RCCG YAYA SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 7 MAY 2023
LESSON THIRTY-SIX (36)
TOPIC: CHRISTIANITY AND WEALTH
*SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN*
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please send to me, riches and honour from your treasuries. Let your hand make me great and give me strength.
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
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Do Not Worry.
INTRODUCTION: 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 (1Kgs. 10:23), Joanna (Lk.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.
A. The Teacher should find out five phrases or clauses or sentences containing “I” or “MY” in the passage. For instance,
i. Verse 17b what shall “I” do?
B. What are the consequences of attributing wealth to one’s efforts according to Verse 20.
1. BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES
2. BELIEVERS’ DISPOSITION
A. Christians’ view of wealth should be derived from the Scriptures. This is because:
i. Wealth and honour come from God (1 Chron.29:12).
ii. God often blesses His children with wealth when they please Him (Deut.28:1-5).
iii. The Bible establishes the fact that wealth and riches shall be in the house of the man that fears God (Ps.112:1-3).
iv. Money answers all things (Eccl.10:19).
v. To enjoy one’s wealth is a gift from God (Eccl.5:19).
vi. Money is a defence (Eccl.7:12) and it makes many friends (Prov.19:4).
B. However, the Bible also contains several warnings about wealth, among which is the fact that:
i. The love of money is the root of all evil (1Tim.6:10).
ii. Riches should not be trusted (Prov.23:5; Lk.12:15).
iii. Wealth gotten through the wrong means shall diminish (Prov.13:11).
iv. All men will die and leave their wealth to others (Ps.49:10).
v. Those who pursue wealth at the expense of other core values of life will never be satisfied (Eccl.5:10a).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: How should believers see or handle wealth?
2. BELIEVERS’ DISPOSITION
A. Christians should note that:
i. Wealth has never been an accurate barometer of a person’s standing with God.
ii. Some righteous people are poor (Lk.16:20-23) while some wicked people are rich (Ps.73:3, 12).
B. How then should believers handle wealth?
i. it is not a sin for wealthy believers to enjoy their riches (Eccl.5:19; 3Jn.2).
ii. Believers should see wealth as an investment entrusted to them by God (1Chr.29:12).
iii. This wealth must be used to enhance good and pursue God’s purposes.
iv. Wealthy believers can initiate:
(a) charities and scholarship programmes (b) promote care for orphans, widows, and the less privileged (1Jn.3:17-18; Jam.1:27) (c) be instrumental in advancing God’s kingdom (Lk.8:3; Rom.16:3).
v. It is very important that believers prove themselves as faithful stewards by channelling their wealth to godly legacies (1Cor.4:2; Matt.6:19-20).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What are the wrong ways of handling wealth?
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: How should believers handle wealth?
CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty Father, help me to glorify you with the wealth you have given me.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five ways that would guide a believer’s outlook on wealth? (2×5=10 Marks).