How To Give

Small Group Discussion Guide

Sermon Series: How To
Sermon Title:

Break the Ice:
  • Why do you think mankind likes, even desires and seeks approval?

Matthew 6:1 warns us, Be careful about seeking the approval of others! Let’s see why Jesus would give us

this warning today in our study.

Bring the Word: 
  • Read Matthew 6:1-4
    • What does Jesus say in these passages that is counter-cultural?
    • Why do you think one’s motive is important in giving to help others?
    • In this passage Jesus states three “do nots” in vv. 1-2. What are they?
    • 1.
    • 2.
    • 3.
    • Jesus states in our “giving” to “doone thing in v. 4 – what is that?
    • There are two different observers given in these verses, who are they?
    • How do you think man’s reward giving would be different from God’s?
  • Read Matthew 5:16
    • So how do we reconcile this passage with the one in Matthew 6:1-4 we just read?
    • Truth – it’s about the motive and the audience!
    • A hypocrites giving to help others motive and audience is focused on whom?
    • A faithful believers giving to help others motive and audience is focused on whom?
Bring it Home:

A. Generosity is Expected

Read Matthew 6:2 again

Does scripture say if you give, or when you give?

B. Rewards are Expected

Read Matthew 6:4b again

What promise is given here?

Extra for this week:

What do these passages say about God?

Proverbs 15:3

Psalm 34:15

Job 34:21

What was your one compelling take-a-way for this week’s study?

Let’s Pray

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