Monday, December 14, 2009

Prayers for the week

Chris this week continued our series on Spiritual Disciplines by teaching on Prayer. He suggested that one great way was to use prayers recorded in the bible as a way of praying. In other words, to make the prayer of someone else your prayer. So why not make these prayers your own this week?

Monday: Matthew 6: 9-15

Tuesday: Psalm 23

Wednesday: Ephesians 1: 15-21

Thursday: Ephesians 3: 14-21

Friday: Psalm 139

Saturday: Acts 4: 24-30

Sunday: 1 Samuel 3: 10 (Read v1-10).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Giving: Home Group comments & questions

Read 2 Corinthians 8: 1-9

1: There is much hardship in Jerusalem, so Paul is writing to the Corinthian church to urge them to give. From the passage, who does Paul use as examples of generous giving to inspire the Corinthians to be generous and how does he describe their generosity?

2: Read v3 again. How would you answer someone who argued the Macedonians were irresponsible with their money?

3: How are we, as individuals, to balance the need for good budgetting, wise use of financial resources, generosity, and have faith in God who can feed 5000 with one boy’s packed lunch?

4: Suggest some fun and cheap ways to enjoy the Christmas holidays.


a) We have a Gift Day this Sunday (13th) and the following Sunday (20th). Money raised will be used to support New Life House, as well as be put towards the expenses of our trips.

b) Jem urged people on Sunday to plan and budget their giving for 2010. Budgetting needs to be learnt. If people would like help to budget their finances, OR if they are finding themselves in spiralling debt, please do consider talking to an elder.

The Discipline of Giving

Mark 6:30-44

Note that Jesus looks to the Disciples to provide the resources and the faith;
'What have you got?'
'You feed them!'

Jesus calls us to excitement and risk;
Faith only works if God is God.
Follow promptings, e.g. financial challenges.

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Excel in Giving - 'abound.'
Paul talks openly and transparently about £££!!! So should we!
Be responsive to urgent needs, as well as regular organised disciplined giving.
Paul does NOT teach commanded tithing, he teaches a response based on Grace.

Audit your giving

1: It's not wrong to do the Maths: 'How much have you got?'
2: Be generous and trust God: Give away your small fishes!
3: Decide and give at the start: if you leave it to later to see how much you've got, there won't be any left to give. Work out your giving budget for 2010 now!
4: Start young, like the boy with his lunch.
5: God is not bound by Maths.