Read 1 Peter 4:9-11:

9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  10 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.  11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything.

 

Read Acts 2:41-47:

 

41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.  42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. 43 Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles.  44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common.  45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.  46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people.  And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved. 

 

Retell the Passage:

 

  • According to 1 Peter 4:10, what has each Christ-follower received from God and how are they to use it?

  • What does 1 Peter 4:10 say we should be good at in reference to the varied grace of God?

  • 1 Peter 4:11 states that we are to serve.  By whose strength should we be serving each other?

  • According to 1 Peter 4:11, who is supposed to be glorified or receive the praise for our service?    

  • In Acts 2:44, how did the new Christ-followers view their possessions?

  • According to Acts 2:45, how did these new Christ-followers react when they saw a need in the church?

  • How does Acts 2:46-47 describe the attitude by which these Christ-followers approached serving God?

  • According to Acts 2:47, how did God use the committed and generous actions of these early Christ-followers?

Relate the passages:

  • If I’m a manager of my gifts and possessions, who actually owns everything I have?

  • How can you use the way God has gifted you to serve at your church?   

  • As you serve, what should your attitude be like and who should get the credit for your service?

  • What does the image of holding your possessions with an open hand bring to mind?

  • According to what we have read today, how are we supposed to use our gifts and possessions?

  • If we view serving and giving financially as an act of religion, what might our attitude be? 

  • How might our attitude be different if, instead, we serve and give financially from a prompting based on a daily relationship with Jesus, a growing love for Him, and a love for the people He puts around us?

Everything you have comes from God.  He graciously supplies your needs and trusts you to manage those resources wisely.  You can show your gratitude by giving your time, your talents, and your finances to further the Lord’s work and help those in need.

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