Grow deeper Devotionals
a follow up to Concord Trinity UMC weekly sermon
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 Grow Deeper Devotions
“A Cheerful Giver - Week 1” by Rev. Laura Taylor
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Monday – read 2 Corinthians 9:1-7. Why is the Apostle Paul sending people to the church in Corinth ahead of his arrival? What giving project do you think the people of Corinth had committed to? What is Paul’s concern here regarding promise and fulfillment regardless of what this offering was intended to do? Why do you think he adds verse 7? What does it mean to be a cheerful giver?
Tuesday - read 2 Corinthians 9:8-15. How does the Apostle Paul compare the act of giving with the act of farming? Have you ever thought about generosity in terms of sowing and reaping? What do you understand verses 11-12 to mean? When you give to others, do you see it as a way of giving thanks to God and sharing good news?
Wednesday – read Proverbs 11:24-28. Proverbs are wise sayings or observations about life that were collected and preserved from about three thousand years ago. Sprinkled through the chapters are verses related to sharing, giving and making decisions about wealth.
What do you think verses 24-25 mean? Have you or someone you know ever shared generously with God and found themselves feeling blessed and joyful? While having an income is important, what can be a danger in putting our ultimate trust in our finances?
Thursday - read 1 Chronicles 29:1-14. Why do you think King David gave so much for the work of the Lord’s house? Why do you think the people were willing to give? Why were the people rejoicing in verse 9? As David begins to pray to God, he expresses that God has authority over everything and everything is a gift to us. Do we still act as if this is true in our modern faith? What was the possible reason for the question in verse 14?
Friday - read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. How is the Apostle Paul encouraging them to be generous? Do you think of joy and poverty going together? How can people who don’t have as much as others still overflow with generosity? What does verse 9 mean for you? How is our cheerful generosity an extension of the gift Christ offered to each of us?
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