Wednesday, March 25, 2020
 
Dear Faith Family,
 
As we continue to care for our community by practicing social distancing, we also remove the opportunity to grow in spiritual wisdom together in person. This is a core element to our connection as a church and we want to continue to grow in Christ together even while we are a part.
 
For the past couple of years, we have used The Bible Project videos in sermons, Sunday School Classes, and Life Groups. These videos explain Biblical passages and themes in ways that help us to understand and apply Biblical truth to our lives. The Bible Project is now providing weekly videos with discussion questions to help us grow together, virtually. The goal of these offerings is to prompt meaningful conversations around a Biblical topic.
 
Since you are a part of our faith family, I am sending the link and discussion questions below for week one of this series. Each week I will be sending these links and questions in order to provide a resource for continued growth.
 
If you are a part of a Sunday School Class or Life Group, consider finding a way to connect online all together or in smaller groups or in pairs. If you are not in a class or group, call a friend and see if they would be interested in joining you in a discussion of these themes. It’s a simple process: Schedule a time to talk. Watch the video. Review the questions. Discuss the theme. Pray together.
 
Here are this week’s “Generosity” video and discussion questions:
Discussion Questions:

Scripture Reading Option One: Luke 12:22-34

  • Creation is an expression of God’s generous love. Where do you see the generosity of God in the world, your life, or the story of the Bible? What are you most grateful for?
  • What are you anxious about in your present situation? Reflect on God’s love and care and how it might help alleviate your anxiety.

Scripture Reading Option Two: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

  • In times of crisis, a “scarcity mindset”—focusing on what you don’t have—can easily cause us to cling to worldly goods. Do you experience this? What would you and others around you gain by trusting God’s generous love instead?
  • This passage includes a special command to the rich to be generous. While we might not be rich in wealth, we have all been given gifts that we can share with others, whether our time, care, prayer, resources, etc. Reflect on what specifically you can share and with whom.

Scripture Reading OptionThree: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9

  • In this passage, Paul says that becoming rich is found in Jesus. What does this mean? Is Paul talking about worldly wealth or something else?
  • The Macedonians are presented as a positive example of a group that joyfully gave in the midst of trial and poverty. As a group, they made a huge impact. How can the groups you’re part of do something meaningful in this time? 


Enjoy your time learning together!
 
Doug Ashley
Pastor - Longview EPC