The Christian Entrepreneur. RCCG Sunday School Teachers
The Christian Entrepreneur. RCCG Sunday School Teachers
Opening Prayer: Father, please open my heart and eyes to a profitable business.
Previous Knowledge: The teacher should review the lesson for the previous week.
Bible Passage: Acts 16:14-15.
Memory Verse: “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before Kings. He will not stand before unknown men”-Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV).
Entrepreneurship has been described as the capacity and willingness to develop, organise and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. Christian entrepreneurs are needed to lice out a Christ-like ethic in the business world. The Bible has many examples of entrepreneurs who in their time exhibited Godly characters. It is important to know what should characterise an ideal entrepreneur.
I use PiggyVest to save & invest securely. Sign up with my link and get ₦1,000.00 to start your own savings journey
LESSON AIM: To Teach youths the need to do business in a godly way.
Teaching Objectives: Through this study, students are expected to: a. Be familiar with entrepreneurs in the Bible days.
b. Know that Jesus Christ is the greatest entrepreneur of all time.
c. Be acquainted with the characteristics of ideal Christian Entrepreneurs.
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 to the students.
TEXT REVIEW: Acts 16: 14-15.
A. The Apostle Paul did recognise the acts of a generous business woman-Lydia.
I. She was an outstanding cloth merchant from Thyatira. v14a.
ii. She was………………………………………v14b.
iii. Her heart was………………………….v14c.
After the baptism of Lydia she:
Teaching Method: Lecture Teaching Method.
Time management: The Teacher should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF ENTREPRENEURS
A. There are many biblical entrepreneurs within Scripture. For instance:
- Abraham was a prosperous business trading in Livestock, silver and gold (Gen. 13:1-3).
- Isaac was an outstanding farmer that grew mightier than a whole nation (Gen. 26:12-16).
- Jacob was a creative livestock manager (Gen. 30:41-43).
- Elisha was a successful farmer before he was called into full-time ministry (1 Kings 19:19).
- The Apostle Peter was a commercial fisherman. He was in partnership with his brother Andrew to build a fishing business (Matt. 4:18).
- The Apostle Paul had a tent-making business (Acts 18:3).
- Lydia, the first convert to Christianity in Europe, was a self-employed merchant, selling purple-expensive clothing materials (Acts 16:14-15).
- Job was a very industrious farmer. The livestock Job had in his enterprise would have allowed him to launch many business ventures (Job 1:2-3).
The epitome of biblical entrepreneurship is the Saviour of humanity, Jesus the Christ.
- Jesus used his entrepreneurial passion in the social area of life (Acts 10:38). Today, we call this area the “not-for-profit industry).
- Jesus employed the purpose to transform humanity.
- Jesus was a change catalyst in the life transformation industry.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention some businesses they could like to start to create value for their communities.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL ENTREPRENEUR
I. Ability to recognise Opportunities:
I. Entrepreneurs try their hands-on opportunities that are by-passed to others. These opportunities may include:
a. Meeting the demand that is not currently met.
b. Pushing up a product that is much better than what is currently in the market.
c. Solving a problem or annoyance that consumers have.
ii. Entrepreneurs recognise opportunities where they are and they utilise them by producing products or rendering services that will fill the vacuum identified.
2. Desire for independence: One of the consistent characteristics of an entrepreneur is his desire for independence. What it means is that an entrepreneur would want to:
a. Work for himself/herself rather than work for others.
b. Take self decisions on their own (Prov, 18:1).
3. Self Confidence: There are two characteristics of an entrepreneur that lead him into having self-confidence (1 Sam. 17:32-37).
a. Self-Motivation: Entrepreneurs set their own goals rather than having them set by their bosses. Since these goals are set by entrepreneurs, it means that they will be motivated to achieve those goals.
b. Self-discipline: Every entrepreneur should have self-discipline, if not, the business will fail. These are confident people who believe in what they are doing and believe that the job is worth doing.
4. Willingness to take risks: Any entrepreneur is a risk-taker.
a. They take calculated risk whether formally or informally.
b. Mostly they take risks informally because they make calculations within their brain on what to buy, keep and sell later.
c. They equally try to figure out the probability of success of their business.
d. Once they are convinced that the probability of success is high, they will go into such business.
e. Entrepreneurs are not tired of trying. If they invest in a business and they fail, they can try again or venture into another business so that they can succeed (Prov. 24:16, Ecl. 11:1).
5. Constantly learning: There is always something you do not know and something else that has just been discovered. Both are essential for entrepreneurs.
a. You cannot build a business around something you do not know about.
b. You cannot improve products and services using outdated methods.
c. Entrepreneurs are always on the prowl to learn more about what they do and what the competitors are working on.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should mention some skills they have acquired or would like to acquire that could help them start up a business venture,
SUMMARY: Entrepreneurship is running your own business. There are biblical examples of entrepreneurs that Christians can emulate. It is equally important for Christian entrepreneurs to learn and imbibe the characteristics of an ideal entrepreneur.
Conclusion: God wants his children to have dominion in the business world. Make up your mind to be a godly young entrepreneur. It is only a man that is diligent in his/her business that is permitted to stand before kings and not ordinary men. Be exceptional in your chosen business.
EVALUATION: Students should mention why some people are scared of becoming an entrepreneur.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, please prosper the work of my hands.
ASSIGNMENT: Students should mention five (5) benefits of having one’s personal business (2×5=10Marks).
PS: If you would like to have an online course on any of the courses that you found on this blog, I will be glad to do that on an individual and corporate level, I will be thrilled to do that because I have trained several individuals and groups and they are doing well in their various fields of endeavour. Some of those that I have trained include staffs of Dangote Refinery, FCMB, Zenith Bank, New Horizons Nigeria, and Phillips Consulting among others. Please come on Whatsapp and let’s talk about your training. You can reach me on Whatsapp HERE. Please note that I will be using Microsoft Team to facilitate the training.
I know you might agree with some of the points raised in this article. You might disagree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We would appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
Fact Check Policy
CRMNIGERIA is committed to fact-checking in a fair, transparent and non-partisan manner. Therefore, if you’ve found an error in any of our reports, be it factual, editorial, or an outdated post, please contact us to tell us about it.