1. Who is the most generous person that you have ever met? Why would you describe them in this way?
2. As we continue our “Living Church” series, we are looking at the topic of generosity. 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:
- Luke 15:1-32
- John 3:16-21
- 2 Corinthians 8:9
- Ephesians 2:1-10
- Philippians 2:5-11
- 1 John 4:7-12
3. In Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-37, we read about the generosity of the early church in Jerusalem. One phrase in the original Greek 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). While some have advocated communal living from these verses, the aim and motivation of the early church’s common life seems to be directed elsewhere. What is the aim and motivation of this sharing or common life?
4. Acts 4:33-37 describes the generosity of some within the Jerusalem church who sold personal property to help others in need. What do you think is going on here? How does it strike you?
5. What needs do you know of presently within Eastbrook Church, either at the overall level or in your immediate relationships? How could you be a part of generously meeting those needs?
6. In his first letter to the young pastor, Timothy, Paul talks about the source and dangers of our possession. Read 1 Timothy 6:1-10 and consider how Paul’s words related to our study of Acts 2 and 4?
7. Identify one practical way you will live out the generosity exemplified in Acts as a response to God’s grace in the coming weeks. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.