The congregation was divided into various sections for Bible studies facilitators to take over each one of them. A minimum of 45 minutes was allocated to each group to finish the discussion of the study outline.
The memory verse was taken from Hebrews 13:26. In the text, we interpreted that it pleases God when we do good to others, when we share what we possess with others.
Reading the introduction (1 Thessalonians 4:9) made us understand, that God first demonstrated generosity through the sacrifice of His son to save mankind. Therefore we must be generous because it is the evidence of God’s love in us.
The relevant points and questions in the outline were discussed by members of each group in 45 minutes, after which a few people were called from the congregation to share what they had learnt during the study.
From the discussions and the summary, we learnt that;
- The Macedonian churches gave to the Lord’s people beyond what they expected or hoped for.
- We must always yearn to give, i.e. there must be no limitation as to how much we can give.
- The Macedonian churches were inspired by God because they followed His will and gave out of free will instead of being prompted to do so.
- Jesus demonstrated his generosity by leaving his throne of riches to die for us.
- We can demonstrate our love to God and fellow humans by genuinely giving and sharing without expecting anything in return.
We must surrender ourselves to God so that we can give out of love and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
God blesses a cheerful giver.
We should give with no hopes of gaining anything in return.
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]