Each week I develop discussion or reflection questions to accompany my messages at Eastbrook Church. This past weekend I preached a message entitled “More” from our current series “Real Rich.” Here they are!
1. What do you think it means to be generous?
2. As we continue our series, “Real Rich,” this week, we are going to explore the topic of generosity. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.
3. The starting point for generosity with others is God’s generosity with us. Take some time to read the following Scripture passages, and then describe, in your own words, the generosity of God:
4. When have you personally experienced or felt the meaning of God’s generosity to you?
5. In Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-37, we read about the generosity of the early church in Jerusalem. One Greek phrase that appears in both places to convey the common life of the church is translated “had everything in common” (2:44) and “shared everything” (4:32). How would you describe what this phrase means as you look at the way the early believers lived with each other?
6. There were some in the Jerusalem Church, according to Acts 4:32-37, who sold personal property to help others in need. What do you think is going on here? How does this situation impact you as a 21st century follower of Jesus?
7. This week, we talked about something new God is doing with Eastbrook in launching a new church plant in the Fall, All Nations Church. Pastor Matt encouraged the congregation to consider supporting it in three different ways: praying for All Nations Church, financially supporting the new church, or joining in with those who will be part of the launch team of the new church. How do you sense God leading you today in regards to this endeavor?
8. How is God speaking to you now from this study of Scripture about generosity? If you are in a small group, discuss this together. If you are on your own, then perhaps you could write down some thoughts on this.
[Next week: We will begin a series on relationships entitled "Made for It." Prepare by reading Genesis 1-3; Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 22:24-25; 25:17,20; 26:18-19; 27:5, 6, 9-10, 14, 17; 28:23.]