We’ve all met people who are stingy, and those who are generous. Generosity is a gift that can’t help but share, from smiles and kind words, to time, to monetary gifts, they all flow from the same loving Spirit that is ours by faith.
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Generosity June 25-26, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Generosity
Monday, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, Paul and the False Apostles
Tuesday, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle
Wednesday, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Paul’s Visions and Revelations
Thursday, 2 Corinthians 12:11-21, Paul’s Concern for the Corinthian Church
Friday, 2 Corinthians 13:1-10, Further Warning
Saturday, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Final Greetings and Benediction
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 2 Corinthians 8:12
Generosity is itself a gift. God’s overflowing abundance of gifts to us trigger our own desire to show generosity whenever we are able. Paul clarifies God’s vision for believers: that no one may have too much or too little.
- What does it mean to be generous? What kinds of gifts can you share?
- Tell a story of a time you received generosity from someone. Tell of a time you were generous to another.
- Consider what gift you could give to someone in need. It could be money, food, or clothing. It could be time, a listening ear, or a ride to an appointment. Give what you can this week. Take notice of how the experience affected you.
PRAY: Generous God, for our sake you became poor, so that we might enjoy the riches of your grace. Teach us so to empty ourselves and be filled with your generosity. Amen.
BLESS: May God fill your life with generosity and with generous people. Amen.