CRK lesson note for JSS3 First Term is now available for free. The State and Federal Ministry of Education has recommended unified lesson notes for all secondary schools in Nigeria, in other words, all private secondary schools in Nigeria must operate with the same lesson notes based on the scheme of work for CRK.
CRK lesson note for JSS3 first Term has been provided in detail here on schoolings.org
For prospective school owners, teachers, and assistant teachers, CRK lesson note is defined as a guideline that defines the contents and structure of CRK as a subject offered at SS level. The lesson note for CRK for SS stage maps out in clear terms, how the topics and subtopics for a particular subject, group works and practical, discussions and assessment strategies, tests, and homework ought to be structured in order to fit in perfectly, the approved academic activities for the session.
To further emphasize the importance of this document, the curriculum for CRK spells out the complete guide on all academic subjects in theory and practical. It is used to ensure that the learning purposes, aims, and objectives of the subject meant for that class are successfully achieved.
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JSS3 CRK Lesson Note (First Term) 2023
FIRST TERM JSS3 CRK
THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE EFFECTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON THE EARLY DISCIPLES
CONVERSION OF FOLLOWERS
FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
FELLOWSHIPPING IN THE EARLY CHURCH
FRAUD IN THE CHURCH
PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH
PAUL’S EARLY LIFE
CORNELIUS CALLS ON PETER
TOPIC: THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Lord. In other words, it is God in form of a spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third divine person in the Trinity which consists of God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus never used the adjective “it” for the Holy Spirit,
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
Before his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension Jesus took time to advise and encourage his disciples to be good ambassadors of the kingdom of God, assuring them that he would never leave them alone. And as his time for crucifixion drew ever closer, Jesus noticed that his disciples were upset and depressed as they were aware that their master was about to be taken away from them. So he promised them the he would send them a Comforter and Counselor which is the Holy Spirit. In John 14: 26 Jesus said: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name will teach you all things and remind you all that I have taught you.” [Also read John 16:7.] After the ascension of Jesus to heaven, his disciples did receive the Holy Spirit.
Ascension into Heaven
In Christian parlance, the word “ascension” means the rising of the body of Jesus into Heaven. It happened on the 4th day after his resurrection. Jesus was with his disciples when the angels of God came to take him away; body and soul. [Reads 1:4-9.] The ascension was a key to God the Father pouring the Holy on the disciples and by extension, every Christian.
Significance of the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit delivers us from avoidable human errors and unprofitable relationships
- He is man’s vehicle of inspiration that guides us to all truth.
- He makes us hunger and thirst for God
- He makes us to have faith in God
- He makes us to be courageous, bold, obedient and peaceful.
- Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we cannot walk with God
- Without Him we cannot do the work of God and do evangelism
- He helps to live a life like Christ.
- What is ascension, and what is the significance of Jesus ascension?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
TOPIC: THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The coming of the Holy Spirit was an event characterized by the outpouring of God’s Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. Before this event, it should be recalled that Jesus already told his disciples that he would be killed and that he would rise from the dead after three days and go back to heaven. His disciples were not happy about that, but he promised never to leave them alone and that God the Father would send down the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel them. Consequently, after Jesus was crucified and he resurrected, he came to his disciples and told them in Acts 1:8 that after he had ascended to heaven the Holy Spirit would come down upon them and that they shall go forth spreading the good news to Jerusalem, Judea and all over the world. He also instructed them to remain in Jerusalem till the Holy Spirit comes down upon them.
On the Pentecost day, the disciples were in a locked room praying when a loud noise like rushing wind filled the room and tongues of fire descended on their heads.The Bible said that they started speaking in different languages; languages which they hitherto knew not how to speak. Their ability to speak those languages was the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit which had come upon them. The speaking in tongues and prayer attracted crowd, and the crowd quickly assumed that the disciples were drunk.
Meanwhile, because the Holy Spirit was in them, Peter had the courage to address the crowd and defended the disciples, telling the people gathered that they were not drunk but filled with the Holy Spirit and that their speaking of different tongues was inspired by the Holy Spirit. He told them that it was the fulfillment of the old prophecy of Joel which states: “And in the last days, God says I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy. “ Joel 2: 28-32; Acts 2: 17-24. Peter and the rest disciples then preached to the crowd and about three thousand souls were converted to the kingdom that day alone.
Significance of the Coming of the Holy Spirit
- God was faithful by sending down His spirit to the disciples on the Pentecost day.
- The Holy Spirit filled the apostles with strength, boldness and courage to preach.
- Through the Holy Spirit unusual things happened
- They had been afraid since Jesus ascended to Heaven but the Holy Spirit came and gave them strength, courage and boldness.
- He came to give spiritual gifts to members of God’s church.
- It shows that God is dependable, trustworthy and reliable in keeping His words.
- Who’s the Holy Spirit?
- Why were the disciples afraid?
- The Holy Spirit descended in what form?
- What impact did He have on the disciples?
- How many people were converted to Christianity on that Pentecost day?
TOPIC: THE EFFECTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON THE EARLY DISCIPLES
The coming of the Holy Spirit had tremendous effect on the disciples and helped them in their ministries of spreading the good news and establishing the church. Specifically speaking, the miracles performed by Peter and Paul attested to the full blown effects the Holy Spirit had in the lives of the Apostles. Read below to learn how exactly the Holy Spirit had effect in the lives of Peter and Paul.
THE MIRACLES OF PETER AND PAUL
Peter and John went to the temple to pray when a lame man who was begging at the gate stopped them and begged for money. Peter and John had no money, but Peter said: “Look at us, silver nor gold we do not have. But what have we will give to you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth stand up and walk.” Immediately the man stood up and started dancing around and praising God. He had been crippled from birth but through the power of the Holy Spirit through Peter and John he got his healing. The crowd was amazed by the miracle, they gathered round Peter and John was staring at them with amazement. Peter preached to the crowd and urged them to repent and leave their sinful ways.
- Holy Spirit gives boldness to speak the truth anywhere and anytime.
- With the Holy Spirit healing can take place no matter the illness.
- You need the Holy Spirit to the work of God well
- The Holy Spirit is available to anyone who wants and deserves Him.
- He makes us fearless no matter the trouble.
- What were the effects of the Holy Spirit on the Early Christians
TOPIC: CONVERSION OF FOLLOWERS
After Peter and John healed the lame man in the temple, the crowd gathered round them and peter preached the good news of Jesus to them after which about five thousand people gave their lives to Christ. However, the temple captain and priest were not happy that the Apostles were preaching the gospel of Jesus to the crowd. So they arrested the Apostles and took them to court where the Scribes and elders assembled to pass judgement on them. The elders asked them which power they were using to perform miracles. And Peter, (ever so filled with the Holy Spirit) told them that it was by the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom they crucified and whom God raised from the dead after three days. He also told them that Jesus is the stone rejected by the builder but now the chief corner stone; there is no name by which we will be saved except the name of Jesus Christ.
When the Scribes saw that Peter and John were bold and fearless and more intelligent than they were, they decided to use threat against them especially since they could not justifiably find them guilty of any crime committed. Meanwhile, by this time the healed lame man was with Peter and John in the court. And the people had heard the story of how Peter and Paul heard the man and relieved him of his burden. So the elders and scribes could not accuse Peter and Paul of any wrongdoing as doing so might have incurred the wrath of the people. Therefore, they merely threatened the Apostles to stop spreading the gospel of Jesus. But peter replied: “Whether it be right to obey your words more than the words of God, we must speak God’s words.” The elders freed them.
Seven Deacons Chosen
The disciples therefore continued winning souls even as followers of Christ increased tremendously by the days. And there arose the need for more workers in the church, a necessity that prompted the crowd to choose Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas as deacons. The disciples laid hands upon them and prayed for them. And through their evangelism, followers increased in large numbers and spread to other nations.
- The Holy Spirit is inevitable in doing God’s work, we need Him always.
- Workers are needed in churches so help the church in doing something. That is, be a church worker.
- What did Peter say to the elders?
- Name the seven Deacons selected to help the disciples in God’s works.
TOPIC: FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are the nine visible qualities of a true Christian life. They are the evidence that one is a true child of God. All good Christians have at least one fruit of the Holy Spirit. Please see them listed below-
- Love:This is the first and most important gift of the Holy Spirit. If you love God you won’t break His laws voluntarily or hurt anyone.
- Joy:Rejoice in the Lord always. Do not let the challenges of this world steal your joy.
- Peace:Even when trouble blows, God sees- hold your peace, He is in control.
- Long-suffering:This simply means patience.
- Kindness:treat everyone with kindness
- Goodness:Have a good behavior
- Faithfulness:Don’t disappoint family members, friends, masters and God. Keep your promise.
- Gentleness:Don’t be harsh on people.
- Self-control:The spirit and flesh will always contradict each other. It takes self-control to overcome temptation.
- What is the most important fruits?
- Name six fruits of the Holy Spirit.
- What helps us to overcome temptation?
TOPIC: FELLOWSHIPPING IN THE EARLY CHURCH (Acts 1:15-26; 2:41-47; 4:32-37)
Peter’s Speech on Pentecost day
Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 is critically important since it demonstrates how the apostles interpreted the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, including the Ascension. Peter uses the Old Testament in this sermon and cites texts which were fulfilled in the events of Jesus’ life, but also in the events of Pentecost.
Peter first explains the significance of the Holy Spirit (2:14-21). Beginning with a prophecy from Joel 2:28-32, Peter states that the presence of the Spirit in the apostles at that moment is what Joel predicted.
Communal Life in the Early Church
On the day of Pentecost, Peter’s speech was strong and filled with the Holy Spirit such that about three thousand people repented of their sins and and were baptized; thence became followers of the teachings of the Disciples.
These new converts then lived together in community of the family of God, sharing everything in common. They indeed lived selflessly, cooking and eating together as one family even as nobody claimed ownership of what they had. One happy family is the best phrase to describe them, and on a daily basis they grew as the Lord added to their number
- Jesus established the church with His disciples as the foundation members. Jesus is the leader of the church which He established when He was on earth.
- They early foundation members stayed together, prayed together for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We should emulate them by engaging in united prayers.
- Peter’s powerful sermon led to the conversion of 3,000 people, don’t be afraid to speak the good news.
- The early Christians relied on the teaching of the apostles, this helped them to live together as one happy family.
- At the time of Jesus death, resurrection and ascension the members of the church were 120, and Peter was the head.
- What is the effect of Peter’s speech on establishing the early church?
TOPIC: FRAUD IN THE CHURCH
The early church enjoyed peaceful and communal co-existence; a time when every single Christian cooperated and lived as one. But then as expected in every human organisations, a time came when some bad eggs in the group started to be dishonest. A perfect example is what Ananias and Sapphira his wife did. Read a summary of the story in the next paragraph.
The Bible recorded that some of the early Christians (who owned lands) were selling their lands and other belongings and donating such to the church for daily upkeep of the members as part of their communal living. And then Ananias and his wife sold their land but decided to keep some of the proceeds to themselves while only giving Peter part of it; pretending that was all the money earned from the land sale. Meanwhile, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit quickly discerned that Ananias was lying. So he said to Ananias “Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart that you lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept some of the money you got from sale of the land to thyself? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
Immediately Peter finished speaking, Ananias fell down and died. Mind you, nobody had touched him; he just fell and died. Some young men came and took his corpse to bury. Three hours later his wife Sapphira arrived, unaware of what had happened to her husband. Peter asked her: “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got from the land?” she vehemently replied without fear, “Yes, that is the price”. Peter said to her: “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” Immediately she fell and died. The same men that buried her husband came and took her corpse to bury beside her husband’s grave. This created fear and tension among other Christians.
- It is not good to lie
- Do not joke with the things of God
- A person that helps another person to commit crime will have same punishment as the person that committed it.
- Do not lie to your parents, teachers, priests/pastors they are God’s representatives on earth.
- Live a holy life.
- Who is Sapphira?
- Why did Ananias and Sapphira die?
TOPIC: PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH
The angel of God appeared to Philip, directing him to an Ethiopian eunuch who had come to Jerusalem to worship God. He was sitting on his chariot and reading the scripture but not understanding what it was he read. And as Philip saw the man, the spirit of God asked him to go closer and join the man in his chariot. When Philip reached there he asked the eunuch if he understood what he was reading but the eunuch replied “How can I, except some man should guide me.” He then asked Philip to come and sit with him. He had been reading the passage which says- “He was lead like a sheep to the slaughter and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from this earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip who the prophecy was talking about and Philip told him that it was Jesus Christ. Philip then started preaching to the man. As they moved along in the chariot, the eunuch saw a river by the road side and demanded to be baptized. Philip said to him: “If thou believeth that Jesus is the son of God thou will be baptized.” The eunuch declared his believe and was baptized. As they came out of the water the spirit of God whisked Philip away and the eunuch saw him not. The eunuch went home rejoicing.
- You need the Holy Spirit to understand the scripture.
- God’s salvation is available to all irrespective of nation, race or language.
- You must believe that Jesus is the son of God before you can be saved.
- There is power in declaration.
- From the story above highlight the importance of guidance in understanding the gospel.
TOPIC: PAUL’S EARLY LIFE
Saul was born in the Roman empire of Cilicia, a circumstance that made him a Roman citizen by birth even though he was born by Jewish parents from the tribe of Benjamin. He was a highly educated man, industrious too and an influential lawyer. His Roman name is Paul and he belonged to the extremist Jewish religious party known as the Pharisee.
The Pharisees strictly follow the laws of Moses, which is why Paul saw Christians as deviant set of people doing the wrong thing and following the wrong religious path. He therefore took it upon himself to bring them back to what he thought was the right path, playing a significant role in persecution of Christians in Jerusalem in process. He supervised the martyrdom of Stephen (i.e., the stoning to death of Stephen). After that, he became a one-man army, persecuting the Christians everywhere they were. He went house to house, dragging out and arresting Christians and apostles. His persecution crippled Christian activities because so many believers were killed and many others fled Jerusalem to other cities.
Later Paul took permission from the high priest to go to Damascus to molest and persecute Christians there. It was on his way to Damascus that he had encounter with Jesus. Jesus appeared to him and struck him with blindness, saying: “Saul, Saul, why are thou persecuting me?” subsequently he was conscripted into the Lord’s army of missionaries. Paul later became the writer of the most books in the New Testament. He wrote fourteen out of the twenty seven books of the New Testament.
Benefits of the Opposition
- The persecution and opposition led to the expansion of the gospel to Gentiles (non-Jews).
- It made the apostles more aggressive in their evangelism
- Through the help of the Holy Spirit the apostles performed many wonders in the face of the opposition.
- Opposition made Christianity to grow instead of weakening its spread.
- The disciples and early Christian chose to obey God rather than man. This stands as lesson to the Christians of today to stand up and defend their faith in the midst of opposition.
- Who was Paul before his conversion?
- What did Paul study?
- What is his other name?
TOPIC: CORNELIUS CALLS ON PETER
Cornelius was a good Christian; alongside his entire family. He was God-fearing and generous to the poor and needy. One day in the afternoon, he had a vision where the angel of God appeared to him saying: “Cornelius your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring a man called Simon, also called Peter”. When Cornelius woke up he called two of his servant and a soldier, told them the vision and sent them to go to Joppa and fetch Peter.
While on their way to Peter, he too had a vision the afternoon of the following day. In the trance, he saw the heaven open and there appeared different animals and God told him to kill and eat. But Peter told God the animals were unclean. God then told him never to call anything he created “unclean” or “impure”. As Peter was still wondering what the dream could mean, the men sent by Cornelius arrived at the home where he was staying. God told Peter that there were three men looking for him, that he shouldn’t hesitate to follow them. Peter came out and told them “I am the one you are looking for, why have you come?” The men told him why they came, and he departed with them to Cornelius’ place.
Peter at Cornelius’ House
Some people from Joppa followed Peter and by the next day, they arrived at Caesarea. Already Cornelius had gathered all his friends and family and they were expecting Peter. When they arrived Cornelius knelt and bowed to Peter. But Peter stopped him, saying “I am only a man”. When Peter went inside he saw large group of people (friends and family of Cornelius) and said to them that according to Jewish law it was acceptable for Jews to associate with Gentiles (non-Jews) but that God had instructed him not to call anything He created unclean or impure. He said since God sent him he had no reason to disobey. He asked Cornelius why he was invited and he was told the trance Cornelius had.
Peter started preaching to them about Jesus Christ. As he was preaching the Holy Spirit came upon the crowd and the Jews that accompanied Peter from Joppa were astonished that non-Jews could receive the Holy Spirit. Before the Holy Spirit came Peter said, ”I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right.” After the Holy Spirit descended on them Peter baptised them. They begged him to stay for some more days before going back but he refused.
- God doesn’t consider language, nation, nor race- He welcomes anyone who does what He wants.
- God does not discriminate.
- Every human carries God’s favour.
- What time of the day did they have the vision?
- What is the meaning of the dream Peter had?
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