Main Idea: The Bible shows that generous giving is part of the core life of a Christ-follower; are you ALL iN for the Generosity Journey?
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Can Jesus followers be fully submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ without supporting His work through the local church?
Primary Scriptures: Acts 2:42-45, Matthew 6:33-34, 24
- Acts 2:42 describes the foundation for the Christ-follower’s life: the Word, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer. One of the most powerful works God can do is change the human heart. The gospel opens our soul — and with it, our hands. How are this sermon and these verses on generosity working in your life? How will you ask God to free you from anything that holds you back from being ALL iN, from making Jesus more important to you than your possessions?
- What does it mean to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”?
- If we are called to NOT worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34), how should a Christ-follower proceed with their finances and giving?
- Discuss how we give and why we give.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 6:1-4 and 19-21 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: Luke describes the early church that ‘shared life together’ in every sense, from fellowshipping, studying the Word, remembering Christ’s finished work on the cross, prayer and generously sharing everything. How do these verses (Acts 2:42-45) affect the way you see yourself within your group? What may God be placing on your heart to strengthen your group as you share life together?
Getting to know them: Discuss ways you can encourage each other this week with the truth that we have been given more than we could ever earn or deserve in the gift of Christ Himself—our Savior, Lord, and greatest treasure. He demonstrated the ultimate in generosity in coming to save us. Pray for each other–for God to release each of you from anything that holds you back in the generosity journey, that you can be free and truly make Jesus more important than your time and possessions.
Getting to know Him: When facing fear in the Generosity Journey, ask God to show you what is holding you back from being ALL iN. Meditate on Psalm 139:23-24 as you find ways to fully surrender your life. ALL iN means giving, serving, and growing together in the body of Christ. Is God calling you to something new?
Engage the World Around Us
Engaging at Faith Promise: Pastor reminded us of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-20: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” At Faith Promise we have given millions of dollars and have seen over 8000 baptisms. We have supported ministries at home and abroad that help real people with real problems find the real love of Jesus. We Give Generously because He gave it all. Challenge each other in your personal Generosity Journeys, and discuss how you can collectively be asking, praying and preparing for what God would have you give in the next Heart for the Harvest Offering Weekend.
Engaging in Community and the World: It is through our generosity at Faith Promise that we are able to engage the world around us to share the hope of Christ in tangible ways. Click on this link to find several opportunities to serve our community individually or with your group: https://faithpromise.org/love-local.
Expand God’s Kingdom
Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being a Christ-follower. We should not give in order to be seen or praised by others; however, being generous to others with our time, talents, and treasure can cause them to ask about our motivation and give us an opportunity to share the Good News. Who can you share with this week?
- Answers will vary.
- This means turning to God first! Christ-followers seek Him in everything–to fill our thoughts so that His desires are our desires. His character becomes our character, and we willingly serve and obey Him. What is really important to us consumes our thoughts, and as believers, we place Him first surrendering all in obedience with a glad and cheerful heart.
- Carefully planning for tomorrow is time well-spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. The difference is sometimes difficult to discern, but we are called to plan, trusting in God’s guidance. Worriers, on the other hand, are consumed by fear and stumble trusting God. Their plans interfere with their relationship with God.
- Christ-followers give willingly (2 Corinthians 9:7) and out of a heart grateful to what all God has given us! Christ himself — our Savior, Lord and greatest treasure — demonstrated the ultimate in generosity in coming to save us (2 Corinthians 8:9). If Jesus is in us, then increasingly such an open-handed tendency will be in us as well. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly following Christ.
ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.
– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.
– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.
– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.
– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.