Generosity Wrestles The World From Our Hearts: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

CelGen3.jpg

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5 ESV)

This last week week we took a few minutes to talk about how generosity is a gift from God given to us to rip our hearts away from the cares and pleasures of this world. In 2 Corinthians 8 we get to see a glimpse of generosity that will stretch each and every one of us.

The more we know the power of the Gospel and our experience of God’s great generosity, the grip of the world on our heart loosens and the overwhelming presence of God’s generosity consumes our attention and affection.

Discussion Questions

  • What is generosity?
  • What stands out to you about the Macedonians generosity?
  • How might generosity be a gift of God to you and to others?
  • What gets in the way of you living generously?
  • What do you think is the key to the Macedonians generosity and how might that challenge you?
  • What does it look like for you to intentionally choose to live more generously this year?
  • What does it look like for your community group to live more generously this year.