Christianity And Wealth. RCCG Sunday School Manual.

Christianity and wealth

 

Memory Verse: Both riches and honour comes of thee, and thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and might, and in thine hand is power and might, and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all”– 1 Chro. 29:12. 

Bible Passage: Luke 12: 15-21. 

Introduction

Wealth is the abundance of valuable possessions or money. When we have wealth, we have more than we need to sustain a normal life. The Bible contains several examples of people blessed by God with great wealth; Abram (Gen. 13:2); Jacob (Gen. 30:43). Solomon (1 Kings 10:23), Joanna (Luke 8:3) and Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:57) among others. We shall consider what the Bible says about wealth and what should be beleiver’ disposition towards it. 

 

OUTLINES 

  1. BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
  2. BELIEVERS DISPOSITION 

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES 

The view of Christians on wealth should be derived from the scriptures. This is because wealth and honour comes from God. (1 Chro. 29:12). God often blesses His children with wealth when they pleases him (Deut. 28:1-5). The Bible establishes the fact that wealth and riches shall be in the house of the man that fears God (Ps. 112:1-3); money answers all things (Eccl. 10:19); to enjoy one’s wealth is a gift from God (Eccl. 5:19); money is a defence (Eccl. 7:12) and it makes many friends (Prov. 19:4). 

 

However, the Bible also contains several warnings about wealth, among which is the fact that love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10); riches should not be trusted (Prov. 23:5; Luke 12:15); wealth gotten through the wrong means shall diminish (Prov. 13:11); all men will die and leave their wealth to others (Ps. 49:10); those who pursue wealth at the expense of other core values of life will never be satisfied (Eccl. 5:10a).

 

BELIEVERS’ DISPOSITION

Christians Should note that wealth has never been an accurate barometer of a person’s standing with God. Some righteous people are poor (Luke 16:20-23). How then should believers handle wealth? While it is not a sin for wealthy believers to enjoy their riches (Eccl. 5:19; 3 John 2), they should also see wealth as an investment entrusted to them by God (1 Chro. 29:12). This wealth must be used to enhance good and pursue God’s purposes. 

 

Wealthy believers can initiate charities and scholarship programmes, promote cares for orphans, widows and the less privileged (1 John 3:17,18; James 1:27), and be instrumental in advancing God’s kingdom (Luke 8:3; Romans 16:3). It is important that believers prove themselves as faithful stewards , by channeling their wealth to godly legacies. (1 Cor. 4:2; Matt. 6:19-20). 

 

CONCLUSION

In a bid to be wealthy , believers should always note that their first care should be for God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). 

QUESTIONS

  1. Mention three (3) things the Bible says about wealth?
  2. How should believers handle wealth?

ASSIGNMENT

Mention the five (5) things believers must not do in their quest to be wealthy (2×5=10 Marks). 

 

 

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