Our Defining Moments: Turning Money into Stories

2 Corinthians 8-9

 

Money is meant to be a means to an end, not an end in itself. The more that you are the end rather than a means to an end that is bigger than you, the more meaningless your life will be in the end. God designed you to make a difference in the world and the only way to make a difference in the world is to live life as a means to an end that is bigger than you.

 

How to Use Money as a Means to an End

  1. Give intentionally

 

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. 2 Cor. 9:7 (NLT)

 

  1. Give generously

 

For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. 2 Cor. 8:3 (NLT)

 

  1. Give proportionately

 

Give in proportion to what you have… 2 Cor. 8:11 (NLT)

 

  1. Give enthusiastically

 

Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. 2 Cor. 8:12 (NLT)

 

Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Cor. 9:7 (NLT)

 

  1. Generosity turns money into stories

 

Your offering not only supplies what is lacking for God’s people, it inspires an outpouring of praises and thanksgiving to God himself. 2 Cor. 9:12 (TPT)

 

  1. Christians should be the most generous people on the planet because the God they follow is generous beyond measure

 

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 2 Cor. 8:9 (NLT)

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Can you think of a time you gave generously, and it made an impact on someone’s life? How did it feel to know that you had made a difference in someone’s life?
  2. Is your giving primarily spontaneous (giving to needs as they arise) or intentionally (planned and regular)? How does giving intentionally shape our attitudes about money and things?
  3. Reflect on your growing up years. What attitudes about money have you caught from your parents or from previous life experience? What are your habits around money? Are they healthy or unhealthy? What attitudes and habits related to money might God want to reshape?
  4. If you are married, how much do you and your spouse argue about money? We spend money and argue about money because of underlying values. List the values that matter most to you connected to money and discuss those values with your spouse.
  5. Pray about how much money God wants you to give toward our ONE campaign. If you are married, ask God to give both you and your spouse a number, share it with each other, and then discuss it and pray about it until you agree on a number.