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The Treasure Principle - Session 2

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Adult Sunday School

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The Treasure Principle - Session 2

  1. 1. THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving Adult Sunday School 2018 (Four Sessions)
  2. 2. The Spirituality of Giving 2 Class Description & Outline Explore the guidelines and rewards of giving as highlighted in the six “Treasure Principle Keys” found in Scripture. Biblical and practical, this perspective-shifting series helps Christians replace anxiety over money and possessions with something far more priceless: the liberating joy of giving! • Session One: The Treasure of Giving • Session Two: The Spirituality of Giving • Session Three: The Sacrifice of Giving • Session Four: The Joy of Giving
  3. 3. The Spirituality of Giving 3 Key Verses • Isaiah 58:9-11 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. • Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
  4. 4. The Spirituality of Giving 4 Key Issues • God’s grace is amazing. Grace was the manifestation of God’s loving initiative toward us long before we ever did anything for Him. And it is both the model for and the power behind our giving. • Gaze upon Christ long enough, and you’ll become more of a giver. Give long enough, and you’ll become more like Christ. • As surely as the compass needle follows north, your heart will follow your treasure. Money leads; hearts follow.
  5. 5. The Spirituality of Giving 5 Video Highlights • Grace and the giver • The fringe benefits of giving • God made us with strong desires • Eager for eternal reward? • Where will you aim your desires?
  6. 6. The Spirituality of Giving 6 Video: The Treasure of Giving
  7. 7. The Spirituality of Giving 7 Video Discussion • What is your response to the story and testimony of the woman who paid for the stranger’s medication? • Take a few minutes to talk to your Father about His grace toward you. Identify a few of your possible responses to His grace—inward mental or emotional responses, and outward behavioral responses. How do these responses reveal ways that God’s grace might impact your thinking, belief, and behavior?
  8. 8. The Spirituality of Giving 8 Bible Exploration • Throughout 2 Corinthians 8-9, the themes of God’s grace and our giving are intertwined. How does each of the following sections clarify the relationship between the two? • 2 Cor 8:1-5 • 2 Cor 8:6-7 • 2 Cor 8:8-12 • 2 Cor 9:6-9 • 2 Cor 9:10-15 • Read Isaiah 58:9-11. What does the Lord promise the generous giver? (Put your answer in terms of your life situation today.)
  9. 9. The Spirituality of Giving 9 Living the Truth • How much is desire for eternal reward part of your motivation for giving? How can we help each other view eternal reward with a healthy attitude? • How would you describe your attitude when giving? Is it a dispassionate act of philanthropy? Or do you give with immersion in God’s kingdom causes? Or are you somewhere in between?
  10. 10. The Spirituality of Giving 10 Questions for God • Pray: “Do I really believe that You have made me to be a giver? Am I convinced that I will feel pleasure when I give? God, help me to believe and to trust You enough to give.” • Pray: “I recognize the potential my passions and desires have to cause great harm or to achieve great good. God, will You help me direct my treasure and my passions toward You and Your eternal purposes?”
  11. 11. The Spirituality of Giving 11 Treasure Principle Keys 1. God owns everything; I’m His money manager • We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us 2. My heart always goes where I put God’s money • Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things
  12. 12. The Spirituality of Giving 12 Scripture Memory Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4
  13. 13. The Spirituality of Giving 13 Next Session: The Sacrifice of Giving

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