RICH IN GOD AND GIVING

The formula for getting rich is simple, they say. Make sure that your income is more than your expenses, and over time you will accumulate wealth. But God says not all income makes you rich, and not all expenses make you poor.

Notes And Next Steps

Genesis 14:17-23 + Part 1 of the series “Living Generously"

Not all income and wealth makes us richer; some makes us poorer. 

And not all expenses and offerings make us poorer; some makes us richer.

“I will accept nothing belonging to you .. so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’” (Genesis 14:23)

Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:20)

As you watch episode one of Living Generously, take notes about the different kinds of giving you observe in a) Frank, b) Cassie, c) Ray, and d) Evan. What did they give, and why?

Rich in God.

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously … Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous. (2 Corinthians 9:6,10,11)

SPIRITUAL NEXT STEP

Which of the four characters— a) Frank, b) Cassie, c) Ray, and d) Evan—would you say you are most like? How? Want the video of episode one? Write your name and email and “LG” on your connection card today.

Discussion Questions

  1. Which of the four characters— a) Frank, b) Cassie, c) Ray, and d) Evan—would you say you are most like? How? Want the video of episode one? Email [email protected] and I’ll send it.
  2. For families: Retell the Living Generously episode to your children. Draw the sheep. Go into your Living Generously gift pack and talk about the watch and the airplane.
  3. Hebrews 7 compares Jesus to Melchizedek. In what ways? This teaches about Jesus’ significance for your struggles and decisions. 
  4. In the book Holy Smoke! What Ever Happened to Tithing? J. Cliff Christopher and Herb Mather wrote, “The tithe is a benchmark along a journey rather than a mark of having arrived at the destination.” Read Deuteronomy 26:8-10, then pray about your new journey related to tithing.