Rhythms: Stewardship

Life Group Discussion Questions

February 27, 2019

Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.  – C.S. Lewis

Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness…the flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify our pride and arrogance. – Richard Foster

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving too little away. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. – C.S. Lewis

Get the Conversation Started

Q: How is our participation in giving and service a good barometer for our understanding of the Gospel?

Q: When you hear the word stewardship what comes to mind?

Read & Discuss

Q: What does it mean to you that we “belong to God”? What does it mean to you that “everything we have belongs to God”? For examples, take turns reading the following passages: Psalm 24:1-2, Deuteronomy 10:14; Haggai 2:8; Colossians 1:16; Psalm 50:11-12.

Follow Up: What do these verses teach us about God?

Follow Up: What do these verses teach us about ourselves and our possessions?

Q: In Acts 20:35, Paul quotes Jesus, stating that, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” How do you experience blessings in regard to giving and receiving? Which is easier?

Q: In churches, it is common to hear the idea, “I don’t give my time because I give my money,” or “I don’t give my money because I give my time.” What is wrong with these ways of thinking?

Follow Up: Which way of thinking are you more prone to?

Q: In Matthew 6:33, Jesus instructs his disciples to seek the Kingdom of God first. How does his teaching on this impact the way we view our finances and our time?

Application

What is one way that you can stretch yourself this week in exhibiting in a life of generosity? Is it giving of your time? Is it giving of your finances? Both? Remember that, these actions we take are not done in drudgery, but in delight for it glorifies God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17).

Kyle Wetzler
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Summit View Church
(360) 260-8300 ext. 1520
kyle@summitview.net