Main Theme: We worship God by using all our time and resources for God.
Read in Class: Deuteronomy 16:7. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What criterion does God give as a basis for the amount of our offerings?
Apply: What do your offerings and your attitude about giving them say about your relationship with God?
Share: Your friend says he only returns tithes but cannot give offerings because tithe is all he can afford to do. Anything else is just asking too much. What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: 1 Chronicles 16:29 and Psalm 96:8-9. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: How do we apply these principles to our own worship experience?
Apply: What is your experience with returning tithes and offerings as a part of worship? How does it impact your relationship with God?
Share: Your friend says, “God never said anything about offerings being required, but only as an expression of thanksgiving based on our increase. God doesn’t need my money. He can finish the work without all the expensive programs the church makes up to increase their income and finances.” How would you respond to your friend?
Read in Class: Mark 12:41-44 and Acts 10:1-4. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What is the message of these stories, and how can we apply it to our own worship experience?
Apply: What action was noted in heaven by the Roman that prompted a visit from heaven? Share your thoughts.
Share: Your friend asks in what ways did the poor woman give more than they all? What do you tell your friend? Think about all the people who have given what little they can throughout the years, because of this woman’s story. Could all of that add up to more than the rich gave that day?
Read in Class: Mark 14:1-9. What is the main theme of this passage?
Study: Who were the main characters at Simon’s feast? What was the value of Mary’s gift? Why did she anoint Jesus at this time?
Apply: Why is sacrificial giving as important for the givers as for the recipients?
Share: Are there any specific needs in the church that your Sabbath school class could raise money to contribute towards?