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Plastic Donuts: “Giving that Delights the Heart of the Father”            2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (Pt 1 of 2)                                             2/5/2023

 

·     What comes to mind when you think about pleasing God?

 

·     What comes to mind when you hear the words “money” and “church” together? ____________________________________

 

QUESTION #1: What is an acceptable gift to God?

 

1.    Look up the Scriptures below and answer this question:

a.    What is the Biblical Definition of “acceptable”?

    adequate, barely good enough, just squeaking by

    pleasing, delightful, surprising, perfect, tearful, proud, ecstatic happiness

 

Genesis 4:3-5 ____________________________________________

Hebrews 11:4 ___________________________________________

Psalm 19:14 _____________________________________________

Isaiah 58:5 ______________________________________________

Leviticus 1:3, 9, 13, 17; 22:20 _______________________________

Romans 12:1 ____________________________________________

Philippians 4:18 (Amplified Version) _________________________

 

b.    Not all gifts are the same to God. Not all are acceptable.

 

QUESTION #2: Does the amount we give to God matter?

 

2.    What percentage of your income do you give to your home church and other para-church organizations/charities? _______

 

3.    Does the amount you give matter? [circle one: YES or NO]

(2 Samuel 24:22-25; Matthew 6:21)

a.    My giving needs to impact my lifestyle in order to get my heart’s attention.

 

b.    God doesn’t want the same gift from all His children. He wants a personal gift.

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4.    Why do you give financially to Epic Christian Church?

    I don’t because I:  

o  don’t believe in the church’s mission.

o  don’t trust the leaders.

o  have never been taught about it.

o  have overcommitted myself financially and don’t have any “discretionary” money.

 

    I give: 

o  out of guilt; begrudgingly.

o  out of obligation; I’m supposed to tithe (give 10%).

o  to earn brownie points with God; to gain His favor.

o  out of joy; to be part of building God’s Kingdom!

 

5.   What do we learn from the Apostle Paul about giving?

6 Remember this--a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT)

 

6.    God commands us to give freely.

(Exodus 25:2; Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 11; 16:10)

 

7.   We get to determine the amount of our gifts. There is tremendous God-given freedom AND responsibility in that.

 

Next Week (2/12):

·     QUESTION #3: What is the acceptable standard of giving?

·     QUESTION #4: What makes our gift pleasing to God?  

 

Resources:

-Plastic Donuts by Jeff Anderson

-RightNow Media video library: text EPICCHRISTIAN to 49775 

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