Main Idea: Freewill Offerings Follow Big Visions
Introduction: As we enter the holiday season, every year we kick it off with our Heart for the Harvest. This year as we reflect on what has been generously provided in the past and look toward our future visions, we look to the examples set by the Israelites and the early church.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever had a big vision or dream in your life? How about one that you are certain God put in your heart? We have seen Biblical prophets and modern-day pastors cast big visions for their churches that were placed in their hearts/minds by God. Can you think of some examples of these visions?
Primary Scriptures: Exodus: 35-36, 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15
Have you ever read the story of how the Israelites came together to build the tabernacle? We see early in Exodus 35 that God commanded anyone who was willing to bring offerings or to help work. What does this tell us about God?
In Exodus 35: 21-29, what do we learn from their attitudes toward the big vision cast by God through Moses?
Exodus 36:3-7 shows what about their response?
2 Corinthians 8 also gives examples of how the early church responded to the big vision of sharing Jesus’ message. What do we learn from these followers of Christ?
If we reflect on these two groups, what can we learn about the type of giver God desires?
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Pray together that God speaks to each of your hearts what He desires for you and your family to give so that if/when you give to the Heart for the Harvest offering this year, it will be from a place of abundance and generosity. Also, pray for those who may be struggling with the idea of generosity, those who may be out of work, and those have other difficult financial situations.
How will your group pray for Godly intervention this week? Recognize that some are still regaining ground from COVID and other life situations where they need prayer and just the hand of God touching their lives.