Today is Friday, January 12, 2018. This short passage packs in a lot of powerful truths. God promises to be our provider in every way, but so often our first instinct is to try to provide for ourselves. God’s promise of provision is fully answered in sending Christ to open communication between us and God. He is the most generous that ever existed. We have been given so much, but do we think of giving back to Him or to others out of what He has given us? Are we modeling our lives after our Generous God?  -Monica

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever received a gift you felt you could never repay? How did you feel?
_ Do you think you are a generous person?

PRAY
Thank God for His Spirit who He has given us who opens our eyes to His truth and for His Word. Thank Him that He provides for us in every way for every need. Thank Him that He has been so generous to give us these gifts so freely: unconditional love, lasting peace, powerful grace, true forgiveness, and free reconciliation. Praise Him!

DISCOVER  [2 Corinthians 9.8-15]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

   his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

_  In vs. 8 consider the words “abound” and “sufficiency”. “Abound” means “to exist in large numbers, to be plentiful” and “sufficiency” means “an amount of something that is enough”.  What does this mean God is capable of?
_ In vs. 10-11 the writer uses a metaphor of the “harvest of righteousness”. What do you think he means? How do we increase the harvest of righteousness?
_ In vs. 12-14 there is a twofold purpose to our ministry of generosity. What is it?
_ In vs. 15 how does the writer respond to God’s promised provision and the call to harvest our righteousness in generosity?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?  

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there a place in my life where I don’t trust that God will provide for me? What would it look like to surrender that and trust him in that area?
_ Am I living generously in response to the overflow of His generosity in my life?
_ Am I praising God for the generosity of those around me?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Is there someone that God is calling me to give generously to?