We are the Church  |  Week 3: Giving *

 

Giving is not just about our finances; it involves our time, talents, and treasure. Everything that we have is a gift from God and He is our provider. As we are called to be good stewards of these gifts, we must use what we have in a way that glorifies God. Paul reminds us that “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) With that in mind, it should be with great joy that we learn to be generous in how we give. Every time we use what we have in a God honoring way, we are kingdoms builders.

 

READ 2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one should give what he has decided to give in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

READ the verse again and consider these related questions.

What attitude toward giving pleases God?

 

What attitudes should be avoided?

 

What does “cheerful” imply?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Paraphrase 2 Corinthians 9:7.

 

2. What did Jesus say about spiritual treasure and wealth in Mathew 6:19-21?

 

3. What do think is behind the warning from Jesus in Luke 12:15?

 

4. According to Acts 20:35, what did Jesus say about giving? Discuss.

 

5. In Matthew 6:1-4 what kind of giving does God bless?

 

6. Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. How does this impact our attitude giving?

 

7. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-12, what can we infer about what is expected of each of us?

 

8. What is more important, the amount or the willingness to be generous? Read Luke 21:1-4

 

9. What is the result of giving to others? Read Philippians 4:18-19

 

10. Consider the various ways of giving other than financially.

*this study is based upon Growing in Christ by The Navigators

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