CHRIST IS THE ANSWER
CHRIST’S CONCERN FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
(Mark 1:29-34, 40-45, John 11:21, 40-44, Luke 7:36-50, 15:4-7, Matt.9:10-13)
Different ways Jesus showed love and compassion to His disciples / followers.
a. He healed the sick
b. He made the blind see.
c. He made the lame walk.
d. He drove away demons.
e. He raised the dead e.g. Lazarus
f. He fed the hungry.
g. He made the dumb talk.
h. He made the deaf hear.
i. He preached the good news (gospel)
j. He washed His disciple’s feet.
k. He blessed his disciples.
What is a prayer?
A prayer is a way of communicating to God (Matt. 6:5-13)
TYPES OF PRAYER
1. Thanks giving prayer
This is when we express our appreciation to God for the good thing he has done for us.
2. Confession prayer
This is the type of prayer made to repent for the wrong done.
3. Meditation prayer
This is when we think deeply about something which is good or bad.
4. Intercession prayer.
This is the type of prayer made by Christians to God through a mediator.
5. Praising prayer
This is the type of prayer through which Christians glorify and worship God.
6. Petition prayer
These are prayers in which Christians make a particular request to God e.g. requesting God for food, rain, peace etc.
7. Supplication prayer
When we make any kind of request to God.
8. Invocation prayer.
These are prayers made by Christians to ask food for protection from particular dangers e.g. accidents, war, etc
9. Dedication prayer. Etc
Why do we pray?
We pray to God for different reasons and some of these include:-
a. To thank God for what he has done for us.
b. To worship / praise adore Him.
c. To ask for our needs.
d. To ask for forgiveness.
e. To ask for help.
f. To strengthen our faith in God.
g. To be blessed by God.
h. To promote peace, unity and harmony among Christians.
10. When do Christians pray?
Christians do not have specific times for praying however they can pray:-
a. Early in the morning when they wake up.
b. Before meals.
c. Before and after a journey.
d. Before going to bed.
e. On Sunday / Sabbath.
f. During time of joy / sorrow/ need.
How can people pray?
According to the bible, some of the ways we are taught to pray include:
i) We should pray with faith if we are to get what we want (Mark 11:24).
ii) We should pray with humility(humbly).We shouldn’t pray boastfully (Matt 6:5-8, 2chr 7:14).
iii) We should pray with sincerity and not with bad motives (James 4:3)
iv) We should pray through Jesus Christ because he is the way to the father.
v) Prayer must always be made to God. We should know that before we ask, God already knows what we want.
vi) Even when prayers are not answered , there are no reasons to stop praying if we are asking for something good.
vii) We should always pray when in trouble for comfort (Matt. 26:36-46)
viii) We should always pray not to be led into temptation.(matt.26:41)
Gestures of humility during prayer.
i) Closing our eyes.
ii) Keep total silence.
iii) Kneeling down when praying.
iv) Putting our hands in the face or bowing down
v) Having faith that God will provide what you are praying for.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Mathew 6:9-13)
1. Which prayer did Jesus teach to his apostles before ascending to heaven?
The Lord’s Prayer
2. All children recite and write the Lord’s prayer
3. Requests Christians make in the Lord’s Prayer
a. To be given daily bread
b. To be forgiven
c. To be delivered from evil.
d. Not to be led into temptation.
HUMAN WEAKNESSES AND THE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS.
1. What is a weakness?
A weakness is a habit by someone which might have un pleasant results.
2. Examples of human weaknesses
a. Being proud.
b. Being greedy.
c. Being selfish.
d. Being un faithful/ untrustworthy.
e. Being fearful.
f. Being jealousy
g. Being lazy
h. Being lustful.
The above weaknesses can lead us to commit sins
1. What is a sin?
A sin is any act done by man against God’s will.
2. What should Christians do after committing a sin?
They should repent.
3. What is repentance?
To repent means to feel sorry for the wrong done and ready to turn away from it.
4. Ways of repentance
When one repents he/she has to do the following:
i) One has to feel sorry for having committed that sin.
ii) One has to turn away from that sin.
iii) One has to promises not to sin again.
5. The need to forgive others.
i) Jesus forgive his executioners and so as Jesus’ followers we should know that forgiveness is part of Christian living.
ii) Both forgiving and forgiveness are necessary because they restore the relationship between God and humankind.
iii) Forgiveness prevents revenge.
iv) It is important to forgive others so that we too can be forgiven by God.
6. What does the Bible teach about forgiveness?
i) Jesus forgave Simon Peter when he denied Jesus (John 21:15-19)
ii) Read Matt. 18:21-35 and you write what you learn from this scripture.
7. Why should we forgive each other?
a. To be forgiven by God.
b. God forgives those who forgive other.
c. Forgiveness is assign to love and peace with others.
CHRIST’S GIFTS FOR THE JOURNEY
THE SACRAMENTS AND THEIR MEANINGS
1. What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is a visible sign of the invisible grace of Jesus Christ.
Is a formal outward expression of spiritual reality
2. These are seven sacraments and these include
b. Holy communion/ Eucharist
c. Holy matrimony
d. Holy ordination / holy orders
e. Anointment of the sick
Give the importance of each of the above sacraments.
Is the sacrament that introduces/ initiate someone into God’s family
-Is the sacrament that strengthens one’s relationship with God
c) Holy communion / Holy Eucharist
-Is the sacrament through which we receive the blood and body of Christ.
-It reminds Christians about the last supper.
d) Holy Matrimony
Is the sacrament that unites a man and woman as husband and wife under God’s family.
Qtn: What does dread and wine represent during the Holy Communion?
(i) Bread – The body of Christ.
(ii) Wine – The blood of Christ.
The sacrament through which we confess and repent to God
f) Holy ordination
The sacrament through which a Christian receives priesthood.
JESUS AS THE WAY TO GOD
1. Who said the word “I am the way, the truth and the life?” (John 14:6)
2. State the meaning of the phrase “ I am the way, the truth and the life”
a) The way – Saviour
b) The truth – his teaching
c) Life – Jesus is alive
3. How has Jesus continued to keep his presence among the Christian?
a. Through the holy spirit
b. Through the sharing of bread and wine (holy communion)
4. When did the Holy Spirit descend onto Jesus’ Apostle?
On the Pentecost day
5. Where were the Apostles on the Pentecost day?
6. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1cor:12:1-11)
a. Power to teach / preach
f. Power to heal
g. Power to work miracles
h. The ability to speak in different tongues/ languages.
7. Way people have used the gifts of the Holy Spirit
(i) Many people are teachers so they teach others.
(ii) The doctors treat the sick (knowledge)
(iii) The preachers help other to turn a way from their bad lives.
(iv) People use the wisdom given to them by the Holy Spirit to avoid sin.
(v) Through performing miracles, God’s kingdom is revealed to many.
8. Ways how the Holy spirit helps us today
a) Helps to understand the bible better.
b) The Holy Spirit guides us in our daily life.
c) The Holy Spirit strengthens our faith in God.
d) The Holy Spirit gives us power to preach the word of God.
e) The Holy Spirit gives us power to perform miracles.
f) The Holy Spirit unifies the church as one (unites all believers).
g) The Holy Spirit provides the word of God without fear.
9. Fruits of the Holy Spirit to God’s people (Gal. 5:16-25)
(viii) Self control
10. Symbols of the Holy Spirit
c. Strong wind
11. Why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit to his Apostles?
a) To strengthen their faith in God.
b) To give them encourage and comfort.
c) To guide them in their daily life.
d) To provide them with power to preach / teach.
e) To provide them with power to perform miracles.
12. Who led Jesus into the wilderness / desert? (Matthew 4:1-11)
The Holy Spirit.
13. Why was Jesus led into the wilderness?
To be tempted by Satan / devil
14. Why was Jesus tempted by Satan?
To test his faith
15. List the temptations that were given to Jesus by Satan
(i) To turn stones into bread.
(ii) To jump from the highest point of the Temple.
(iii) To bow / kneel down and worship Satan.
16. State the different ways in which we can avoid temptations.
a. By being prayerful.
b. By reading the bible and other religious information
c. By joining Christian fellowships.
d. By avoiding bad company.
e. By not visiting of high temptations e.g. disco holes, video holes which promote pornography