Christianity And Wealth. RCCG Sunday School Teachers

Christianity And Wealth. RCCG Sunday School Teachers

 

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. 

 

Lesson 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 believer’ disposition towards it. 

Lesson Aim

To study the biblical perspectives and believers disposition towards wealth. 

Teaching Objectives

Through this lesson, students should be able to:

a. Understand the perspectives of Bible on wealth. 

b. Discover how to handle wealth in godly manner. 

Text Review: Luke 12:15-21.

A. The teacher should find out five phrases or clauses or sentences containing “I” or “My” in the passage: 

For instance:

i. v17b: What shall “i” do ?

ii. ………………………………………………………………

iii…………………………………………………………………..

iv………………………………………………………………….

v………………………………………………………………

B. What are the consequences of attributing wealth to one’s efforts according to v20………………………………………………………….

Teaching Method: Lecture/Discussion method. 

Time Management: The teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time. 

 

Teaching Plan

To achieve the above stated objectives, the teacher should: 

To achieve the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:
a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to the discussion, and do class activities and assignments. 
b. Allow the Assistant teacher to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment. 
c. Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments. 

LESSON OUTLINES 

  1. BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
  2. BELIEVERS DISPOSITION 

LESSON OUTLINE ONE: BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES 

A. Students should mention some examples of wealthy people in the Bible in addition to those indicated in the lesson introduction.

B. The teacher should direct the attention of the students to the positions of the Bible on wealth as indicated below:

i.  1 Chron. 29:12 God owns wealth and honour.

ii. ii. Deut. 28:1-5 God blesses his children with wealth and honour, 

iii. Ps. 112:1-3 The house of men and women that fear the Lord shall be filled with wealth and honour.

iv. Money is evil after all, because : 

a Eccl. 10:19 money answers all things

b. Eccl. 7:12 says money is a defence.

Eccl. 5:19 To enjoy one’s wealth is a gift from God. 

 

C. Arising from the above points, the teacher should ask the students to state whether wealth and riches are good for believers or not.

D. The teacher should allow students to mention things that are not good about wealth. For instance: 

i. Love of money is not good because it is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).

ii. Trusting riches is not good. Rather the God of all riches should be trusted.

iii. Getting wealth through the wrong means is not good because such wealth will diminish. (Prov. 13:11). 

iv. Holding wealth so dearly as if it is God, is not good because one would still die some day and leave the wealth behind (Ps. 49:10).

v. Pursuing wealth to the extreme at the expense of other core values of life is not good because wealth is also vanity and those who pursue it can never be satisfied. (Eccl. 5:10a). 

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: How should believers see or handle wealth

 

 

LESSON OUTLINES TWO: BELIEVERS’ DISPOSITION

A. 

i. Believers should not see all wealthy people as sinners or all poor people as righteous (Luke 16:20-23; Psalms 73: 3-12). 

ii. Poor people could be saints or sinners.

iii. Wealthy people too could be saints or sinners.

B. The following guidelines could help believers to develop the right attitude to wealth:

i. It is not a sin for a believer to be wealthy and enjoy riches. (1 Chro. 29:12). 

ii. Wealth should be seen as God’s benevolence investment entrusted to believers.

iii. Wealth should be seen as a veritable tool to advance kingdom projects on earth. For instance: 

a. Wealthy believers could promote charities and scholarship programmes , care for orphans, widows etc.

b. Wealthy believers could use their resources to minister to the needs of God’s servants (Luke 8:3; Romans 16:3).

c. Wealthy believers should be faithful to God with their riches by supporting God’s work. (Matt. 6:19-20).

 

CLASS ACTIVITIES 2: What are the wrong ways or attitudes in handling wealth ?

SUMMARY: God does not prohibit His children from getting wealth through righteous means. 

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). 

EVALUATION: i. What does the Bible say about wealth ? 

ii. How should believers handle wealth ?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty Father, please give us only adequate wealth that will glorify Your Holy name. 

 

ASSIGNMENT

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

 

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