When you’re playing rock-paper-scissors, there’s always a way to win. The same is true about our worldly struggles — certain spiritual practices or blessings can defeat them. During “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” we’ll explore how generosity overcomes greed, grace covers sin, and so much more.
Week 1: Generosity overcomes Greed
Isaiah 32:8 says, "But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity." How strategic are you when it comes to generosity? Where might God be calling you to take the next step when it comes to planning how and where you give?
We believe God calls us to give spontaneously, strategically, and sacrificially. Which of these comes easiest for you? Which is the hardest? Why do you think that is?
Can you think of a time that giving to someone else ended up being a bigger blessing for you than it was for the person you were being generous toward?
Sometimes, like Peter, we are all guilty of following Jesus at a distance (Read Matthew 26:31-75). What does it look like for you this week to take a step closer to Jesus?
God can turn our greatest moments of shame into our greatest moments of strength. Are there lessons you've learned from your own mistakes that God might want to use to help others who may be going through something similar?
There's nothing we can do to eliminate the shame in our lives, except turn to Jesus and receive the grace he offers. How can you shift the focus from what you're "not" this week, to what Jesus says you are in him?