- Make a list of people you know who give faithfully to God's work. Ask them to share their experiences of joyful giving.
- Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and meditate on it whenever you feel unthankful.
- Memorize Matthew 6:21. Evaluate your giving and spending habit to see where your treasure lies.
- Think of an instance in your life that illustrates the reasons giving is better than receiving.
- Memorize Philippians 4:19. Remind yourself of this verse each time your faith to give is tested.
- How have you been giving your time, talents and treasure to help fulfill the Great Commission? How do your gifts reflect a desire to see others accept God's love and forgiveness?
- Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to help you set financial priorities. Write them down and review them each time you pay your bills or do your accounting.
- Examine your giving to missions to see if it reflects the priority you have set for it.
- In which areas of your life do you feel greedy or materialistic? How have these feelings affected your spiritual well-being?
- Is there any part of your finances that you have not completely surrendered to God? If so, why? What course of action do you plan to take to correct this matter?
- List ways to tithe your time and talents. How can you work them into your present schedule?
- Outline 1 John 2:15-17. How does this relate to your stewardship?
Group Discussion Questions
- To encourage one another, share with your group how God has blessed your giving.
- Do a group study of the parable found in Matthew 25:14-29 and list the characteristics you find in the good and bad stewards. Apply these to the way people live today.
- Share one way in which Satan tempts you to give less. Be specific. How can you overcome this temptation in the future?
- With your group, list several ways in which you can share your abundance with others in both material and non-material ways.
- Discuss with your group: Suppose a new Christian confides in you that he is afraid to give God control over his giving. How would you advise him?
Adapted from the Transferable Concept: How You Can Experience the Joy of Giving, by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Campus Crusade for Christ. All rights reserved.