Lesson 49: RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8th August 2021

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RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8th August 2021 Lesson 49

Lesson 49: RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8th August 2021

RCCG Sunday School Manual for Teacher 8 August 2021 Lesson 49

Topic: There Is No Purgatory

OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to live my life for you. Let me reign with you after death (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 8th August 2021 HYMN)

MEMORY VERSE: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” – Hebrews 9:27

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8 August 2021)

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

LESSON INTRODUCTION: Some church denominations believe that all who die in God’s grace and friendship but still imperfectly purified are indeed assured of their eternal salvation but will undergo the process of purification which they call purgatory, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. According to them, Purgatory is also a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are not entirely free from forgivable faults, or have not fully paid the price due to their transgressions. Is this doctrine of purgatory in agreement with the bible? Absolutely not!

TEXT REVIEW: 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

The scripture does not have support for purgatory in any sense. The true position of the scripture is to either be in the body or to be with the Lord. There is no vacuum or gap. 2Cor. 5:6, 8. A look at the memory verse indicates that there is no vacuum after death, Heb. 9:27.

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8th August 2021 Lesson 49



The biblical passages wrongly referred to as basis for purgatory are:
i. 1 Cor.3:15; 1 Pet. 1:7. These scriptures clearly speak about the work that shall stand the test of fire and be rewarded and those that shall not be able to stand
ii. 1Cor.3:11-15. This scripture supports believers in Christ who make it to Heaven and would be rewarded according to the value of their works.
ii. The Bible mentioned in Heb. 9:27 that after death comes the judgement. Therefore, the ‘purifying fire” is referred to as the judgement seat of Christ where work will be judged. 2 Cor. 5:10

iv. The “fire” in this context is symbolic of motive or objectives behind every work of the believers.
v. The sinners will go straight to hell. Psalms 9:17. The wicked shall be turned to hell. That is the destination of sinners who refused to repent alive
vi. In the expression, “it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world, neither in the world to come”, the expression “in the world to come”, means among
Jew that, “it will never be done”
vii. God’s wrath shall overtake sinners who refuse to genuinely repent their sins before death. Psalms 9:17; Matt. 13:49-50

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why do you think that anyone would wish to repent after death?


i. Purgatory like many other heretic belief is based on misunderstanding of the nature of Christ’ sacrifice and of the scripture.
ii. Jesus’ sacrifice for sinners is a once and for all sacrifice. The sacrifice was perfect and absolute. Heb. 7:27.
iii. Those who believe in purgatory fail to believe that the work of salvation needs no additional contribution to what Christ has done. Eph. 2:8-9.
iv. They fail to understand that there is no need for other cleansing in addition to the one Christ has done with His blood. 1 John 1:7-9.

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 8th August 2021 Lesson 49

v. They fail to believe that praying for the dead for the forgiveness of their sins is baseless because Jesus by His death, has paid the penalty for all our sins. John 1:1,14.
vi. Jesus died for our sins and paid the price once and for all. 1 Cor. 15:3.
vii. Jesus atoned for our sins, therefore, there is no need for any purgatory again. 1 John 2:2; Rom. 5:8; Isaiah 53:5.
viii. The belief that man would not suffer for his sin after death has no basis in the Bible. It is also contrary to the true biblical teaching on salvation.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: identify any other wrong teaching which are contradictory to the Bible.

SUMMARY: There is no purgatory for cleansing of sins after death.

CONCLUSION: There is no basis for purgatory in the Bible. Therefore, make your ways right before you die.

EVALUATION: Why is purgatory heretic?

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, set free all your children who have fallen victim of heretic doctrines

ASSIGNMENT: Find reasons why people believe false and heretic teachings.

RCCG Sunday School August 1st, 2021 HYMN

1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?


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