RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL FOR 10TH OF FEBRUARY, 2019 – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (PART 1)

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL FOR 10TH OF FEBRUARY, 2019 – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (PART 1)

SUNDAY SCHOOL 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?

MEMORY VERSE : “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins” Proverbs 10:12

BIBLE PASSAGE : PROVERBS 15:1-7
1.A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2.The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3.The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4.A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5.A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6.In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7.The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

LESSON INTRODUCTION :

Violence can be defined as “extreme force , action intended to cause destruction, pain or suffering, widespread fighting, injustice, wrong etc.

While domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the perpetrator is or has previously been in intimate relationship (Prov.27:4; Eccl. 7:9).

Other terms used for domestic abuse include domestic abuse, battering and family violence. This ranges from use of abusive/derogatory, physical assault to the use of dangerous weapons.

It has been observed that some family members, in spite of they proclaim, still engage in acts of violence against one another. Therefore, we need to find out why this is so and remedies to this act.

#OUTLINES
1. FORMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
2. CAUSES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

*FORMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE*
Forms of domestic violence may include:
*Physical Violence*: This include flogging, bullying, battering, stoning, strangling, pushing, kicking, slapping, punching, hitting, confinement, assault with weapons, destruction of victim’s personal property/possessions or treat to do so, and murder (Gen. 4:8).
*Verbal Abuse*: This include verbal threats or intimidations to gain compliance, instilling fear or further violence, yelling or screaming, constant harassment and name calling (1 Sam. 20:30).
*Sexual violence*: This include sexual assault (forcing someone to participate in unwanted/unsafe or degrading sexual activity), sexual harassment (ridiculing another person to try to limit their sexuality). Sexual exploitation (such as forcing someone into sex hawking) – 2 Sam.:12-14.
*Psychological Violence*: Such as smoking, imitating, isolating, threatening, intimidating and exclusion from meaningful events (2 Sam.13:22-23).
*Emotional Violence*: Such as rejection, pretending not to notice one’s presence (Gen. 21:9-11).
*Economic Violence*: This include withholding economic resources (such as money), stealing from or defrauding a partner, withholding physical resources such as food, clothes, necessary medications or shelter from a partner or children, preventing a spouse from working or choosing an occupation (1 Tim. 5:8).
*Religious Violence*: This include preventing one’s spouse from practicing his/her religious or spiritual belief, forcing the children to be reared in a faith that a spouse has not agreed to, using a spouse religious or spiritual belief to manipulate him/her (Dan. 3:14, 20).

*CAUSES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE*
Some immediate causes that can set off a bout of domestic violence are: economic hardship (such as prolonged unemployment), stress, provocation by the spouse.
Emotional/psychological issues (depression, desperation, feelings of insecurity, suspicion and fear), character defects (jealousy, anger) alcohol and drug intake.
Other causes may include; complex issues ( inferiority/superiority), failure to yield to divine instructions. *Gen.4:4-8*, insincerity, failed expectations, undue interference from third party, family background and environmental factors, sexual infidelity, spiritual attack / generational curses.

CONCLUSION : If there is no peace in the home, the society will also be void of peace. Let us identify the root cause of violence in our families and deal with it prayerfully.

QUESTIONS:
1. Mention five(5) of the forms of domestic violence
2. Identify the causes of domestic violence.

ASSIGNMENT : Identify five(5) causes of societal violence and suggest remedies.

*For Further Reading:* Proverbs 15:1, 3, 7; Matthew 5:9; Hebrews 12:14.

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