Title: Investment Strategy
Summary: God’s generous grace opens our eyes to the strategic benefit of giving to others
Key Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
GENEROSITY, LIKE FARMING, BRINGS A GOOD HARVEST (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
GENEROSITY MAKES AN IMPACT ON OTHERS (2 Corinthians 9:12-14)
GENEROSITY IS LINKED TO GRATITUDE (2 Corinthians 9:15)
HOW DO WE BECOME GENEROUS PEOPLE?
Have you given money to a charity or church? How did you feel about your gift? How did this feel different than when you paid your income taxes in April? You gave money both times but did you feel the same in both cases? Why or why not?
Is giving only a financial issue? Read Ephesians 2:8-10 and talk about developing spiritual gifts and abilities to serve God. When you have taken action to give time, talent or treasure to serve others for Christ’s sake, what results did you see? How did you experience God in the midst of your giving?
Read with your group 2 Corinthians 8-9. What is the context of Paul’s teaching on giving generously? In what ways does God’s loving grace toward us impact our ability to be generous with others?
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 again. When you have peace with God, how will you respond to others whose lives are filled with physical, financial or spiritual need?
When you are generous toward others for Christ’s sake, what benefits come beyond meeting physical needs (see 2 Cor. 9:12)? If we fail to be generous, what blessings do we miss?
Do you ever feel pressured into giving? Why might you feel this way? How is grace giving different than giving motivated by guilt or pressure?
Debt is a problem for Americans. Did you know Stonebridge regularly offers the Financial Peace University to help you learn how to get out of debt and find financial freedom? If you’ve taken the course, what helpful lessons did you learn?
ASSIGNMENT: Get alone this week and reread 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Reflect on 9:10, “God who supplies…bread for your food”. Talk to God about this question: “Father, if you are the One who gives me every bite of food every day, why do I find it challenging to cheerfully give back to you to meet the needs of others?” Write down your thoughts.