Christian Religious Studies Primary 4 First Term

Week:1st

Class: primary 4

Topic:God speaks to us.- Ways in which God speaks to people. Ex 33:11- Purpose of God speaking to people 1 Sam 3

.Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

1.List ways in which God speaks to us.

2. List the purpose of God speaking to us.

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Guide to Bible passages

Genesis 32:22-32; Exodus 33:11; 34:27-35; 1 Samuel 3 God speaks to people

Do you have good friends? What do you do when you are with them? No doubt, one of the things you do whenever you see them is to speak with them. Did you know that God speaks to people too? Yes, He does! During Old Testament times, God spoke to many of his servants. When Moses was the leader of the Israelite, God used to speak to him face to face – just like we do with our friends. Then there was the Prophet, Samuel who started hearing God speak to him from when he was a very little boy until he became an old man.

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

– Do you speak with your friends?

– List the some of the ways God speak people in the old testament.

Week:2nd

Class: primary 4

Topic:Jacob’s encounter with God. Genesis 32:22-32-Right attitude to be taken when God is speaking. Ex 34:27-35

Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

-List the right attitude to be taken when God is speaking.

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Jacob’s encounter with God .God also speaks to people through visions and dreams. Jacob was someone to whom God appeared in a dream. But that was not the only way God appeared to Jacob. There was a time God appeared to him in the form of a man. Jacob wrestled with the man all night. He did not know that, that was God. Only when the man spoke and identified himself, did Jacob realise that the person he had been speaking to and wrestling with God himself.

After that wrestling match, God blessed Jacob because Jacob had wrestled with God and man and succeeded. God told Jacob, ‘Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.’Evaluation: Teacher ask Pupils the following questions:

-How do we encounter God

– what are the right attitude to be taken when God is speaking to us

Week: 3rd

Class: primary 4

Topic:We are children of one father- The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man . Jn 1:12, Jn 3, Matt 5:21-24- Significance of being in Christ, Son of God.

Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to

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The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man

Guide to Bible passages: John 1:12; 3; Matthew 5:21-25; Mark 12:29-31All human beings were created by God. God is, therefore, the father of everybody. We are all his children. It does not matter which language we speak. It does not matter also whether we are Christian or Moslem. We should see ourselves as children of the same father. This makes us love one another and live in peace. Christians and Moslems should understand that their religions have the same origin. Christianity and Islam are based on the worship of God. The two religions regard Abraham as the person through whom we knew God. Both religions teach good morals and condemn sin. In both religions, people are encouraged to keep good relationship with God. Moslems teach that it is through the teachings of Mohammed that they can keep good relationship with God while Christians believe strongly that it is through Jesus that we know God better and keep good relationship with God.How to conduct ourselves as good children of God through Christ John says that Jesus will give those who receive him and believe in his name, the power to become children of God. He explains that it does not mean children that are related by blood, flesh or by the power of man. It is the children that are related by the spirit of God; in other words, the children that have the same spirit, the spirit of God. Jesus explained this to Nicodemus that it is through the belief in him that we can keep good relationship with God and have hope for eternal life.

Significance of being in Christ.

The following are the significance of being in Christ:

1. It makes us live a holy and righteous life

2. It gives us a new life.

3. It makes us different because of the godly characters.

4. It helps us to live at peace with everyone.

5. It helps us belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

6. It will enable us to reign with christ

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

Answer the following questions:

– List the significance of being in Christ

Week:4th

Class: primary 4

Topic:Attitude of children of one father- Importance of living in peace.

Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson Pupils should be able to:

-List the importance of living in peace

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Content:

Importance of living in peace.

There should be peace among the children of God so that they will be united as members of one family. Where there is unity, people will be able to work together. Then there will be growth and progress. There is a saying, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ Jesus explained this when he was casting out demons from the lame and the blind people. The Pharisees said he was doing it by the power of Beelzebul (Satan or the king of demons). Jesus told them that it would not be possible for Satan to fight against demons. Otherwise it would mean that its kingdom was divided and so it would fall What this means is that any kingdom where the members are not united or not in peace, will fall. Jesus finally explained to them that it was by the power of God, the greatest power, that he was casting out demons. Jesus also said that casting out demons by the power of God meant that he had brought the presence of God or God’s Kingdom to the world. So, all who believe in him are members of the Kingdom. They should work together with him for the growth of the Kingdom. Therefore, living in peace brings unity, progress and happiness. Where there is peace, people are happy.

Moral lessons

1 We should always see our fellow human beings as people of the same family because we have the same father, God. He created all of us.2 As members of the same family, we should be united so that we can live in peace and progress.3 We have to be in Christ to be able to live together as good children of the same father and gain eternal life.

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

– List the importance of living in peace

Week:5th

Class: primary 4

Topic:God calls us for a purpose- The story of the call of Abraham. Genesis 13:1-3- The purpose of God’s call.- The right response to God’s call- Benefits of obedience to God’s call. Lk 5:1-11, Genesis 12:1-20

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The story of the call of Abraham God called Abraham, son of Terah, from Haran, to leave his father’s house to the land he would show him. God made promises to Abraham. He promised to make him a great nation, a blessing, and a great name. He also promised to bless those that blessed him and to curse those that cursed him. He said that all the families of the earth would be blessed through him

The purposes of God’s callGod our heavenly father has different purposes for calling his children. God calls us to be useful to him and to other human beings. He called Samson to save the Israelites from the hand of the Philistines. He called Joseph so that he could be useful to Pharaoh and his generation. God calls us so that he can bless us. Abraham was called out of his father’s house so that he could be blessed by God. God calls us so that we can be free from bondage. Moses was called by God to deliver the children of Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians. God calls us as messengers of his words. He called Jonah and sent him to Nineveh to preach to the people of Nineveh so that they could repent. God calls us in order to raise generations from us. Abraham was called so that he could become the father of nations.

Right response to God’s cal lWhen God calls us, it is important we listen to his call. It is also important to obey his call. We must not doubt his call. When God calls us, we must have an assurance that his call is for service and blessings. We must not be afraid to do what he asks us to do. We must not give excuse when he calls us. We must respond quickly. Abraham responded to God’s call with faith, obedience and courage. We too must respond in the same way as Abraham did.Benefits of obedience to God’s call Obedience to God’s call makes God happy. God blesses those who obey him. When we obey God’s call, the purpose of God’s call will be fulfilled and people will receive great reward. Jesus was by the lake of Gennesaret when the people came to him to hear the word of God. Jesus saw two boats by the lake and the fishermen were not there. He got into one of the boats which was Peter’s. He asked Peter to push a little from the land. Jesus sat and taught the people from the boat. When Jesus finished preaching, he asked, ‘Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.’ Peter replied, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’ Immediately Peter obeyed Jesus’ instruction, their net caught so many fish that the net began to tear and the boat began to sink. They had to call on other fishermen around for help. They helped him pull the net and fish in the boat.

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic:

Exercise 1 Identify two ways God calls people. 2Give three reasons why God calls us. 3 Explain two ways that we can respond to God’s call.

4 Mention two benefits of God’s call.

Week:6th

Class: primary 4

Topic:God gives his law to us- Meaning of the term ‘law’- Reasons for the law- Purposes of the law (regulate the relationship between God and his people. Exodus 20:1-11)Behavioural objectives: At the end of the lesson Pupils should be able to:

-Define law

-state the reasons for the law

-list the purpose of the law

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The meaning of the term ‘Law’The law simply means rules and regulations which are made to guide a set of people in a community or society. A law is made to control the lives of people so that the people do not depart from the right path. In our different homes, daddy and mummy give us rules to follow. This is to help us live together without any problem. For example, in some homes, no child should come home later than 8 o’clock in the evening. Also in some others, every child should be up at 6 o’clock in the morning to do his/her house duties. The law helps us to differentiate good from bad or right from wrong.

As there are rules in the home, so are there rules in the school, in churches and in our country. The school authority has ‘rules and regulations’ for both staff and pupils. For the staff, teachers should not come late to school. They must submit their daily lesson plan promptly. They must be role models for the pupils.

They must be hard working.Reasons for the LawThe Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites to regulate the relationship between them and God. These laws have been passed to the Christians of today.

Purpose of the lawRules and regulations are given to people in the society. They may be changed with time. Each law has purposes. Among the purposes of the law are:1 To help us in the smooth and orderly running of the system.2 To guide us aright.3 To reward those who keep it and punish the offenders.4 To maintain orderliness in society.5. To discipline us and to make us live a disciplined life.6 To discourage cheating during examinations, as cheating could lead to suspension or expulsion.7 To regulate our relationship with our creator who is the law-giver.8 To regulate our relationship with our neighbours. We must love our neighbours as we love ourselves.When we obey the law, we live a peaceful life and be at peace with our neighbours. It is good to keep the law of God, of our country, of the school authority and of our parents.Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic:

Choose the correct answers to the questions below.

1. The law is the same as A. rules and regulations. B. just as a code. C. the love of God. D. let me just do it.

2. The law-giver is A. God himself. B. Judah. C. Abraham. D. Sarah.3. When we keep and obey the law, we live a A. peaceful life B. Bad life. C. Short life

Week:7th

Class: primary 4

Topic:The ten commandments. Exodus 20:1-17

Behavioural objectives: At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

List the ten commandments

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Content:

The Ten Commandments

1. You shall have no other gods before me

.2. You shall not make yourself graven image

.3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

.4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5. Honour your father and your mother that your days may be long.

6. You shall not kill.

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

Week: 8th

Class: primary 4

Topic: God reveals himself to us

– Purpose of God’s revelation.

– Mode of reveal “I am”

Behavioural objectives: At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

1. List the purpose of God’s revelation to us.

2. Define the mode of reveal

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Purpose of God’s revelation.When God created man, he made man to resemble him. He wanted man to be able to do things like him and think like him. God always enjoyed coming down to the Garden of Eden to talk to Adam and Eve. But after Adam and Eve disobeyed him, God could not speak to them as freely and as often as he used to, because sin was now blocking the way between man and God. In fact, the more people sinned and disobeyed God, the more difficult it was for them to hear him. Sin makes God sad. Where there is sin, God cannot reveal himself to us as he so much wants to. He wants to show us the parts of him that we do not know. He does not want to hide himself from us; neither does he wants us to hide ourselves from him. God wants to continue to show us how to think and how to do things like him. As God reveals himself to us, we change and become more and more like him.Right attitude to God’s revelation.We have a part to play when God reveals himself to us. We must be sure to receive the Revelation

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

Activity 1. Tell the class some ways in which you resemble your father or mother.

2. Memorise 1 Samuel 3:10 and recite it in your next lesson. ‘Speak Lord, for thy servant hears’ 3 Find the meaning of the following words: (a) Resemble, (b) Scarce, (c) Reverent, and (d) Revelation.

Week:9th

Class: primary 4

Topic:. Attitude of God’s Revelation

– The story of Samuel’s call. 1 sam 3:1-6

Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson Pupils should be able to:

Narrate the story of Samuel

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We can learn from the story of Samuel’s call. When Samuel was a little boy, he lived in the temple with Eli, the High Priest, and Eli’s sons – Hophni and Phinehas. In those days, messages and revelations from God were very scarce because the Israelites were sinning against God; and they were not even sorry for their sins. Even Eli’s sons were sinning so much against God that God was not happy; he was not happy that Eli did not correct them. One night, when Samuel was sleeping, he heard someone calling his name. Thinking it was Eli, Samuel ran out to Eli. Eli told Samuel he had not called him, so Samuel returned to his bed. As he lay down, he heard the call again. Samuel ran to Eli and once again, Eli told him to go back because he did not call him. When this happened a third time, Eli finally realised that it was God who was calling Samuel. So he instructed Samuel to say, ‘Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.’ Samuel returned to his bed and the Lord called again; this time, Samuel answered just as Eli had told him to. Now that Samuel had answered and turned his attention to God, God spoke to him and told him things that were on his mind concerning Israel. From that time until Samuel grew to be an old man and until his death, God continued to give him revelations for Israel.

Samuel’s response to God’s revelation was total. As a result, God kept on revealing himself to Samuel. God rewarded Samuel and blessed his words so that everything Samuel said happened just the way he said it. Also, we should be vigilant so that we do not miss God’s revelation when he speaks to us. Like Samuel, our attitude when God speaks to us should be, ‘speak Lord, for thy servant hears.’ We should be ready listen to him and obey as he speaks.

Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

Fill in the gaps with the correct answers that complete the sentences. When Samuel was a ___________, he lived in the ___________ with Eli,the ________. He heard someone call him _____ times. For these times,he ran to Eli. It was the _______ time that Eli knew that it was _______who was ______ Samuel. He told Samuel to say, __________________

Week:10th

Class: primary 4

Topic: Jesus the son of God.

– Explanation of the term “Son of God”

– Jesus was born by the power of Holy spirit.

– Evidence of Jesus as the Son of God. Matt 3:16&17

– The testimony of Simon peter. Matt 16:16

– The event of the transfiguration

Behavioural objectives:At the end of the lesson Pupils should be able to:

Explain the term son of God

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JESUS THE SON OF GOD

Jesus is the son of God, He has the image of God in Him because the Holy spirit lives in Him and also the father is in Him.

Jesus was born by the Power of the Holy spirit

Mary conceived Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy spirit. Mary was a virgin and has been espoused to Joseph the carpenter, was visited by the Holy spirit and the Holy spirit told her not to be afraid that she was going to have a child called Jesus and everyone will be blessed through Him, and the angel also appeared to Joseph not to reject her, but should take her as his wife.

EVIDENCE OF JESUS

The spirit of the living God is in Him and that made Him the song of God. At the river Jordan when He wanted to be baptized of John the Baptist, heavens opened and the Holy came down in the form of a Dove and said this is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.

Testimony of simeon Peter

After several work Jesus did with His disciples, one day while they were together Jesus asked His disciples, “whom do you say I am”. And His disciples said, some said you are one of the prophets, but simeon Peter said you are the son of God, and Jesus said flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but the Holy spirit.

EVENT OF TRANSFIGURATION

While Jesus went to the mount to pray, there were two other men who appeared to Him in long White linen. The two men were Moses and Elijah, they were there to be with Him, signifying His last days on earth.

Evaluation: Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic.

Answer the following questions:

1. List people who testified of Jesus Christ as the son of God.