Father, do not let me miss your grace.