Title: Radical Generosity
Summary: Radical generosity is a sign of God’s grace in a disciple of Jesus
Key Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
“Money is an instrument that can buy everything but happiness and pay your fare to every place but heaven.”
GENEROSITY IS INSPIRING! (2 Corinthians 8:1-9)
- Some give in spite of their FINANCIAL STATUS (8:1-7)
- But the greatest example of generosity is JESUS (8:8-9)
THERE ARE TWO BENEFITS TO BEING GENEROUS (2 Corinthians 8:10-15)
- We grow beyond “desire” to planned, percentage-based, progressive giving (8:10-12)
- We learn to GIVE and RECEIVE as God provides (8:13-15)
WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?
Have you ever witnessed extravagant generosity? How did it motivate you to be generous too? In what ways did your mother teach you about being generous?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15. Who are the people mentioned in this passage? Where do they live? How is Paul related to them and their churches? Why does Paul encourage them to give?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7. What impresses you about the giving of the Macedonians? Of five observations Randy made regarding their giving, which one resonates with you the most? Why?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. What do you learn about giving from Jesus? What would have happened if Jesus decided to tithe 10% to save us, rather than 100%? What thoughts come to your mind when you think about his sacrifice for you?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:10-15. What are two benefits of being generous in these verses? Have you ever felt guilty about “desiring” to be generous, but not actually following through with it? Why did Paul quote Exodus 16:18 and what are we to learn from this story?
Art Ranier says “Debt is a generosity killer.” How have you felt stressed because of the debt load you carry? How has debt affected other family members? What tempts you most to use the credit card and what steps would you like to take to resist this temptation?
If you evaluate your love for God in light of your checkbook or spending habits, what grade would you give yourself? In what ways can you improve your grade?
Assignment: Randy said “the more generous we are, the more ministry we can do” and “not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.” With your group, make a list of the reasons why investing time, talent and treasure at Stonebridge makes sense. What one thing will you do this week to begin a lifestyle of generosity? Who can you ask to be your accountability partner?
Next week (May 19-20) Communion “Investment Strategy” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-16