GIVING TO GOD CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

Giving to God first won’t kill you, and actually—by his grace—it may just save your life.

Notes And Next Steps

1 Kings 17:7-16 + Part 3 of the series “Ten For Ten"

What if your mom or dad is looking for a cord to charge their device?

The demand of God’s prophet Elijah might sound cruel and oppressive, but is just the opposite. It is liberating and full of life and love. Better than a phone or flour.

“Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.” (1 Kings 17:13)

“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land’.” (1 Kings 17:14)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

CROSSTALK

  1. As you watch today’s episode of “Living Generously,” answer these questions: How does it feel to be poor in our society? Does Frank become poor? Did Jesus? Can you? (2 Corinthians 8:8-9)
  2. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. In what ways are the rich tempted to sin? What can God do that riches cannot?
  3. For practical encouragement about how to do this well, the apostle Paul teaches this (1 Corinthians 16:2). What are 7 key considerations for firstfruits, proportionate giving? Share your experience and ideas.
  4. A single mom with two children who made $30,000 last year. She gave $2,500 in offerings. There is a two-income family with two children who made $110,000 last year and gave $11,000. Who gave more?
  5. Phil and Clare Gephart, helping a child and a widow. Can you grab a ladle?

NEWS AND NOTES

President Ronald Reagan signed declarations for Martin Luther King, Jr. day in 1983 and National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984. Next Sunday, January 26, we will distribute commitment packets to all CrossLife family members. Please read the letter, use the planning tools included, and prayerfully consider what your response will be. How will your generosity grow with fear, love and trust in God above all things? Where does God hand you a ladle instead of a spoon?