Small Group Lesson:
Q: Before you became a Christian did you ever give a financial donation to some kind of cause or organization? What motivated you to do so?
When someone is impacted by the loving sacrifice of Jesus they loving sacrifice for God and others. This is the Biblical motivation of giving offering.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
Q: What are some wrong motivations for giving offering?
3 Reasons why we give offering:
Acts 4:32-37 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Q: If Barnabas was your friend and told you his plan to sell a property in Osaka or a vehicle and give 100% of the money to the church, how would you advise him? Would you tell him it's a good idea or an unwise decision?
Philippians 4:15-18 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
Hopefully we are being increasingly motivated to sacrificially give offering because of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts and by the loving sacrifice of Christ revealed in God’s Word. The goal of the rest of this small group discussion is to offer practical help for those who desire to sacrificially give offering.
Q: Do you have a budgeted goal for giving offering? If so, is the amount you give easy to give or is it a sacrifice? If not, privately estimate the average amount you give each month. Is it more or less than you thought? Is it a sacrifice?
Q: Considering the amount of money you gave in offering over past 12 months, what is something you could have bought had you kept the money for yourself? Do you have greater joy having worshiped God, advanced his kingdom, and contributed to other’s needs than if you had kept the money yourself?
Q: Is there something superfluous that you purchase on a regular basis? What?