Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 18, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Genesis 1-2,
- MONDAY: Hebrews 10,
- TUESDAY: Acts 1,
- WEDNESDAY: Acts 2,
- THURSDAY: Romans 12,
- FRIDAY: 1 Corinthians 12,
- SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 1-3,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Metrics: Measurements that Matter Sermon Title: Joyful Generosity
Delivered On: March 11, 2018
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ([bible]2 Corinthians 9:7[/bible])
Examine your heart and pray that God will guide you in willing and joyful giving. Be ready to be prompted to give in new and exciting ways. Find time to offer thanks daily that God has blessed you with provisions for your life.
Pay attention to how you give and ask yourself if that reflects your true feeling about having Jesus in your heart and life. Be willing to make changes, be willing to increase your generosity in a way that grows and stretches you. Make it a ritual in the morning upon waking to ask God how and where you can give of your resources today.
Small Group Discussion
Discuss your giving practices today, relating them to Matthew 6:1-4.
Tell stories of great acts of generosity that have inspired you.
Open the conversation to sharing ways in which we can resist being generous.
What are some of the objections to generosity you are aware of or deal with yourself?
How can the church teach about giving and joyful generosity that you sense would have the greatest impact?
In cases where you’ve been generous, describe how you felt and reacted afterward.
What are some struggles in viewing all you have as provisions from God?
Read: Matthew 10:1-8 What do you feel Jesus has freely given to you and what do you believe He wants you to do with it?
In securing our basic needs to live and/or be successful, how do you see the partnership between God and us working?
Talk about what you believe the Bible says about giving.