Faith Forward: Giving
Week Six Practice
February 18, 2018
Practice: If you’ve never given to God before, take a step of faith and begin giving a tithe to God as an act of worship and trust in Him. Tips:
- Ask God for an open mind and heart as we explore this practice.
- Keep a log of your spending this week if you don’t already do.
- Talk with someone you trust who applies this biblical practice to their life. Ask them questions and honestly voice your concerns and worries.
- Jesus said in Matthew 6, that where our treasure is, our heart will be there also. Take a moment and think about what you spend your money on. Do Jesus’ words ring true when you look at your spending? What does this tell you about where your heart is?
- Psalm 24:1 tells us that everything we have belongs to God–our homes, clothing, cars, and any other possession we can think of. If we don’t see God as the owner and giver of everything we have, what will we be tempted to think and how does that promote selfishness? Consider reading Deuteronomy 8:17-18 while thinking about this question.
- Pastor Marco calls us stewards–a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs. As stewards, we are accountable to the one who owns it all: God. If you had someone managing your financial affairs how would you want them to go about it?
- Pastor Marco echoes Jesus’ words in Luke 16 saying, “If you can’t be faithful with little you’ll never be faithful with much.” If we want to be given more in life, how should we manage what we have now? Why is it wrong to assume that we’ll give in the future when we have lots of money?
- Jesus boldly tells us that we cannot serve both God and money. We will love one and hate the other. How does the biblical principle of the tithe shift our love from money and possessions toward God and His kingdom?
- This practice may be the most challenging one of the series. Pray together and ask God for the courage to trust Him as your provider, to graciously reveal where your love has been misplaced, and for the Spirit’s wisdom and strength to making giving a priority in your life in Christ.