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Essential 11: Serving and Giving

BECOME LIKE JESUS
1. Essential 9: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
2. Essential 10: Ministry Gifts
3. Essential 11: Serving and Giving
4. Essential 12: Spiritual Warfare

DISCUSSION:

  • Share a time someone‘s generosity blew you away.
  • Take turns reading the scriptures aloud and share observations.

SCRIPTURE 

Luke 10:30-37
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Romans 5:10-11
10For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Ecclesiastes 11:1-2
1 Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. 2 Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.

 

UNcomplicate it:

UNcomplicate it:

  • Jesus teaches that the greatest way we can show God how much we love Him is by loving others. Do you think people make this unnecessarily complicated? If so, in what ways?
  • 3 ways to grow in generosity are through our time, friendship and finances. Which of the three is most natural for you? Which is the most challenging?
  • Everything that is valuable comes at a sacrifice. When we sacrifice for others it shows them their value to you and to God. In what way can you grow in generosity and show people their value this week?

Break in groups to pray for one another. Be sure to follow up on the action steps from last week.

Before Next Week:

  • Pick someone to share next week from their Life Journal to kick off the group discussion.
  • Ask someone volunteer their 4 minutes testimony next week
  • Pray for one another in groups

Reading plan:
Day 1: John 6
Day 2: John 7
Day 3: John 8
Day 4: John 9
Day 5: John 10
Day 6: John 11
Day 7: John 12

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