Many of us may find it hard to give at times, especially if we're going through financial challenges. Generosity is not easily mastered, but it is reflective of our maturity as Christ-followers.
1. Look Around: Learn from the Generous (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Think of people we know who are generous - what can we learn from them? The Macedonian churches, who were experiencing "extreme poverty" (2 Corinthians 8:2), could still give abundantly. Why do you think that is possible?
2. Look Within: Excel in Being Generous (2 Corinthians 8:6-8)
Describe in your own words what it means to excel in generosity. What is the difference between seeing giving as a chore and as a privilege? How can we work out a plan or system to cultivate a lifestyle of giving?
3. Look Upward: Remember that God has been Generous (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Why do we want to be generous? What should be our motivation? How is God generous to us? How does acknowledging God as the most generous giver of all shape our mindset and attitude in giving?
1. Look Around: Learn from the Generous (v1-5)
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5. What are some traits of the Macedonian churches that you can identify from the passage? Why do you think it is difficult for some believers to be generous? What might be some fears or challenges they face? How can they gain courage and strength from the story of the Macedonian churches?
What do you think about the statement, “Why and how we give will determine our priorities."? Explain your answer. Right priorities result in right actions. What is one lifestyle choice or habit you can change in your life to be more generous? Who are some believers who have inspired you to be generous? What can you learn from them?
2. Look Within: Excel in Being Generous (v6-8)
Describe in your own words what it means to ‘excel’ in being generous. Why do you think Paul asserted that the Corinthian church should not just hear the testimony of the Macedonian churches but also respond in their own giving? What can happen if believers only hear but do not act? What does this tell us about our attitude towards giving?
One way to excel in our giving is to give systematically. Consider your giving habits and work out a plan how you can give systematically e.g. planning a sum to give and bless others, setting aside an amount for the less fortunate etc. Share your plan with your Life Group.
3. Look Upward: Remember God has been Generous (v9)
Reflect on the times you had given generously. What motivated you to give? Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. What do you think should be the most compelling reason for believers to give?
Giving is not just about the amount, but the motivation as well. Do you agree? Explain your answer. God is a generous giver. How does knowing God’s generosity towards you change your perspective on giving? Share with your Life Group how God’s generosity has changed your life.