NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (Feb. 2) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon is the first in a four-part series entitled Giving.
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this sermon series, or this particular sermon in a series.
To explore and emphasize the importance of our giving of our means.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• the Lord God … gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. (Ps. 84.11 NLT)
• Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him. (Dan. 2.20-22 NRSV)
• … as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. (John 5.21 RSV)
• Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age … (Gal. 1.3-4 NIV)
• … our great God and savior Jesus Christ … gave himself for us in order to rescue us from every kind of lawless behavior, and cleanse a special people for himself who are eager to do good actions. (Titus 2.13b-14 CEB)
• God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. (1 Pet. 5.5 NCV; cf. Prov. 3.34)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. When I think of the qualities of God, I think of God as being ____________.”
2. “Whenever I gladly and freely give to meet a genuine need, I feel ____________.”
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Using only the Scripture texts above, what can we say we believe God has given?
2. Discuss Psalm 84.11. What does it mean? What does it not mean?
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. Why does God give his rebellious creation anything at all, and to what end? Where would his creation be without his constant giving?
2. “It’s hard for me to see God as “giving” whenever I see _____. I handle this by _____.”
3. Why does God often elect to give “through” people, partnering with them in blessing?
4. What does God’s gift of Christ to us say to you? Try to describe this indescribable gift.
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Make a list of all you recall God has given (i.e. – literally count your blessings) and pray.
2. Choose to read any five psalms from the book of Psalms. Note what God is said to have already given and/or is being asked to give, be it explicitly stated or implied.