Monday, March 26, 2018

This week's lesson (March 24-30): the Results of Stewardship

Read the Book of Ruth

1. Describe each character's approach to stewardship -- what is important to each of them, and how does this affect how they deal with risk?
   *Naomi
   *Orpah
   *Ruth
   *Boaz
   *Ruth's next of kin

2. Which of these characters do you resemble -- and why?

3. What is the result of each character's approach to stewardship?
   *Naomi
   *Orpah
   *Ruth
   *Boaz
   *Ruth's next of kin

4. What do you learn about stewardship from this story?


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This week's lesson (March 17-23): the Habits of a Steward

Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, and 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15.
1.  What does Paul ask believers to do in these verses? What habits does he think are important in donors? 
2. What does Paul say he will do in these verses? What habits does he think are important in those who receive donations? 
3.  Based on these verses, what changes should you make in your giving? In your expectations of those to whom you give?

Monday, March 12, 2018

This week's lesson (March 10-16): Debt - a daily decision

Read Matthew 18:21-35
  • How do you want to be treated when you're in debt? Why?
  • How do you treat others when they're in your debt? Why?
  • Why is it so much easier for us to understand and forgive our mistakes than it is to forgive and understand the mistakes of others?
  • What are some "debts" you've incurred that you wish others would "write-off"? What are some "debts" that others "owe" you that you need to "write-off" right now? What's stopping you?

Friday, March 09, 2018

This week's lesson (March 3-9): the Role of Stewardship

Read Matthew 19:16-30
  • What did the young man say that he wanted more than anything else? What did he actually want more than anything else? What happens when your stated desires get in the way of your actual desires -- and what can you learn from this story?
  • What lesson does Peter draw from this story in verses 26-30? Does Jesus agree with his conclusion?
Read Matthew 20:1-16
  • What is the point of this story? What does it add to Peter's conclusion in Matthew 19:26-30?
  • How do Matthew 19:16-30 and Matthew 20:1-16 both complement and fulfill each other? Which story speaks to you the most? Why?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

This week's lesson (February 24 - March 2): Offerings of Gratitude

Read John 12:1-11
  • What did Mary of Bethany do for Jesus? Why?
  • How did the disciple(s) respond? Why?
  • How did Jesus respond? Why?
  • When do you most resemble each of the people in this story?
-- the woman (whose gift is criticized)? 
-- the disciple (who criticized her gift)? 
-- Jesus (who accepts and appreciates the gift)?