Sunday, February 18, 2018

This week's lesson (February 17-23): the Impact of Tithing

Read Mark 12:38-40
1. What did Jesus say about "the teachers of the law"? What seems to have been their motivation?

2. If "the teachers of the law" are doing good things, then why does it matter if their motives are selfish? How does your answer apply to tithing?

Read Mark 12:41-44
1. Why did Jesus criticize the rich people who gave money to the Temple? Again, if they are doing good things, then why does it matter if their motives are selfish?

2. Why did Jesus praise the widow? What was her motivation?

3. In verse 40, Jesus criticized "the teachers of the law" because "they devour widow's houses" -- yet in verses 43f, Jesus praised the woman because she gave "all she had to live on." What does this say about those who give? What does it say about those who receive their gifts?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

This week's lesson (February 10-16): Honesty with God

Read 2 Kings 5

1. What did Naaman offer Elisha? Why did Elisha refuse?

2. Why did Gehazi treat Naaman the way he did? How might he have justified this to himself?

3. What did Elisha say to Gehazi -- and what does this tell you about Gehazi's motives?

4. When are you tempted to act like Gehazi? What can you learn from Elisha?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

This week's lesson (February 3-9): the Marks of a Steward

Read Proverbs 31:10-31

1. List the characteristics of the woman in these verses? Why are each of these important?

2. Based on these verses, what does sit mean to be a good steward? Why is wisdom important in stewardship -- or is it?

3. How do you resemble the woman in these verses? Where do you have room to grow?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

This week's lesson (January 27 - February 2): Stewards After Eden

Read the story of David, Nabal, and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25.
  • Why did Nabal act the way he did? Why did he think this was good stewardship?
  • Why did Abigail act the way she did? Why did she think this was good stewardship?
  • Who was the better steward: Nabal or Abigail -- and why?
  • When have you followed Nabal's example? When have you followed Abigail's? And what were the results of each?