Giving: Donations, Tithes, Offerings & Alms

Luke 12:22-34
[22] And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. [23] For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. [24] Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! [25] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [26] If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? [27] Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [28] But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! [29] And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. [30] For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. [31] Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
[32] “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [33] Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. [34] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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The Big Picture
As a normal rhythm in our lives, exercising generosity through consistent financial giving impacts us in these ways:

It confronts our idol(s)
It blesses others in tangible ways (see also James 2:16)
It safeguards against greed (see also Psalm 10:3)
It is a diagnostic tool for our heart
It is a physical expression of our reliance on God (See also Psalm 24:1)

1. What are some of the ways that you guard against greed?
2. How do you engage with anxiety related to money?
3. How do the Lord’s words in Luke 12:22-34 impact you?
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