Tithing

When You Give...

Intro:

The Secret to Giving is Giving in Secret.

  1. When You Make Giving KNOWN, People Reward You. (Matt 6:2)

    ACTION

    AMOUNT

    ATTITUDE

  2. When You Make Giving SECRET, God Rewards You. (Matt 6:3-4)

    SPIRITUAL

    MATERIAL

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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 6:1-4

GROUP

  1. Be an armchair psychologist: Why do you think people naturally want others’ attention when they give? Be honest - have you ever given, hoping that someone would know?

  2. Do you think “giving to get a reward” (Matt 6:4) is a wrong motivation? Defend your answer.

  3. What are the rewards God gives “secret” givers? Be specific.

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another to give as Christ commanded - secretly.

Getting Back to Faithful Giving

Introduction:


Review: Luke 3:10-14 | Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Faithful Giving

  1. How should I give? (Mal 3:6-9)

  2. 2 Corinthians 8:3 - For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means,of their own accord...


  3. Why should I give?
  1. Because giving to God is good for your Wallet. (Mal 3:10-12)

  2. Because giving to God is good for your Soul. (Mal 3:13-15)

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Supporting Series on Biblical Giving from God's Word:
I Love to Give
(4 part series with audio sermon and notes)

Covering 2 Corinthians 8 - 9

 

Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Malachi 3:6-15

  1. Why is "getting on track" with giving so important towards "getting back on track" with God? What does this say about our attitude towards money?

  2. What does the New Testament say about "how to give" (see 2 Corinthians 8:3)? How would you respond to someone who says, "You don't have to tithe, that's Old Testament Law."

  3. Why do you think God wants tested in the area of giving? How can YOU test Him (specifically) as He called you to?

  4. The more you give to God, the more God gives to you. Why is this so? How would you respond to someone who doesn’t believe that?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another. Ask, "How have you been doing getting 'Back on Track'?" What area that Malachi addresses (so far in our series) has impacted you the most? (worship, marriage, holiness, giving)

Because Giving Glorifies God

Review:

1 Corinthians 10:31 - ...whatever you do, do all to the GLORY of God.

How Does Giving Glorify God?

  1. Giving results in THANKFULNESS . (2 Cor 9:11-12)

  2. Giving proves AUTHENTICITY . (2 Cor 9:13)

  3. Giving grows RELATIONSHIPS . (2 Cor 9:14)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Corinthians 9:11-15

  1. How would you define what it means to "glorify God"? How does financial giving glorify God?
     
  2. In 2 Corinthians 9:13, Paul says that giving is a proof of genuine salvation. How is giving an evidence that someone is truly born again?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to grow as givers: rightly motivated, generous, and trusting God!

Because God Gives to Me

God's Economics 101:


  1. The PRINCIPLE. (2 Cor 9:6)


  2. The PRACTICE. (2 Cor 9:7)


  3. The PROMISE. (2 Cor 9:8)


  4. The PRECEDENT. (2 Cor 9:9)


  5. The PROVISION. (2 Cor 9:10)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-10

  1. How do people misapply this teaching? (think of the TV preachers!) What does the Bible actually teach about sowing and reaping when it comes to giving?
     
  2. Why does Paul quote Psalm 112:9 in 2 Corinthians 9:9?
     
  3. Explain "God loves a cheerful giver". What does that mean? Why does God give more to cheerful givers (hint: verses 8 and 10)?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another! Specifically to grow in generosity that trusts God to keep His Word about giving.

Because Jesus Loves to Give

When We Give Like Jesus:


We give SELFLESSLY. (2 Cor 8:9)


We FINISH what we start. (2 Cor 8:10-12)


EVERYONE is taken care of. (2 Cor 8:13-15)

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Parents / Children Discussion Questions:

Discuss this passage / sermon with your children this week! Ask: "Why does the church take an offering? What happens with that money?" Explain how the money we give: supports this ministry, helps Harvest Bible Fellowship (which trains pastors and plants more churches), and helps other various needs (Moldova church offering, Action Packs, etc).

Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

  1. Explain 2 Corinthians 8:9. What does this mean? Why did Paul say this in the middle of a passage on giving? What does this say about how we should give?
     
  2. Why did Paul quote Exodus 16:18 in 2 Corinthians 8:15? What was his point?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another!