SERIES: Pick Your Crazy
SPEAKER: Tyler McNeely
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:2
THE LAUNCHING POINT:
Everyone gives something somewhere to someone. But that only masks the fact that we don’t know how to be generous. Generosity isn’t about how to give. It is more than random acts of giving. Persuasive people can inspire or guilt us into giving. But generous people don’t need to be sold or guilted. They plan to give. If you choose to become generous—to plan to give—you’ll give more, consume less, and have more left over.
MAKING THE CONNECTION:
1. During the message, Tyler said, “You give from a grateful heart or you give from a broken heart.” To whom or what are you grateful? What causes or problems break your heart? What would it look like to say “yes” to those organizations, charities, or people?
2. Read 1 Corinthians 16:1–3. What is freeing about deciding for yourself what and where it is best to be generous? What is challenging about that kind of freedom?
3. What are some obstacles to you saving more, giving more, and spending less? What can you do to overcome those obstacles?
4. What is your best next step for making a plan to save more, give more, and spend less? How can this group support you?
TAKING THE NEXT STEP:
Being radically generous may seem crazy, but Jesus said the alternative is crazier. It reduces you to an owner and a consumer. It leaves you discontented. And no matter what you choose, you will eventually lose possession of your stuff anyway. So choose your crazy. But remember: happy is the person whose life is ordered around giving rather than receiving.
PRAYER REQUESTS, AND PRAYER:
Ask attendees to share any prayer requests they have. Record any notes or prayer requests to pray for them during the week.