Welcome to the Post-Weekend Push with Brian Tome.
“Firsts” are always memorable. I remember my first motorcycle crash. It was a bummer. Tell your group about one of your favorite “firsts”—first trip overseas, first big-boy/girl job, first baby, etc. Besides a quick story, also share why this first was so meaningful.
There are some things God cannot do, like occupy second place. God is first in all things—but lets let’s get real. Living with God first in all areas takes effort and focus. Where is a place in your life where God isn’t first? What type of reorienting would it take to put Him first in that area?
The tithe isn’t about funding God’s work. It’s about establishing His place in your life. It’s an act of faith, and I believe God responds to faith like that. You might not believe that yet, so for the next 90 days, we put a safety net under you. Hundreds of people have signed up for the 90 Day Tithe Test. Have you? Why or why not? If it’s time, head to crossroads.net/tithetest
One of the scriptures we have been using, Malachi 3:10, uses the word “bring” instead of “give.” We “bring” our tithe to God, we don’t “give” it. Why? Because we can’t give what isn’t ours in the first place. If you were able to fully believe your finances were God’s, and not yours, how would that affect your approach and attitude toward giving?
Jesus is God’s tithe. God gave his best, and he gave it first. How does it make you feel knowing that God has set an example for you in the area of giving? How do you personally approach the gift of Jesus?
Pray: Before you go, take time to pray for each person in your group, by name.
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Nov 2, 2019