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GOD’S LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

MEANING OF OBEDIENCE TO THE FIRST LAW Jesus Christ was brought up according to Jewish laws and customs. His parents were obedient Jews and set an example for him from childhood on how to keep the religious laws and he was circumcised as was the custom. He was brought to the temple for the annual and usual custom of presentation to the priest in charge. Therefore his parents came to offer a sacrifice according to the law of God. By so doing they laid the foundation for religious obedience in the young Jesus   JESUS SHOWS OBEDIENCE TO EXISTING LAWS. MARK 1: 40, 45, MATTHEW 22:15-22 A leper came to Jesus and begged Him to cure him of his leprosy. Jesus had pity on the man and stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will, be clean” the man was made clean. He ordered the… Read More »GOD’S LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

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GOD’S LAWS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

GOD’S LAWS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ( EXO 20:1-25) GOD’S COMMANDMENT Laws are rules and regulations that guide the society. God’s law known as the Ten Commandments or Decalogue ruled the Israelites. The Ten Commandments is known as Mosaic Law. It was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Torah is the Hebrew word for it. The Ten Commandments are as follows: Thou shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself graven images or bow down for them. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long. You shall not kill You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbours’ property,   The Ten commandments fall naturally… Read More »GOD’S LAWS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

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LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY UNDER GOD’S LAW

The law of love Love as the new commandment of Jesus Christ Moral Lesson 1)         THE LAW OF LOVE Luke 10:25-28 One day, when Jesus was teaching, a lawyer stood up to test Him. He asked Jesus what he should do to have eternal life. Jesus replied by asking him what was written in the law? In reply the lawyer said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself. Jesus answered that he had answered rightly and added. Do this and you will live.   2)         LOVE AS THE NEW COMMANDMENT OF JESUS CHRIST JOHN 13:33,  I COR. 13:4-13 The new commandment or law which Jesus gave His disciples was love. He said a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as… Read More »LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY UNDER GOD’S LAW

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CALL TO REPENTANCE II

JOHN THE BAPTIST John the Baptist was known to be a messenger of God specifically calling people to repentance for forgiveness of sins. His message was basically on baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. John the Baptist clearly told the multitude  that came to him to listen to his special message that he baptized them with water for repentance, but someone is coming after him, the one who is mightier than himself who will baptize them with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He further told them that Jesus was the one he was talking about and He would gather His wheat from the threshing floor into His granary, but the chaff He would burn with unquenchable fire.   THE PRODIGAL SON (LUKE 15:11-32) Jesus told a parable of a man who had two sons and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share… Read More »CALL TO REPENTANCE II

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CALL TO REPENTANCE

INTRODUCTION Repentance is the act of changing ones attitudes and behaviours from bad to good. This is only completed when you decided to change totally and forsake the evil ways absolutely. Everyone that is born on earth with flesh and blood has the tendencies to perpetuate evil. This is as a result of Adamic nature in us. In fact, our environment also contributes greatly to this, because of the level of corruptions that has eaten deeply into our system. It is a pity that some take evil for good and good for evil.   PAUL’S REPENTANCE Conversion of Paul from Judaism to Christianity [Acts 9:1-21]. Saul (Paul) got letters from high priests to Synagogue at Damascus to bring bound to Jerusalem those who professed the name of Christ. Approaching Damascus, a sudden light shown, he fell down and heard a voice: Saul, why do you persecute me? Who art thou,… Read More »CALL TO REPENTANCE

HUMAN RIGHT SOCIETY

Acceptance of special responsibilities in Christian communities. According to Long-man Active Study Dictionary, responsibility means to take, accept, responsibility for something. It can also mean to be held duty bound to do or accept to do something.   WHAT IS LEADERSHIP According to the Longman Active study dictionary, leadership means when someone is the leader of a team, organization and so on. It could also mean the quality of being good at leading a team’s organization, country and so on.   CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY The Christian Community has so many aspects that require our services. Special people are always called upon to perform special assignment. Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Deborah and Gideon were special people and God used them wonderfully in special ways. God also used some political leaders; they are used by God to achieve special assignment that will glorify Him. The kings, Priest, Prophets and Judges are some of the… Read More »HUMAN RIGHT SOCIETY

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EMINENT NIGERIA OBTAINS FREEDOM FOR THEIR PEOPLE

EMINENT NIGERIANS OBTAINED FREEDOM FOR THEIR PEOPLE Our great leaders achieved political freedom for us in Nigeria. The success of Moses in gaining freedom for Israelites through determination, perseverance and help from God, has inspired great men of all ages to struggle and achieved freedom for their people. Just like the case of Nigeria in the era of great nationalists such as: Herbert Macaulay Nnmadi Azikwe Obafemi Awolowo Anthony Enahoro Tafawa Balewa Amadu Bello Aminu Kano Ernest Ikoli Funmilayo Ransom Kuti Margaret Ekpo  etc All these people worked hard in order to liberate Nigeria from the shackles of Colonialism. The contemporary society cannot forget the impact of these great people for their role in Nigerian independence. Today, we can say we are part of the nation just like the experience of the Israelites during the leadership of Moses.   THE FUTURE LEADERS The children are the future leaders, the adults… Read More »EMINENT NIGERIA OBTAINS FREEDOM FOR THEIR PEOPLE

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DEBORAH AND BARRACK LEAD THEIR PEOPLE TO FREEDOM

DEBORAH AS A WORTH Y LEADER JUDGES 4:1-2, 5:1-20 Deborah was a judge and a prophetess, she was the wife of Lappidoth, she used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim. She led the army to the battle. Through her the Israelites won the Midinites. She was very bold and courageous, she loved and feasted on God’s word. She led Israel to sing a song of victory to the Lord.   Deborah followed Barak to the war and they conquered Sisera and his army. Thereafter, Barak began to be the leader of Israel and he also proved himself a good and courageous leader. Jabin king of Canaan the captain of whose host was Sisera, and they won a decisive battle at river Kishon. Sisera fled and took refuge in tent of Libera, a kanite, Jael, the wife of Heber, offered Sisera a… Read More »DEBORAH AND BARRACK LEAD THEIR PEOPLE TO FREEDOM

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POLITICAL FREEDOM FOR THE ISREALITES

MOSES AND HIS PEOPLE CELEBRATES THEIR FREEDOM MOVEMENT IN SONGS. EXO. 15 1:22 After God had instructed Moses to go down to Egypt and Speak to Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Moses did as God had commanded him, but Pharaoh’s mind was hardened and he did not let Israel go, and so he tormented the lives of the Egyptians. A plague according to the Oxford advanced learner dictionary is something that causes pain or trouble to someone over a period of time. It could also mean an infectious disease that kills a lot of people. These plagues took place before pharaoh released the people of Israel. River Nile turned to blood for 7 days: It started with a river and spread to all its branches such as streams, ponds and pools of water. Frogs: These frogs came up abundantly and filled their houses, bed chambers, fields etc. Swarm of… Read More »POLITICAL FREEDOM FOR THE ISREALITES

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CALL TO FREEDOM

THE MEANING AND TYPES OF FREEDOM Freedom is a state of being unbound; it is a condition of being without hindrance in the pursuit of one’s goals. The Israelites were a good example of people who sought for freedom when they were under the Egyptian bondage. The Israelites were used as slaves and they were cruelly oppressed. God saw their suffering and promised to free them. Moses was used as an instrument of God to achieve this. He was accompanied by Aaron who interpreted for him   This topic introduces us to the book of Exodus. The word “Exodus” means departure, exit, or going out in large numbers. It is the title of a book in the Old Testament which describes the account of going out of Israel from Egypt after 430 years of suffering. Because of the famine in Canaan, Israel (Jacob), and his children went down to Egypt.… Read More »CALL TO FREEDOM

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PAUL BEFORE THE CIVIL AUTHORITY

PAUL BEFORE THE CIVIL AUTHORITY: GOVERNOR FESTUS  Acts 23:1-12 Governor Festus took over from Felix as Governor at Caesarea in AD 59. The chief priest and other Jewish leaders asked Festus to bring Paul to Jerusalem for trial. Their aim was to kill him during the journey to Jerusalem. Festus did not agree to their demands but rather asked them to send delegates to Caesarea for Paul’s trial.   The Jews chose some representatives and they went to Caesarea and accused Paul of charges which they could not prove. In his defense Paul said, “I have never offended the law of the Jews nor the temple, nor against Caesar, I do not seek to escape death; but if there is nothing in the charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.”   After discussion with members of the council, Festus replied, “You have… Read More »PAUL BEFORE THE CIVIL AUTHORITY

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RELATIONSHIP IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

CHOOSING FRIENDS IN SCHOOL As a child grows up, he/she attends school and plays with his/her age mates. This play mates or peer groups have their own rules and regulations which members must obey. A child learns how to behave in a group. He/she also shares in what other children have learnt in their families. Children should however avoid playing with those who behave badly, as they could easily be influenced because bad   company corrupt good manner.   The school plays an important role in the way a child acquires desirable values, attitudes, and skills in modern society. At school, the child is given an all round education in physical development [psychomotor], attitudinal development [affective], and intellectual development [cognitive]. The school under the guidance of a teacher prepares the child to be functional member of the society. The school uses constant rewards and punishment to socialize the child.   DEFINITION… Read More »RELATIONSHIP IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

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RELATIONSHIP IN THE FAMILY

Definition: The family is the smallest segment or unit of the larger society or nation made up of the husband, wife, and children. God created Adam and Eve and later their children.   TYPES THE NUCLEAR FAMILY: The nuclear family consists of a father wife or wives with or without children. It is simply called immediate or biological family. This is divided into a monogamous nuclear family and a polygamous nuclear family. THE COMPOUND FAMILY: the compound family consists of some brothers, sisters and relatives with their wives and children living together in the family house or compound. THE EXTENDED FAMILY: The extended family includes the grand parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and nephews. Members may live in the different communities, but they often come together during festivals, naming and burial ceremonies.   FAMILY NUCLEAR                     EXTENDED                       COMPOUND MONOGAMOUS /POLYGAMOUS   EVALUATION (1) What is family? (2) Mention the different types of… Read More »RELATIONSHIP IN THE FAMILY

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CALL TO OBEDIENCE

CALL TO OBEDIENCE: ABRAHAM When man ‘fell’, his first relationship with God was no longer cordial. He was cast out or driven out without a divine and spiritual partner. Disobedience alienated man from God. Nonetheless, God in his infinite mercy wanted Man to come into a new relationship with Him. Hence, God saw in Abraham one, who would act as His agent, to bring about this new relationship   We can define obedience as doing what one is asked to do in the right way without hesitation. In this regard obedience entails accepting and acting on commands from the higher authourity due to respect and regard one has for the constituted authourity. This command has to be right and virtuous before it can be obeyed. We can as well deduce that call to obedience is an invitation from God to man to obey and follow certain instructions in order to… Read More »CALL TO OBEDIENCE

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THE CALL OF JOSHUA

JOSHUA AS A WORTHY LEADER (JOSHUA 1:20; 2:1-0; 3:1-10) JOSHUA AS GOD’S CHOOSEN LEADER Joshua was called the son of Nun. He was also a leader chosen by God after the death of Moses to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. He was a mighty warrior. He was courageous; he led the Israelites to cross the river Jordan. He also led them to conquer Ai and Jericho. He was able to lead the Israelite to the Promised Land.   JOSHUA’S LEADERSHIP STYLE Joshua, one of the judges of Israel and the successor of Moses as a political leader, reminded the Israelites of God’s cordial relationship with them for the purpose of addressing the people, he assembled all the elders, heads, judges and officers of Israel before the Lord at Shechem. Joshua in addition to inheriting the courage and religious faith of his great leader, Moses, was a man of… Read More »THE CALL OF JOSHUA

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THE CALL OF MOSES

THE BIRTH OF MOSES Moses’ parents were both of the tribe of Levi. The father’s name was Amiram, his mother was Jochebed. The other chidren of Amiran and Jochebed were Aaron and Miriam. When Moses was born, his mother saw that he was a goodly handsome child. She hid him for three months and when she could no longer hide him, she kept him at the brink of the river. He was in a basket made of an ark of bulrushes. The daughter of Pharaoh discovered him later when she came to bathe. She paid the mother unknowingly to nurse the baby for her. He was later returned to the princess when he grew up.   When Moses grew up, he murdered secretly an Egyptian who was fighting with a Hebrew because he could not tolerate an Egyptian oppressing an Israelite. Besides, on another occasion he tried to intervene in… Read More »THE CALL OF MOSES

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JOSEPH RESPONDED TO THE CALL OF SERVICE

THE EARLY LIFE  OF JOSEPH. (Gen. 37, 39) Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob. Jacob loved him more than any other of his sons. He made him a robe of many colours, and this led to his brothers hating him the more. This hatred grew stronger when Joseph began to tell his brothers about his dreams. In his first dream, the sons of Jacob were in the field binding corn, then eleven corn sheaves all bowed down to Joseph’s own. In his second dream, the sun, moon and stars all bowed to him. This was interpreted by Joseph’s brothers as his plan to reign over them. The result of this led to more hatred from his brothers.   One day, the sons of Jacob went to graze their father’s cattle at Shechem. Jacob sent Jacob to meet them with provisions, and he met them at Dothan. At… Read More »JOSEPH RESPONDED TO THE CALL OF SERVICE

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CALL TO SERVICE

MEANING OF SREVICE Service is the work done by somebody for an organization or somebody else as a job, duty or favour. It is also the work that somebody can do or does by virtue of their job, profession or training. In this regard, we can say a servant is someone who follows and does the will of his master, receives instructions and learns from him or her.   EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE THAT RESPONDED TO CALL TO SERVICE There were some people who served faithfully according to the Bible. They were so sincere, honest, trustworthy, constant, reliable and dependable in their relationship with others and in the performance of their duties. Joseph and Ruth were the good examples of people that served God and humanity faithfully, that we can emulate today.  Other examples include: Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many others. These were people… Read More »CALL TO SERVICE

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PAUL’S TRIAL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN

PAUL’S TRIAL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN WHO WERE THE SANHEDRINS? The Sanhedrins were the supreme legal and religious council of the Jews. They deliberate and take decisions on any matter affecting the Jews. They were strong persecutors of the apostles. They were made up of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes.   THE TRIAL AND DEFENSE OF PAUL (Acts 23:1-16) After the arrest of Paul, he was brought before the Sanhedrin. During his defence, his arguments annoyed Ananias the high priest and he asked that Paul be slapped. Paul said to him, ‘God shall strike you, you white washed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck.’ Paul however later apologised to the high priest.   When Paul noticed that the Sanhedrin council was made up of Pharisees and Sadducees, he cleverly divided the assembly by declaring… Read More »PAUL’S TRIAL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN

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CALL TO REPENTANCE

CALL TO REPENTANCE (RECONCILIATION) RECONCILIATION Reconciliation: This is the way of reconciling broken relationship. In order to return to a friendly relationship after an estrangement, the Jews of old offered sacrifices to bring about reconciliation with God. The Israelites sang to God. In the Old Testament, atonement was made to God by means of sacrifices, offerings prayers and repentance. On the day of atonement, the high priest performed a ceremonial rite to cleanse the people from their sins.   The New Testament used the word “Reconciliation” instead of “atonement”. Paul and other Christian preached that Christ made reconciliation between God and man; “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor 15:19)   Man needs reconciliation with God. The story or parable of the prodigal son depicts repentance on the part of the lost son, reconciliation and forgiveness on the part of the father,. The son represents man… Read More »CALL TO REPENTANCE

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