Happy first Friday of 2019. While we often think of Christmas as a time of giving, our Daily readings this week have encouraged us to continue this into the new year. In today’s passage, Paul underscores why giving is so foundational to our Christian life. Let God’s word guide you today and show you how you can best give to others to glorify Him.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
[2 Corinthians 9:10-15]
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!
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is God’s promise to those sowing/giving? (v10-11)
_ What is the ministry referenced in v12?
_ What results of cheerful giving do we see in v13?
_ What is God’s inexpressible gift referenced in v15?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ In what areas of your life has God given abundantly, enabling you to give? How can you echo v15 through a specific action in each of these areas (this week, if possible)?
_ How has a Christian brother or sister in your community blessed you with their generosity? Pray for them and thank God for them!
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)