The New Life: Selfless & Sacrificial Giving

What’s it all about? The new life is characterized by a desire to bless all people, especially other believers. This desire is demonstrated in acts of generosity that provide for others financially.

So what? As the recipients of God’s grace, Christians have been given the most costly gift in history: salvation. As the children of God, Christians have been called to imitate their Heavenly Father and give selflessly and sacrificially to provide for others, especially other Christians.

Selfless and sacrificial giving should include, but not be limited to, benevolence, mercy ministry, disaster relief, and missions (both foreign and domestic). Additionally, this type of giving should be both systematic (i.e., weekly, monthly) and spontaneous (i.e., a pressing need).

Questions from the Text:

1. What is the motivation for giving generously to provide for the needs of those whose primary purpose is to teach other Christians (i.e., pastors, missionaries, church staff) (6:6)?

2. How does generous giving or selfish hoarding illustrate one’s understanding of God’s character (6:7)?

3. How does the way a person invest his or her life (time, talents, & treasure) reveal one’s understanding and application of the gospel (6:7-8)?

4. How is perseverance in doing good to others related to the final judgment (6:9-10)?

Now what? As children of God and recipients of grace, we’ve been called to demonstrate our love and gratefulness to God. Therefore, our lives should be characterized by generosity as we selflessly and sacrificially invest in others, especially fellow Christians.

selfless giving[6] Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. [7] Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:6-10 ESV)

Small Group Questions

Scripture: Matthew 6:1-4

1. How is it counterproductive to publicize what we give financially?

2. What attitude and actions characterize hypocritical giving?

3. What does it mean to give so that your left hand does not know what your right hand is doing?

4. What does it mean to give secretly? Is that really possible?

5. How does God reward those who give selflessly and sacrificially?

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