RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 28 MAY 2023
DATE: SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2023
TOPIC: THIRD INTERACTIVE SECTION *(SUMMARY OF LESSONS 27-38)*
TOPIC: DRESS DISCREETLY
MEMORY VERSE: “And you shall make holy garment for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty”. — Exodus 28:2(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: EXODUS 28:40-42
In the beginning, the simple purpose of clothing was to cover nakedness and to protect the body from harmful natural conditions, such as cold, animal bites, etc. With time, new parameters emerged against the existence of fashion. However, every believer in Christ, according to *1Peter 2:9,* is regarded as a ‘priest’ and priests are know to have a certain way of dressing just as God instructed Moses to make holy garments for glory and beauty for Aaron and his son (Ex. 28:2).
1. YOUR DRESS DEPICTS YOU.
2. BIBLICAL STANDARD.
YOUR DRESS DEPICTS YOU.
The clothes you wear at one point or the other reflect who you are (2Kgs.1:8; 2Sam. 13:18). It shows your mood, exactly how you feel at the moment; joyful or sorrowful (Gen. 37:34; Acts 12:21). It is also a pointer to what to achieve (2Sam. 3:31; Josh. 9:3-6). Your dress sense reveals your personality, character, and, style; if you are an influencer or mediocre. Putting on rumpled clothes is a simple display of slothfulness (Prov. 12:27). A combination of riot colours and inappropriate sizes depict a carefree attitude, and lack of diligence (Prov. 21:25). Dressing intentionally in an immodest manner , to parade sensitive parts of the body, or provoke lust is a sign of mischief (1Cor. 8:13) because clothing sends a message about your morals or lack thereof (Prov. 7:10). Dressing in order to impress can e an albatross (1Sam. 17:38-39). A dressing meant to distract or raise question does not stem from love. Following every fashion trend blindly paints naivety and ignorance (Prov. 12:26).
God, irrespective of age and time has a standard for everything (Ps. 119:88). After the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God clothed Adam and eve to cover their nakedness (Gen. 3:21). This simply means believers’ dress must cover their nakedness. Also, any dress worn by a believer must give glory to God (1Cor. 10:31) and beauty to the person (Ex. 28:40). The fashion of this world is transient (1Cor. 7:31) so believers should always seek to honour God and not lust after the adulterated fashion of the world (1Jn. 2:15). Elegance is required in every believer’s dress sense (Ps. 45:13). Believers are expected to dress moderately and modestly all the time (1Tim. 2:9; 1Pet. 3:3-4). We must be decent in our dressing (1Cor. 14:40) knowing that everyone of us shall give an account to God (Rom. 14:12).
Always note that you will be addressed the way you are dressed and whatever you wear reflects the real you. Remember we are all expected to bring praise and Glory to God in whatever we do.
MEMORY VERSE: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life”. — Proverbs 4:23(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: MATTHEW 5:13-16
Habit may be defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. It is also referred to as a “Dress,” Custom”or Dwelling”. It can also be termed as a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Habit can be positive or negative.
1. DEFINED BY YOUR HABITS
2. HABIT FORMATION AND CONTROL
DEFINED BY YOUR HABITS
Habits are expressed in the way you wear clothes, sleep, eat, etc. Every habit you pick up is something you have developed in the mind, in your conscious and subconscious state (Prov. 23:7). The things that you consistently do on a daily basis determine your body shape, strength, and stamina, as well as many other things.
According to *Joshua 1:8,* your success s in your habits. Jesus kept to the habit of preaching (Matt. 4:17), praying (Lk. 5:16), reading (Lk.4:16), and fasting (Mk. 9:28-29, Matt. 4:2).
Habits can either make or break your chances of achieving your lifestyle goals as well as increasing quality of life and promoting longevity. Some of the sicknesses and negative things you attribute to the devil are also traceable to your habit. An unhealthy habit could be fear like Job’s, fornication like Samson’s, negative pronouncement like Balaam’s, irresponsibility like Adam’s, personality defects like Moses’, or adultery like David’s. The consistency of your habit turn to your behavior.
HABIT FORMATION AND CONTROL
During childhood, habits are picked up from parents, caregivers, friends, teachers, or society. However, forming a habit may include the following stages:
1. CUE: this is where the mind is consciously analysing your internal and external environment for hints of where rewards are located. Like what information, business, or idea we bring rewards. When you cue on the word of God, ideas for good success drop into your spirit (Joshua1:8).
2. CRAVING: The que is the first indication that you are close to a reward, it naturally leads to a craving. Cravings are the motivational force that may lead to forming a new habit. What you crave is the reward it delivers (Philippians 3:10)
3. RESPONSE: This is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action (Proverbs 23:7).
4. REWARD: This is where you get addicted to a habit. There are two rewards system here: it’s satisfies your craving and then it teaches you to come back (James 1:14-15)
If a behaviour does not complete this stages, is it will not become a habit. Without the first three steps, a behaviour will not occur. Without all four, a behaviour will not be repeated.
Therefore, to get rid of bad habits, carefully take the following steps:
1. Identify your triggers
2. Focuses on why you want to change
3. Enlist accountability partners
4. Practice self control
5. Replace the habit with a good one
6. Leave yourself reminders
Spiritually, what really needs to be done is to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit
TOPIC: THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (PT 1)
MEMORY VERSE: “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth)”. –Ephesians 5:9(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: GALATIANS 5:22-23
One of the reasons Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit is to help us learn how to be more godly (John 16:12-15). The Holy Spirit will convict us of our sin (John 16:8) and guide us in choosing well when faced with temptations, thus producing godly characteristics within us (Ephesians 3:16; John 16:13). This is what the Bible describes as the ‘fruit of the Spirit.
1. WHY “FRUIT?”
2. THE OPPOSITE OF BEARING FRUIT
The Bible uses a lot of agricultural metaphors because they were easily understood by the highly agricultural culture of the time. The “fruit of the Spirit” refers to the “results” we should see in our lives after receiving the Holy Spirit and working on our hearts over time (Romans 8:9;12:1-2). The Apostle Paul gives us the component of the ‘fruit’ as “……love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control…… Galatians 5:21-22(NKJV)
The ‘fruit’ metaphor helps us see our faith as a tree with branches that may or may not produce fruit, depending on how well we take care of the tree itself. If we give the tree nourishment (God’s word) -1Peter 1:23;2:2, then it will grow bigger. If we clear away weeds and insects (sinful tendencies) -Ephesians 4:22-31; Colossians 3:8-10, then keep the tree healthy. If we consult the professional Gardener (God) -1Chronicles 16:11- then we will ensure we are on the right track.
THE OPPOSITE OF BEARING FRUIT
If you are a Christian, and you are not exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, at best, you will experience stagnation-no growth (James 2:14-26). At worst, the result of “bad fruit” is death (Romans 6:20-23; Proverbs 14:12). Notice that Galatians 5:22 start with the word “But.” The Apostle Paul tells us that the opposite of these spiritual fruit. Let us take a look at the verses just before the fruit list: “Now the work of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred , contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissension, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like: of which I tell you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” -Galatians 5:19-21(NKJV). This is a list of things that someone who does not have the Holy Spirit’s influence would have problems with.
Our sinfulness produces rotted, poisoned fruit that reflects our sinful nature and hurt us in the end. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit produces beautiful, nourishing fruit that reflects God’s nature and will ultimately benefit our lives.
TOPIC: THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (PT 2).
MEMORY VERSE: “Now the fruit of rightousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”. — James 3:18(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: GALATIANS 5:16-18
The life of the Christian is a constant battle between our sinful nature and our new nature in Christ (Gal. 5:17). Unfortunately, just because we have accepted Christ does not mean we are automatically immune to sinful temptations (Rom. 7:14-25). Sometimes, it may feel like we are trapped in a desire to reach for the sinful thing rather than the godly things. This dies not always have to be the case. We can overcome the flesh.
1. CHOOSE TO BEAR THE FRUIT
2. WORK AT IT
CHOOSE TO BEAR THE FRUIT
Now that we are in Christ, we have the power to conquer the sinful desire of the flesh (2Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:37). The very presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts means we can now choose godliness over sinfulness (Philip. 1:22). The choice is 100% OURS (Deut. 30:19). We are no longer a slave to our sinful nature (Rom. 6:14, 18). We can choose love over hate, patience over hostile frustration, faithfulness over disloyalty, self-control over lustful desires…etc. This is the beauty of havinG the Holy Spirit-He gives us the POWER to fight (Philip. 2:13; 4:13). All we must do to tap into that power is to practice obedience to God’s word and his direction (John. 15:4, 10, 14; Col. 3:16; Ps. 1:2-3).
WORK AT IT
Some Christians have asked if it is possible to produce all the components to the fruit of the spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This seems like a lot to work on. First, we should remember that God will not give us a load we cannot bear (Matt. 11:29-30). Secondly, the ‘yoke’ of bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit is not just possible, it is mandatory (Luke 1:37; Matt. 5:48). However, since the enemies of our Salvation – the devil and the flesh – will not give up easily on us, we are bound to face the temptation of yielding to occasionally (1Peter 5:8-10) We must continue to work at attaining perfection (Philip. 2:12), surrender totally to the dictates of the Holy spirit and resist the devil (James 4:7). The Apostle Paul charges believers to make no provision for the flesh (Rom. 13:14). Let us keep working at bearing all the components of the fruit of the spirit; it is possible (Philip. 4:13). We must daily, take steps to nurture our relationship with Jesus so that we can grow to look more like him in his manner, attitude and actions (HEB. 12:2; Philip 2:5).
Though we may struggle and fail, we will surely conquer the flesh and bear the fruit of the holy spirit. We ought to daily strive for, work for, and yearn for the fruit of the spirit
TOPIC: MENTAL HEALTH
MEMORY VERSE: “From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.”. — Isaiah 1:6 (NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1KINGS 19:1-4
In relation to mental health, the Bible has a lot to say about the heart, mind, and the condition of the soul. Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a complete state of physical, mental, and social well being: it’s not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is important, as it affects the whole being (Prov. 4:23). This lesson addresses mental issues and possible solution.
1. MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
2. CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
Mental Health is a state of well-being in which every individual can carry out four roles: (a) Realise his/her potentials (b) Cope with the normal stress of life (c) Work productively (d) Participate meaningfully in the community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental ill-health on the other hand is a psychological disorder affecting one’s mood, thinking, and behaviour. The term mental illness covers a broad range of disorders from mild depression to schizophrenia – a condition that impairs a person’s ability to think, feel, process, and respond to life situations in an appropriate way. Mental illness can distort our view of God, others, and contribute to sinful behaviours.
There are some cases of emotional issues in the Bible such as; depression (1Kgs. 19:1-4; Jonah 4:3), loneliness (1Kgs. 19:10), hopelessness (1kgs. 17:9-12), suicide (Matt. 27:5), rejection (1Sam. 18:7-8), insanity (Mk. 5:1-5), etc.
CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
God’s desire for believers is to live a peaceful and fulfilled life (Gen. 25:8; Jer. 29:11). However, there are some believers who are not operating in this realm of God’s intention for them. This may be as a result of some of these factors: childhood abuse (Prov. 17:22b), trauma/neglect (2Sam. 13:19), loneliness (1Kgs. 19:10), discrimination/oppression (Jam. 2:6), poverty (Prov. 10:15), loss of loved one (2Sam. 18:33), debt (Prov. 22:7), low self-esteem (Num.13:33), heavy workload/severe stress (1Sam. 30:4,6), family challenges (Gen. 34:30), etc. In some cases, spiritual forces have a direct effect on mental health (1Sam. 16:14; Mk. 5:1-5). To overcome mental ill-health and enjoy emotional well-being, believer’s must understand that:
1. Failure and challenges are part of human life (Prov. 24:16; Rom. 8:28; Jam. 1:2-4).
2. It is important to invest in good social networks and godly relationships (2Sam. 9:1).
3. Loneliness and isolation which are risk factors for depression and suicidal behaviour should be avoided (Prov. 17:22).
4. Good sleep helps the brain restore itself (Lk. 8:23a).
5. Regular exercise expunges toxic chemicals from the body (1Tim 4:8).
6. Drug abuse (Self-medication) is not an option for good health.
7. Healthy thoughts are necessary always (Phil. 4:8).
Good mental health is necessary for good daily living. Therefore, take care of your health (Body, soul, and spirit).
*LESSON: THIRTY TWO*
TOPIC: MANAGING DIFFICULT PEOPLE
MEMORY VERSE: “It is honourable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel”. –Proverbs 20:3 (NKJV).
BIBLE PASSAGE: GENESIS 13:7-11
A difficult person may be one who is snobbish argumentative, quarrelsome, selfish, insensitive, or rude. Difficult people seem to know just how to “push one’s buttons” and stir up trouble. By difficult person, we mean people with certain personality traits or emotional characteristics that makes it difficult for you to relate with them. Difficult people can take many forms; however, it is expedient to learn how to manage them.
1. IDENTIFYING DIFFICULT PEOPLE
2. HOW TO MANAGE DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
IDENTIFYING DIFFICULT PEOPLE
There are different types of difficult people.
1. The ‘Downers’: Those who always have something bad to say, complain, criticise and judge (2Samuel 6:20-21).
2. The ‘Better Tanks’: Also known as ‘Know it all.’ They are arrogant and usually think their opinion in superior on every issue. When they are wrong, they get defensive (1Samuel 2:3).
3. The ‘Passives’: Also are known as ‘Push-Overs.’ They do not contribute much to conversations or people around them and let other do the hard work (Luke 10:40).
4. The ‘Snipers’: These are quick attackers; they use rude comments, biting mockery, or insults that cut people down during interactions (Nehemiah 2:19; 4:3).
5. The ‘Blame gamers’: Those who shift blames or give excuses for their wrongdoings rather than try to resolve a problem (Genesis 3:9-12).
6. The ‘Yes People’: They agreed to every commitment, yet rarely deliver. You cannot trust them to follow through (Matthew 21:28-30).
7. The ‘No People’: They are quick to point out why something will not work. They are inflexible (2Kings 7:1-2)
8. The ‘Dictators’: They bully and intimidate, they are constantly demanding and brutally critical (2Chronicles 32:9-15).
9. The ‘Grenade Person’: This person, after a brief period of calm, explodes into unfocused ranting and raving about things that have nothing to do with the present circumstances (Matthew 2:16)
10. The ‘perfectionist’: Someone who is unwilling to settle for anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
HOW TO MANAGE DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
Our response to difficult people should model the examples provided by Jesus. Here are some of the things we need to do:
1. Be calm: Avoid losing your temper at difficult people (Proverbs 14:29).
2. Understand the person’s intentions: Try to identify the persons trigger. Find out what is making them act difficult (1Thessalonians 5:21).
3. Do a ‘background check’: Find out how others have been relating with the person (Ecclesiastes 1:13).
4. Let the person know your intentions: Sometimes, people are resistance because they think you being difficult with them (Colossians 4:6).
5. Build a rapport: Try to establish a close relationship with the person and learn about their families, hobbies, important dates, etc (Proverbs 18:24a).
6. Escalate to a higher authority for resolution: Sometimes, the way to get along with the person may be through the top-down approach (Matthew 18:15-17).
7. Apply godly wisdom: Sometimes, wisdom demands that you learn how to avoid conflict with a difficult person or know when to walk away.
You need to be careful not to become the ‘difficult person’ yourself (Proverbs 22:3).
Dealing with difficult people is an exercise in patience, love and grace.
TOPIC: INTER-PERSONAL TRUST
MEMORY VERSE: “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain”. — Proverbs 31:11(NKJV).
BIBLE PASSAGE: ACTS 6:2-7
The five-letter “trust” occurs in 139 verses in the Bible (KJV). While there are various root words translated ” trust”, in this context, it means reliance on the integrity, strength, or ability of a person or thing. Trust can be dependent or relational. Dependent trust is between man and God in which an individual completely trusts God while relational trust deals with with human relationships and signifies the trust one reposes in another person. We shall focus on the attribute of a trustworthy person and how to be one.
1. ATTRIBUTES OF A TRUSTWORTHY PERSON
2. BEING TRUSTWORTHY
ATTRIBUTES OF A TRUSTWORTHY PERSON
There a trustworthy people are:
1. Tenacious: Trustworthy people are stubbornly unyielding to untruthfulness (Dan. 1:8).
2. Resolute: This means they are unwavering (Ruth 1:16).
3. Unbendable: They are always determined to do the right thing (Esth. 3:2).
4. Steady: They are straightforward (2Chr. 24:11-12).
5. Tested: They have proved their trustworthiness through thick and thin (1Sam. 12:3).
6. Accountable: They are always answerable for whatever task they engage in (Neh. 13:13).
7. Wholistic: They can be wholly trusted with time, money, the opposite sex, work, etc.
8. Reliable: They have your back and do not betray a trust or leak a secret for any reason (Prov. 14:23).
9. Weighty: Trust is weighty but not burdensome as a result; the carrier is conscious of carrying something important and does not misbehave (Gen. 39:9).
10. Solid: They are always firm (Job 17:9).
Being trustworthy is an intentional, planned, and decisive resolve an individual makes (Dan. 5:17). Trust is consciously earned by an individual (Prov. 31:12); it is not entrusted to anyone. There is a price tag of sacrifices to be paid by anyone who chooses to be trustworthy (Gen. 39:10). We need to ask God for help as we take time to study and obey His words because trust is the bedrock of a lasting relationship.
Some of the rewards of being trustworthy are peace of mind, boldness, a crown if honour, and an asset while the consequences of distrust include: shame, dishonour, and loss of opportunities.
Trust is significant and essential to any relationship we may build because it is this trust in one another that forms the foundation of a strong relationship.
TOPIC: BREAK THE YOKE OF POVERTY
MEMORY VERSE: “All the brethren of the poor hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him! he may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him”. –Proverbs 19:7(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: PROVERBS 6:9-11
Generally, poverty can be described as a state of being extremely poor. Poverty can take different forms: mental, spiritual, material or financial. In the context of material/financial possessions, poverty is said to exist when people lack the means to satisfy their basic needs. Scriptures clearly state that even brethren of the poor hate him (Proverbs 19:7) and that poverty can destroy the poor (Proverbs 10:15). What then causes poverty and how can a believer break free from it?
1. CAUSES OF POVERTY
2. HOW TO BREAK FREE
CAUSES OF POVERTY
While poverty can be in categories of degrees, several factors can be responsible for it:
1. Personal attitude which includes laziness/idleness (Proverbs 10:4;19:15); poor work ethics (Proverbs 14:23; 2Thessalonians 3:10); lack of self discipline (Proverbs 12:27); stubbornness (Proverbs 13:18); drunkenness and gluttony (Proverbs 23:21); worldliness and frivolous persuits (Proverbs 21:17;28:19); limitation mentality (Proverbs 23:7a) etc.
2. Natural disasters (famine, floods, etc.)- Genesis 12:10, health challenges (Mark 5:25-26), fire outbreaks (Job 1:16), death of a benefactor (2Samuel 4:4).
3. Oppression of others. Examples of oppression that can cause poverty include delayed wages (Leviticus 19:13; 1Timothy 5:18), exorbitant interest rates on loans (Exodus 22:25).
4. Spiritual causes of poverty include the repercussion of sin (Deuteronomy 28:15-21) and wrong spiritual concepts as some believers equate poverty to holiness.
HOW TO BREAK FREE
You need to discover your purpose of living and diligently pursue it (Proverbs 22:29). Gather sufficient information on how to improve yourself in your chosen career, vocation or trade (Proverbs 18:15; 24:4). Be intentional about creating multiple streams of income (Ecclesiastes 11:2). Find a problem around you that you can solve that will earn you good money. Acquire additional skills: re-skill and up skill (Proverbs 9:9). Believe in yourself and have the ‘I can’ attitude (Phil 4:13).
Essentially, breaking free from poverty requires giving (Proverbs 11:24): pay your tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:10-12), first fruit (Proverbs 3:9-10), and give to those that are less privileged. Pray and study the word of God to know his perfect will for you in all your life’s endeavours (Psalm 37:23). Stop living on debts, borrow only to invest (Proverbs 22:7).
Poverty is not pre-destined, therefore, change your mindset towards material wealth knowing that God gives the ‘power’ to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
*LESSON: THIRTY FIVE*
TOPIC: THE POWER TO GET WEALTH
MEMORY VERSE: “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day”. — Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV).
BIBLE PASSAGE: GENESIS 26:1-4; 12-14.
Wealth is the abundance of valuable possessions or money. The power to get wealth refers to both divine and physical enablement to prosper. When we have wealth, we have more than we need to sustain a normal life. To get wealth, knowledge, as well as it’s right application is important. Hence, this study will examine some of fundamental truths about wealth and principles of wealth creation.
1. SOME FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS ABOUT WEALTH.
2. PRINCIPLES OF WEALTH CREATION.
SOME FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS ABOUT WEALTH.
Christians should note that God wants us to prosper (Psalm 35:27; 3John 2) because He desires for us to have an abundant life (John 10:10b), to provide financial resources for kingdom advancement (Luke 8:3), and to be able to humanity (Proverbs 11:11a). Christians are not called to just survive nor are they to be unduly extravagant (3John 2; Phillipians 4:5). As Christians, we should aspire to get wealth and bear in mind that all blessings come from God through men to men (Luke 6:38)- this is why we must keep healthy relationships. Being wealthy in God’s kingdom is a trust from God, we are only custodians (Deuteronomy 8:17-18). It is pertinent to know that prosperity goes beyond financial blessings (Ephesians 1:3; 3John 2). Therefore, we must strive to achieve all levels of prosperity which includes; Spiritual, mental, bodily, financial, and relational prosperity (positive relationship with family, friends, and destiny helpers).
PRINCIPLES OF WEALTH CREATION.
The principles of wealth creation can be broadly categorized under two divisions: Spiritual principles and Economic principles. To get wealth in the kingdom way, some of the necessary principles include:
1. The principle of absolute surrender (Job 22:21-26; Psalm 112:1-3).
2. The principle of tithing and first fruit (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:8-12; Proverbs 3:9-10).
3. The principle of divine wisdom, direction, and strategies (James 1:5; Genesis 26:1-2, 12-13; 30:37-43).
In addition to the above, economic principles for wealth creation may include:
1. Principle of mental transformation (Proverbs 23:7a): the reality captured in your heart is what comes to manifestation. Imagine great things because your mind is an extraordinary fertile garden (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).
2.The principles of value: Your value is a measure of your skills, gifts, or abilities- acquired or inherent (Proverbs 18:16). Be too valuable to be ignored.
3. The principle of productivity: It involves refining and developing your value and turning it into a product or service. Creativity, innovation, competence, and excellence are magnets attracting people, resources, and opportunities to your life (Proverbs 22:29).
4. The principle of increase/multiplication (Matthew 25:14-30/: Know how to ‘grow’ money through savings and investments. However, you should be cautious and invest only in things you understand.
5. The principle of networking: Connect with people of like minds and enablers (Proverbs 13:20). Your network determines your net worth.
When God blesses you, He brings people, opportunities, and resources together to make you great
TOPIC: CHRISTIANITY AND WEALTH
MEMORY VERSE: “Both riches and honour come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great, and to give strength to all”. – 1Chronicles 29:12(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: LUKE 12:15-21
As stated in the previous lesson, ‘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; Abraham (Gen. 13:2), Jacob (Gen. 30:43), Solomon (1Kings 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 believers’ disposition towards it.
1. BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
2. BELIEVERS’ DISPOSITION
Christians’ view of wealth should be derived from the scriptures. This is because wealth and honour come from God (1Chronicles 29:12). God often blesses his children with wealth when they please him (Deut. 28:1-5). The Bible establishes the facts 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. 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 the love of money is the root of all evil (1Tim. 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 expence of other core values of life will never be satisfied (Eccl. 5:10a).
Christians should ote that wealth has never been an accurate barometer of a person’s standing with God. Some rightous people are poor (Luke 16:20-23) while some wicked people are rich (Ps. 73:3, 12). How then should believers handle wealth? While it is not sin for wealthy believers to enjoy their riches (Eccl. 5:19; 3John 2), they should also see wealth as an investment entrusted to them by God (1Chronicles 29:12). This wealth must be used to enhance good and pursue God’s purposes.
Wealthy believers can initiate charities and scholarship programmes, promote care for orphans, widows and less privileged (1Jn. 3:17-18; James 1:27), and be instrumental in advancing God’s kingdom (Luke 8:3; Rom. 16:3). It is important that believers prove themselves as faithful stewards, by channeling their wealth to godly legacies (1Corinthians 4:2; Matt. 6;19-20).
In a bid to be wealthy, believers should always note their first care should be for God’s kingdom and his rightousness (Matt. 6:33).
*LESSON: THIRTY SEVEN*
TOPIC: FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE
MEMORY VERSE: “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit”. –Proverb 14:8 (NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: LUKE 19:12-26
Simple put, financial intelligence is about being financially wise. It is the knowledge and skills gained from understanding finance and accounting principles in the business world and how money is being used (Proverbs 18:15). To be highly successful, extra efforts, skills, intelligence and God’s leading will be needed. It is not only organizations and business owners that need financial intelligence; it is also needed for personal finance.
1. WHAT IS PERSONAL FINANCE?
2. BE FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT
WHAT IS PERSONAL FINANCE?
Personal finance is the term that covers planning (Proverbs 21:5; 30:25) and managing personal financial activities such as revenue generation, expenditures, budgeting, savings, investments and other financial related actions (Matthew 25:20). As an individual, your personal finance is a reflection of the level of your financial intelligence, that is, your ability to make smart decisions, plan poverty especially in the aspect of finance, and live a good life (Proverbs 10:4). Your net worth and what you are able to do with your money is considered a success (Matthew 25:22) and not necessarily so much cash at your disposal. A personal financial statement (Assets-Liabilities) shows the sold and all debts paid, and the liabilities are greater than the assets, the financial statement indicates a negative net worth. But, if the individual has more assets than liabilities, it is positive net worth.
BE FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT
To be financially intelligent, you need to do the following:
1. Develop a personal success- drive and be intentional about the wellbeing of your finance (1Kings 11:28).
2. Seek knowledge and be informed (Proverbs 1:5). Invest in yourself (Proverbs 19:20), read (2Timothy 4:13), make researches (Act 17:11), ask questions, and open your ears and eyes to the happenings around you.
3. Practice what you learn and use the knowledge gained to execute the purpose for which it was acquired (Proverbs 6:6; 10:4).
4. Keep track of your spending; identify where you need to make amends and where you need to intensify efforts (Proverbs 16:21a).
5. Have a proper and detailed records of your income and expenditure (2Chronicles 34:16-18).
6. Surround yourself with the right people who share the same opinion (Proverbs 13:20; 27:17).
7. Pray for divine wisdom and direction on what and when to invest your resources (James 1:5; Isaiah 30:21).
Financial intelligence is needed in order to stay on top of your financial game because hardly would you find a financially intelligent person who is not successful.
*LESSON: THIRTY EIGHT*
TOPIC: CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
MEMORY VERSE: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. –Matthew 5:16(NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: LEVITICUS 19:9-10
God’s relationship with man is characterized by his holiness, justice, love and mercy among others. Our relationships with one another and society have to be patterned according to the character of God (Matthew 22:36-39). Therefore, it is our responsibility as God’s people to care for those around us (1John 3:10). The attempt of the church to show love and alleviate the sufferings of the people in her immediate environment/community is termed Christian Social Responsibility.
1. MEANING AND BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
2. BENEFITS OF CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
MEANING AND BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) is a faith-based obligation to meet societal needs through the demonstration of love that positively impacts communities and individuals. CSR has its roots in Christianity and the Church is meant to be an example for the world to follow (Matthew 5:16). It is an initiative for community relations and to partner with the government in achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CSR could be in the areas of provision of basic social amenities, healthcare delivery/facilities, education, media, business support, art/entertainment, governance, sports, etc. It involves strategically assessing societal challenges and developing appropriate structured programmes to cater for them.
CSR is a core part of the ministry of the Church. It is not a 21st century concept; it has its origin in the Bible. For instance, Leviticus 19:9-10; 23:22 instruct us to always may provision for the needy out of our income. In Matthew 14:15-21, Jesus demonstrated the need for CSR when He fed five thousand men (besides women and children). Also, the early Christians distributed their wealth to take care of those in need (Acts 2:44-45).
BENEFITS OF CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The benefits of Christian Social Responsibility to the Church and the world are numerous:
1. It enables people to actually see and know the meaning of God’s love (1John 3:16-18).
2. It meets the needs of the less privileged in society.
3. It promotes evangelism and entrenches the Church of God in the hearts and minds of the people we come across (Matthew 5:16).
4. It embraces responsibility for sustainable actions and encourages a positive impact on the environment. (Mark 12:33).
5. It compliments government’s efforts in improving and sustaining the standard of living of people in their immediate community (James 2:14-16).
6. It will enable the Church to build a good relationship with the Community (Galatians 6:10).
7. It helps believers to represent Jesus physically in their communities (Proverbs 13:17; 2Corinthians 5:20).
Christian Social Responsibility is not to seek commendation from men but to show the love of Christ and be a blessing to our community.