Questions – 12.09.2018

“Rewriting Christmas: Week 3 – Generosity”

 

Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.

 

 

ICEBREAKER (optional): Finish this sentence – The best Christmas movie of all time is ____________.

 

Watch this week’s Small Group Video from Pastor Jeff

 

DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.

 

FOCUS QUESTIONS

 

  1. When have you seen/experienced Kingdom generosity?
  2. What is the first thing that you do on payday? Has that always been the first thing?  How has your response to getting paid for work changed over the years?
  3. Read Proverbs 3:9-10. What does it mean for a follower of Jesus to honor the Lord with the “firstfruits” of the harvest today?  What’s the difference between giving the first portion of your income rather that the last?  What is the cause and effect relationship in the promise of verse 10?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. Then ask…
    • This passage begins with the grace of God. How would you explain grace?  Why is it closely connected to generosity and giving?
    • Why were the churches so eager to give? In verse 2, we see that they were in a difficult season.  When you are experiencing difficult circumstances, do you become more generous or less generous?  Why?
    • Reread verse 7. It seems like this church is doing a lot of great things but they lack a heart for giving.  Why is giving one of the last things that we surrender to God?  What does it mean to “excel in the area of giving”?
    • In verse 9, how did Jesus’ poverty make us rich?
  5. What is your initial reaction to tithing being a “mile marker” on the way to Kingdom generosity? What could happen if disciples of Jesus positioned themselves to give above and beyond 10%?
  6. Challenge to the group (no need to answer): What is an amount of money you can begin giving that will show your faith and gratitude to God? Take time this week to pray and act on this.
  7. During Christmas, we encourage and talk about generosity a lot. How can we foster the spirit of giving all year round?