In our heart of hearts, we all want to be generous – to be people who are givers. This is because we bear the image of God and God is a giver. All of this world is gift. And God gave his most precious gift at Christmas when he sent his Son into the world. God loves and so God gave his son. This is why at the Christmas season we give as well.
Giving and generosity go together. To be generous means to hold our lives and all we have with an open hand. In this series we will look at how Christmas invites us into a life of generosity and offer some ways to give into this temptation.
- What is your definition of a generosity?
- Who is the most generous person you know? Why would you call them
- What are your obstacles to being a more generous and giving person?
- What does it look like to give freely? What does it look like to give out of
pressure or manipulation?
- What specific opportunities for generosity will you will have today? How
about the week ahead?
- When have you felt burned by giving to others? When have you given and
seen the blessing come back to you?
Scriptures: One person is lavish yet grows richer; another is too sparing, yet poorer. A
generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water. –
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together,
shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure
with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. -Luke 6:38
- Who are the people whose presence matters to you, that you just
like having them around?
- Who are the people who appreciate your presence and want you
- What distractions do you face when trying to be present for
- What can you do to overcome them so you can give your attention
to the people around you?
- Do you know someone you can visit in a nursing home, senior
assisted living or imprisoned this Christmas season who would
benefit from your visit?
Scriptures: In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. -John 1:1
And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us. -John 1:14
- What do you think Jesus means by ‘neighbor’ when he commands us to love
your neighbor as yourself?
- Do you agree or disagree with the idea that neighbor is not be defined using
- Have you ever served in Missions locally? Are there any opportunities you
are interested in?
- Have you ever served globally on a trip? Talk about the 2018 trips and if any
of the opportunities appeal to the members of your group.
- How can you more routinely draw near to people in need in your life?
Scriptures: But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my
neighbor?”30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and
departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down
that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So
likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the
other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and
when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his
wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and
brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out
two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and
whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of
these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell
among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And
Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” -Luke 10:29-37
- Are there any people in your life who always seem to have a good attitude?
Why do you think that is?
- What are the most stressful environments and situations you will be in over
the next few days?
- How can you be more intentional in your interactions with people this
Christmas? What are some simple ways you can be a blessing to others?
- Are you more of a ‘thermometer’ or ‘thermostat’ when you’re with other
- How can you pause and rest, even in small spurts, during this holiday?
Scriptures: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has
clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe
of righteousness, -Isaiah 61:10-11
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NEW SUNDAY SERIES!
Our new Virtual Sunday Series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary, is part of the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture series, unveiling the mystery of Our Lady that is woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. These video sessions convey the beauty of the doctrine and devotions surrounding Mary, bringing them to life in a powerful, new way. Based on Dr. Scott Hahn’s Hail, Holy Queen and presented by dynamic speaker Matthew
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