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“Giving That Honors God” by Pastor Matt

Life Group Discussion Guide

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Blessing & Blessed  Sermon Series
Giving That Honors God” by Pastor Matt 

December 15, 2019
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context:  Giving and Generosity are two different things.  Sunday morning, we saw God’s generosity and the many blessings he’s given us “to the praise of His glory.”  In what ways do you tend to express to those around you the blessings you’ve received?

Sermon Texts:  Mark 12:41-44; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:1-10

Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group.  We are praying for you as you lead these discussions:

Discussion Guide: 

Spend a few moments re-capping the sermon.  What thought, concept, text or phrase popped out to you?

Think of the words “giving” and “generosity.”

  1. What comes to mind? What do you think of? 
  2. What’s the difference between the two?
  3. How can you discern the difference?
  4. Has there been a time you’ve been on the receiving end of someone’s generosity?
  5. Would you classify yourself as a generous person? How so?
  6. Is there an area of your life where you might need to develop a generous spirit?

Re-read Ephesians 1:3-14

  1. As you re-read this text, what stood out?
  2. Is there one “blessing” that stands out to you?
  • Maybe it’s harder to believe.
  • Maybe it blows you away, makes you want to worship.
  1. With a partner, pick a truth in these verses and spend a few minutes finding other texts that support this blessing. Share your “support” texts with the group.

 Pastor Matt mentioned “Our God is a generous God.”
Come up with some biblical examples of this statement.

In his conclusion, Pastor Matt gave four practical examples of generosity:

  • Hospitality
  • Service
  • Mentoring and Discipleship
  • Kindness
  1. Does one of these four seem like an option for you to pursue?
  2. Is there another practical way you plan on extending the blessings you’ve received to your oikosthe people that God has strategically placed in your daily life? 

Prayer Time:

Spend a few minutes at the end of your group time praying through Ephesians 1:3-14.  Spend time thanking Him for the ways He has blessed us!

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“Blessed to be a Blessing” by Pastor Tony

Life Group Discussion Guide

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Blessing & Blessed  Sermon Series
Blessed to be a Blessing” by Pastor Tony
Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group

December 8, 2019
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context:  We use the term “blessed” or “blessings” quite often especially during the Christmas season.  What would it truly look like if each day we chose to bless another in an unexpected way?  How might that change that person’s day and your yours?”

Sermon Texts:  Matthew 13:10-17; Luke 12:48; Acts 20:35; Numbers 6:24-26

Discussion Guide:

 Spend a few moments re-capping the sermon.  What thought, concept, text or phrase popped out to you? 

Think of the word(s) bless, blessed, blessing.  

  1. What comes to mind/what do you think of?

  2. How are they different?

  3. Has there been a time you’ve experienced this unexpectedly?

  4. What does it mean to be a blessing or to bless someone?

Re-read Matthew 13:10-17

  1. What two types of people are being contrasted in this passage?

  • Spend a few minutes making observations of these two people.

  • Discuss how this plays out in, this church, their relationships (oikos), and their families

  • How does this reality change the way you:

    • View others?
    • Pray for others?
    • Serve those around you?
    • Share with others?

2. How are we (those able to understand) able to “hear & perceive?” (v.16)

  1. When blessed, you have the resources to be a blessing. What would it (or does it) look like to implement this reality into your life?

Re-read Acts 20:35“It is more blessed to give than receive.”

  1. How does focusing on the gift of the gospel help motivate us? How do we make sure this doesn’t start sounding like a checklist or duty?

  2. What do you have that you can share so that others might experience joy with you?

  3. How have you experienced joy in the journey of giving and receiving?

Prayer:

  1. Take some time to thank Him for the gift of understanding the gospel.

  2. Pray for those in your oikos who need the gift/blessing of understanding this gift. Pray that God through His Spirit would work in their hearts. 

Take-a-ways from the sermon:

  1. Write down how you have been blessed and thank God for those blessings.

  2. What do you have that you can share so that others might be fortunate and experience joy with you?

  3. During this advent season, make a point to bless one person each day with an unexpected blessing.

Benediciton: 

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

- Numbers 6:24-26

 

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