Community Groups 4/27/14

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The week after Easter, we were blessed to have pastor Bob Shank share to our Harvest Family about “How to Live the Blessed Life.”

Please read through Deuteronomy 11:26-28

What is it that God is setting before the people in this passage?
“A curse is the absence of _________.” [From the message]
What is it that impacts whether a person will be blessed or cursed?

In Deuteronomy 15:7-10, what are some of the key words you find?

What do these words communicate to us, as it did to the original readers, about what God desires of his people?
Do you consider yourself to be a generous person? With what do you measure generosity?

“Making generosity a part of your Christian experience” is what Pastor Bob said was his point of application in the message. Have you ever thought about generosity as a significant part of your Christian experience?

Please read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, what is the principle being illustrated here by the apostle Paul?

Why do you think the farming analogy is helpful when trying to illustrate faith?
In order to have a great harvest, you have to have a great ___________.

Control is one of the biggest hindrances of having an active faith in generosity. According to the Bible, how can a person get more faith? According to the book of James, what does faith look like in a person’s Christian experience?

1. “Selfless generosity is a strategy that returns the favor.” To be generous is to be selfless and not __________. What is the paradox of this biblical principle? How is this different from the world’s perspective?

2. “God expects us to be generous, but He leaves the details to us.” Why do you think God cares so much about “our heart” of generosity? What does this expose about our hearts? What hinders people from being generous? What hinders you?

3. “Generous giving happens by faith: If God doesn’t come through, you’re through.” Many times that is the belief of people who lack the faith to be generous. They struggle to believe that God is able. They believe that God is there, yet they worry whether He is able to provide and see them through. Have you ever felt this way in your experience?

Because God gave so freely and generously of His own Son, how do you suppose He expects us (His followers) to feel about our hearts in generosity?

**These questions are used by Harvest Community Groups to facilitate discussion time in a small-group setting and to dig deeper into God’s Word. We encourage you to use them in your home or small group–or better yet, join one of our Community Groups! Information can be found at communitygroups.harvest.org**

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