The Joy of Generosity

Sep 6, 2020    Pastor Doug Thuen
The Pursuit of Joy | The Joy of Generosity
September 6, 2020
Life Group Study Questions
Philippians 4:10-23


1. Define contentment in your own words. Read Philippians 4:10-13. What is the Biblical message here regarding contentment?

2. Read Philippians 4:14-18. The Philippian Church gave generously. Why do you think that was? American church goers today give less than what regular church attenders gave during the Great Depression (average annual giving 2.5%). Why do you think that is? (Read this informative article from Pushpay: pushpay.com/blog/church-giving-statistics/)

3. Why does Paul call their gift a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, and pleasing to God? Was it a gift to Paul or to God? Who truly was the recipient of the blessing (v.17)? How might these different perspectives affect your giving?

4. Compare the gift of Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37) with that of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) and identify the following:

Barnabas​​​​, Ananias, and Sapphira

Action: ​​​​

Motive:​​​

Goal:​


5. How have you seen God provide for you in the past (physically, spiritually or otherwise)?

6. What drives you to discontentment? What distracts you from being content, and therefore, holds you back from being generous?

7. Beginning this week, what can I live with ‘less of’ in order to be ‘more generous’ to God and others?