Reflection Guide: A People of Generosity

Main Idea - This week we considered what it might look like to be a people of generosity in a culture of excess. You can listen to the podcast here.

Read through the following passages: 1 Timothy 6:17-19, James 2:1-17

Discuss the questions below with your MC or DNA group.

  1. What is our suburban cultures predominate view on wealth and material goods? How has living in this culture shaped your own views of “the good life?”
  2. What are some of the dangers Paul talks about in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 facing those who are rich? What part of his warning hits home with you?
  3. How does the Gospel free us from the chains of greed/excess and create in us generous hearts? What Gospel truth do you need to cling to when you’re tempted towards excess or greed?
  4. Take a minute to consider the resources God has given you (Time, Talent, Treasure). What area do you sense the Spirit leading you towards generosity (Community, Church, Needy)
  5. Where might there be needs that your excess resources can serve others? What needs do you have that others might be able to help with?
  6. 1 Timothy 6:19 says, “storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.” Spend some time meditating on this verse. How might this motivate our hearts to increasingly practice generosity?


Kids Worship Questions

  1. Can you think of something you have that you don’t like to share? Maybe your time, toys, or money? Why do you think it is hard for people to share with others?
  2. When we get a lot of stuff (toys, money, gifts, etc.) we are prone to get proud of our stuff and feel secure because of our stuff. Can you think of an example of this in your life? How does trusting Jesus help us?
  3. The bible tells us that if we are given many riches that we should see this as an opportunity to share with many. What has God given you and your family? What might it look like to share what you have with those in need?