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- Read, reflect, and discuss each of these passages individually.
- Giving is the lifeblood of the believer.
- A steward is a manager. (Psalm 24:1)
- A tithe is 10% of your income for the local church. (Deuteronomy 26:12)
- Giving makes us more like Christ. (John 3:16; Genesis 1:27; Romans 12:12)
- Giving is a reminder of ownership.
- Giving is a form of praise and worship. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Giving is spiritual warfare. (Malachi 3:11)
- As you reflect on these passages as a whole, what stands out the most to you? Why?
- As you reflect on the message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly
- difficult to grasp?
- What do the passages and the message teach you about God? What do they teach you about yourself?
- How could the next week be different if you incorporated these truths into your life?
- If time allows, read and discuss these passages from gotquestions.org.
“Generosity is the quality of being kind and unselfish, especially as it pertains to sharing money and other valuables with others. The Bible has a lot to say about generosity as a desirable character trait. Proverbs 22:9 says, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” God is generous, and He expects us to follow His example.In our generosity, we are not to expect repayment in kind. Our reward will come from the Lord, in His way and in His time. We are to show generosity even to our enemies: “If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. . . . If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? . . . But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:29, 34–35).
God is seeking people who will reflect His character and model His generosity. He delights to bless them and show Himself strong on their behalf. In 2 Corinthians 9:6–15, Paul exhorts the church to be generous in their giving to the Lord’s work. And he praises the Philippians for being so generous to him, adding that it is not for himself that he rejoices but for them—they will be blessed because of their gift (Philippians 4:17). We can apply these encouragements to our own lives and strive to be generous and wise with everything God has entrusted to us. “What does the bible say about generosity?”