THIS WEEK: THE COMMITMENT
2 Corinthians 9:5-15(NIV) – 5So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. 6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
QUESTION TO REFLECT AND DISCUSS
Passages to consider: 2 Corinthians 8:1-12; 9-18 & Matthew 6:33
1. Who do you know that is a generous person? What makes you think of them as generous?
2. What act of generosity in your life have you been inspired by?
3. If you had a large sum of money that you had to give away, above and beyond your tithe, what would you do with it?
4. What’s the difference between a tithe and an offering?
5. Consider the Corinthian church and their severe trials in 2 Cor. 8:2 – When do you find it the most difficult to be generous?
6. As we’ve been talking about committing our time, talents, resources and relationships to God, is there an area that God is asking you to go above and beyond in generosity?
7. How do you plan to “seek first His kingdom” this holiday season? (Matt 6:33)