SERIES: The Distance
SPEAKER: Pastor Tim
SCRIPTURE: Philemon 1:4-22
THE LAUNCHING POINT:
You know how to give. Everyone gives something somewhere. We define our generosity by our random acts of goodness. But generosity is more than that. Generosity is the premeditated, calculated, designated emancipation of personal financial assets. When you become generous, you give more, save more, and consume less. It can free you from the Great American Insanity Cycle of spending more than we make, accumulating debt, having no financial margin, worrying about money, and spending money we don’t have in order to distract ourselves from worry.
MAKING THE CONNECTION:
1. How much more money would it take for you to alleviate your financial worries?
2. What are some reasons that we spend money we don’t have? What are some of the cultural costs of that behavior?
3. How would your life be different if you were able to quit worrying about not having enough money or the money you have being taken away? How would that change your financial decision-making?
4. What is one thing you can do this week to begin to trust God with your finances, to live as though everything you have belongs to him? How can this group support you?
TAKING THE NEXT STEP:
If you think and behave like a giver, you’ll give more, consume less, and have more left over. Generous people do not assume everything they have is theirs to consume. They recognize that it all belongs to a loving heavenly Father who can be trusted to care for them. You can break the insanity by behaving like and thinking like a giver, not a consumer.
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.