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RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 8 December 2019 – Lesson 15

TOPIC: Avoiding Debt [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 8 December 2019]

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MEMORY VERSE: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 8 December 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Kings 4:1-7 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 8 December 2019)

1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

LESSON INTRODUCTION: Debt occur when something, usually money, is owed by one part (the borrower or debtor) to a second party (the lender or creditor) especially when it is becoming difficult to pay what is owed. Debt is a common problem in our society, and debts have a way of growing faster than expected. Anyone who comes to the realisation that he or she has taken on too much debt, becomes uncomfortable. The fear of the debtor may also overwhelm the debtor. It can also lead to psychological or emotional breakdown. Although, the bible neither expressly forbids nor condones the borrowing of money, the wisdom of the bible teaches us that it is usually not a good idea to go into debt (Prov.22:7; 2 Kings 4: 1-7).

OUTLINES

  1. SOME LIKELY CAUSES OF DEBT
  2. HOW TO AVOID DEBT

SOME LIKELY CAUSES OF DEBT

Debt can occur through different means. Some of the likely causes are: Poor spending habits, mismanagement of resources (Lk.15: 11-13), lack of employment or underemployment (2Thess.3.12), medical challenges (Lk.8:43), failed business/reduction in income (Lk.5:5a), living outside your means (Pro.28:19), lack of contentment, gambling, covetousness (1 Tim.6:8-10), gambling, divorce/widowhood/single parenthood (2Kgs.4:1), expanding families, unexpected emergencies, unfavorable economic factors or inflation (2 Kgs. 6:25), impulse buying (Lk.15:13-14), lack of financial knowledge or poor investment (Pro. 23:5), a misunderstanding of needs versus wants (Lk.15:13), laziness (2 Thess. 3:10b), education cost fraud, etc.

HOW TO AVOID DEBT

In order to forestall going into debt, believers should do the following:

1 Honour God with your financial/material giving ( tithe, offerings, first fruits, etc) and also help the needy (Lk.6.38; Pro.3:9-10, 28:27; 1 Cor.9:7).

2 Develop a saving culture (Pro.21:20).

3 Prepare a budget based on your actual monthly income and actual expenses (Lk.14:28).

4 Avoid unnecessary/discretionary spending. Do not spend compulsorily on what is not your primary need (Isa. 55:2).

5 Do not be idle/lazy, find something doing (1Thess.4:11; 2 Thess.3:10; Matt.20.6; Pro.6.:9-11).

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6 Be satisfied with what you have and avoid covetousness (Pro.15:16; Heb.13:5; 1 Tim.6:6)

7 Seek financial counsel and invest wisely (Pro.11:14, 14:22).

Any believer who is already in debt should do the following in addition to the points raised above:

1 Pray for divine intervention, then seek wise and godly counsel (2 Kgs 4:1-7; Pro.24:6).

2 Commit to making changes to drastically reduce your lifestyle expenses (Rom.12.2; Phil.4:5).

3 Negotiate with your creditors for a possible review of the payment plan (Lk.16:5-8).

4 Be committed to paying back what you owe (Rom.13.8a).

5 Maintain discipline in financial matters (1 Cor.9.:27).

CONCLUSION: Debt should be avoided as much as possible. However, as long as money is being handled wisely and debt payments are manageable, a Christian can take on the burden of borrowing if is absolutely necessary.

ASSIGNMENT: Identify five (5) effects of debt on his/her family.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Mention five likely causes of debt.
  2. State four ways debt can be avoided.

ASSIGNMENT: Identify five (5) differences between false ministers and true ministers of the gospel.

FOR FURTHER READING:

Monday – 2 Thess. 3:10

Tuesday – 2 Kings 4:1-7

Wednesday – Proverbs 3:9-10

Thursday – Proverbs 3:27

Friday – Proverbs 22:26

Saturday – Matthew 6:12

Sunday – Matthew 18:27

RCCG Sunday School 8 December 2019 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 friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old 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 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?

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