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Week 12: Gathering  How To Give



This weekend we discussed the two extremes Christians tend to fall into when considering why and “How to Give.”

Extreme #1: Thinking that God wants a 10% tithe and then after that you can do whatever you want with your money. 


Extreme #2: Thinking that God’s primary, if not only, intention for our money is that we give it away to the poor or for evangelization purposes.


{ Question 1 }

As you consider your own life, where do you fall into the trap of one or both of these extremes? How does it play out in your life in terms of you view and handling of your money?

Watch the following video together and discuss:

{ Question 2 }

After watching the above video, what Aha moments get provoked, especially with respect to how you view and handle your money and the relationship of both when it comes to following Jesus? 



Consider “The Generosity Matrix”:

  1. SHARE: God gives excess to some so that they can share with those who have less (2 Corinthians 8:13-15)
  2. RESPOND: Jesus’ radical generosity toward us is THE model and motivation for responding in radical generosity toward others. (2 Corinthians 8-9)
  3. SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit must guide us as to which sacrifices we are to make, not including giving a portion to one’s local church.  
  4. JOY: God delights in our enjoyment of His material gifts and gives us richly all things to enjoy. (Proverbs, John 2:1–11, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 35:27)
  5. DISTRUST: We are not to trust in riches or define our lives by the abundance of our possessions. (Matthew 6:25–33).
  6. WISDOM: Wealth building is wise. (Proverbs 14:24; 21:5; 13:22; 3:9–10; 13:11; 6:6-8; 10:22)

{ Question 3 }

As you consider the “Generosity Matrix” what parts of it bring encouragement and/or conviction? Where do you perceive yourself as needing to grow in order to have a more balanced understanding of “How to Give?”



DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for Giving this week:

  • Perhaps that means starting or increasing your tithing online or on Sundays? 
  • Maybe creating a family budget in order to pursue wisdom? 
  • Possibly praying that God would bring a need of another to you to meet? 
  • Perhaps spending time scouring where and how Jesus talks about money in Scripture?