Share about a time when you were forced by something or someone to do
something. How did you feel about being forced, and how do you typically
respond when you are forced?
This week is really a continuation of last week’s discussion. Jesus brings an entirely
new perspective on generosity. Jesus emphasizes who we are more than what we
must do. Jesus assumes that his disciples are not looking for a law to keep but a
person to follow. Jesus teaches that generosity is natural and what we actually
want to do!
What means more to you: when someone must act a certain way toward you, or
when someone chooses to act a certain way toward you? What means more to you:
when someone must give something to you, or when someone chooses to give
something to you? It seems obvious, but talk about why choosing to do something
makes it so much more powerful.
Read Matthew 6:2-3.
Find the phrase, “so when you give.” Jesus uses this phrase twice. Say the phrase
out loud a few times. Contrast that phrase with, “you must give.” Say that phrase a
few times out loud. Share about the thoughts and feelings that arise as these two
phrases are pondered. Is your reaction dierent or the same? Explain why.
Read Malachi 3:8-10.
Talk about the tithe. What is it, and why is it a powerful and beautiful thing?
Talk about oerings. What are they, and why are they a powerful and beautiful
In Malachi 3:8-10, notice the Old Testament perspective of curses and blessings
and robbing God if the law is not kept. Jesus arms that the law was “good,” butnow it has been “fulfilled.” Because of that, we are no longer under the law (Gala-tians 3.23-25). We have been set free! So, talk about New Testament generosity.
What does it look like? What does it feel like? What is our new motivation?
What is the greatest barrier to generosity in your life?
How is God calling you to grow in a generous life in this season of your journey
Simply ask for prayer that what should be natural would become natural in your life
as a disciple. There may be some things that you need to give up that are blocking
the natural flow of generosity in your life. Mention those things, and ask for prayer
that God would break the power of those things that hold us back.
Sometimes Spiritual formation looks like practicing what doesn’t feel natural so that we might discover how natural it actually is because of who we are in Christ. There are still plenty of fears and idols that keep us from realizing how natural generosity is. This week, ponder whether a practice could be put in place in order to eventually discover how natural openhanded living really is.
Matthew 6 Psalm 119:25-48
Philippians 4 Psalm 119:49-72
Isaiah 58 Psalm 119:73-96
Luke 3:1-20 Psalm 119:97-120
2 Kings 4 Psalm 119:121-144
1 Timothy 6 Psalm 119:145-168