Sunday, 20 March 2016

Generosity

Philippians 4:14-23

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The POWER of GENEROSITY

Many Christians underestimate how important a generous heart is to God.  The world teaches us that our income is solely ours to produce the best life we can buy.  But this isn’t God’s way, and it will never produce lasting joy.  

  • Generous people share when there is trouble.
  • Generous people pay into an eternal account.
  • Generous people are pleasing to God.
  • Generous people open up the floodgates of God’s riches.

How can someone become a generous person?  

Focus on God’s glory, not your own.


Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Have you ever thought of your giving as an act of worship?  Why do you think God calls our “gifts” a sweet smelling fragrance to His nostrils?  Do you ever consider this truth when you give?    

Digging Deeper

2. Read Proverbs 11:24-25.  This passage seems to teach us that generous people open up the floodgates of God’s riches.  Discuss some of the blessings you have seen in your own life when you have given freely.

3. Read Deuteronomy 15:7-11.  Study these verses in depth.  What does God want us to do with the poor?  Do you know of any poor people right now that you could help with a gift?    

4. God lets us know how we should give.  Read the following verses and discuss the positive qualities of being generous.  What does it mean to give extravagantly (Matt. 26:6-13)?  To give sacrificially (Matt. 6:33; 2 Cor. 8:3-4)?  To give cheerfully (2 Cor. 8:7-8; 9:7)?  

Applying the Bible

5. Financial freedom will allow you to be more generous.  This week, will you focus on these five things in order to gain financial peace: (1) a plan to get out of debt; (2) create a budget; (3) break the bonds of materialism; (4) live within means; (5) make wise financial decisions.

6. Is God convicting you to be generous to someone, to your church, or to a particular organization in a “faith-stretching” way?  It is one thing to talk about how you will be generous someday.  Instead, decide that today is the day you will be generous?  Take a step of faith; God will reward you!