Gives Generously

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Giving generously means recognizing that God has given us gifts, talents, possessions, time, and influence to use for His purposes. We are merely stewards of what we have—it all belongs to God. Giving well means giving with open hands and hearts, trusting God to meet our needs. We experience life when we give well.

Our words and actions influence others, and we are influenced by the words and actions of others. How are we influencing and being influenced? What does it mean to live as a Christ-like influencer? How does that affect our influencing and being influenced?

Read Matthew 6:19-21. How does Jesus describe treasure? How does what we treasure connect to our hearts? How would this impact our understanding of giving generously?

Read Matthew 6:22-23. Why does Jesus follow a discussion about treasure and heart with a discussion about eyes?

Read Matthew 6:24. What does it look like to serve either God or wealth? What do you serve? How can you tell what you serve?

Read Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-30. What do these passages indicate about the gifts we’ve been given? How could we give generously of those gifts?