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Key Thought:

We give because God gave first.


Key Quote

“God has given to us. Now we give to Him.” Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Why was it your favorite?
  • Who do you know that just loves giving gifts to others?
  • What’s the best thing you’ve ever given someone else?
  • What’s the most generous thing you’ve ever witnessed?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What would our community look like if everyone gave the way the early church did, as depicted in Acts 2:45?
  • If God doesn’t need our money, why does He ask us to give a tithe?
  • How does our giving impact other people?
  • Why do you think Jesus taught on giving and money more than anything else?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Which of the Vision 2020 projects has God put on your heart to support?
  • Have you personally noticed resistance in your life when you try to be obedient towards God? How did you face it when it came?
  • Have you had a time where God asked something from you and He blessed you after you obeyed?
  • Why do we often times hesitate to give or give more?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for being the ultimate giver. We want to give to you, because you gave first. Please instill us with the strength, courage, and passion to go outside of our comfort zone and be irrationally generous for you. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Now is the time that we step up and give to the 2020 Vision Offering. God is moving in our church, people are coming to know Jesus, and lives are being changed. Commit to the amount you want to give and give it to God this week or commit to make a weekly sacrificial offering that is above and beyond your tithe, and give it over the next 20 weeks. Some may give more and some may give less, but be obedient to what God is calling you to do.
  • As a LifeGroup, commit to winning the LifeGroup Generosity Invite Challenge. By paying for something for the person in line behind you and then inviting them to church, you can bless their present and their future.


Scriptures

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” Matthew 2:1-4 NLT

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:9-11 NLT

“For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” 1 Timothy 6:15 NLT

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time…” Hebrews 10:10-12 NLT

“But he was…crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.” Isaiah 53:5-7 NLT

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil…Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10 NIV


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