Week 4

At the Heart of It All… to be a Blessing

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Video

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/198062?episode=1 (From 0:50 to 10:55)

Conversations

Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:

  1. Reading the Genesis passage, how did Abram get his land? How did he become a great nation? How did he become a blessing? There is no indication that Abram did anything special to deserve this blessing? At the end of all, do any of us deserve anything that we have? It is all a gift.
  2. Psalm 24: 1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” If everything is God, what role do we have with possessions?
  3. I Chronicles 29:14 says “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”
  4. How does seeing our role as that of a steward change our relationship to money? How does it free us from money’s potential deathly grip and worry?
  5. When we realize that we were giving away God’s money for God’s purposes, instead of my money for purposes, life changes. How does that concept change one’s financial priorities?
  6. Reflect on this statement: “Transformed life moves toward transformed giving. When we get to the point that we have to depend on God, then giving transforms to joy for God’s provision.” When have you ever had to depend on God when you made a commitment and were not sure how you would repay it?
  7. Have you ever been blessed by paying for someone’s needs randomly, as the lady who paid for another person’s prescription did? How did that make you feel? How did the person react?