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Key Thought:

When you are a Godly and generous person life is all the more meaningful!


Key Quote

“The fastest way to improve your relationships is to be a generous person.” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is your favorite local restaurant?
  • Who is someone that stands out to you as being a generous person?
  • What are occasions you look forward to receiving a gift?
  • What is the best gift you’ve ever received?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What does it mean to be generous?
  • In what ways is the tithe an investment in God’s kingdom?
  • What does generosity look like with our time and attention?
  • What is the impact of generosity on others, and ourselves?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • When is a time that you remember someone was generous to you?
  • What “deposits” can you make into the lives of those around you?
  • Share a time when you had to sacrifice in the moment to harvest a better future?
  • How have you been changed by being generous to others?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, your Word says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you for loving us, caring for us, and being generous towards us. We love you! In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Compare your self-thoughts against who Scripture says you are. How are they similar? How are they different?
  • Identify different ways you can be generous this week with your time and commit to doing them!
  • Invest in your relationship with God this week through prayer and serving.
  • If you have never taken the faith step of tithing, try it this week and watch what the Lord does with your obedience!


Scriptures

What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? Psalm 116:12 ESV

“But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours. 1 Chronicles 29:14 NET

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10 NIV

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NI

Whoever gives to others will get richer; those who help others will themselves be helped. Proverbs 11:25 NCV

You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 13 Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. Colossians 3:12-13 TPT.

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34 NAS

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 NIV

I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. Psalm 139:14 NCV

Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV, re-written from God, to you.

A [bride] of noble character who can find?

[You are] worth far more than rubies.

11 [God] has full confidence in [you]

and [you] lack nothing.

[You] brings him good, not harm,

all the days of [your] life.

13 [you] select wool and flax

and work with eager hands.

14 [you] are like the merchant ships,

bringing [your] food from afar.

15 [You] get up while it is still night;

[You] provide food for [your] family

and portions for [your] ..servants.

16 [You] consider a field and buy it;

out of [your] earnings [you] plant a vineyard.

17 [You] set about her work vigorously;

[Your] arms are strong for [your] tasks.

18 [You] see that [your] trading is profitable,

and [your] lamp does not go out at night.

19 In [your] hand [you] hold the distaff

and grasp the spindle with [your] fingers.

20 [You] open [your] arms to the poor

and extends [your] hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, [you] have no fear for [your] household;

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 [You] makes coverings for [your] bed;

[You are] clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 God is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 [You] make linen garments and sell them,

and supply the merchants with sashes.

25 [You are] clothed with strength and dignity;

[you] can laugh at the days to come.

26 [You] speak with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on [your] tongue.

27 [You] watch over the affairs of [your] household

and do not eat the bread of idleness.

28 [Your] children arise and call [you] blessed;

[God] also, and he praises [you]:

29 “Many [people] do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a [person] who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 [We] Honor [you] for all that [your] hands have done,

and let [your] works bring [you] praise at the city gate.


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