For the past several years, Ginghamsburg Church has produced the Transformational Journal (The TJ) as a tool to grow our church family in God's word. In 2013, Ginghamsburg will sharpen its discipleship focus and better equip individuals exactly where they are on their spiritual journey. Although, Ginghamsburg will no longer produce a weekly TJ, these new devotionals offer a range of reading plans tailored to where you are in your faith walk.
For the week starting October 19, 2014
WHY DO WE GIVE?
In every human economy, the Divine plan is to provide for ALL God’s children. Giving goes beyond tossing loose change into a velvet-lined offering plate, however. True generosity provides sustainable movement out of destructive financial cycles, blessing both giver and recipient. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read Deuteronomy 24:10-22
The book of Deuteronomy is God’s word to the people just after they have been delivered from slavery. What do these instructions teach us about the heart of God? Why does God tell them to remember they were slaves? What does all of this have to do with generosity?
Day 2: Read Acts 20:25-38
These are some of Paul’s final words to the church in Ephesus just before he had to leave them. What does it have to teach us about the heart of generosity? How do the words of Jesus, “It is better to give than to receive,” resonate with you?
Day 3: Read Proverbs 11
What does this proverb have to teach us about generosity? Try and put verses 24-26 in your own words.
Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Try and put verse 2 in your own words. How can severe trial, overflowing joy, extreme poverty and rich generosity all coexist in the same sentence? What does this teach us about giving?
Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
What are some of the reasons this church is encouraged to give? What does this teach us about the gift of generosity to one who gives?
Day 6: Read Luke 7:36-50
What does this story teach us about the relationship between our generosity and God’s grace? How does this challenge you? How does it encourage you?
Day 7: Read 1 Timothy 6:6-21
What does it mean when it says, “godliness with contentment is great gain”? How would you define “contentment”? What does it mean to “fight the good fight”? What is the “life that is truly life”?