HEARTBEATS: Generosity: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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6Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What stood out to you in how Paul challenged and instructed the Corinthian church regarding their generosity?

  • What do you find applies to you in your own stewardship of what God has given you?

  • As you reflect on where you invest your time, resources and gifts, what is God encouraging or challenging in you?

  • What are some meaningful steps you can take to help you grow in a heartbeat of generosity?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Proverbs 30:7-9

O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank The Lord for how he has generously provided for you

  • Ask The Lord to reveal why you may struggle with being generous, and to help you grow

  • Ask The Lord to show you how to live out his heart of generosity