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Avoiding Generational Departure

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 28 March 2021 – Lesson 30

TOPIC: Avoiding Generational Departure

MEMORY VERSE: “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” – Proverbs 22:28

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Samuel 2:12-17 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 28 March 2021)

12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

INTRODUCTION: God as laid down principles for children upbringing which must not be departed from (2 Timothy 2:19). The anger of God kindles upon children who disobey God (Ephesians 5:6; Ecclesiastes 10:8). The role of parents is therefore crucial to the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for his children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). While there are records of children raised in godly ways who remained on that narrow path, the Bible also has records of those who departed from the path of truth.


  1. Children That Departed From Godly Upbringing
  2. How To Avoid Generational Departure

Biblical examples of children that departed from godly ways include:

  1. Samson (Judges 13:3-5; 14:1-3; 8-9; 16:16-17).
  2. Hophni and Phinehas; son of Eli (1 Sam. 2:12-17, 22; 1 Sam. 4:11).
  3. Solomon (1 Kings 11:4-7; Eccl. 1:1; Eccl. 2:10-11).
  4. Nadab and Abihu; sons of Aaron (Lev. 10:1; Num. 26:61).
  5. Demas (2 Tim. 4:10).

In order to keep our children on the path of righteousness, parents have the following obligations to fulfill:

  1. Love God whole-heartedly (Deut. 6:4-6). Have a deep personal relationship with God. You cannot pass on to your children what you do not possess (John 14:21;15:10; 5:3).
  2. Teach your children about God, diligently. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9). If God’s Word is on your heart continually, then you will be talking about it constantly with your children (Proverbs 4:3-4, Ephesians 6:4).
  3. You need to answer your children’s questions about God and the Christian life (Deuteronomy 6:20-25; 1 Peter 3:15)
  4. Focus on obeying and pleasing God only (Deuteronomy 6:17-18) and also train your children, in agreement with your spouse, to please God in all their endeavors.
  5. Live out and model godly lifestyle before children (James 5:12; Matthew 5:16-17; Titus 2:7; 1Peter 5:3).
  6. Discipline your children in love (Heb. 12:6; Prov. 3:11-12).
  7. Inculcate emotional stability but do not indulge your children (Prov.19:18; Colossians 3:21).

To avoid generational departure, live a good legacy for your children.


  1. Mention four biblical examples of children who departed from godly ways.
  2. State five obligations of parents to keep their children on godly path.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) things that can lead to the problem of generational departure.

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