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09/01/19 Study Questions
Part 2: Living Generously by Faith
1. Read Proverbs 29:18. Why is aimlessness the result of living without God's vision for life?
a) How does God's vision for our lives give us 'aim' - purpose and direction?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. Why do you think we naturally feel 'reluctant' to give and share?
What does our reluctance show us about:
a) what we love?
b) what we trust?
c) what we believe about God?
3. "Tithing shouldn't be part of a New Testament Christian conversation about giving". Discuss this comment in relation to 2 Corinthians 9:7.
4. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6. How does God want us to give now? How should we determine what to give? If this is a new concept for you, how will you respond to God's Word to you?
5. "Our vision for ourselves is: the more we get the happier we'll be, but God's vision for us is: the more we give the happier we'll be". Do you agree/disagree? Why? How does this relate to Acts 20:35?
6. How does contentment free us? Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 and relate this to God's vision for us as his people.
7. Go back to question 2. How do you need to adjust your behavior to align what you do to what you actually believe?
09/08/19 Study Questions
Part 3: Living Expectantly with Hope
1. What was your vision for your life growing up - your dreams and ambitions?
2. Read Proverbs 29:18
a) Why is restraint helpful?
b) Why do we naturally dislike things that restrain us, and having to have restraint?
c) How is the church's mission part of God's 'restraint' that guides us personally?
3. Read our vision out aloud. Which area do you need to grow in?
a) Write down or share something you can focus on this week to develop this in your life.
b) Are there aspects of your vision for your life that you need to set aside to better experience God's vision for your life in this area?
4. If our vision for our life is not naturally what God's vision for our life is, how can we make sure we live out God's plan and not ours?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 9:26. What would it take for you to be "all in" for God and his vision for your life?