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Scriptures From Sunday: Acts 4:34-37, 5:1-6; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:6-8; Luke 21:1-4
What motivates you? (Ex. Success? Fear of failure? Praise? Criticism? Etc.)
Which do you think is more important & why- having good circumstances or a good attitude?
How would you describe your attitude about offering your time, talents and resources to God? How about your motivations to give?
What have you been taught about giving in church settings- both directly and indirectly?
Do you think believers have to give? Need to give? Should want to give? Some/all of the above? Which motivates you the most?
What is your reaction to the story of Ananias & Sapphira? What do you think the differences were between their and Barnabas’ offerings?
What kind of pressures might Ananias & Sapphira felt that prompted them to give an offering their hearts weren’t behind?
Read 2 Cor. 8:1-5. What strikes you most about the way these believers gave? What, if anything, would you hope to emulate in your own life & giving?
Have you ever been guilted into giving? What happened? Do you think God was honored by that?
What strikes you most about the story of the widow who gave all she had in Luke 21:1-4? What do you think Jesus would call us to emulate about her offering?
When is the last time you gave an offering that required faith on your part? What happened?
Which would most represent a next step of growth for you- giving joyfully, generously or from faith? Which motivation do you long to leave behind the most- giving from pressure, obligation or guilt?