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Church Generosity

Church Generosity

Matthew 26:6-13

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by
Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • How does love change the way we view generosity? (“what’s love got to do with it?”)
  • The woman in the story made an extravagant gesture of generosity. Dwight pointed out that love compels us to do seemingly unreasonable things. What are some modern examples of “reckless generosity”?
  • Dwight mentioned that our culture pushes us toward materialism and selfishness. How can you intentionally manage your money in a way that resists those cultural forces?
  • How can a church’s money management and generosity help or hinder an individual’s personal generosity?
  • How does the gospel reflect the generosity of God and how should that move you toward greater degrees of generosity?