GIVING FROM A GENEROUS HEART/CHEERFUL GIVING
Study Date: 6 May 18
Scripture: Exodus 35: 20-29; 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8
Biblical Date: 1445 B. C.; probably A.D. 56
Biblical Location: Mount Sinai; Macedonia
KEY VERSE: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9: 7)
- To understands the offering to build and furnish the tabernacle.
- To sense what God is telling us about giving to Him as worship.
- To appreciate the call to cheerful and generous giving.
- To think about giving the right amount for the right reason.
- To embrace and give cheerfully and generously as a Christian way of life.
- To give consistently as an act of honoring the Lord.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Exodus 25: 1-9; Matthew 6: 1-4; 2 Corinthians 9: 1-5; LevIticus 27: 30-33; Psalm 112; Exodus 35: 10-19.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Bountifully—generously, laudation, like God.
Grace—godly favor, loving-kindness.
Heart—centre and seat of spiritual life.
Reap—to gather, to harvest.
Soweth—to scatter, to plant, to seed.
TILLING THE SOIL/BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
Are there clear Biblical instructions about how believers ought to give to God?
What is the difference between what the Old Testament teaches and that of New Testament?
How did the children of Israel get to Egypt and what was their condition?
What was the economic condition in Egypt during this time?
What are some example from the Old Testament of offerings and sacrifices?
What can we say God has done for or given to us?
THE SEED GIVING FROM A GENEROUS HEART/CHEERFUL GIVING Exodus 35: 20-29; 2 CORINTHIANS 9: 6-8
- The Power of a Willing Heart (Exodus 35: 20-23)
- The people left Moses to give to God.
- Each person willingly gave an offering to the Lord, the work of the tabernacle, and for the minister’s services and dress.
- Both men and women came with a willing heart to give.
- Bring God Your Very Best (Exodus 35: 24-26)
- The people came and brought the best that they had.
- The women, guided by their hearts, did special things with their hands.
- They were skilled in their workmanship.
- The Power of Unity (Exodus 35: 27-29)
- The leaders and the people agreed to bring one thing to the Lord.
- They came with a willing offering to the Lord.
- They did what the Lord had commanded them to do together.
- We Reap What We Sow (2 Corinthians 9: 6-8)
- Believers are sowers who reap accordingly.
- Sowing with purpose makes the difference.
- Grudging and necessity are not God’s way of giving.
- When believers give, there is not lack or need but abundance.
Believers are to give as they are enabled by God to do so.
PLANTING THE SEED
What words describe the Israelites’ giving spirit?
What gifts did the people bring to the construction of the tabernacle?
What fact reveals the extent of the people’s generosity?
What analogy did Paul use to encourage giving from the people’s agricultural experience?
What does it mean to give grudgingly?
How do we avoid giving under pressure?
What kind of giver pleases the Lord?
What is the promise to those who give generously?
How does Paul speak to underscore the greatness of God’s blessings?
What is the real issue in generous giving?
NURTURING THE SEED
Is it possible to please God without giving offerings?
Does God ordain the setting of financial assessments for His people?
Are financial assessments free will offerings?
Does it matter how much we give or how often we give?
What should motivate us to give?
Why is it important to give the God who owns everything an offering?
How does God measure the value of our offering to Him?
What is the comparison between what we give God and what He gives to us?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
We give money as an offering to God.
All people can bring an offering to god, regardless of how rich or poor.
The blessings of God should move us to give an offering to Him.
Our willingness to give determines our likeliness to receive from God.
Giving should always come from the heart , joyfully.
It is wise to give offerings to God who provides all our needs.
Give gifts of value—time, talent, and from your treasure.
No one is too young to learn to give Biblically.
One’s giving reflects one’s attitude about God.
Christian adults want to worship God right by including giving.